Today's News

  • Magistrate's race to be decided by coin toss

    Voters in Owen County’s fourth magisterial district will have to wait one more day to find out who will represent them on the fiscal court for the next four years.
    When the votes were tallied at the Owen County Clerk’s Office Nov. 6, the candidates vying for the seat — Democrat Joel Grugin and Republican Chad Rose — tied at 545 votes, respectively.
    “I was talking to (Rose) and joked when it was getting close that we may have to flip a coin,” Grugin said once the results were in.

  • Hemp to be topic of discussion at informational session Friday

    When local farmers learned that Lilu’s Garden, an industrial hemp processing business, would locate to Owenton last month, they immediately began asking questions.
    Many of those questions will be answered at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, at the Owen County Extension Office, according to Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis.
    The judge’s office has partnered with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to provide an informational session for the industrial hemp application process for the 2019 growing season.

  • 2018 General Election precinct-by-precinct results
  • In nail-biting election night, Ellis pulls off win


  • Business promises 150 new jobs

    An industrial hemp processing business promises to bring 150 jobs to Owenton after recently taking possession of the former Itron building.
    Lilu’s Garden, the nation’s largest state-of-the-art hemp processing company specializing in the manufacturing of derivatives from industrial hemp, will be hiring warehouse and maintenance workers, drivers, manufacturing processors and engineers with salaries ranging from minimum wage to more than $100,000 per year, according to a press release.

  • A $4.1 million investment

    Following months of negotiations, Gov. Matt Bevin’s office officially announced Pounds of Plastics, Inc., an international specialty manufacturer, will locate to the former Itron warehouse in the coming months.
    A $4.1 million investment, the company is initially expected to bring a minimum of 54 full-time jobs to Owenton.
    Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Pounds of Plastics specializes in custom polymers and thermoplastics used in automotive and a variety of other industries.

  • Halloween offers rich history

    Candy, time spent with friends and colorful costumes make Halloween a day to be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Halloween also can be a lucrative time of year, as the National Retail Federation notes that Halloween spending equals roughly $6.9 billion each year. But as popular as Halloween seems, many countries do not celebrate the holiday.

  • Owen countians made headlines across the nation

    Over the years stories featuring Owen countians have been reported in newspaper articles across America. Some are true, others are a stretch of the imagination, and a few are downright unbelievable.
    One rather questionable story was reported in an Oregon newspaper, the Columbian, in 1882. According to the article, Judge Major of Kentucky was told by many older people in Frankfort and Owen counties that the Mexican dictator Santa Anna, who massacred the Texans at the Alamo, was born in this area. Judge Major elaborated:

  • Owen District Court | Oct. 26, 2018

    Oct. 26, 2018
    Micah Curtis, 1978, flagrant non-support, three counts of contempt of court, continued to Nov. 9.
    Tiffany Kelly, 1989, two counts of third-degree assault, contempt of court, probable cause established, transferred to grand jury.
    William Metts, 1983, first-degree criminal trespassing, 12 months, to serve, 20 days, conditionally discharged for the balance, court costs, show cause hearing set for Feb. 15.
    Alisha Meyers, 1986, two counts of contempt of court, bonded out.

  • Oct. 31, 2018 | Community News

    Fall Harvest at Owenton Center will be Nov. 8
    Owenton Center’s Fall Harvest will begin at 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, with live music by Rick Kinman, a chili supper, cake auction and silent auction. All proceeds go toward the residents’ Christmas. If you would like to make a donation, call 502- 484-5721 and ask for Teresa Perry or Rachel Kramer.