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Today's News

  • Red ribbons mark ongoing fight

    The school colors may be maroon and white, but next week, students in the Owen County School District will be wearing red in honor of Red Ribbon Week.

    The national awareness week began in the late 1980s in honor of Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique (Kiki) S. Camarena who had spent four and a half years on the trail of one of Mexico’s biggest marijuana and cocaine traffickers. Just days before Camarena was to make a bust that would unlock the pipeline that sent many drugs into the United States, he was kidnapped. His body was discovered nearly a month later.

  • Three students injured in crash

    Three Owen County High School students were injured Thursday morning after a crash on Cull Road outside of Owenton.

    According to Kentucky State Police, Justin Chappell, 17, of Owenton, Brandon and Justin Stevens, both 17 of Owenton, were traveling in a Ford Ranger pick-up truck on Cull Road Thursday morning when another pick-up driven by Denver Stafford, 18, of Owenton, tried to pass.

    The Stafford vehicle failed to clear the front of the truck driven by Chappell. The impact forced Chappell’s truck off the road and it struck a tree.

  • Paying taxes in Owen helps out your community

    Through the years I have shared my favorite tips with my family and friends. One example is, “If you don’t need it, don’t buy it.” As I am now working on the budgeting for the clerk’s office for 2010, this saying comes across true and clear.

  • Owen 4-H holds achievement banquet

    On Oct. 1, the Owen County 4-H Program held its annual achievement banquet.

    The goal of the annual banquet is to recognize and acknowledge the local 4-Her’s for the involvement, participation, and accomplishments they have received over the course of the club year. This year, the following Owen County 4-H members were recognized:

  • Owen County Youth Rebels football battles Walton

    The Owen County Youth football teams traveled to Walton last weekend to battle the Bearcats in the last games of the regular season. Both the Mighty Pro and Power House teams came away with victories. The wins left both teams undefeated in the regular season and gave them the No. 1 seed in the upcoming playoffs.

    Midget Division

    Walton – 21

    Owen County – 0

    The young Rebels were down 14-0 at the half and battled to only give up one score in the second half. Ethan Fitzgerald had a fumble recovery for the Rebels.

  • Hundreds turn out for H1N1 flu vaccination

    Hundreds of Owen countians eager to protect themselves from the H1N1 virus lined the area around the Owen County Health Center for the first mass vaccination clinic Thursday.

    Three Rivers District Health Department Director of Public Health Georgia Heise said that all of the vaccination available was given out at the clinic.

    “We had more people than we had vaccine,” Heise said. “District wide, we’ve given out 1,800 vaccines and 350 of those were given out in Owen County Thursday.”

  • Chase ends in woman’s living room

    An Owen County man was hospitalized following a police pursuit that ended when he crashed into the home of Norma Mae Poe early Thursday morning.

    Roy Austerman, 20, of Old Sweet Owen Road was traveling north on U.S. 127 when Owenton Police Officer Gary Alcorn attempted to pull him over for speeding.

    Austerman tried to elude the police. After a half-mile chase, the pursuit ended at 430 East Adair St.

  • Letter to the editor: Johnson’s help will be sorely missed

    When I married Dennis Lafferty in 1970, I moved from Sparta to the “country.”

    I did not know much about farming. My family had always  been in the grocery business, so all I knew was the farmer got paid once a year.

    It was not long until I realized you could not make a farming decision until you contacted Jane Ann Johnson. Whatever Jane Ann told you was always just the way it was.

  • Senior Night Preview

    Opponent: South Oldham Dragons

    Place: Patterson Field

    Time: 7:30 p.m.

    • The Dragons will enter the game with a record of 2-7 on the season. They dropped the last game they played 29-19 at Anderson County two weeks ago. South Oldham was on a bye last week.

    • It has been a streaky season for South Oldham in 2009. Each of the Dragons two wins this season came after a three-game losing streak. The last win came Oct. 9 at home against Grant County.

  • Middle-school cheerleaders heading off to championships

    After winning the CANAM National Cheerleading Championship in 2004 at Myrtle Beach, S.C., Maurice Bowling Middle School Cheerleader Coach Jenna Gray will take a new group of cheerleaders to the 2010 celebration cheer and dance nationals in Indianapolis, Ind.

    Gray, an instructional technology teacher at MBMS, said this is the first time she has taken a group of cheerleaders to a national competition since 2005.