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Today's News

  • Doctor hopes to find HIV treatment in proposed Owen laboratory

    A medical research facility could be in New Liberty’s future.

    Dr. Ray C. Perkins and his daughter, Sarah Leonard, have worked for 10 years to develop effective and economical methods in the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

    Perkins said these methods will also apply to many forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and other infectious diseases.

    If the company, known as New Liberty Proteomics, can gain enough support, Perkins is looking to establish a biomedical center in Owen County.

  • Letter To The Editor: Homeowners should examine their tax bills

    Summer is over. The kids are settling in to the new school year, our gardens have yielded their bounties, football season has begun and the county is preparing to send out its 2009 real estate and property tax bills.

    Well, three out of four ain’t bad, but once we receive our annual statement from the county, what will we find?

  • Colts cruise past Rebels, 53-0

    Friday in Lexington was opening day at Keeneland for its fall meet.

    On Friday night in Louisville, it was the DeSales Colts who did some running of their own against the Owen County Rebels.  

    The ninth-ranked team in Class 2A defeated the Rebels 53-0 on a soggy night.

    It was the second-straight week the Owen County team was shutout.  

    The loss dropped the Rebels to 2-5 overall and 0-1 in the district.

    With the victory, the Colts improved to 4-3 on the season and 1-0 in district action.

  • Owen soccer teams enter the postseason

    The postseason is here for soccer teams 

    Both soccer teams wrapped up the regular season last week.  

    The girls finished the season with a home game Oct. 5 against Henry County.

    The Lady Rebels were looking to defeat the Lady Wildcats after the two teams played to a 1-1 tie earlier this season in New Castle.  

    Morgan Walker and Stephanie Colligan each had goals as Owen County did get a 2-0 win to close out the regular season.

    Samantha Toole recorded the shutout in goal.

  • Church helping to distribute hope through Owen County

    The Hesler Assembly of God Church, along with several local businesses, came together Saturday to help bring hope to Owen County.

    The event – God Gives Hope to Owen County – was held at the high school and included a job fair, health screenings, blood mobile, kids and youth zone, inflatables, free groceries and free lunch.

    Several booths were set up including the University of Kentucky, Campbellsville University, a Hispanic outreach team and youth services from OCHS.

  • Ghost hunter coming to library

    The Owen County Public Library will be hosting ghost hunter Patti Starr Friday from 6:30 until 8 p.m. 

    After Starr speaks, there will be a ghost hunt in the building from 8 to 9 p.m.

    Starr is a world renowned paranormal investigator who owns the Ghost Chasers International organization founded in 1996 based in Lexington.  She is also owner of the Ghost Hunter Shop located at 835 Porter Place in Lexington.

    Starr is the tour guide for the popular Bardstown Ghost Trek which she started in 1997 in Bardstown.

  • Homecoming Happenings

    Hundreds of supporters turned out for the Owen County High School football homecoming parade and pep rally Friday afternoon before the game against East Jessamine. Second photo: Homecoming queen Jensen Wainscott poses with players Daniel Dauwe and Byron Robertson.

    Photos by Brian Blair, Molly Haines and John Whitlock

  • Small-town charm still has a home

    I love a parade.

    If you spend your whole life in Owen County, you might not realize the quality of life that so many people here enjoy.

    In many larger communities, the idea of a high school football homecoming parade has faded into memories.

    With more population, the idea of closing down a few streets for a hour of so on a Friday afternoon would trigger angry protests and a lot of calls to the police, the mayor, the city council, the dog warden, ministers, deputies, homeland security and Girls Scout troop leaders.

  • Great golf season will finish at state

    It was a goal the Owen County High School girls’ golf team had set at the end of last season. They wanted to make it to state tournament.

    Mission accomplished.

    On Sept. 29, the Lady Rebels golf team finished second at the sixth-region tournament to qualify for the state golf tournament to be held Thursday and Friday in Bowling Green.

     “This was an exciting day for our girls’ golf team,” Owen County High School Golf Coach David Wainscott said.

  • Owenton property owners will see slight tax change

    The Owenton City Council voted to raise its real property tax rates to .326 from last year’s .316 during its Oct. 1 meeting.

    The .326 tax rate means a property owner will pay .326 on each $100 worth of real property at its assessed cash value.

    Owenton City Clerk and Treasurer Laura Aldridge said a property owner whose property was worth $100,000 would pay $326 in real property taxes.

    The personal property rate will be .469 as opposed to last year’s rate of .3338. The vehicle rate will be .2829.