Today's News

  • Store owner removes synthetic drugs from shelves

    Controversial items such as U-Pass, a brand of synthetic urine that can allegedly be used to pass a drug test, were recently removed from the shelves of the Owenton Marathon Station, also known as Cowboys.
    The station, located at 105 S. Main St., began selling items like U-Pass and synthetic cannabinoids, an alternative to marijuana, earlier this year. When local residents began noticing the items, they took to Facebook to express their concerns, with one post garnering nearly 170 comments and more than 100 shares on the social media website.

  • A bittersweet goodbye

    From her office at Owen County Upper Elementary School, Principal Sharen Hubbard presses an infant-sized, monogrammed onesie against her chest. The onesie — a gift from a staff member for her future grandson — serves as a gentle reminder of why this school year will be her last.
    Hubbard began considering retirement last year but said recent decisions related to public education by lawmakers in Frankfort and the pregnancy of her only child, Lindsay, cinched the deal.

  • 2 dead in Gallatin County shooting

    WARSAW, Ky. — An altercation between two men in Warsaw turned deadly during the early morning hours Monday.
    Gallatin County Dispatch received a 911 call at approximately 4:39 a.m., in reference to the altercation on Main Street — about 20 miles north of Owenton — according to Kentucky State Police Post 5 Trooper Steven Dykes. It was alleged that one of the men was armed with a handgun.

  • MEET THE CANDIDATES: Owen County Sheriff's Republican primary race

    MARK A. BESS, Incumbent
    Age: 58
    Occupation: Owen County Sheriff
    Education: A Bachelor of Science degree in Police Administration and a minor in Psychology
    Immediate family: Machele Bess, wife of 35 years; one son, Ben, his wife Mindie and daughter, Kate, and son Elli; one daughter, Rebekah and her husband Trask Murphy and a baby girl due in June
    Previous elected offices held: I was elected Owen County Sheriff Nov. 4, 2014

  • MEET THE CANDIDATES: Owen County Sheriff's Democratic primary race

    Age: 49
    Occupation: Police officer
    Education: Currently working to complete an associate’s degree in criminal justice; 18-week academy at EKU and 40 hours of additional training each year
    Immediate family: Sebastian Alcorn, son; Taryn Alcorn, daughter
    Previous elected offices held: None

  • MEET THE CANDIDATES: First-district magistrate's Democratic primary

    TODD M. SPURGEON, Incumbent
    Age: 56
    Occupation: Attorney and owner of Spurgeon Law Firm, PSC, Owenton, since 2003
    Education: Graduate of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., Bachelor of Science, 1983; University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Miss, Juris Doctor, 1993

  • MEET THE CANDIDATES: Third-district magistrate's Republican primary

    Age: 50
    Occupation: Owen County Public Works and cattle farmer
    Education: High School, GED
    Immediate family: Tammy Harris, spouse; Matthew (Melina), Megan, Jenna and Jacob Harris, children
    Previous elected offices held: None

  • MEET THE CANDIDATES: Fourth-district magistrate's Democratic primary

    Age: 40
    Occupation: Manager at the Frankfort Electric Water Plant Board
    Education: 1997 graduate of Owen County High School
    Immediate Family: Sherry Davis Fitzgerald, wife; Blake L. Fitzgerald, son; Callie A. Fitzgerald, daughter
    Previous elected offices held: Current Owen County Fourth-District Magistrate

  • MEET THE CANDIDATES: First-district constable's Democratic primary

    Age: Did not respond
    Occupation: EMT/Operations Supervisor for Owen County EMS; Jonesville Fire Chief
    Education: Owen County High School graduate
    Immediate Family: Melissa, wife; Tina, Wade and Emily, children
    Previous elected offices held: None

  • MEET THE CANDIDATES: Ky. 62nd District House of Representative's Democratic primary

    Age: 36
    Occupation: I am an adjunct professor of music theory at Eastern Kentucky University and teach music composition at Asbury University. I am also the owner/operator of APS Services, LLC, a renovation and landscaping business. Additionally, I am a set builder for several theatre companies and sing and act professionally.
    Education: I have a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and a Graduate Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy from the University of Kentucky (2013).