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Today's News

  • Owen County District Court - Jan. 6, 2012

    Felicia D. Bramblett, 1985, first-degree burglary, pleaded not guilty, appointed public attorney, preliminary hearing set for Jan. 13.
    Joshua L. King, 1980, first-degree burglary, pleaded not guilty, appointed public attorney, preliminary hearing set for Jan. 13.
    Owen Fiscal Court vs. Thomas St. Clair, motion to answer interrogatories continued from Dec. 9, continued to Jan. 20.
    Wallace Prince vs. J. Wayne Griffith, continued from Dec. 9, judgment to plaintiff for $1,000.

  • Kay’s Branch News: Funerals, a wedding and life goes on at the Branch

    John and I went to Dan’s funeral last Monday.
    I learned that the man driving the pickup that ran into him was Larry Conway and that he was a member of the Monterey community. He was the son of Ruth Hazlett and half brother of Albert who lives next door to our church.
    Our hearts go out to the Hazlett family and Mr. Conway’s brother who lives in Frankfort. We are very sorry for your loss.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Society will explore War of 1812 in publication

    During the War of 1812, 63-year-old Kentucky Governor Isaac Shelby personally led the Kentucky militia into battle against the British and their Indian allies.
    Early in the war, Kentuckians  had suffered a great defeat and massacre at the hands of the British and Indians on the banks of the Raisin River.

  • Safety is priority No. 1 when deciding to cancel school

    Have you ever wondered how school officials go about determining whether or not Owen County schools are in session on bad weather days?  
    With the chill of the January air upon us and the threat of wintry weather ahead, I thought you might be interested in learning how we go about making that very tough decision.
    Getting our students to and from school safely each day is the number one priority of Owen County Schools Transportation Director Jimmy Sutherland and the many bus drivers responsible for transporting your children.  

  • What is the shelf life of a resolution?

    I’m not much a New Year’s resolution kinda person.
    I feel that if you are going to make a commitment to something, why wait until the calendar changes when you should probably start as soon as possible.
    I’ve made a few resolutions over the years but I’m still overweight and still carry most of my vices.
    But this year will be different.
    • I turn 47 in a few days. That’s when things that used to hold no concern for me start becoming a concern.
    It’s time to get everything checked out.

  • After five years, McBurney steps down at center

    After nearly five years of service, Owen County’s Senior Center director recently said goodbye.
    Lisa McBurney, who served as the center’s director for the past four years and 10 months recently accepted a new job. Her last day at the center was Dec. 9.
    DeDe Grisham will fill McBurney’s spot until a new director can be chosen and Ethel Hammond, a volunteer at the center and McBurney’s backup, will continue to volunteer and assist Grisham.

  • The latest rural mural

    As winter sets in for the next few months, Owen countians and those traveling through the area now have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of summer labor and its history.
    The third Agricultural Heritage Trail Committee tobacco barn mural was installed Dec. 30 on a barn located on U.S. 127 North. The barn is owned by Johnny and Pat Craigmyle.
    The mural depicts the history of setting tobacco. Four vignettes show the progression of setting tobacco from “setting by the season” to setting on a setter pulled by a tractor.

  • Owen County man’s murder trial expected to begin Jan. 17

    The trial of a Corinth man who allegedly murdered a Scott County man in 2010 is set to begin later this month.
    Christopher Dennis Jr., 72, was arrested Nov. 27, 2010 after Kentucky State Police troopers found the body of 30-year-old Ruben J. Eppele shot to death in Dennis’ home at 2430 Cull Pepper Lane.
    Dennis is charged with murder, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and trafficking marijuana over five pounds.
    State police were called to the home around 7:10 p.m. on Nov. 26, 2010 after receiving information on a shooting.

  • Crash claims life of Owen man

    The Kentucky State Police are investigating a fatal collision that killed two people and injured one Friday.
    According to a press release, troopers responded at 6:02 p.m. to 11465 of US Highway 127 near Monterey after receiving information that two vehicles had been involved in a serious injury collision.
    The first vehicle, driven by 54 year-old Larry C. Conway, of Frankfort, apparently crossed the centerline of US 127 and collided with an oncoming vehicle operated by 46 year old Daniel S. Ballard, of Owenton, police said in a statement.

  • Leaders look ahead to what Owen Co. can expect in 2012

    With an eye toward the future, Owen County’s many community leaders are already preparing for the months ahead, with hopes for new business, growth and a better economy.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the fiscal court was able to accomplish many of its goals in 2011, including new job descriptions that each county employee signed off on, a new administrative code and a transient room tax which has already collected $12,000 for tourism.
    Expansion of local tourism is just one of the things Keith said she would like to see in 2012.