Today's News

  • County’s 200th anniversary celebration begins with unveiling of traveling ‘torch’

    The unveiling of a traveling torch created by local artisans Jan. 6 signified Owen County’s Bicentennial, an anniversary that is set to be celebrated throughout the entirety of 2019.
    Despite being delayed a week due to inclement weather, the unseasonably warm temperatures brought several dozen members of the community out to take in the Bicentennial opening ceremony, as well as a number of county officials.

  • Fiscal court approves addition of road to county maintenance list

    In its last meeting of 2018, the Owen County Fiscal Court approved the addition of J. Pruett Lane to the county road maintenance list Dec. 28, a move that has been long awaited by the road’s residents.
    Under the county’s current road plan, Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis said to be considered for the county road maintenance list, a road must have been passable for at least 15 years, have an adequate number of residents.

  • Northern Kentucky Community Action awarded $2.5 million

    Just as Owen countians are expected to see a dramatic decrease in temperature, the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission (NKCAC) announced Monday that it would begin distributing funds from a $2.5 million federal grant that will assist eligible households with their winter energy costs.
    The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Crisis Program, known as LIHEAP, is the main federal program that helps low-income households and seniors with their energy bills, providing vital assistance during both the cold winter and hot summer months, according to a press release.

  • Stuck semi ties up Hwy. 127 traffic Jan. 2

    In an attempt to turn around near the 4000 block of  Hwy. 127 S. a semi truck became stuck at about 2:30 p.m., Jan. 2. Owen County Emergency Management Director Larry Karsner said the truck had an Alabama license plate and was not local. The incident blocked both lanes of traffic in the area for about 30 minutes. Along with emergency management, the Owen County Sheriff’s Office responded, as well as one member of the Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Department to direct traffic.

  • At the Library | Jan. 9, 2019

    Wednesday, Jan. 9
    3:15-4:30 p.m., Paint on Canvas: Kids will be using acrylic paint to create a masterpiece on canvas. We have many colors available, so you can be as creative as you want. This art program is perfect for all school-age children.

  • A look back at the top 10 stories of 2018

    10. St. Elizabeth Owen announces closure of emergency department
    A short 16 months after beginning operations in Owen County, St. Elizabeth Healthcare announced May 31 its plans to close its local emergency department.
    The closure, set for July 31, comes after months of consistent low patient volume, according to a news release.

  • Hardware store’s closing marks the end of an era for downtown Owenton

    The year is 1978. In business since 1945, Minch’s Hardware is a staple in Owen County, offering everyday necessities as well as luxuries like TVs and radios. Outside, the Great Blizzard has brought many parts of Kentucky to a standstill, closing interstates and creating snow drifts that reached 25-feet high. Despite continuous weather warnings, the store’s main proprietor, Marie Dowden Minch, is determined to get to work on time.

  • Triad looks to stabilize local healthcare

    Following months of uncertainty, Triad Health Systems Inc. CEO Adam Craft believes the future of local healthcare will become a bit more stabilized after the federally-qualified health center assumed the Owen County clinic earlier this month.
    HealthPoint Family Care, which opened its Owenton practice in 2016, announced that it was actively seeking a medical group to assume the practice in June after the single federal grant for the direct service areas of Owen, Carroll and Grant counties was awarded to Triad.

  • Transportation officials seek public input on NKY outer loop

    Kentucky Today

  • A century’s worth of history: Murphy turns 100 Dec. 29

    On a sunny Wednesday afternoon in December, just days shy of her 100th birthday, Margaret Alice Karsner Murphy sits alone at a makeshift desk in her bedroom. A copy of her latest book, “Dear Old K.F.O.S. My Memories of the Kentucky Female Orphan School 1935-1937” is placed in front of her. She observes the pictures carefully, perhaps recalling an old friend or loved one.