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  • County employees may receive 2 percent pay raise

    With the 2018-19 budget deadline looming over the Owen County Fiscal Court, good news may be in store for county employees in the way of a 2 percent raise.
    The Court held a first reading of the nearly $6.35 million budget at its May 23 meeting. The budget must be given a second reading and approved no later than June 30, and will be in effect from July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019.

  • County employees may receive 2 percent pay raise

    With the 2018-19 budget deadline looming over the Owen County Fiscal Court, good news may be in store for county employees in the way of a 2 percent raise.
    The Court held a first reading of the nearly $6.35 million budget at its May 23 meeting. The budget must be given a second reading and approved no later than June 30, and will be in effect from July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019.

  • 1 year and 100 pounds lighter: Local woman defies odds with weight loss

    Thirty-two fast food restaurants separate Liz Hopkins from her driveway on Cull Road and her office in Lexington. Each day that she resists the urge to pull into one of the many drive-throughs is another small victory in a year-long journey that has left the 40-year-old registered nurse 100 pounds lighter.
    While Hopkins freely admits that she has struggled with her weight since adolescence, her unhealthy eating habits and sedentary lifestyle began catching up with her while in her 30s.

  • Mayberry Day cruises back into town Friday-Saturday

    Whether you’ve been a fan of the Andy Griffith Show since its original run in the 1960s or became a fan by watching reruns of the hit sitcom in recent years, nearly everyone is familiar with the little town of Mayberry.
    This weekend, those traveling through Owenton will have the opportunity to step back in time and experience a real-life Mayberry as the fourth annual “Mayberry Days” cruises back into town.
    The event will begin Friday with the annual Heritage Power Tractor Show at the Owen County Fairgrounds.

  • Beshear randomly selects Owen for post-primary election audit

    Attorney General Andy Beshear last week announced the six Kentucky counties to undergo independent inquiries for any potential irregularities that may have occurred during the May 22 primary election.
    The counties, randomly drawn by Beshear in a publicly held drawing, include Owen, Bullitt, Jessamine, Powell, Rowan and Scott counties.

  • FCC Food Pantry relocates to West Perry Street

    The Owenton First Christian Church Food Pantry opened its doors to serve the people of Owen County on a monthly basis in 2011.
    First sponsored by a grant from the Free Store Food Bank, the pantry quickly outgrew the tables set up each month in the church parking lot and moved to a small building on Seminary Street. A delivery each month provides enough food for 100 families in Owen County. The food includes a balance of meat, breads, pastas, canned goods, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as some sweets. Local community butchers provide seasonal meats as well.

  • Former First Lady portrayed at recent NSDAR meeting in Warsaw

    The John Guill-Polly Hawkins Craig Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) met May 23, at the Hawkins-Kirby House in Warsaw. The program was “Lunch at the Whitehouse with Caroline Harrison.” Bonnie Strassell, local storyteller, acted the part of Caroline Harrison.

  • Updated bill pay options for Ky. American customers

    As of Friday, June 1, Kentucky American Water’s payment drop box located at 102 North Main Street in Owenton will be closed. After June 1, 2018, in-person payments can be made at Ashcraft Real Estate Services located at 125 N. Madison St. in Owenton between 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, and between 8 a.m.-noon, Fridays.

  • Community News | June 13, 2018

    Organizations encouraged to participate in Mayberry
    Day Mayberry Day will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, June 16, followed by a sock hop from 6-10 p.m. Organizations are invited to take part in the event. If a charity, church or organization would like to take part, please call 502-563-5050 or email tourismdirector@owencountyky. us. Your idea must be based on the Mayberry theme, 1950s-60s rural America. Think about the Andy Griffith Show to come up with ideas.

  • Water Warriors Camp will be July 10-13 at MBMS for local children, ages 9-11

    For the fourth year in a row, Kentucky American Water will partner with Bluegrass Greensource and the Owen County Family Resource Center to host a water education camp for Owen County youth.
    The Water Warriors Camp will bring together students ages 9-11 to engage in exciting and hands-on lessons about water. Focusing on water conservation and water quality, lessons will vary from testing the health of the pond by Owen County High School to learning how water used to be transported before household plumbing by hauling water in a relay race.