Local News

  • Plans move along for middle school

    The Owen County School Board met Monday and received a report from Ron Murrel, the architect responsible for the new middle school. He reported the plans for the school are continuing without problems, and he is finalizing the plans for the exterior of the school. They will also be deciding the materials and colors for the exterior walls.

    The board also received the results of the 2008 audit. Bernadette Smith, CPA with the Charles T. Mitchell Co., said the audit went smoothly and they did not find any problems.


    Nov. 13 was a day for the history books.

    After months of investigation, 68 arrest warrants were issued against suspected drug traffickers in five counties, including 16 in Owen County.

    Chip Perry, public affairs officer for the Kentucky State Police Post Five, said this is the largest drug roundup ever for the post.

    He said there are 112 charges pending and all but four charges are felonies.

    The monumental effort started at 5:30 a.m. Thursday and involved every branch of local law enforcement.

  • Auditor meets with fiscal court members

    The investigation phase of the 2008 audit for the Owen County Fiscal Court is complete. The results were presented at an exit conference Nov. 11.

    Greg Giesler, the administrative branch manager and open records administrator with the state auditor’s office, said the exit conference was complete, but the final results will not be released for several months.

  • Nov. 14, 2008

    Bryan A. Ruth, trafficking in marijuana, pleaded not guilty, adopted plea agreement, continued to Dec. 12.

    Steven S. Small, 1986, two counts of trafficking in marijuana, $5,000 cash bond set.

    Michael J. Walker, 1988, three counts of trafficking in marijuana, pleaded not guilty, adopted plea agreement, continued to Dec. 12.

    Matthew Shane Walker, 1986, trafficking in marijuana, pleaded not guilty, continued to Dec. 12.

  • Brown faces hearing in Scott County

    A former Owen County resident will face a preliminary hearing Thursday after police discovered the remains of his sister in the truck of his car.

    Timothy Brown, 30, was arrested in St. Louis, Mo., after a missing persons report had been filed in regards to his sister, Penny Brown, who suffered from cerebral palsy.

    On Nov. 6, Timothy Brown pleaded not guilty abusing or neglecting an adult in connection with the discovery of his sister’s mummified body in the trunk of his car.

  • Fido Fiesta will help fulfill OCFA shelter dream

    An animal shelter for Owen County has been the dream of many of its citizens since the inception of the Owen County Friends of Animals.

    Now, five years later, that dream may very well come true with the help of a special fund-raising event – The Fido Fiesta.

  • Have you seen this kangaroo?

    Like millions of people throughout the world, Angela Perkins’ disability has forced her to rely on her service animal, Cletus Eugene, to keep her safe. But Perkins’ story is unique because Cletus is a miniature kangaroo.

    Perkins lives with multiple sclerosis and credits Cletus with giving her the confidence to live a normal life.

    With her kangaroo by her side, she has the confidence to drive to the grocery store or the bank. He is a constant companion, watching over her. He keeps her company when attacks leave her paralyzed and homebound.

  • With election over, officials look to future

    After the excitement of election night, the Owenton City Council and the Owen County School Board set their priorities for the next year.

    Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier said he is happy that five incumbents were re-elected. He is also looking forward to working with Rita Osborne, a new face to the city council.

    “I am confident we can work together for the betterment of the city,” he said.

  • New disc golf course opens on Owen schools campus

    Owen County High School has recently developed a new recreational disc golf course that’s not only for student use, but public use as well.

    Disc golf is played with a disc, similar to a Frisbee, but heavier. Each individual attempts to throw a disc into a basket or a target. Whoever gets their disc in the basket with the least amount of throws is the winner.

  • Council to tackle messy Owenton properties

    The Owenton City Council has agreed to look into its nuisance policies after receiveing several complaints.

    Four of the six city councilmen presented comments concerning complaints they had been receiving about everything from junk cars to trash in the yards of Owenton residents.

    Councilman Joshua Willoughby said not only had he been receiving complaints, but people were bringing him pictures of different properties they felt needed to be cleaned up.

    Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier also showed concern.