Today's News

  • Committee working to form local alumni association

    A group of Owen County High School graduates have formed a steering committee which is working diligently to organize an alumni association for the school.  The idea was presented at a class reunion last year, and a Facebook group page was created in May of this year for graduates of OCHS that were interested in forming an alumni association.  The group page now has over 1100 members, and membership is growing weekly.

  • One injured after being struck by vehicle

    A woman in her early 50s has been transported to Frankfort Regional Medical Center after reportedly sustaining injuries from being struck by an oncoming vehicle.

Pam Hawkins was crossing the intersection of Hwy. 127 S. and Hwy. 22 E. when she was struck by the vehicle.
    Owenton City Police Officer Steve Miller said the vehicle was driven by Stacy Hudnall.

    Hawkins sustained injuries to her right leg.

    The incident took place at approximately 3:50 p.m.

  • Seeking the groundhog's forecast in modern times

    If I were naming a holiday for an animal, I might go with Giraffe Day. They’re elegant beasts, and I’ve felt a kinship with them since I was in high school. That’s when Tony Denny observed to everyone in earshot that I had a neck as long as a giraffe’s.

    Or Zebra Day – is there a more beautiful creature than a zebra? If it had its own day, might it become a symbol of racial harmony or world peace?

  • Letters carried tales of everyday life

    Author and storyteller Phyllis Theroux once wrote, “To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.”

    Letters presented opportunities to share with others significant pieces of a person’s life.

    After the Revolutionary War, Americans became part of the great westward expansion into Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and beyond.

    As families and friends were left behind, letters sent back home provided a bridge between the old life and the new.

  • Court News | Feb. 3, 2016

    Owen District Court
    Jan. 29, 2016


    Derrick Dempsey, 1989, probation violation for misdemeanor offense; violation admitted, serve 44 days, to be released on Monday Feb. 1, to attend reach program 4 times per week, review on Feb. 26.

    Harry Mercer, 1967, theft by deception; not guilty plea, appoint public attorney, preliminary hearing set to Feb. 5.

    Harry Dale Mercer, 1967, two counts theft by deception; not guilty plea, appoint public attorney, preliminary hearing set to Feb. 5.

  • Looking back | Feb. 3, 2016

    Fiscal court ponders new transient tax
    Feb. 2, 2011
    5 years ago

    With an eye toward the future of Owen County tourism, the Owen County Fiscal Court may soon pass an ordinance for a transient room tax.

    The tax would include motor courts, motels, hotels, inns or similar accommodations.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said the ordinance would also include campgrounds.

  • Local Red Cross in need of volunteers

    Owen County Emergency Management Director

    The American Red Cross, of which Owen County is a part of, is seeking volunteers with flexible schedules to respond in events in Owen County.

    Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers respond to assist families with shelter, support and access to basic needs immediately following a house fire, flooding and severe weather, often arriving on scene even as the fire is still burning.

    The Owen County Red Cross has three DAT volunteers at present time.

  • Bluegrass Stockyards fire hits home

    The big news this week is the fire in Lexington.

    You are thinking, “Why should that concern Kay’s Branch?”

    Jimmy Lawrence called me about 6 p.m. Saturday night to ask me if I had heard about the “big fire” in Lexington. It’s on all the stations up there, but he couldn’t get it where he lives in northern Kentucky.

  • At the Library | Feb. 3, 2016

    Build It With Legos

    School age children are invited to meet other like-minded builders at 3:15 p.m., today (Wednesday). A variety of blocks and wheels will be available. Use your imagination and build your very own creation.

    Storytime For Preschoolers

    Join Miss Susan at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, to enjoy picture books, crafts and fun. Caregivers are an essential part of the experience for the children.

    Thursday Noir Book Club

  • Community Events | Feb. 3, 2016

    8th Grade Expo Night to be held

    All Owen County 8th graders are invited to Owen County High School for an 8th Grade Expo Night to learn about their scheduling and other opportunities offered for their upcoming freshmen year. The event will take place from 7-8 p.m., today (Wednesday), in the OCHS auditorium. Call (502) 484-4197 for questions.

    Leadership Owen County to begin soon