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Today's News

  • Officials: Company could bring 70 new jobs to Owen

    Officials announced Sept. 9 they are in active negotiations with a “specialty manufacturer,” which could bring up to 70 new jobs to Owenton within its first two years of operations.
    The international manufacturer cannot yet be named according to Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis, due to pending approval of tax incentives from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

  • Man steals, wrecks deputy’s cruiser during chase

    A 23-year-old man is behind bars after swiping and wrecking a deputy’s cruiser, leading to an hours-long, multi-agency search for the subject.
    Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent Caldwell was dispatched to 2680 New Liberty Turnpike around 11:30 p.m., Sept. 8, where Caldwell said Kaleb Willis approached Timmy Howard’s residence and asked for a drink of water. Howard then questioned Willis, who knocked Howard down in the doorway.

  • AT&T addresses court, expands access to high speed internet locally

    A representative from AT&T addressed the Owen County Fiscal Court at its regular meeting Sept. 11 to announce its expanded internet access to rural parts of the community.
    AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet for rural and under-served locations is now available to some residents and small businesses in parts of Owen County, including parts of Owenton.

  • Alumni association working to bring back 'true meaning' of homecoming

    BY AUDREY LEWIS | N-H Correspondent

  • Sept. 19, 2018 | Community News

    A Mayberry Christmas in need of several actors

    A Mayberry Christmas is holding auditions for the parts of Aunt Bea, Ellie, Charlene Darling, Mr. Darling and Ben will take place at 10 a.m., Sept. 22, at the Owen County Courthouse, located at 100 N. Thomas St. For more information, call Faith Clifton at 502-370-8841.

  • At the Library | Sept. 19, 2018

    September is Library Card Sign-up Month! Come see just how incredible your local library is. Get a library card and check out something for you and your kids. Anyone who is incredible enough to sign up or renew their library card will be entered in a weekly drawing for incredible prizes. Good times are to be had at the Owen County Public Library.

  • Family, friends celebrate Downing
  • Commending a job well done

    Throughout his decades-long career in public service, Capt. Charles Phillips has received numerous awards and recognition, but none can compare to the accolade he received shortly after his retirement from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife July 31.
    Phillips, a 1985 graduate of Owen County High and a former Owen County sheriff’s deputy, rose through the ranks to become commander over Kentucky’s sixth wildlife district — which includes all of Owen County — and, upon his retirement was awarded the “Eagle Award.”

  • School board approves 4- percent tax hike

    Following an unattended public hearing Aug. 29, the Owen County Board of Education unanimously approved a 4-percent tax increase for 2018-19.
    The property and tangible rates were set at 65.9 cents per $100 of assessed value -- up 2.6 cents from last year.
    In recent years, Owen County School Superintendent Rob Stafford said the board had taken the 4-percent increase about every other year, having taken the compensating rate last year.
    The total general fund revenue expected in 2019 on property taxes is just under $3.5 million.

  • Downpours cause few issues throughout Owen

    As strong storms rolled through the Bluegrass region this past weekend, some areas in Owen County saw as much as 4-7 inches of rain, causing flash flooding to small streams and creeks, making some county roads impassable.
    Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis toured some of the flooded areas Sunday to get a first-hand assessment of any damages.
    “We had one home flooded on Old Sparta Road,” Ellis said.
    Unlike the spring flash floods that caused damage to some county roads, Ellis said roads were left undamaged this time.