Local News

  • In Service: Kayla S. Holt

    Air National Guard Airman Kayla S. Holt graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Holt is the daughter of Tonya and stepdaughter of Jeff Moore of Crystal Lake Drive, Sparta.

  • Owen County author shares Parkinson’s journey in book

    When Kentucky author Machele Coleman Bess was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, her life became a little shaky. Coming from a Christian family, however, she has learned to have faith in God and continue to think positively.
    In her new book, “Unshaken Faith: A Parkinson’s Pocketbook,” Bess describes how, while she has been diagnosed with an uncommon disease, she strives to appreciate the little things in life and remember that God alone is her fortress and she will not be shaken.

  • Guests of honor

    Two longtime staples in Owen County business were honored at the 12th annual Owen County Chamber of Commerce meeting Nov. 27.
    The chamber honors an outstanding businessperson and business each year, chosen by the meeting committee. Nominations are taken from the membership.
    The winner of this year’s outstanding businessperson of the year was Bud Forsee, owner of Meadowview Shopwise.

  • Twin brothers hit by same vehicle in Fri. accident

    Two Owenton men were taken to New Horizons Medical Center after being struck by the same vehicle.
    The incident happened at 6:40 p.m. Friday, when William Dean and his twin brother Tommy Dean were walking along South Main Street near Owenton City Hall.
    According to a press release from the Owenton Police Department, William Dean, 59, stepped out into the southbound lane and was struck by a passenger car driven by 66-year-old Rebecca Seigel of Owenton.

  • City seeks bright ideas

    Owenton Mayor Doug West and the members of the planning and zoning commission are looking for some fresh ideas for the city’s future.
    West will host a community meeting beginning at 7 p.m., Tuesday in the courtroom of the Owen County Courthouse to take suggestions from the public on the city’s future in order to update its comprehensive plan.
    The current comprehensive plan was approved as it was in July, but the current plan has not been revised or updated in 20 years.

  • Businesswoman shares her knack with Owen County

    From Dallas, Texas to Owen County, June Osborne has shared her love of home décor with friends and family. Now Osbrone will begin sharing that love with the entire community.
    The 62-year-old, soon-to-be retired engineer said she has always had a knack for decorating, including floral arrangements and room staging – all of which will be a part of the business.

  • Helping Hands

    The Owen County Youth Services Center and Community Education Center recently held a fundraiser for the Power Pack Program and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The staff of the centers would like to thank the community for its support purchasing popcorn from the students of Owen County schools. Approximately $3,200 was raised which will be split between the two programs. The top three sellers received prizes for their hard work. The top sellers were Kendall Whobrey (first place), Destiny Prather (second place), and Malachi Mefford (third place).

  • Thunder strikes

  • Vandals topple 20 tombstones in Gratz

    Police are investigating the Thanksgiving Day vandalism of a graveyard in Gratz.
    According to Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond, about 20 stones were overturned or damaged in the Mount Minish Cemetery sometime between Wednesday and Friday morning last week.
    “Somebody went in there and either turned them over or pushed them off their bases,” Hammond said. “It was discovered when people went in there Friday morning to decorate their family gravestones for Christmas.”
    Some of the stones were decades old, Hammond said.

  • Looking for angels

    Dozens of children in Owen County are looking for a few angels to help make Christmas brighter this year.
    Although the children remain nameless, Owen countians go out of their way each year to help a child in need, either by sponsoring an entire family or picking a child from the county’s angel tree.
    Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences Judy Hetterman said the project began approximately 25 years ago and countless businesses, churches and organizations have stepped up to help make everyone’s Christmas merry.