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Today's News

  • Blackhawk down safely

    An accident involving a U.S. military helicopter briefly knocked out electricity in some parts of Owenton and other communities in the region.

    According to Lt. Col. Mike Ferguson, U.S. Army aviation facility commander of Frankfort, a Blackhawk UH 60 helicopter was on a training mission focusing on the use of night-vision goggles.

  • Letter to the Editor: Church made the tough but correct choice

    This is in response to Teresa Biagi’s letter to the editor last week. First of all, I would like to say I am writing this as an individual and not as a representative of First Baptist Church. I am a proud and active member of Owenton First Baptist and it was the collective membership of the church that made the decision to take down the Morgan house as opposed to spending a great deal of money to restore the building. I love historical homes. I grew up in one on North Adams Street and hated to see the Morgan house’s life come to an end.

  • Library settles on site

    A site on Hwy. 22 East, near the Hi-Y-Inn is expected to be the location of the new Owen County Public Library.

    Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert said the library board made a final decision on the site last Friday and plans to purchase it for $175,000 within the next few weeks.

    The 4.3 acres of land is currently owned by Blue Moon Investors.

    During its August meeting, the board voted unanimously to take the compensating tax rate.

  • Owen judicial center begins to take shape

    When Owen County debuts its new $10 million judicial center in the fall of 2011, officials say it will feature state-of-the-art safety devices and exceed the most sensitive environmental standards.

    Nearly four years after initial groundwork was laid, the 33,000-square feet building is taking shape on Ky. 22, less than a mile east of downtown.

  • BYE BYE BURLEY

     In the not so distant past, anyone traveling through Owen County could look out their window and see field after field of tobacco – the plant that for so many years provided local farmers with the luxuries of life.

  • WOMAN'S MISSING KANGAROO SPOTTED IN HENRY COUNTY

    Nearly two years after its escape, an Owenton woman's missing kangaroo was believed to be spotted Thursday morning in the rural Henry County community of Bethlehem.

    Jeannie Stivers was driving through the small community when something caught her eye.

  • Rebels roll over rival

    It took them a few minutes to get it together, but when they did they dominated.

    By the time the Rebels closed out their 45-23 win over Gallatin County Friday night, Owen County had totaled 363 yards of total offense. Joey Wood rushed 12 times for 124 yards and two scores, and Adam Hazlett completed three of five passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns. As a team, the Rebels rushed for 266 yards and passed for 97 yards.

    “It feels good to be 2-0,” said head coach Adam Fowler, who didn’t know when the Rebels last opened with two straight wins.

  • GRACE NOTES: Rediscovering Church

    Lately I’ve been fascinated by stories of people who grew up in church and now have abandoned the denominations of their youth, and sometimes church altogether.

    In a very funny memoir, “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress,” Rhoda Janzen writes about having to wear frumpy skirts, granny panties and doilies on her head and eating lots of potatoes.

  • No. 1 (Female) Christina Brown

    Christina Brown ran her first competitive race as a sixth-grader. She has not stopped running since.

    For Brown, running was in her in genes. Her father, Ernest, was a runner for Eastern Kentucky University. As for her, she said she loved sports but had just one problem.

     “I had no coordination,” Brown, whose married name is Christina Wells, said.  Despite her lack of coordination, she does believe she was blessed with a distinct advantage.

  • Kay's Branch News

     Joel and Lou Ann were back at church after the bout with food poisoning. Joel said he went to Joey’s graduation from the training he completed. He has been sent to Missouri to a camp there for more seasoning. I don’t know what his plans are after that.