Today's News

  • Sweet times: Annual festival returns to streets of Owenton Saturday

    Like many fall festivals across the state, Sweet Owen Day has served as a homecoming for many who have left the community.
    This year is expected to be no different, as hundreds are expected to fill the courthouse square for a day of fellowship, food and fun.
    The Sweet Owen Day committee, made up of members of the Owen County Chamber of Commerce, as well as county and city government began planning for the event in May.
    Owen County Chamber of Commerce President Dallas Stafford said the committee strives to bring something new to its supporters each year.

  • Owen library announces moving day

    Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert has announced the library’s last day at its current location.
    Nippert said the last day will be Sept. 22 and the library could be closed for up to a month.

  • State releases audit of judge’s office

    State Auditor Adam Edelen has released the audit of the financial statements of the Owen County Fiscal Court for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.
    The audit found the county’s financial statements, in all material respects, fairly presented the county’s assets arising from cash transactions and revenues received and expenditures paid in conformity with the modified cash basis of accounting.

  • Courthouse offices find new spaces

    Questions are circulating about what will happen to offices located at the county’s 156-year old courthouse after the Owen County Circuit Clerk’s Office moved into its new $11 million facility last week.
    The building will still be home to the offices of the Owen County judge-executive, the Owen County attorney and the Owen County property valuation administrator.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said all of those offices will remain at the courthouse, with only a few changes.

  • Fun and fellowship for good causes

    As part of National Spirit Day, a special event was held Saturday in memory of Carolann Mitchuson and Rebekah (Beka) Gaines. The events raised money for the Beka Scholarship and the Mitchuson Trust Fund.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Court day was the forerunner of Sweet Owen Day

    Dust whirled about as buggies and farm wagons made their way along Owenton streets in the early 1900s. The occasion was County Court Day and the enthused Owen County crowd bought, bartered, and bargained for the best deals of the day.
    Most looked forward to this event which was held on the fourth Monday of the month. Many who attended were farmers who came to town, transacted their business  and returned home in time to milk.

  • Former teachers give back

    At the beginning of each school year, the members of the Owen County Retired Teachers Association make a donation to the Owen County Family Resource Center to help with the purchase of school supplies.  This contribution from the local group is matched by the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association and the American Association of Retired Persons. FRC Director Beverly Marcum, right, accepts a check from Faye Shelton, president of OCRTA.

  • Monterey Matters: Reunions connect family

    The Atha family held its annual family reunion at the Monterey Park Sept. 2.
    Despite some rumors that this had been postponed until further notice, there were several people who showed up after all.
    I was going to mention the reunion the week before last but I couldn’t get in touch with anyone to confirm the rumor.
    With the threat of rain they were calling for that day, I also figured there wouldn’t be very many to attend either.
    We ended up having about 57 to attend.

  • Kay’s Branch News: Get to know the Kay’s Branch cast of characters

    We had bridge on Tuesday at the Smith House. I was the designated hostess this week. As I was going in with my very large beach bag of stuff for the bridge game, I saw Jackie Allnutt just in front of me. I hadn’t seen her since the Owenton High School reunion. We stood blocking the door and talked till she found her friends and went to sit down.

  • James family looks back at General Butler reunion

    The James reunion was held Sept. 2 at General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton. Because of threatening weather, our attendance showed a decrease from last year. Following a wonderful day of fellowship and delicious food, everyone departed looking forward to next year at the same time.