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Today's News

  • Warrant leads to heroin arrest

    An Owen County man was recently arrested on multiple drug charges after state police attempted to serve him with a warrant.
    Marcus Smith, 41, was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin); tampering with physical evidence; two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia; contempt of court libel or slander resistance to order; first-degree wanton endangerment; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and second-degree possession of a controlled substance.

  • Officials open new boat ramp in Gratz

    When fishermen and boaters look for a place to park and put their crafts in the Kentucky River, they will have a new place to launch in Gratz.
    State and Owen County officials turned out Nov. 6 for the formal opening of the Gratz Boat Ramp at the end of Main Street in Gratz. The new facility was built where the old Gratz bridge once spanned the Kentucky River from Owen County to Henry County.
    The facility features several acres of parking along with the ramp. There are no fees for using the facility.

  • Homeland Security helps local search and rescue

    The 37-plus miles of Owen County’s shoreline will now be easier to navigate in emergency situations after the Owen County Search and Rescue Squad was recently awarded a $23,000 state Homeland Security Program grant.
    Search and rescue used the grant to replace a 26-year-old fishing boat with a 1660 connector boat and motor designed for swift water conditions.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Remember the winding roads along Caney Creek

    The roads twist and turn and create a maze that at times leaves one wondering if he is coming or going.
    According to Owen County Property Value Administrator Jimmy Coyle, it’s easy to get lost if one is not familiar with the area. Doris Riley can attest to this fact. Three times, she visited a friend who lived in a community along Caney Creek and although she had no trouble finding her way in, all three times she got lost trying to find her way out.

  • Other Voices: What to do when the holidays are not happy

    The holiday season is rapidly approaching.  For some, this time of year is not met with happy anticipation. Some families are faced with the realization that a loved one is no longer present to enjoy the celebrations. Grief does not go away just because the holidays arrive and, in fact, the feelings may intensify.
    Here are some ideas to make this holiday special:
    Share a story – spend time talking about your loved one. Recall the ways they used to celebrate the holidays.  

  • Owen Co. District Court - Nov. 8, 2013

    Miranda L. Abel, 1978, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, pleaded guilty, fined $200, $375 fee to alcohol and drug education classes, operator’s license suspended for 90 days, four days jail, credit time served; resisting arrest, pleaded guilty, four days concurrent, credit time served.
    Brian P. Smith, 1986, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, rear license not illuminated, drug paraphernalia, pleaded not guilty, continued to Nov. 22 for review.

  • Property Transfers for October 2013

    First Farmers Bank & Trust Company to Michael R. and Linda J. Hubbard, lot 3A40, Perry Park Resort, $45,000.
    Becky and Garroll Shryock and Max A. Bourne II to Ricky and Sharon Bourne, $100,000.
    Ricky and Sharon Bourne and Mark R. Cobb to Mark R. Cobb, Ricky Bourne, Sharon Bourne, Derrick Bourne and Aron Bourne.
    Clarence B. Haden to Joseph Stanley Jr., lot 1 and 2, Timberwood Lakeshores, $1,500.
    Paul M. Hutton to Commonwealth of Kentucky, Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways and Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways, Ky. 355.

  • Kay’s Branch News: Honor our vets by not making new ones

    The pickup trucks with the orange hatted occupants have turned out in abundance this weekend. Wanda told me this was the start of gun season.
    I kind of guessed that.
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    Bro. Bill was here last week to do some last-minute mowing and fixing some guttering and told me his grandsons would be here over the weekend.

  • Plans for Christmas parade announced

    This year’s Owen County Christmas Parade will be held Sunday, Dec. 8. The parade will leave from Southern States at 3 p.m.
    The theme this year will be “Christmas Melodies.”
    There will be three categories for the floats this year:
    • Wagon/Trailer (Large) First place, $200; second place, $150.
    • Truck Bed - First place, $100; second place, $50.
    • Utility Vehicles (golf carts, ATVs, etc.) First place, 75; second place, $50.

  • Birth Announcement: Samantha Lucille Wood

    Timothy and Megan Wood announce the birth of their daughter, Samantha Lucille, born at 9:05 a.m., Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Norton Hospital in Louisville. She weighed 9 lbs. and 4 ounces and was 19 inches long. Big brother Jonathan, 3, helped welcome her home.  Her maternal grandparents are Ted and Sandy Williams of Louisville; paternal grandparents, Stephen and Teresa Wood of Williamstown, and paternal great-grandparents are Frances and Frank Simpson of Williamstown.