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  • Local restaurant owner charged in fatal ATV crash

    A local restaurant owner and former Owen County court security officer was arrested Friday following a fatal ATV accident near Monterey.
    Mario Chavez, 42, was charged with first-degree assault and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
    The Owen County Sheriff’s Office and emergency personnel were dispatched around 4:30 p.m., after a female passenger was reported to have been severely injured during the single-vehicle collision on Old Landing Road, according to Kentucky State Police (KSP).

  • County employees likely to receive pay increase

    The Owen County Fiscal Court is expected to OK the 2019-2020 fiscal year budget Friday, and with the approval, county employees could see a 2 percent pay increase for the fourth consecutive year.
    The upcoming fiscal year budget totals $7,883,404.45, a $1.5  million increase from the current fiscal year.
    The primary increases, according to Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis, are pay raises, retirement contribution and an expansion of the public transit program.

  • County fair opens Saturday, plans to celebrate Bicentennial

    As the county celebrates its 200th anniversary, the Owen County Fair Board aims to get in on the action, celebrating the annual 4-H Fair & Horse Show history, and providing what is hoped to be the Bicentennial’s biggest party of the year.

  • Owen County Sheriff’s Office Call Log, June 17-23

    June 17
    9:07 a.m., for informational purposes, Clifford Lane
    2:31 p.m., theft, Highway 22 East
    5:52 p.m., process service, Roland Avenue
    6:17 p.m., process service, Beverly Lane
    6:20 p.m., animal complaint, Highway 35
    6:32 p.m., property dispute, Kelly Court
    June 18
    8:25 a.m., miscellaneous complaint, North Madison Street
    8:52 a.m., animal complaint, Highway 325
    11:15 a.m., inspection, Gratz Road
    12:36 p.m., property damage accident, Gratz Road

  • Kentucky American Water breaks ground at new garage site

    Kentucky American Water has broken ground on a new field operations maintenance garage in Owenton. The company hosted a groundbreaking ceremony with business leaders and elected officials Tuesday at the site, located at 409 Main St. in Owenton next to the Owen County Judicial Center. The $1.4 million project is scheduled for completion by spring 2020.

  • 2019 Owen County 4-H Fair & Horse Show Catalog: Flower Department

    A portion of the Flower Department exhibit information was omitted from the 2019 Owen County 4-H Fair & Horse Show catalog. Please see the below images for the complete list of items that may be entered in this department.

  • Owen County Sheriff’s Department Call Log, June 10-16

    June 10
    2:10 p.m., miscellaneous complaint, Carter Drive
    2:26 p.m., animal complaint, Highway 127 North
    7:01 p.m., welfare check, Jonesville Road
    8:09 p.m., property damage accident with injuries, Highway 35
    10:03 p.m., warrant service, East Adair Street
    10:53 p.m., traffic stop, West Perry Street
    10:56 p.m., traffic stop, North Main Street
    June 11
    12:55 a.m., prowler, New Columbus Road
    10:06 a.m., miscellaneous complaint, Pleasant Grove

  • Owen County Historical Society | Exploring the history of Ky.’s ancient people

    It sits high upon a steep hill above Severn Creek in Gratz. Though the stone fortification has suffered from time and the elements, a good portion remains, testifying to the craftsmanship and ingenuity of the ancient people who built it. 
    The possible identity of these people and the artifacts they left behind was the subject of a presentation by historical society member Tom Strassell at the society’s first meeting last week.

  • Business ‘grand opening’ to coincide with fire department fundraiser

    BY JADE GRISHAM
    For The News-Herald

    After years of dreaming of owning her own business, Mandy Davis set out earlier this year to establish Owen County’s newest eatery.
    Instead of building a brick and mortar establishment, Davis chose a route that has become increasingly popular in larger cities throughout the U.S.

  • Straight-line winds to blame for damages across county

    BY BRIAN RIDDLE & MOLLY HAINES | The News-Herald