Today's News

  • Owen County Historical Society News: Families share truth behind feud

    Seven descendants from the Smoot family and one from the Walkers were among the crowd that gathered at the I.O.O.F. Hall Thursday to hear the story of the Walker-Smoot feud. The scheduled speakers, Beth Raisor Jones and Susan Raisor Benton, had to cancel their presentation because of the recent death of their father. But Robert Walker and Lisa Smoot graciously agreed to tell the story according to what had passed down through their respective families.

  • Become a true grill master

    Grills are great for cooking hamburgers and steaks. Unfortunately, many people stop there.
    An entire gourmet meal can be prepared on a grill, or using other outdoor cooking equipment, including any assortment of meat or vegetables, and even desserts.
    If you are interested in becoming the next grillmeister of your community, with the reputation of being a great outdoor chef, we’ve got a series of programs designed for you.

  • Kay’s Branch News: Congrats on Fan Fair

  • Owen County District Court

    July 15, 2011

    Seth Allan Keith, 1980, motion to revoke probation, continued to July 22.
    Seth Allan Keith, 1980, fourth-degree assault, in jail, $2,500 cash bond set, continued to July 22.
    Joshua J. Sharon, 1988, theft by unlawful taking, pleaded guilty, 90 days, court costs; theft by unlawful taking, pleaded guilty, 90 days, court costs, concurrent.
    Jamie Carol New, 1976, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, continued to July 29.

  • Owen County Circuit Court

    June 28, 2011

    Deborah R. Depew, 1969, flagrant non-support, leave bench warrant.
    Wallie Asher, 1985, motion to revoke probation, motion for telephonic appearance at hearing, continued to July 12.
    Leroy Beckham, 1959, receiving stolen property under $10,000, third degree burglary, receiving stolen property under $500, adopted plea agreement, to pay $50 by Dec. 31.

  • Mother of the Year nomination letter: Veneda Caldwell Smith - an inspiration for generations

    While every mother is special, some are just extraordinary in their willingness to help their families and others. Proverbs 31, verse 29 reads, “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” I can’t think of a better description of my mother. By definition, a mother is one who has a child, but my mother is much more than that. To me, a good mother will put the needs of others in front of her own. My mother and her story may be common to anyone else, but to me she is a perfect example of an outstanding mother.

  • Owen woman faces indictment for alleged benefit fraud

    The Owen County grand jury recently indicted a woman who allegedly failed to change information affecting her eligibility for benefits, including food stamps and Medicaid benefits.
    Melissa A. Wolney, 38, was indicted July 12 on the charge of false statement or misrepresentation to receive benefits over $100.

  • Owen Co. emergency management offers tips to stay healthy during summer heat

    Rick Morgan, Owen County Emergency Management Director, wants to remind residents of dangers of the extreme heat we are having and what to you need to do.
    Before extreme heat
    • Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary.
    • Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
    • Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
    • Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.

  • Monterey to host block party to help new center

    The public is invited to help build a new heart for the city of Monterey.
    A block party will be held Saturday in the streets of Monterey to help raise money for the new Monterey Community Center.
    Worth Street will be blocked off to traffic during the event which begins at 1 p.m. and will last until dark.
    There will be games, music and plenty of activities for the entire family.
    There will be a donation box for those who wish to help renovate the new community center.
    For information, call Doreen McElroy at 484-0945.

  • Saying "NO"

    As some people against Owen County becoming completely wet discuss their opposition, one word seems to be repeated over and over.
    With the local option vote scheduled for Tuesday,  Steve Delaney and Dave Jones with Citizens for a Dry Owen County not only keep pondering that question but also the potential for harm that could come from expanded alcohol sales in the county and if it could bring significant new money into the county coffers.