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Today's News

  • Running for a reason: Annual Owen County Relay for Life raises thousands to help fight cancer

    About 200 survivors, caregivers, friends and supporters attended Friday and Saturday’s Owen County Relay For Life, in what organizers are calling another successful event.
    Kelsey Lewis, a Relay For Life specialist with the American Cancer Society, said this year’s beautiful weather played a role in the success of the event.
    “It went very well,” Lewis said. “We were all very pleased. There were a lot of great activities and we received a lot of positive feedback.”

  • Softball season ends in semis

    In their first two meetings this season Gallatin County outscored Owen County by a combined 15-2 score. Things would be much closer when the two squared off last week in the semifinals of the 31st District tournament.
    It was the sixth time the schools had met in the tournament dating back to 2006.
    Owen County won the first three meetings rather handily. Gallatin County then turned the tables defeating the Lady Rebels in the 2012 championship game and also in the 2013 semifinals. Both were one-run contests.

  • Owen Co. Relay 2014 ready to roll

    By Molly Haines and John Whitlock
    N-H Staff
    The fight to beat cancer moves to Owen County Friday night.
    The 2014 Owen County Relay for Life will kick off Friday at 7 p.m. at Itron Field. The event, which supports local efforts to bring comfort, treatment and support for cancer victims and their families, is sponsored by and benefits the American Cancer Society.

  • Jury disagrees with murder charge

    Joshua Hammond could spend 25 years in prison following his involvement in the May 2012 murder of Frankfort’s Charles Monroe.
    A Franklin County grand jury handed down its verdict in the trial for Joshua Hammond, 33, May 12.
    The jury found Hammond guilty on the charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence.
    Hammond’s murder charge was amended to reckless homicide.
    A sentence of 25 years has been recommended, but a final sentencing has not been held.

  • Primary night 2014: Ellis wins judge-executive bid

    The outcome of many of Tuesday’s Owen County Primary Election races were close.
    But for current Owen County second-district magistrate Casey Ellis, it was a wide margin of victory for the Democratic nomination in the race for the county’s top-elected position.
    Ellis will now face Republican Party nominee Gary W. Minch in November for the office of county judge-executive.
    Ellis won Tuesday’s primary and carried all 12 of Owen County’s precincts with nearly 70 percent of the votes.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Churches made it easy to attend

    The smooth wood of the newly constructed structure stood forlornly beneath the trees near the church. Its surface displayed  no evidence of use. No worn away areas suggested years of diligent watch over those under its care.
    But the hitching post erected at Long Ridge Baptist Church several weeks ago served as a reminder to many Owen countians of years ago when horses throughout the county spent their Sunday mornings in front of community churches.

  • Owen County Property Transfers - April 2014

    John A. and Darlene Ransdell to Christina Loucks, Greenwell and South High, $10,000.
    Michelle M. Knight and Nicole M. Levandusky to William H. and Suzann F. Wilder, lot 939 and 940, Elk Lake Shores Subdivision, $208,000.
    Michael and Judy Osborne to John Lee Cook, $50,400.
    James R. and Madeline C. House to Mark K. Franks, lot 25, Riverlake Subdivision, $57,000.
    Judy L. Boothe to Patrick E. Boothe, U.S. Hwy. No. 127.
    Jeffrey C. Edmondson to Alice C. Baugh, U.S. Hwy. No. 127, $25,000.

  • Owen County District Court: May 16, 2014

    Austin M. Duncan, 1993, first-degree possession of heroin, drug paraphernalia, public intoxication controlled substance, first-degree narcotics, possessing license while privileges are revoked, probable cause established, transferred to grand jury, continued to June 10.
    Christopher L. Hawkins, 1994, rear license not illuminated, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, failure to wear seat belt, continued to Aug. 8.

  • Kay’s Branch News: Sunday lunch can be like old home week

    It was 38 degrees again this morning when I got up. I didn’t see any signs of frost but Fay said they had frost yesterday morning. She was out putting water on her green bean plants that were above ground to keep the frost from blighting them. As I was coming home from Frankfort on Friday, I saw plowed ground for the first time this season. It’s nearly the first of June and I haven’t seen a tobacco plant in the ground. Its been a very strange spring.

  • Golden Days: Brothers and wives celebrate 50th wedding anniversaries

    Bob and Betty Lou Gullion Skirvin of Sparta were married May 23, 1964 in Carrollton. They have three children, Sonja Hopkins of Sparta, Jeff Tackett of Warsaw and Tammy Trimble of Sparta. They also have six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
    L.J. and Mary Ellen Stewart Skirvin of Sparta were married Feb. 15, 1964 in Poplar Grove. They have two children, Steve Skirvin of Sparta and Jay Skirvin of Glencoe. They also have four grandchildren.
    The couples celebrated May 4 with a dinner held by their family at Jonesville.