Today's News

  • Owen County WMU to celebrate 125th anniversary at July 25th meeting

    The Owen County Woman’s Missionary Union will have its summer quarterly meeting at 6:30 p.m., July 25, at the Owen County Public Library in the community meeting room.
    Women and youth from all churches are invited even if your church does not currently have an active WMU.
    WMU is celebrating its 125th birthday. That’s 125 years of mission, education and ministry.
    The guest speaker will be Kevin Richardson from Sunrise Children’s Services (formerly known as Baptist Children’s Home).  

  • Royal Court: Annual Owen County Fair and Horse show kicks off

    Despite the heat, the Owen County fairgrounds pavilion was packed Monday evening for the crowning of the 2013 Miss Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show.
    Courtney Waldrop, the 18-year-old daughter of Kevin and Trudy Waldrop, will represent Owen County in the Miss Kentucky County Fair pageant to be held in January 2014.
    No stranger to pageantry, Waldrop began participating in pageants at a young age, including the little miss pageant.
    “I didn’t do many till I was 16 and then I did the miss teen pageant,” Waldrop said.

  • USDA extends acreage reporting deadline

    USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia has announced an extension of the FSA acreage reporting deadline. Farmers and landowners have an additional 18 calendar days to submit their annual report of acreage to their local FSA county office with the deadline extended from July 15 to Aug. 2. Only the FSA reporting deadline has been extended. The acreage reporting requirement for crop insurance has not changed and remains July 15.

  • Give me a beat

    Health Rhythms Instructor Roberta Schultz teaches rhythm drumming to the seniors at the Owen Senior Activity Center. The sessions are held every Monday at 10 a.m. and guests say it’s a great way to start the week.

  • A metal mess: Crews use magnets to clean up scrap metal after truck overturns in downtown Owenton

    Local emergency crews spent the early evening hours Friday cleaning up South Main Street after a tractor-trailer overturned that forced traffic to be rerouted for approximately five and a half hours.
    The crash took place at approximately 3:35 p.m., in front of Cowboys Market.
    Kentucky State Police Post 5 Public Affairs Trooper Brad Arterburn said the driver, 31-year-old George Whitehead of Crittenden, was hauling scrap metal to a factory in Ghent when the load on his trailer shifted after coming around a curve.

  • Mystery surrounds pot plot in Owenton

    An anonymous tip recently led Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond to a small marijuana growth operation within the city limits of Owenton.
    Hammond said his office received the tip around 8 p.m. July 1.
    “When we got the tip, we went straight on over there,” Hammond said. “There was five plots of it and it averaged three to four plants to a plot.”
    The secluded patches, off West Perry Street, were surrounded by chicken wire in an unmaintained area, Hammond said.

  • Thieves hit New Liberty Post Office

    A burglary that took place last week at the U.S. Post Office in New Liberty is currently being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
    The post office, located at 345 Hwy. 227 N., was burglarized during the morning hours of July 2.
    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said cash money was taken from the post office as well as several money orders.
    Hammond said a post-office employee puts mail out early and leaves a door unlocked so box holders can retrieve their mail. The employee returns later to open the rest of the office.

  • Fair time: Horse show kicks off Saturday with rides cranking up Monday

    By Mary Alford
    N-H Staff Writer
    It is time for Owen County’s tradition of summer fun once again.
    The Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show will kick off Saturday with the annual walking horse show. The rides will be open Monday.
    New Owen County Fair Board President Ashley Young hopes the past couple weeks of gloom will be followed by some sunshine for the fair.
    “We’ve had all this wet the last few weeks, hopefully we’ll have a few dry weeks during July,” Young said.

  • Flooding and high water strike parts of Owen County

    Following heavy rains last week, Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said minor repairs would need to be done on some county roads.
    According to the National Weather Service, some areas of the county received up to six inches of rainfall over the past week.
    Keith said there were no reports of total isolation, but some flash flooding had been reported on Point of Rock Road and Old Landing Road over the weekend.

  • Owen Historical Society News: The land of opportunity

    They came on horseback, by wagons laden with worldly possessions, or on foot, driving a bony family cow over twisted trails.
    For many, the long wilderness trek from Virginia and the Carolinas ended among the rolling hills and winding creeks of what is today Owen County, Kentucky.