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  • Monarch waystation project will span a number of OCHS classes

    Butterflies became a significant topic at the Dec. 18 Owen County Board of Education meeting as Owen County High School Social Studies teacher Jenny Urie helped pitch an idea for a butterfly waystation that would be located at the high school.

  • At the Library | January 3, 2018

    Age reversing workout

    Follow a full-body beginner workout video to boost your energy. This gentle workout will improve posture and increase mobility. The event begins at 11 a.m., today.


    Join Miss Susan and enjoy great books and fun activities. For preschoolers and their caregivers. All are welcome at 10:30 a.m., Thursday.

    Walk Away the Pounds

  • Candidate filing deadline is Jan. 30

    The filing deadline for the May Primary Election is quickly approaching, with only 17 candidates as of press time Tuesday.
    Democratic Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis will seek a second term as the county’s top elected official. Democrat Franky Fitzgerald of Gratz also filed for the seat Dec. 8.

  • At the Library | December 27, 2017

    December is amnesty month! As our gift to you, we ask that you bring back any overdue books and you will have your late fees wiped out! Merry Christmas!

    The library will be closed Dec. 29 for the New Year’s holiday.

    Movie Matinee — Ernest Saves Christmas

    Ernest and Santa team up to save the holidays as we know them. Everyone is welcome to come laugh along with Ernest and enjoy popcorn beginning at 1 p.m., today.

    Frontier Day

  • Celebrating a year to remember

    As 2017 comes to a close, we take a look back at the year’s biggest headlines. From former Owen County Running Rebel Carson Williams’ showdown on the court against the Kentucky Wildcats and Owen County Elementary and Maurice Bowling Middle School’s national Lighthouse recognition to the first total solar eclipse in 99 years and a state pageant winner, 2017 is a year worth celebrating for Owen County. In the past year, we have seen the county divide over issues, but still willing to come together in the hour of need for the betterment of the community.

  • Charges against former officer dismissed

    RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. — Charges of first-degree rape and incest against a suspended Owenton police officer were dismissed last week in Russell County Circuit Court.
    Rufus Shearer Jr., 60, was arrested at the Owenton Police Department May 26, 2016, after he turned himself in to Owenton Police. Kentucky State Police later arrested Shearer on the charges of first-degree rape and incest.
    “He came in on his own free will and surrendered his firearm, badge and cruiser,” Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry said last year.

  • Granddaughter’s school project leads to hobby for Monterey man

    MONTEREY – From inside his home on Ballard Lane in Monterey, 75-year-old Rastus McDonald points out his living-room window to the house where he was born and raised. McDonald has called the small river city home since birth, minus the seven years he spent tearing down and rebuilding log cabins in Indiana.

  • At the Library | December 20, 2017

    The annual Christmas ornament commissioned by the Friends of the Library for their annual fundraiser is available in the library. This year’s ornament was created by Ellie Petzinger and is a ceramic depiction of our logo. A great gift for someone who loves the library.
    December is amnesty month. As our gift to you, we ask that you bring back any overdue books and you will have your late fees wiped out. Merry Christmas!

    Walk Away the Pounds

  • Perry Park man reportedly suffers third-degree burns

    A Perry Park resident is being taken to the University of Cincinnati Hospital after he reportedly received third-degree burns earlier today.
    New Liberty Fire Chief Greg Davis responded to the scene at 155 Green Meadow Drive after a man attempted to burn leaves in his yard. Davis said the man was wearing a "highly flammable, slick jogging suit."
    "He was talking with us very coherent," Davis said. "(The burns) didn't appear to be anything really deep except for his hands."

  • Single-vehicle crash claims 2 lives Friday

    A single-vehicle crash claimed the lives of two Owen County residents Friday.
    Kentucky State Police Post 5 Campbellsburg received a call from an injury accident around 9:20 p.m. Owen County Sheriff’s Deputies Marvin Goodrich and Daniel Tracy were the first to arrive on scene at the Greenup Road entrance to Lucas Lane, where they found a black 2013 Chevy Impala resting on its top.