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Today's News

  • 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.

  • A sweet treat: Sweet Owen Days returns this weekend as 2-day event

    With more than 80 vendors on tap and a revamped entertainment lineup, the annual Sweet Owen Day festival will return this weekend to its original two-day schedule.
    The event, created in 2001 by former Owen County Judge-Executive Billy O’Banion, was initially held as a weekend-long event with some vendors’ booths remaining open Sunday and an afternoon-long gospel sing. The event was cut back to one day in 2009.

  • Case named production supervisor for KAW northern division

    Kentucky American Water has announced the appointment of Jason Case as production supervisor for the company’s Northern Division, based in Owenton, Ky. In this position, Case will oversee production at the Kentucky River Station II water treatment plant. He will report to Nathan Clark, superintendent of Northern Division operations.

  • 10th annual TRDHD Fun Run/Walk slated for Sept. 22

    The 10th annual Three Rivers District Health Department Fun Run/Walk will begin at 9 a.m., Sept. 22, at Kentucky Speedway. Pre-registration for the event is $15; same-day registration is $20 and begins at 8 a.m. The race may be canceled due to inclement weather (thunder or lightning). If the weather is questionable on race day, call 502-514-1582. Checks may be made payable to Three Rivers District Health Department and mailed to Three Rivers District Health Department Attn: 5K Fun Run/Walk, 510 S. Main St., Owenton, KY 40359. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by Sept. 14.

  • Sept. 12, 2018 | Community News

    Reception planned for retiring Chamber of Commerce director
    A dessert reception for Frank Downing will be held at the Owen County Extension Office from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, as he retires as executive director from the Owen County Chamber of Commerce. A presentation will be held at 6 p.m. Please RSVP to 859-904-3414 or owencountykychamber@gmail.com.

  • At the Library | Sept. 12, 2018

    September is Library Card Signup 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 signup 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.

  • Judge signs Constitution Week proclamation

    BY PEGGY TRINKLE | John Guill-Polly Hawkins Craig Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Mum's the word at Chappell Farms

    Over the next few weeks passersby on U.S. Hwy. 127 N. in Owen County will catch a glimpse of 1,500 brightly-colored mums. For its grower, the flower — a fall staple across the country — has all but replaced a crop that was once considered king in Kentucky.