Today's News

  • Smokey Mountains

    In August of 1956, Daddy observed that his tobacco crop needed another couple of weeks to yellow in the fields before cutting. If my mother and I wanted, he allowed as how he could slip away from the farm work for a few days, and we could join his sisters and their families on a short vacation trip to the Smokey Mountains.

  • Wildcats Defeat Rebels

    Sports are a funny thing. One week you can feel the highs of winning only to feel the lows of losing the next. Following the victory of the first game, Friday night produced more lows than highs for Adam Fowler and the rest of the Owen County football team as the Rebels dropped a 27-6 decision to Gallatin County at Patterson Field.

  • Respect for veterans

    What does the word Veteran mean to you?

    Is it a word that you take lightly, or maybe you don’t consider the true meaning. Is it only a word you hear during War time? Or is it a word that draws near to your heart? Maybe you’ve had a loved one who has served or is serving now.

    Our country was established by young men and women who stood up for what they believed and they laid down their lives to give us freedom. Sometimes I wonder if they think we take then for granted.

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  • Gaines investigation continues

    Only after a proper investigation will an Owen County Grand Jury consider the evidence against county official Renaee Gaines, the deputy judge-executive who state auditors say overpaid herself more than $14,000 by manipulating payroll records.

    Gaines was placed on paid administrative leave Aug. 7 pending a criminal investigation, after a state audit found she increased her salary from $35,000 to $49,000 by diverting money from the county’s ambulance fund over a span of two fiscal years. Gaines was the primary payroll supervisor for her office.

  • Pavement pains

    There are few signs that point to Owen County Metal Recycling, Inc., located a few miles from Monterey off Ky. 607. But if you follow the trail of aluminum cans, old car parts and other scrap metal that sometimes lines the roadway, you’ll have no trouble finding the scrap yard. Drivers around there –– mostly residents –– say it is not unusual to blow a tire from scattered nails and metal along the road. Most of those objects likely fall from the trucks and wagons of those looking to make a quick buck selling scrap to the recycling plant.

  • Stamper recalls tales from the Eagle Creek

    Georgia Green Stamper is not only a writer, but an avid storyteller. In her book, “You Can Go Anywhere From the Center of the World,” she makes it clear that the stories have great value to her and that these aren’t just fables passed down from generation to generation – but true sincere stories that have a lesson to learn.

    Most of Stamper’s stories are centered around Owen County and its people.

  • Final Plea for Owen County Area Host Families

    Final Plea for Owen County Area Host Families Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester homestay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more local host families. The students are anxiously awaiting news of their new families. These young ambassadors are looking forward to fulfilling their life-long dreams.


    You Social Security Statement is an important document that can help you plan for your retirement. Whether you’re a young worker just starting a career or a seasoned employee ready to retire, the Statement is designed to help you.

    The Social Security Statement includes a message from the Commissioner and a record of your earnings each year. It provides you with retirement benefit estimates using different retirement scenarios. The Statement also provides estimates of disability and survivors benefits for you and your family in the event that you become disabled or die.

  • REACH hosts parent’s night

    In an attempt to educate parents about the substances their children might encounter, REACH (Reaching Every Addict with Christ’s Help) is presenting a parent information night.

    On Thursday, Dwayne Rolfson of the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force will provide an overview of the drugs that officers are seeing on the streets of Northern Kentucky, including Owen County. He will offer parents the opportunity to ask questions and gain insight into how to prevent or stop their teen from participating in alcohol and drug use.

  • Update from the Mayor

    The purpose of this monthly article is to better inform the citizens of Owenton and Owen County of all the events, activities and specifically the precedings of our monthly City Council meetings.