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Local News

  • Tornado in New Columbus: “I’m safe. My puppy dog is safe. It’s OK.”

    The National Weather Service has announced that a tornado touched down in the New Columbus area about 3:40 p.m. on Oct. 7.
    With several damaged homes and trees, the announcement probably didn’t surprise residents who weathered the storm.
    Chris Blevins, of 4180 Georgetown Road, said the winds hit his home around 4:30 p.m.
    “Things just started breaking, Blevins said, “Some of the trees, they were snapping. It’s crazy,”
    Several trees in his yard, one measuring perhaps two feet in diameter, were damaged.

  • Lending a hand: Over 75 student-athletes volunteer to help community with first-ever REBELSoutREACH

    Almost every day, there are fans of the Owen County High School Rebels in the stands for a game.
    But every day in Owen County, there are people in need and things that should get done.
    Earlier this month, the needs of the community and OCHS student-athletes came together for the first-ever REBELSoutREACH, an event that put players out in the public to help neighbors and supporters.

  • Owen County grand jury hands down indictments

    The Owen County grand jury handed down two other indictments on Oct. 7:
    • Caleb B. Shafer, 21, on the charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    According to the indictment on the charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, he knowingly and unlawfully possessed a controlled substance, namely heroin; on the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, he possessed drug paraphernalia.

  • City expected to set tax rates at meeting

    The Owenton City Council was expect to approve new tax rates at its meeting Tuesday night.
    According the Owenton Mayor Doug West, overall the rates are similar to last year’s rates. The council is expected to take the compensating rate which is designed to keep the amount of revenue the city receives from taxes at the same level after inflation is factored in.
    “The real estate rate is down and the property tax is going up just a smudge,” West said. “It’s going up but it’s so little, I doubt anyone will really notice.”

  • Owen County Circuit Court: Oct. 7, 2014

    Donavan B. Adams, 1988, first-degree complicity narcotics, complicity drug paraphernalia, first-degree persistent felony offender, continued to Oct. 21.
    Regina Brackin, 1990, probation violation, motion to revoke probation continued from Sept. 23.
    Dakota M. Brockmeyer, 1994, first-degree complicity possession of heroin, complicity drug paraphernalia, continued to Oct. 21.

  • Rockets to the rescue

    By Jessi Williams
    Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development
    Recently, Owen County 4-Hers learned how creativity and a strong foundation in math and science can help them help others, when they participated in the 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment.
    National Youth Science Day gives 4-H professionals and volunteers across the country an opportunity to get youth excited about science, math, engineering and technology and promote 4-H Science programs. Since 2008, more than 5 million young Americans have participated in National Youth Science Day. 

  • Be ready for earthquake drill Thursday

    Owen County Emergency Management and other official preparedness organizations all agree that “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes.
    The Great ShakeOut earthquake drill (www.shakeout.org) is a great opportunity to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes.
    You cannot tell from the initial shaking if an earthquake will stop suddenly or become intense so always Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately.
    DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)

  • A Century of Healthy Help: Celebrating home demonstrations

  • Teen safety driving program could bring concert to Owen County

    During National Teen Driver Safety Week, Owen County High School is participating in Celebrate My Drive and is asking the public for support.
    OCHS is participating in the program because teen driver safety is important and the school will have a chance to win a $100,000 grant from State Farm,
    Owen County High School could also win one of two hometown concert events by a chart-topping musical artist.
    But to win, the school needs help from the public.

  • In season: Christien Meece

    Christien Meece, 14, of Walton, shot this 10-point buck with a .44 magnum rifle on Oct. 11 on his own during the youth hunt at his Aunt Sharon and Uncle Dave Risch’s farm on Hwy 227 in Owenton. He hunted this year with his dad R.j. Teipel, This was his first hunt and was his first kill.