Local News

  • At the Library | Aug. 29, 2018
  • OCHS project grad. to host kayak fun run at Elmer Davis Lake

    Owen County Project Graduation will host a Kayak Fun Run at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, at Elmer Davis Lake. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.
    The event is open to adults, teens and youth. The minimum donation is $20 per adult/teen and $10 per child (12 years and under).
    Don’t own a kayak but want to participate? A limited supply of kayaks will be available to rent for a small fee of $10 per kayak. Kayak rentals will be a first come, first served basis.

  • Aug. 29, 2018 | Community News

    Clifton reunion set for Sept. 2
    The Clifton clan will hold its annual reunion at the Owen County Extension Office Sunday. A potluck lunch will begin at 1 p.m. Research shows a lot of relatives; all are welcome.
    County offices to close for Labor Day
    The offices of Owen County government, including the Owen County Judge-Executive, Owen County Clerk, Owen County Sheriff and Owen County Attorney will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day.
    Owen Circuit Clerk’s Office closed Monday

  • County’s 200th anniversary to be marked by year of events

    In 1819, four years after the close of the War of 1812, Owen County was formed from parts of Franklin, Pendleton, Gallatin and Scott counties. As the county’s 200th anniversary draws near, a Bicentennial Planning Committee has been established and are working to coordinate events in individual communities across the county.
    The planning committee consists of 13 members of the community, ranging from library staff to Owen County Fair Board members.

  • Hepatitis A outbreak hits Owen County

    The Owenton McDonald’s was shut down by Three Rivers District Health Department just before 1 p.m., Monday after the department was notified that an employee of the fast-food restaurant has hepatitis A.
    The employee reportedly handled food while he/she was ill or infectious at the 506 S. Main St. location between Aug. 16-27, according to a press release from TRDHD.

  • 3 generations and hundreds of crops later, MK Farms still going strong

    Thirteen years have passed since lawmakers enacted the Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act, otherwise known as the “Tobacco Buyout,” leaving many Kentucky farmers scrambling for an alternative to a crop that was once vital to their livelihoods.

  • Monterey voters to decide fate of wet/dry petition

    Voters in the Monterey precinct will have more than politicians on the general election ballot Nov. 6, after a wet/dry petition for the City of Monterey was recently filed at the Owen County Clerk’s Office.
    The petition, which reads, “Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in the City of Monterey?” was filed in time to make the Nov. 6 general election ballot, saving the county coffers the cost of a special election.
    Registered voters in the Monterey precinct will vote “yes” or “no” to the question.

  • Gallatin Co. native tapped to lead volunteer fire department

    While millions of Americans can say they met their spouse while on the job, few can claim meeting their other half while battling a structure fire.
    For Owen County’s newest fire chief Kenny Locke, meeting his wife Amanda at the scene of a fire is just one of the many ways fire service has become deeply embedded in his life over the past 21 years.
    “She ran with Glencoe, and I ran with Gallatin County,” Locke recalled. “I met her at the scene of a house fire years ago. She’s got the sickness as bad as I do.”

  • Coon hunting a family affair for women's world champion hunter

    For the Blackwell family, coon hunting isn’t just a hobby — it’s a family affair.
    Doug Jr., Jane and their 11-year-old son Austin have spent countless late nights in the woods with their three coonhounds, both for recreation and in competition. On July 14, all that practice paid off for Jane and the family’s prize 3-year-old walker coonhound, Combo.

  • Brothers to compete for 'World's Best Bricklayer' title