Today's News

  • Greenhouse hit by vandals

    A case of vandalism that apparently started in New Liberty last week ended in damage to the Owen County High School agriculture department’s greenhouse.
    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said juveniles are responsible for the damage, which included tore up signs in New Liberty, broken church windows near Big Twin and tore up plastic at the high school’s greenhouse.
    Owen County School District Superintendent Rob Stafford said the side of a metal building was also beat in at the high school and plants inside the greenhouse were also damaged.

  • Candidates look ahead to November

    With the party primaries over, the field of candidates for the November general election is set.
    In the two most high-profile campaigns, Democrat and Owen County Magistrate Casey Ellis will square off against Republican Party candidate for judge-executive Gary  W. Minch for the county’s most powerful post.
    With a large field for the office of Owen County sheriff, Democrat and incumbent Zemer Hammond will be opposed by Republican and former Kentucky State Police Trooper Mark Bess.

  • Running for a reason: Annual Owen County Relay for Life raises thousands to help fight cancer

    About 200 survivors, caregivers, friends and supporters attended Friday and Saturday’s Owen County Relay For Life, in what organizers are calling another successful event.
    Kelsey Lewis, a Relay For Life specialist with the American Cancer Society, said this year’s beautiful weather played a role in the success of the event.
    “It went very well,” Lewis said. “We were all very pleased. There were a lot of great activities and we received a lot of positive feedback.”

  • Softball season ends in semis

    In their first two meetings this season Gallatin County outscored Owen County by a combined 15-2 score. Things would be much closer when the two squared off last week in the semifinals of the 31st District tournament.
    It was the sixth time the schools had met in the tournament dating back to 2006.
    Owen County won the first three meetings rather handily. Gallatin County then turned the tables defeating the Lady Rebels in the 2012 championship game and also in the 2013 semifinals. Both were one-run contests.

  • Owen Co. Relay 2014 ready to roll

    By Molly Haines and John Whitlock
    N-H Staff
    The fight to beat cancer moves to Owen County Friday night.
    The 2014 Owen County Relay for Life will kick off Friday at 7 p.m. at Itron Field. The event, which supports local efforts to bring comfort, treatment and support for cancer victims and their families, is sponsored by and benefits the American Cancer Society.

  • Jury disagrees with murder charge

    Joshua Hammond could spend 25 years in prison following his involvement in the May 2012 murder of Frankfort’s Charles Monroe.
    A Franklin County grand jury handed down its verdict in the trial for Joshua Hammond, 33, May 12.
    The jury found Hammond guilty on the charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence.
    Hammond’s murder charge was amended to reckless homicide.
    A sentence of 25 years has been recommended, but a final sentencing has not been held.

  • Primary night 2014: Ellis wins judge-executive bid

    The outcome of many of Tuesday’s Owen County Primary Election races were close.
    But for current Owen County second-district magistrate Casey Ellis, it was a wide margin of victory for the Democratic nomination in the race for the county’s top-elected position.
    Ellis will now face Republican Party nominee Gary W. Minch in November for the office of county judge-executive.
    Ellis won Tuesday’s primary and carried all 12 of Owen County’s precincts with nearly 70 percent of the votes.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Churches made it easy to attend

    The smooth wood of the newly constructed structure stood forlornly beneath the trees near the church. Its surface displayed  no evidence of use. No worn away areas suggested years of diligent watch over those under its care.
    But the hitching post erected at Long Ridge Baptist Church several weeks ago served as a reminder to many Owen countians of years ago when horses throughout the county spent their Sunday mornings in front of community churches.

  • Owen County Property Transfers - April 2014

    John A. and Darlene Ransdell to Christina Loucks, Greenwell and South High, $10,000.
    Michelle M. Knight and Nicole M. Levandusky to William H. and Suzann F. Wilder, lot 939 and 940, Elk Lake Shores Subdivision, $208,000.
    Michael and Judy Osborne to John Lee Cook, $50,400.
    James R. and Madeline C. House to Mark K. Franks, lot 25, Riverlake Subdivision, $57,000.
    Judy L. Boothe to Patrick E. Boothe, U.S. Hwy. No. 127.
    Jeffrey C. Edmondson to Alice C. Baugh, U.S. Hwy. No. 127, $25,000.

  • Owen County District Court: May 16, 2014

    Austin M. Duncan, 1993, first-degree possession of heroin, drug paraphernalia, public intoxication controlled substance, first-degree narcotics, possessing license while privileges are revoked, probable cause established, transferred to grand jury, continued to June 10.
    Christopher L. Hawkins, 1994, rear license not illuminated, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, failure to wear seat belt, continued to Aug. 8.