Local News

  • Legislative lessons

    Owen County students Samantha Mason and Lauren McDonald participated in the Legislative Page program with the FRYSC page program with the Owen County Youth Services Center. They are both sixth-grade students at Maurice Bowling Middle School.

  • Annual motorcycle ride to Owen Co. Relay for Life to be held May 23

    Join The Sisters Act Relay for Life Team’s Seventh Annual Motorcycle Ride to the Owen County Relay for Life Event on May 23. 
    This ride is in honor of Pam Brock, team member and an eight-year cancer survivor, as well as to honor all cancer survivors.
    No registration required or fee collected but all donations to the American Cancer Society are appreciated. This is strictly a voluntary ride to show our support to all cancer survivors. 
    For more information, call Teresa Swigert at 502-484-2726. 

  • Waldrop graduates from nursing school

    Family and friends gathered together for the graduation of Brittany Allen Waldrop from the University of Cincinnati School of Nursing on April 26. She is the daughter of Glenn Todd Waldrop and Tracey Allen and the granddaughter of Darlyn and the late Glenn Waldrop.

  • Perry gains degree from Northern Kentucky

    Shadoe Brooke Perry will graduate from Northern Kentucky University with a bachelor of arts in communication and area of focus in psychology on Saturday. She will graduate with honors as a member of Lambda Pi Eta.

  • Fourth district magistrate candidates talk vision

    Four candidates hoping to replace Owen County Fourth District Magistrate Troy Bramblett gathered Monday night at the Monterey Volunteer Fire Department to answer questions from the public as part of a series of forums sponsored by the Owen County Visioneers.
    Travis Fitzgerald, Eric Goodrich, Don McDonald and Cindy Wilhoite each offered their stance on issues and problems facing the county.
    A wide array of topic were discussed:

    Fire department
    membership fees

  • Second district candidates square off at forum

    Alcohol and tourism were the topics that took center stage at Monday’s second-district magistrate forum.
    Democratic candidates Doug Perkins, Stuart Bowling and Bobby Gaines, as well as Republican candidate Paul Wilson, each participated in the forum, held at the Owen County Extension Office.
    To begin the forum each candidate was given two minutes to tell the audience about themselves.
    Members of the audience had the opportunity to anonymously write down questions for the candidates, which served as the talking points of the forum.

  • West casts tie-breaking vote for raise

    A vote to approve a second reading on an ordinance that would raise the mayor’s salary $6,000 per year needed a tiebreaker to pass during a special-called Owenton City Council meeting Monday.
    Council members Larry Dale Perry, Doris Ann Riley and Rita Osborne each voted no to the increase, which will also come with $300 a month in health benefits.
    Bob Osborne, Bob Walker and Gerald Powell each voted yes to the ordinance.
    Owenton Mayor Doug West broke the tie with a yes vote.

  • Phillips, Spurgeon discuss policy, politics in first district

    Approximately 25 adults attended the first-district magistrate forum held Monday at the New Liberty Firehouse.
    Both candidates, Democrats Todd Spurgeon and Asa Phillips, participated in the forum.
    The forum’s moderator, Veronica Gayle, said the usual topics were discussed, including the wet/dry issue.
    “(Attendees) seemed to be concerned about magistrates and their positions, whether they’re full or part time and what that means in terms of benefits and the cost to the county.”

  • Helping to fight fires just got easier

    The Kentucky Fire Commission has set up a phone line to provide information to prospective volunteer firefighters.
    The commission will direct calls from all over Kentucky to recruiters who will take information from people interested in joining volunteer departments.
    The information will be passed along to the volunteer service closest to the caller. 
    The 800 number will make it easier for those who want to join the fire department as well as streamline volunteer records.  The direct line is 1-800-347-3546.

  • Friends of Football to host ATV races Saturday

    The Owen County Friends of Football will sponsor KOI Drag Racing at the Owen County Fairgrounds Saturday.
    The event will include 26 different ATV classes. Practice begins at 5 p.m., with eliminations starting at 7 p.m.
    The event will support the Owen County Rebels Football Team. Admission is $7. All gate fees and concessions benefit the Owen County High School Friends of Football.
    For more information visit www.koidragracing.com, or call 859-576-7380 or 859-351-9417.