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  • MR. BASKETBALL

    Carson Williams has won plenty of awards throughout his career. None bigger than the one he brought back to Owenton last Tuesday night.

    The OCHS senior was named Mr. Kentucky High School Basketball at the annual Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball Awards Ceremony, held March 15 at the Lexington Center’s Bluegrass Ballroom.

    Williams is the first Rebel to ever win the state’s most prestigious award for basketball players.

    Joining him was Erin Boley, from Elizabethtown High School who captured the title of Miss Basketball.

  • Community calls for change on Ky. 355

    Days after 16-year-old Ella “Ellie” Stout was killed in a tragic wreck March 14 many who knew her took to social media to call for change on the stretch of highway.

    Stout and 18-year-old Trevor Smith were passengers in a vehicle operated by another 16-year-old female. The vehicle was traveling near the 3500 block of Kentucky 355, when it ran off the roadway and overturned several times. Stout and Smith were both ejected from the vehicle.

  • Owen ranks higher in health outcomes, still room to improve

    The overall health of Owen County residents is neither the best in the state nor the worst, ranking middle of the road at 59th out of 120 counties, according to the recently released 2016 County Health Rankings report.

    The annual rankings, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, are based on health outcomes such as the length and quality of life along with health behaviors of county residents, clinical care available, social and economic factors and the county’s physical environment.

  • More than 50 attend search and rescue training

    A total of 56 personnel from four different counties and 14 different agencies attended an extrication training hosted by Owen County Search and Rescue Saturday.

    Search and Rescue Chief Greg Estes would like to thank McDonalds, Snappy Tomato Pizza, Air Methods, Cowboys, Belterra, B&C Towing, the Owen County Fairboard and Meadow-View Shopwise for their support of the event.

  • OCSAR hosts public training

    Owen County Search and Rescue will host what the squad hopes will become an annual extrication training Saturday at the Owen County Fairgrounds.

    The public is invited to attend the training. The invitation is the first of its kind in Owen County, according to Captain Greg Estes.

    The event has been in the planning stages for about two months and Estes said he hopes it will open the public’s eye to the professionalism of the squad.

  • Tackett prevails over Pratt in special election

    Two hundred and fifty-three.

    That number is how many votes gave Georgetown Democrat Chuck Tackett the victory over Republican Phillip Pratt in the 62nd House District special election March 8.

    Both candidates said they knew the election would be highly contested in a bid for the 62nd District state representative seat, vacated by Ryan Quarles when he assumed the role of state agriculture commissioner.

    “I did think it would be close, that it would be a few votes one way or the other,” Pratt said.

  • Montessori school to add second class, daycare program set for summer start

    The Owen County Montessori school will be expanding the age range of students it can accept for the 2016-2017 school year.

    Since the school opened last fall, eight students between the ages of 3 and 5 years old have attended the school for three full days each week. For next year, a second class will be offered for students that are between the ages of 6 and 9 years old.

  • Community mourns loss of OCHS student

    Owen County High School students gathered in the front lobby of the facility Tuesday morning for prayer following the loss of one of their own in a tragic accident Monday.
    Kentucky State Police Dispatchers received a call at about 8:40 p.m. of a single-vehicle collision near the 3500 block of Ky. 355, according to KSP Trooper Josh Lawson.

  • Community mourns loss of OCHS student

    Owen County High School students gathered in the front lobby of the facility Tuesday morning for prayer following the loss of one of their own in a tragic accident on Highway 355 Monday.
    Kentucky State Police Dispatchers received a call at about 8:40 p.m. of a single-vehicle collision near the 3500 block of Highway 355, according to KSP Trooper Josh Lawson.

  • Cruz takes Owen in Republican Caucus

    BY MOLLY HAINES AND JACOB BLAIR
    N-H Staff

    Republicans across the state turned out in droves, waiting for up to an hour in some areas, to participate in Saturday’s Republican Caucus.

    Owen County’s turnout neared 500 voters, with Ted Cruz taking the local lead. Donald Trump was declared the state’s winner.