Local News

  • New Royalty

    The Owen County High School basketball homecoming king and queen were crowned during Friday night’s basketball game. The members of the royal court included Bryson Tirey, Hallie Risch, Cooper Taylor who was named prince, Ashley Smith who was named princess, homecoming queen Jenna Harris, homecoming king Sawyer Williams and Makenzie Risch and Tyler Clifford.

  • Founder shares her family’s story

    When Isaiah Columbia was born in September 2004, his parents, Kathryn and Robbie, already knew they had a long road ahead of them. But little did they know, there would be dozens of other families in the area experiencing the same thing.
    The struggle began when Kathryn was only 20 weeks into the pregnancy. Doctors told her that her unborn child had hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
    “Basically, he only has the right side of his heart as the left didn’t develop properly and does not function,” Kathryn said.

  • Suspect in Owen burglaries jumped out window to avoid law enforcement

    Owen County Sheriff’s deputies are hoping to soon track down a suspect after a string of burglaries on U.S. 127 South and one off Davis Lake Road.
    Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Marvin Goodrich said the burglaries began around Jan. 14 and so far four have taken place.
    According to Goodrich, the alleged burglar is known to take jewelry, firearms, money and in one instance, a Playstation3.

  • Businessman supporting fourth-class city proposal

    One local businssman says if the City of Owenton were to become a fourth-class city, it could mean more jobs, more tourism and more revenue for the entire county.
    Curtis Sigretto, owner to Elk Creek Vineyards, said his winery located on Hwy. 330 is the largest in the state and visitors come from all over Kentucky and surrounding areas to visit  – except on Sunday.

  • Downhill from here

    Most people do what they can to avoid driving in icy conditions. When they are caught on slick roads they typically don’t travel at high speeds in vehicles without brakes.
    For one Owen County resident he has spent the winter doing quite the opposite.
    Adam Clark graduated from Owen County High School in 2003. While in high school, he was an outstanding football player and track star.
    In the summer of 2010, his college roommate encouraged him to send an application to something different than anything he had done before.

  • Some voters will see changes in precincts due to 2010 Census

    While Frankfort has been geared up determining the boundaries for the house, senatorial, and congressional districts, the Owen County Clerk’s Office and Owen County Board of Elections have been busy drawing the voting precinct lines for Owen County.

  • FBI thanks local officers for nabbing bank robber

    An Owen County sheriff’s deputy and former Owenton city policeman were recently thanked for their assistance in helping detain a man being accused of bank robbery.
    Following the robbery of First Farmer’s Bank in Gratz, on March 27, 2010, an extended investigation between the FBI and Kentucky State Police took place on April 29, 2011. FBI agents and Kentucky State Police detectives were attempting to locate and arrest Bryan Kelly and Edward Cook in the Owenton area.

  • Talks begin on future of library building

    The Owen County Public Library will have a new home later this year and members of the library board are hopeful the same will be said for Owen County seniors.
    Owen County Library Director Jennifer Nippert said members of the library board attended the Jan. 24 Owen County Fiscal Court workshop to begin a conversation that she hopes will result in the library’s current facility becoming the new home to Owen County seniors.

  • Owen Co. may lose a voting precinct

    Owen County could soon lose one voting precinct following changes in population according to data from the 2010 U.S. Census.
    Every 10 years after a census is completed local governments must reapportion if the population changes by 10 percent, after the process was completed in 2011 magistrate district lines were changed because some of the districts were not serving an equal population.
    Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said once the magistrate district lines changed, precincts also had to change.

  • Adams sees backlash over fourth-class designation

    A public hearing will soon be held following backlash from city and county residents on a plan to change the City of Owenton to a fourth-class city.
    Owenton Mayor Doug West and State Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, have been receiving negative phone calls from citizens concerned the move could result in a local-option election for alcohol sales or a liquor-by-the-drink ordinance.
    The City of Owenton is currently a fifth-class city.