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Today's News

  • County Clerk Corner: How to Save Money

    Tough times require us to think of ways of saving and getting the most out of what we have.

    As you may know, the month of April is when the law requires the delinquent tax bills to be sold at the courthouse steps. The tax sale in Owen County will be held April 29. After the tax sale, all the delinquent tax bills are turned over to the County Clerk’s Office.

    At this time the tax payer will be faced with an increase in the amount due. However, if your tax bill is purchased from the clerk’s office by a third party, the price grows more and more.

  • Getting ready to dance

    I am sure that when most people see that I am writing a column about getting ready to dance they will assume I am referring to March Madness – otherwise known as the “Big Dance.” The tournament is one of my favorite times of the year.

    But I am not writing this about basketball. In fact, I write this column at the expense of my manhood.

    OK, who I am trying to kid? And you can stop giggling.

  • Owen County High School to host open house for parents

    Owen County High School invites students and parents to attend an open house between 5 and 6:30 p.m. March 30.

    Nominations are being taken through March 25 for a parent to serve on the high school’s Site-based Decision-making Council (SBDM). Please stop by the school’s office to fill out a nomination form for a parent-representative to serve on the council.

  • Other voices

    One of my mentors-at-a-distance was Carl Sagan. I watched his now-famous TV show, Cosmos, read some of his books and read his articles in the popular media. His words in a Sunday magazine article, though written over 20 years ago, blazed off the paper and have stuck with me through the years. Carl saw the training he received as a great gift, one that the son of an immigrant would never have received except for this wonderful confluence of time and space – here and now and in America.

  • Rebels head to the diamond

    Last year in his first season as baseball coach at Owen County, Kevin Webster was not afraid to play anyone. The Rebels opened up the season by playing Harrison County who eventually won the 10th Region Championship. The Rebels also played the 8th Region Champion, Anderson County, as well as Scott County and DuPont Manual. This list also included a team from the 31st District in Henry County that made it to the 8th-region championship game.

    Despite winning only nine games last year, the Rebels will again face a tough schedule as they head into the upcoming season.

  • Tossing and turning at tourney

    Fans and participants filed into the Owen County High School gym Saturday afternoon. They came from Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. They came to watch a regional tournament. With it being March, one might expect it to be basketball. It was not.  

    It was the Owen County Judo Invitational.  

    More than 156 competitors took part in the competition. They ranged in age from four to senior adult.   The Owen County Judo Team is made up of 22 members in grades 1-12 and is coached by Doris Beverly.  

  • Preserve downtown charm

    When I was younger, it was always a treat for me to get to come to Owenton.

    It may not be the biggest city, it may not have big fancy restaurants, a Wal-Mart or a plethora of clothing stores, but there was always something about Owenton that appealed to me.

    As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed something about Owenton that is drastically different from other cities I’ve visited. The courthouse sits at the center of downtown, and the downtown area thrives right around the courthouse.

  • Illnesses spark concern at sheriff’s office

    The Owen County Sheriff’s office has become the center of an investigation of problems that are believed to be causing multiple illnesses within the facility.

    Employees at the sheriff’s office first believed the cause of illness to be mold, mildew or asbestos.

    The Department of Labor tested the facility July 8 after receiving a complaint from the Division of Compliance. The facility was tested inside and out. According to a report from the Department of Labor, no unusual circumstances were found.

  • Leadership alumni look to future

    The Owen County Leadership Alumni met March 3 to discuss an agenda that consisted of cleaning up the downtown area and building a Web site that will inform those looking to come to Owen County on how to begin a successful small business.

    The Leadership Alumni consists of a group of about 70 people who have graduated from the four leadership classes. Leadership is an eight-month program that covers everything from agriculture to entrepreneurship.

  • Arrests make law enforcement more watchful

    After two people were arrested for possession of heroin in Owen County, Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry is concerned the use of heroin may be on the rise in Owen County.

    The two arrests were made within days of each other.

    Eugene F. Wolpert was arrested on Feb. 28 and charged with first-degree possession of heroin.

    The second suspect, whose name is part of an ongoing investigation was arrested on March 2 and charged with first-degree possession of heroin.

    Gentry said two different kinds of heroin were found.