Local News

  • Sisters find their dreams in Owen County shop

    Opening a new business is risky during this day in time, but sisters MaryAnn Pearson and Jackie Lawson opened their consignment shop, Simple Country Living, on Dec. 8 to a store full of customers.

    Lawson, who lived in Cincinnati, bought a home with her husband in Owen County in 2004. The home became their weekend getaway until 2008 when she retired and they took up permanent residence in Owen County.

    Pearson, who lived in Baltimore at the time, came to visit Lawson during the fall of 2008.

  • Aldridge named new city clerk

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier had little doubt who would step up to fill the position of city clerk.

    The position came open after the death of Charlotte Cobb. Laura Aldridge, who had served as deputy city clerk for a year and a half, was sworn in as city clerk at the Feb. 3 Owenton City Council meeting.

  • Former Owen County official sentenced

    The former Owen County deputy judge-executive charged in connection with theft of public money could avoid jail time following her formal sentencing Tuesday.

    In late December, Renaee Gaines admitted her guilt before Owen County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Bates. Inclement weather in Owen County delayed her formal sentencing from Jan. 27.

    Gaines had been charged with theft by unlawful taking over $300, complicity to theft by unlawful taking over $300, two counts of first-degree official misconduct, and one count of complicity to theft of services over $300.

  • Volunteers walk to aid sick babies

    Families from Owen County, Carrollton, Bardstown and Frankfort turned out for the fourth annual Walk for Awareness for Congenital Heart Defects which was held at the Owenton First Baptist Church Family Life Center Saturday.

    Owenton resident Katie Columbia, whose son Isaiah was born with heart defects, began the Walk for Awareness to show support for other families with children who had been affected by similar conditions.

  • Snow, ice brings Owen to standstill

    While snow and ice blanketed the county during last week’s winter storm, county and city officials worked to clear roads, give shelter to those without electricity and deliver groceries and medicine to those who were unable to leave their homes.

    Owenton First Baptist Church set up a shelter for people who lost electricity during the storm. Victims of the storm were asked to bring their own blankets, but food, heat and all other necessities were provided by the church.

    The county was prepared to open another shelter if needed.

  • Party recommends Keith for judge-executive

    A former Owen County circuit court clerk has been nominated to take over as Owen County Judge-executive.

    Carolyn Keith, who served as Owen County circuit court clerk from 1988 until 2005, was selected from a field of seven candidates by the Owen County Democratic Party Executive Committee.

    Keith’s name and recommendation will be passed on to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. The governor has the power to accept or reject the nomination.

  • Fumes may have caused death

    The severe winter weather is blamed for the death of an Owen County man.

    Kentucky State Police said William W. House, 47, of Mussel Shoals Road was pronounced dead at his home by Owen County Coroner Lannis Garnett.

    Susan Kincaid was also found at the home unconscious.

    Ice and snow had cut off the electricity to the home, which was being warmed by a small propane heater.

    Kincaid was taken to the New Horizons Hospital before being transferred to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

    Carbon-monoxide poisoning is believed to be the cause.

  • MAPP program releases health survey findings

    The Owen County MAPP program, sponsored by the Three Rivers Health Department, has been researching the health priorities of the community.

    Committee chair Melody Stafford said the results of a health survey revealed some suprising results. Of the 1,000 survey responses, over 700 reported having health insurance. Nearly 600 people considered Owen County a safe and healthy place to live.

  • Muddy Boots Cafe opens its doors


  • Shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

    An Owen County woman is dead and a man is severely injured following an incident Saturday morning in Owenton.