Local News

  • Itron sells to investment company for $1.35 million

    Thirteen months after Itron announced its decision to cease local operations, a Covington-based investment group has purchased the facility for $1.35 million and is expected to take control of the property March 31.
    While the official owner of the building is listed as Empire Properties, LLC, its sister company, Hosea Project Movers, will oversee the property, according to Empire Properties Manager and Hosea Project Movers President Todd Hosea.

  • Officials warn of potential flu outbreak

    It is influenza (flu) season once again, and health departments across the nation are practicing different ways to help prevent the further spread of the flu.

  • Weekend fires claim 2 homes

    Members of Owen County’s volunteer fire departments stayed busy Friday and Saturday fighting structure fires in the bitter cold temperatures.
    The Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Department was called to a structure fire at 1420 Highway 127 South at approximately 7:28 p.m., Friday.
    When firefighters arrived on the scene, Owenton Assistant Fire Chief David Lilly said the fire was contained to one room, which was “completely demolished.”

  • At the Library | January 10, 2018

    The library will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

    Age Reversing Workout

    Follow a beginner’s DVD to boost your energy. This gentle workout is designed to improve posture and increase mobility. It repeats every Wednesday morning at 11 a.m., through January.


    Join Miss Susan to enjoy great books and fun activities. This program is for preschoolers and their caregivers who are a necessary and required part of the program. Come join in the fun at 10:30 a.m., Thursday.

  • 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.