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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Letters to the Editor: Beck helps explain issues facing the nation

    I watched Glenn Beck when he was on Headline News. Now he is on Fox News. We watch him every night. I do not feel like exploits fear. My opinion is he makes me angry (because) of the way our country is being run. The way he uses the chalk board and pictures helps us to know who is who.

    Now about health care. A lot of people think it is going to be free or better care. If the government-run health care is so great, then why are people coming from other countries to seek our health care? Due to long waits for tests or surgeries that is why they are coming.

  • Letters to the Editor: Library does a good job educating the masses

    The Owen County Library is one of the best resources we have in the county for educating the masses. Open to the public, it provides a diverse menu of programs for all ages and many interests. Whether you are interested in gardening or quilting, music or rug making, the library can point you in the right direction.

  • Owen County Fair Board to present truck, tractor pull

    The Owen County Fair Board will hold its first annual fall truck and tractor pull fund-raiser Oct. 10.

    Fair board member Ashley Young said many people have requested a better carnival for the Owen County fair, which is held every July.

    “People want a bigger carnival and they want to see new things at the fair each year,” Young said. “There are a lot of people in the county that pull trucks and it’s a popular event around here, so it will be a good way to raise money for the fair.”

  • Owen schools escaping flu bug bite for now

    While some school districts across the state of Kentucky have shut down due to H1N1 virus and other illnesses, Owen County students remain healthy.

    Owen County School District Director of Pupil Personnel Charlotte Elkins said the attendance rate for the year remains high.

    “We’ve been in good shape so far,” Elkins said. “The rate for the year so far for the district is 95 percent. That’s from the beginning of the year up to last Friday.”

    Elkins said there have been no confirmed cases of H1N1 in the district.