Today's News

  • Gallatin Co. native tapped to lead volunteer fire department

    While millions of Americans can say they met their spouse while on the job, few can claim meeting their other half while battling a structure fire.
    For Owen County’s newest fire chief Kenny Locke, meeting his wife Amanda at the scene of a fire is just one of the many ways fire service has become deeply embedded in his life over the past 21 years.
    “She ran with Glencoe, and I ran with Gallatin County,” Locke recalled. “I met her at the scene of a house fire years ago. She’s got the sickness as bad as I do.”

  • Coon hunting a family affair for women's world champion hunter

    For the Blackwell family, coon hunting isn’t just a hobby — it’s a family affair.
    Doug Jr., Jane and their 11-year-old son Austin have spent countless late nights in the woods with their three coonhounds, both for recreation and in competition. On July 14, all that practice paid off for Jane and the family’s prize 3-year-old walker coonhound, Combo.

  • Brothers to compete for 'World's Best Bricklayer' title
  • 9 vie for Owenton council as deadline to file passes

    The City of Owenton’s political landscape is set for some major changes following November’s general election. Councilman Adam Gaines was the only candidate to file for Owenton mayor by Tuesday’s deadline. Council members Bob Osborne, Larry Dale Perry and Jimmy Marston were the only incumbents to file.
    A total of nine candidates joined the Owenton City Council race by the Aug. 13 filing deadline.
    Write-in candidates will have until 4 p.m., Oct. 26 to file, according to the 2018 election calendar.

  • Historical Society News | Stories from Owen County's numerous communities linger on

    At one time over 60 communities thrived amid the hills of Owen County. Each one was unique and most shared special stories that have been passed down from one generation to the next.
    An 1886 article in the Owenton Democrat described a rather entertaining story that occurred in Gratz at the dedication of the Gratz Baptist Church.

  • Guest Editorial | A free press is not the 'enemy of the people'

    At the national level, name calling and threats against the noble pursuit of journalism have dominated the space for much of this year.
    The threat of tariffs enforced to benefit one lone employer helped throw a newsprint landscape already being decimated through the loss of print advertising into deeper chaos.
    And then there’s the rhetoric coming from the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C. “Enemies of the people,” the president has said repeatedly. The enemies he’s referring to? Media.

  • Owen District Court | Aug. 17, 2018

    Aug. 17, 2018

    Tiffiny R. Bailey, 1987, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, reckless driving, continued to Sept. 14.
    Aaron A. Bihl, 1999, probation violation, continued to Aug. 24.
    Ernest Combs, 1987, receiving stolen property under $10,000 or more, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, failure to produce insurance card, second-degree fleeing or evading the police, preliminary hearing set for Aug. 24.

  • Kay's Branch News | Farm-to-table dinner a hit for Branch residents

    There is very little news this week from the Branch. Our new neighbors have settled into their house. Wanda bush hogged the area outside of the fenced-in house lot, and she is keeping that area mowed now. It looks very neat. I got all my mowing before the rain started again.
    Wanda said the Kentucky State Fair is taking place through Aug. 26. She said they advertised 26 free concerts with admission tickets, so there will be lots of music for everyone.

  • Aug. 22 Community News | Retired teachers to hold annual picnic

    Cattlemen’s Association to meet Sept. 6
    The Owen County Cattlemen’s Association will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6. Dinner will be provided. The featured guest speaker, Pendleton County Agriculture Extension Agent Lindie Huffman, will demonstrate meat-cutting techniques and new cuts of steak. Please contact the Owen County Extension Office at 502-484-5703 by Friday, Aug. 31, if you plan to attend.

  • At the Library | Aug. 22, 2018