Today's News

  • Fourth district magistrate candidates talk vision

    Four candidates hoping to replace Owen County Fourth District Magistrate Troy Bramblett gathered Monday night at the Monterey Volunteer Fire Department to answer questions from the public as part of a series of forums sponsored by the Owen County Visioneers.
    Travis Fitzgerald, Eric Goodrich, Don McDonald and Cindy Wilhoite each offered their stance on issues and problems facing the county.
    A wide array of topic were discussed:

    Fire department
    membership fees

  • Second district candidates square off at forum

    Alcohol and tourism were the topics that took center stage at Monday’s second-district magistrate forum.
    Democratic candidates Doug Perkins, Stuart Bowling and Bobby Gaines, as well as Republican candidate Paul Wilson, each participated in the forum, held at the Owen County Extension Office.
    To begin the forum each candidate was given two minutes to tell the audience about themselves.
    Members of the audience had the opportunity to anonymously write down questions for the candidates, which served as the talking points of the forum.

  • West casts tie-breaking vote for raise

    A vote to approve a second reading on an ordinance that would raise the mayor’s salary $6,000 per year needed a tiebreaker to pass during a special-called Owenton City Council meeting Monday.
    Council members Larry Dale Perry, Doris Ann Riley and Rita Osborne each voted no to the increase, which will also come with $300 a month in health benefits.
    Bob Osborne, Bob Walker and Gerald Powell each voted yes to the ordinance.
    Owenton Mayor Doug West broke the tie with a yes vote.

  • Phillips, Spurgeon discuss policy, politics in first district

    Approximately 25 adults attended the first-district magistrate forum held Monday at the New Liberty Firehouse.
    Both candidates, Democrats Todd Spurgeon and Asa Phillips, participated in the forum.
    The forum’s moderator, Veronica Gayle, said the usual topics were discussed, including the wet/dry issue.
    “(Attendees) seemed to be concerned about magistrates and their positions, whether they’re full or part time and what that means in terms of benefits and the cost to the county.”

  • Helping to fight fires just got easier

    The Kentucky Fire Commission has set up a phone line to provide information to prospective volunteer firefighters.
    The commission will direct calls from all over Kentucky to recruiters who will take information from people interested in joining volunteer departments.
    The information will be passed along to the volunteer service closest to the caller. 
    The 800 number will make it easier for those who want to join the fire department as well as streamline volunteer records.  The direct line is 1-800-347-3546.

  • Friends of Football to host ATV races Saturday

    The Owen County Friends of Football will sponsor KOI Drag Racing at the Owen County Fairgrounds Saturday.
    The event will include 26 different ATV classes. Practice begins at 5 p.m., with eliminations starting at 7 p.m.
    The event will support the Owen County Rebels Football Team. Admission is $7. All gate fees and concessions benefit the Owen County High School Friends of Football.
    For more information visit www.koidragracing.com, or call 859-576-7380 or 859-351-9417.

  • Performer to share slice of local history at society’s meeting

    The Owen County Historical Society will feature guest speaker Mel Hankla at its monthly meeting on May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the I.O.O.F. Hall.
     Hankla is known for his portrayal of famous Kentuckians George Rogers Clark, Simon Kenton, Isaac Shelby and Cassius Clay.
    His presentation, Kentucky Powder Horns, will include the powder horn of Jacob Hessler, early justice of peace, sheriff and founder of Heslerville, the first county seat of Owen County. The first county court met in Hesler’s home.

  • Guest columnist: Politics take center stage during final session days

    As the dust settles on the 2014 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly, I thought I would take a moment to discuss a few highlights.  Of the more than 800 bills filed for consideration, only a handful became law including two of my own.  
    This year’s legislative session produced a budget that better funds our schools and provides raises for our teachers and state employees after years of staying stagnant.  

  • Extension service celebrates centennial - 1998 - 2004

    This is the ninth in a series of articles on the history of the extension service in Owen County.
    1998 - 2004

    By Judy Hetterman
    Owen County Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent

    What’s new at the Owen County Extension Center?
    • Since the opening of the extension center, there have been 402 meetings held. There was a great need for the space to be divided into two meeting rooms. Therefore, a movable, dividing wall has been installed.

  • John Guill DAR chapter donates state tree

    The John Guill Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution  presented a tulip poplar, the state tree of Kentucky, to the Owen County Public Library on April 23 in recognition of Earth Day and Arbor Day. The tree was purchased from and planted by Clark Roberts, owner of Four Seasons Landscaping.