Local News

  • ‘That text can wait’

    It’s a common scene across the United States: A teenage driver gives a friend a ride home from school. As the friend talks in the passenger seat, the driver’s cell phone receives a text message.
    The driver picks up the phone to respond, and by the time his or her eyes are back on the road, it’s too late to avoid rear-ending another vehicle. The accident is likely to carry a hefty price in insurance, repairs and possibly a ticket.

  • Fiscal court eyes new vehicles, turns to fleet management service

    Owen County vehicles may be receiving an upgrade as the Owen County Fiscal Court discussed going to a company to help plan the cost of new vehicles, maintenance and the resell of vehicles in the future. The company chosen to help manage this is Enterprise Fleet Management, a branch of Enterprise Holdings that provides automotive fleet services that include fleet sales, financing, leasing, a maintenance program and management systems for companies throughout the United States and Canada.

  • At the Library | January 31, 2018

    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 at 11 a.m., every Wednesday morning 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.

    Walk Away the Pounds

  • Drug bust nabs 1 for heroin, 3 on warrants

    A woman believed to be one of the most prominent drug dealers in Corinth is behind bars following a joint effort between the Owen and Scott County sheriff’s offices.
    Owen County Sheriff Mark Bess and Deputy Brent Caldwell responded to a drug overdose on Jan. 17. Following an investigation at the scene, Bess and Caldwell were led to a residence just across the Scott County line on Leaning Oak Road.

  • Rescue squad makes quick work of locating missing teen

    Despite bitterly cold temperatures, Owen County Search and Rescue made quick work of locating a missing teenager last week.
    The 13-year-old female left her home at 13495 Georgetown Road at approximately 8 p.m., Jan. 17, to walk to her grandparent’s house about 10 feet away, according to Owen County Search and Rescue Captain Greg Estes.
    “She heard some dogs and started to walk toward them and got off track,” Estes said. “She walked up on a hunting cabin and went inside trying to get out of the cold.”

  • Smith House adds new chapter to decades-long history

    In its 60-plus years of business, the Smith House Restaurant has become a regional staple, serving up legendary homemade pies and mouthwatering fried chicken to local families and businesspeople alike.
    Today, those decades-long traditions are set to remain in place, even with a new face at the helm.
    Dana Colligan, 59, the former manager of the Owenton Marathon station, took over operations at the restaurant Jan. 1.
    A frequent Smith House patron, Colligan said she mentioned the possibility of having a restaurant of her own someday to owner Billie Jo Ashcraft.

  • County park set to receive updated infrastructure

    Infrastructure updates are expected to begin soon at the Owen County Park and Fairgrounds thanks to a $1.27 million grant from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA).
    The grant was initially awarded to the City of Owenton and earmarked for the city’s water intake on Severn Creek. The money was later redesignated to fund extensions of water lines to unserved areas.
    However, the city became ineligible for the grant after selling the water system to Kentucky American Water.

  • Only 21 local candidates as filing deadline nears

    Potential candidates for the May 2018 primary election now have less than a week until the filing deadline at 4 p.m., Tuesday.
    A total of 21 local candidates have filed to run, with only four offices contested as of press time Tuesday.

    County Judge/Executive:
    Casey Ellis, D (incumbent)
    Franky Fitzgerald, D

    County Attorney:
    Josh Smith, D (incumbent)

    Mark Bess, R (incumbent)
    Doug West, D
    Lannis Garnett, D
    Gary Alcorn, D

  • School district will wait until March to decide on makeup days

    Parents and students will have to wait until March to find out just how long the school year will last.
    Schools were closed Friday, Jan. 12, following the threat of ice and snow. After a second round of wintry weather Jan. 15-16, schools remained closed all last week. The district is now up to seven snow days. The district’s decision to close school during the total solar eclipse Aug. 21 makes a total of eight days that will need to be made up.

  • At the Library | January 24, 2018

    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 at 11 a.m., every Wednesday morning through January.

    Board Game Bonanza

    Drop by after school for games and snacks. Operation, Sorry, Trouble, Monopoly, Uno and more will be available from 3:15-4:30 p.m., today (Wednesday).