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Today's News

  • Owen man dies after fall in Red River Gorge

    An Owen County man rock climbing in the Red River Gorge area died Saturday.

    Menifee County Coroner Melody Smallwood told the Associated Press that Shaun Wilhoite, 28, of Owen County, fell to his death around 2:30 p.m. in the Indian Creek section of the gorge.

    He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    According to Smallwood, Wilhoite was accompanied by about 12 other climbers.

    Smallwood said the other climbers told her Wilhoite visited the gorge about four times a year.

  • Owen begins to dig out

    When a winter storm began hitting Owen County during the early hours of the morning Monday, some wondered whether they should brave the snow and cold for a day at work.

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said she and her staff received several calls from Owen countians confused about the emergency snow levels.

  • New rules for meetings

    After the Owen County Fiscal Court workshops got off to a rocky start, the court voted to adopt a new resolution on procedures for addressing the court during its Feb. 9 meeting.

    The first workshop of the Owen County Fiscal Court was held Jan. 26.

    Owen County Judge-executive and magistrates’ Teresa Davis, Bobby Gaines and Ray Smith each agreed that the meeting got off to a good start, but turned confrontational after former judge-executive Billy O’Banion approached the court.

    Magistrate Jerry Jones declined to comment on the workshop.

  • Fifth annual Walk for Awareness of CHDs to be held Saturday

    The Fifth Annual Walk for Awareness of CHDs will be held Saturday,from noon until 7 p.m. at the Owenton First Baptist Church Family Life Center.

    Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the following groups:

    Opening by Jerry Smith – Adult CHDer

    Noon – 1 p.m.: Bode McKinley

    1 - 1:45 p.m.: David Pitt

    1:45 – 2 p.m.: Capitol City Dance Studio

    2-3 p.m.:  First Baptist Church of Carrollton Praise Band

    3-3:30 p.m.: CHD survivors and Angels Recognition Walk/Jan Eldridge and Heather Marsh

  • Another example of “Amazing” Kentuckians

    Last week, Ernie and I made the 70-mile trip from Lexington to Owenton to tend to a little business. We had several stops on our do-list, not the least of which was meeting up with a friend. We wanted to give her a copy of an old picture of particular interest to her family, and she in turn had several she wanted Ernie to see. His hobby is computer restoration of historic photographs, and we both are local history buffs, so we make time for such encounters whenever and wherever we can.

  • State senator praises Toyota for being great partner

    Editor’s Note: Senator Damon Thayer represents the 17th Senate District which includes Owen County.

    Toyota has been a great corporate citizen of Georgetown and Kentucky because of the way it has conducted its business in Kentucky and other American communities for more than 50 years.  They’ve set an example for other companies to follow.

  • Eastern signs Pruitt

    A member of the Owen County football team will be continuing his career next year when he heads to college.

    Senior Tyler Pruitt signed last week to play football at Eastern Kentucky University.

    Pruitt was an integral part of the Owen County football program over the last four years. The senior played both offense and defense for the Rebels and was known for always being where the ball was.

    Owen County High School Head Coach Adam Fowler, who coached Pruitt the last two years, had high praise for his player.

  • Snowy week ends with win for Lady Rebels

    The Owen County Lady Rebels were not in class much last week due to inclement weather. On Friday night, however, they did give Trimble County a lesson on domination.

    The Lady Rebels won the opening tip and never looked back against the Lady Raiders. Hannah Neeley hit a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded on the first quarter to give Owen County a 16-2 lead. The Lady Rebels were not finished as they went on to win the game 51-33.

  • Rebels drop pair of road games

    It had been a while since the Owen County Rebels had been on the basketball court against an opponent. The Rebels last game prior to last week was Feb. 2 at Williamstown.

    On Thursday night, road crews got enough of the snow removed to enable the Rebels to make their way to Walton-Verona. The Bearcats came into the game still riding high after winning the 8th Region All “A” Classic and advancing to the quarterfinals in Richmond.

  • New restaurant hopes to hit a home run with diners

    Baseball memorabilia from professionals to Owen County -- pictures, jerseys and other items adorn the walls of the recently opened Home Plate restaurant to create a family friendly atmosphere with lots of down home items on the menu.

    Father-son duo Paul and Kelly Wilson officially opened the restaurant Dec. 28, 2009.

    “Opening a restaurant had been an ambition of Kelly’s for a long time,” Paul Wilson said. “I wanted someone young to run it.”

    Wilson said Kelly is the owner, while he acts as manager and training chef.