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Today's News

  • Letter to the editor: Sign sends wrong message to kids

    Children learn by watching and listening to adults. They also take notice of store marquees, especially in  our rural town of Owenton. While my husband and I were traveling to church this past Sunday morning, I was appalled when I read what the marquee at Dairy Queen said “Gallatin Sucks.”

    Well, without thought, that immediately told me that Owen County had lost to Gallatin County at Saturday night’s ball game.

  • Judicial center ceremony to be held March 11

    The new Owen County judicial center has taken another step toward ground-breaking.

    Bids for the new judicial center were opened Thursday, and a bid for “general trades” was awarded to Hawkins Construction for $2.8 million.

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said she was told by the project manager that once the bids were totaled, they came in under budget.

    Ground-breaking for the new judicial center was expected to take place in September 2009, but was postponed due to architectural changes.

  • Court, civic group looking to boost tourism

    Members of Leadership Owen County are looking toward the future of tourism within the community.

    Several alumni of Leadership Owen County attended the Feb. 23 Owen County Fiscal Court workshop to discuss a possible transient room tax.

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said this type of tax is charged to people renting rooms on a daily basis – such as motels and hotels. She said it would not affect residents. Keith said the size of the county determines the amount of the tax, and it would be a 3-percent tax in Owen County’s case.

  • Workshop will help shape future

    The beautiful Elk Creek Vineyard and Winery was the setting for the “2010 Leadership Owen County Opening Retreat.” The date was Feb. 5 and 6. The weather was not a deterrent for the future leaders of Owen County. The day started off with a “meet and greet.” Angie Woodward from the Leadership Kentucky had a fun activity to get everyone energized.

  • Senior boys play final home game

    It was a strange week for the senior boy’s basketball players.

    Due to bad weather, the game with Walton-Verona scheduled for earlier in the week had to be postponed until Saturday afternoon. That meant that Senior Night on Thursday night against Trimble County would not be the boy’s last home game.

    Six Rebels were recognized before the start of Thursday night’s game. Blake Lewis, Kyle Kelly, Jordan Shelton, Lucas Shelton, Michael Colligan and Ethan Lloyd were honored for their accomplishments both on and off the court.

  • Coloradan follows dream to Owenton

    After traveling from her home in Colorado to Owenton to visit her parents, Dayna Hughes set up for the U.S. 127 yard sale and decided to stay and begin a new business.

    Hughes’ father purchased the old Kindall-Riley building, and she has transformed it into the Triple-H Trading Post.

    Hughes, whose mother was raised in Owen County, brought her two daughters along with her during the 127 yard sale to spend time with their grandparents.

    “They didn’t want to leave,” Hughes said. “They really love Kentucky.”

  • All smiles for Lady Rebel seniors

    Owen County High School Head Girls Basketball Coach Bob Osborne would like to bottle up the first quarter of Friday night’s game with Grant County and take it with him into next week’s 31st District Tournament. He also might want to find a way to leave the second quarter in Owenton.

    The Lady Rebels began the night by honoring three seniors. Emilie Davis, Eko Kemper and Jensen Wainscott were each recognized before taking the court for the final time at home.

  • Volunteers raise thousands to combat heart defects

    God’s Special Little Hearts just keeps growing and growing.

    Saturday’s fifth-annual congenital heart defect (CHD) walk proved to be a successful event that raised nearly $9,000. The money will be donated to the Kentucky Children’s Hospital/Pediatric Cardiology Division and God’s Special Little Hearts Inc.

    Chairperson for God’s Special Little Hearts Inc. Katie Columbia said about 400 people came out to support those with heart defects this year, an increase of almost 100 over last year. 

  • 31st District Tournament preview

    Tournament time has arrived for high school basketball in the Bluegrass. Teams from all across the state begin play this week with one goal in mind. For the boys, they want to earn a trip to Rupp Arena while the girls are hoping to reach Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.

    For the Rebels and Lady Rebels, their journey begins in Gallatin County at the 31st District Tournament.

    The girls opened up play Tuesday against Henry County while the boys will tip things off Wednesday against Henry County.

  • Freshman, JV squads bring home titles

    While the varsity teams decide district superiority this week at Gallatin County, it is clear who reigns supreme when it comes to the freshman and junior varsity teams. The Owen County Lady Rebels won both championships.

    The freshman team brought home the 31st District trophy by defeating Carroll County in the semifinals and Gallatin County in the finals.

    Against the home team Lady Panthers, the Lady Rebels were led by Madison Gamble’s 14 points as they won the game 32-21.