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  • 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.

  • Monday cow sale aiding area farmers

    Despite the recent loss of Blue Grass Stockyards, cattle farmers across the area can rest a little easier with the addition of a Monday sale at United Producers Owenton.

    The Blue Grass Stockyards sales pavilion, located in Lexington, was destroyed Jan. 30 in one of the largest fires in the city’s history. Other nearby businesses were also damaged or destroyed.

    Although Blue Grass Stockyard officials announced plans to rebuild Friday, construction isn’t expected to begin until this summer, pending appropriate sign-offs from city officials.

  • Student arrested for threatening teacher

    An Owen County High School student was arrested March 1 after allegedly threatening teachers when they confiscated his bong.

    Students had just returned from an outing, when Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Marty Lilly said teachers seized a bong Cody J. Minch had purchased while on the outing.

    “That’s what set him off,” Lilly said. “He basically threatened some teachers, he threatened to knock one’s teeth out. Another person heard them say he was going to shoot them.”

  • iLead Academy to host video game night Friday

    Video games have captured the generations and spurred an interest in technology from the days of Galaga and Pac Man to developers working on titles that haven’t been announced yet. A group of iLead students want to help other students capture that same interest in technology by hosting a video game tournament.

  • More than 500 attend 11th CHD Walk

    Even though Saturday was a dreary day outside, the atmosphere inside the Family Life Center at Owenton’s First Baptist Church was filled with music playing, kids running around and people having a good time at the 11th annual Walk for Awareness of CHD’s.

    Katie Columbia, chairwoman and founder of God’s Special Little Hearts, said more than 515 people came out to the event. She said the event this year exceeded her expectations.

  • OCHS students to participate in state robotics competition

    Seven Owen County High School students have earned the privilege to travel to Elizabethtown this Saturday and participate in the Kentucky State VEX High School Championship.

    Rusty Willhoite, OCHS VEX Robotics coach, said of the four active teams the high school fielded in several regional robotics events this year, two qualified for the championship.

  • Blaze downs barn on New Liberty-Sparta Rd.
  • Kentucky's first Republican caucus will be Saturday

    As the race for the White House continues to heat up across the United States, a string of top GOP contenders are visiting Kentucky this week -- just days before the state’s first Republican presidential caucus.

    Owen County Republicans will take their votes to the Lighthouse Church, located at 5405 Hwy. 127 N., Owenton, between the hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    You must present a photo ID of some type or Social Security card at the time you vote, or you may be identified by an acquaintance.

  • Walking for a cause: 11th annual heart walk this Saturday at First Baptist

    What started as an event that raised just shy of $4,000 for Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati more than a decade ago has grown into the largest area fundraiser for the organization God’s Special Little Hearts.

    The 11th annual Walk for Awareness of childhood congenital heart defects (CHD’s) begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Owenton First Baptist Church.