Local News

  • Winds trigger damage

    A barn around the 3100 block of Hwy. 127 N. received substantial damages Monday evening from what was believed to be 65 mph straight line winds. Owen County Emergency Management Director Rick Morgan said the barn belonged to Bill Cammack and estimated the monetary damage to be around $30,000.
    Morgan said on Squiresville Road several barns received damage and some house received little damage to their roofs.
    On Morgan Lane, the electric service was pulled away from one home, but Morgan said Owen Electric repaired the problem Monday evening.

  • OCHS Students of the Month for March 2014

    The Owen County High School student of the month winners for March are (from left to right) Lacie Black (junior), Quentin Ellis (sophomore), Wesley Grugin (senior), and Austin Brown (freshman).

  • Owen County High School honor roll - April 9, 2014

    12th grade super honor roll
    Emily Allen, Allyson Beverly, Ellen Eldridge, Zachary Hall, Haley Hatchett, Kayla Miles, Morgan Neace, Shelby Power, Melanie Ransdell, Kayleigh Shaw, Hannah Strohmeier, Kristan Swigert, Richard Swigert, Hunter Trenary, Tucker Trenary, Sarah Wilhoite, Sarah Wotier.
    12th grade honor roll

  • CHEERS! Owen cheerleaders honored at banquet

    The Maurice Bowling Middle School and Owen County High School cheerleading banquet was held April 6.
    Although 2013-14 was the year of “runner-ups,” the effort put in by both teams was far from second best.
    The MBMS squad finished second in the Swiss Wine Festival in August and in the Eighth
    Region KAPOS regional in December.
    Academic excellence awards were given to Rachel Miller, Lindsay Gill, and Cailey Stedam. All of these students had a 4.0 GPA for the season.
    Lydia Hobbs was awarded the Sara Jane Green Award.

  • Class of ‘64 to hold 50-year reunion

    From near and far, former classmates of Owen County High will come together once again in Owenton on April 12 when the school’s class of 1964 holds its 50th anniversary class reunion in the Owen County Extension Service’s community room at 357 Ellis Road.
    Class members are encouraged to come by The Smith House restaurant at 1640 Hwy 22 for an impromptu lunch around 12:30 or 1 p.m. to have an opportunity to spend some extra time catching up and getting reacquainted with fellow classmates since they last saw them.

  • Joan Kincaid retires, ready for family and some fishing

    By John Whitlock
    N-H Editor
    For over 35 years, Joan Kincaid has been a presence in Owen County government.
    On Tuesday morning, she stepped away from her desk and down from her position as Owen County Clerk.
    The road to serving such a long stretch in local government began in 1978 at Owenton’s Western Auto when Kincaid was asked to join the Owen County Sheriff’s Office as a clerk.

  • Questions on merged government tackled at forum

    A strong turnout was on hand March 25 for a forum hosted by the Owen County Chamber of Commerce regarding charter counties.
    Dr. Phil Sparks of Chase Law School, Rick Ornstein with the Kentucky Association of Counties and attorney Skip Watson led the discussion and took written questions from the audience.
    Owen County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Frank Downing said participants in Leadership Owen County heard discussions on charter counties about 10 years ago, but the topic hadn’t been discussed much since then.

  • Stivers named to take over Owen Co. Clerk office

    As one chapter of Owen County history comes to a close, another one opens with the appointment of Laurel P. Stivers to the Owen County Clerk’s Office.
    The appointment came after Joan Kincaid announced her retirement from the office. Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith appointed Stivers to the office Tuesday morning.
    Stivers, who will be on the ballot for the clerk’s position in May, said she is looking forward to settling into her new position at a busy time of the year.

  • High winds smashes backyard pool

    For many years, the backyard pool has been a gathering place for John and Betty Ducker’s grandkids and some of the neighborhood kids looking to cool off from the summer heat.
    But this year could be different after a freak wind rolled up from the valley behind their house on Ellis Road and demolished the family’s swimming pool early Friday morning as the couple slept.
    “It was a horrible sound,” John Ducker. “I wasn’t sure what had happened.”

  • Pitch Perfect

    Three students from Owen County schools received distinguished ratings at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble event held March 22 at Twenhofel Middle School in Independence. Noah Malcomb, right, a seventh grader at Maurice Bowling Middle School, received the rating for his French horn performance.  Freshman Nicole Walker, center, was distinguished on her clarinet, while sophomore Kirsten Parker, left,  received the same honor on flute.