Today's News

  • New business concentrates on prettier puppies

    Since moving to Owenton from Syracuse, New York with her husband David, Lynn Fratello has fallen in love with the beauty of Kentucky.
    Now she shares another love of hers with the public in the form of caring for some people’s more prized companion - their dog.
    Fratello recently opened Pawsatively K9 Dog Grooming at the shopping center at 318 East Main Street in Owenton.
    A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Dog Grooming, Fratello said she is certified and professional.

  • 100 happy, heathy acres

    Around Hundred Happy Acres Farm, the focus isn’t on growing a profitable crop or raising livestock to rush to market.
    For the Lofald family, owners of the farm, it’s about eating without chemicals, land stewardship and the circle of life.
    “We want our kids to know where their food comes from,” Kenneth Lofald said. “We involve them with everything.”
    Kenneth Lofald and his wife Emily moved to the rural Owen County farm in the Jonesville area in 2009 and soon started a family.

  • Despite protests, Sunday sales approved

    A second reading of an ordinance that will allow Elk Creek Winery to serve alcohol on Sundays between the hours of 1-7 p.m. has been approved by a 3-1 vote of the Owen County Fiscal Court.
    Dozens of citizens attended the Aug. 12 regular meeting of the fiscal court and some were left standing inside the courtroom of the Owen County Courthouse to hear the outcome of the second reading.

  • Done Deals: 127 Yard Sale ends for another year

    The longest yard sale in the world has come to end for another year.
    For some people, the annual 127 Yard sale, which stretches from Alabama to Michigan, is the highlight of the summer. It offers local people the chance to sell items to customers from across the country.
    The event takes more people through Owen County than any other annual event and brings thousands of dollars into the community.
    Despite rainy conditions and lower than normal temperatures, the vendors seemed to be doing well.

  • As deadline nears, general election shapes up

    With only a few hours left before the 4 p.m. filing deadline Tuesday, two candidates had filed for the position of Owenton mayor.
    Current Owenton Mayor Doug West and former mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier will be on the ballot for mayor in the general election on Nov. 4.
    Wotier, who served as mayor from 2000-2011, announced his candidacy for mayor earlier this year before the May primary election.

  • Council rejects mayor’s plan to change policy

    The members of the Owenton City Council have rejected a proposal that would make changes to the way city employees receive merit raises.
    Owenton Mayor Doug West, who offered the proposal, said the change would give the council direct approval over merit raises.
    City Councilman Larry Dale Perry said he was concerned that raises had already been given and the city’s salary structure was unfair.

  • Owen grand jury hands down eight indictments

    The Owen County grand jury recently indicted a 26-year-old man after a pursuit that began in Gallatin County ended in Owen.
    According to Kentucky State Police Post 5 Campbellsburg Public Affairs Officer Trooper Brad Arterburn, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office initiated pursuit of Sig Franks, who allegedly had a mobile meth lab in his vehicle.
    Arterburn said KSP Trooper Justin Sams became involved in the pursuit after Franks entered Owen County.

  • Owen recertified in Storm Ready program

    Storm Ready is a nationwide program that helps communities better protect their citizens during severe weather and tornadoes. The program encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations. Storm Ready provided Owen County Emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve Owen County in hazardous weather operations.

  • Heroin bill would have addressed state’s epidemic

    Sometimes doing nothing is the worst plan of all.  When it comes to the scourge of heroin in our community, the Kentucky House of Representatives chose to do nothing this past session to combat the deadliest drug epidemic to hit the district in years.  
    With several overdoses in the past few weeks in both Owen and Scott counties, I am disgusted with how House Leadership left Senate Bill 5, the Heroin Bill, out to dry in the final moments of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly Session.

  • Owen County Circuit Court - Aug. 5, 2014

    Derrick J. Anderson, 1981, theft by unlawful taking, pleaded guilty, sentencing set for Sept. 9.
    Bryan P. Briede, second-degree complicity burglary, complicity receiving stolen property under $10,000, continued to Aug. 19.
    Donnie Carmack, 1978, show cause hearing, owes $220 fine, fine suspended.
    Donnie R. Carmack, 1978, complicity manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree complicity possession of a controlled substance, first-degree persistent felony offender, pleaded guilty, adopted plea agreement.