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Today's News

  • Illnesses taking toll on schools

    As attendance in the Owen County School district continues to drop due to various illnesses, Superintendent Mark Cleveland is looking for ways to keep the doors open.

    Cleveland said the attendance rate stayed above 90 percent last week, but has dropped drastically this week with only 87 percent attendance Monday and 85 percent Tuesday.

    Cleveland said although there have been several cases of the H1N1 virus in the district, other illnesses are more prominent.

  • Guest Editorial: Energy bills should have safety valve

    As Congress continues to address climate change, we’re starting to hear a wide range of estimates on what the actions of lawmakers will cost American consumers.

    The Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan arm of Congress that prepares fiscal estimates and budgets, claims the increase in energy costs will be about the same as a postage stamp a day for the average homeowner. Other estimates are much higher – which makes me worry.

  • Streak is over

    Seven-straight seasons of frustration for the Owen County Rebels ended Friday night. Joey Wood scored a pair of touchdowns and the Rebels’ defense again played well as Owen County defeated Carroll County 27-6 for its first win in the rivalry since 2002.

     “It feels really good,” Tyler Pruitt said after the game in a jubilant Owen County locker room. “We beat Gallatin, Trimble and Carroll County all in the same year.”

  • Officials still looking for causes of gas leak causes

    A main-line gas leak near the intersection of Perry Street and Cherry Alley caused local emergency workers to evacuate everyone within a 500-foot radius Thursday.

    At 4:11 p.m., the leak was reported by Owenton officials to Carrollton Utilities, which responded immediately.

    Carrollton Utilities General Manager Bill Osborne said utility crews closed the valve serving the section of line near the intersection and made the necessary repairs.

  • Young golfer can inspire us all

    To err is human. To admit to it is something else.

    Two weeks ago at the state golf tournament in Bowling Green, Emma Talley made a mistake.

    On the surface, it was not a big deal and would not have hindered the outcome of the tournament. In fact, had she not said anything it’s possible no one would have ever known of the mistake.

    Instead, the sophomore from Caldwell County realized she had not made a par on the 18th hole as was written down on her scorecard. She had made a bogey.

  • Georgia: On my mind

    My husband says he’d rather watch paint dry.  The pace is faster. And even I admit the cheerful narrator of “Househunters” looks and sounds like a Stepford Wife.  “Will they choose house number one with the crummy kitchen, house number two with the awful yard, or house number three that mortgages their soul?” she asks, showing all her teeth without a crease in her smile.  And yet, I can’t turn the TV off when “Househunters” comes on.

  • Crash shuts down highway for four hours

    A man driving a tri-axle dump truck filled with asphalt on Ky. Hwy. 355 wrecked Monday morning.

    Kentucky State Police Trooper Seth Willis said the Kentucky State Police were notified of the accident at 10 a.m.

    “Wesley H. Simpson of Stanford, Ky. was traveling South on Hwy. 355 when the vehicle began to leave the right side of the road,” Willis said. “He apparently cut the wheel hard to the left, which caused the truck to flip, spilling asphalt all over the road.”

  • Rockdale News

    Yes, Rockdale is still around even if you haven’t heard from us for awhile.

    Ms. Naomi Gaines celebrated her birthday Oct. 13. She is the oldest living member of Caney Fork, so we acknowledged her at our Homecoming Sunday. We even sang to her.

    The Carr family (Sunni, Bethany, and Seth) have purchased a home in Frankfort to be close to work and school. However, she will be with us a lot since she is keeping the farm. Also, she is Caney’s new WMU director.

    Dan Shepherd is still on leave from work due to his shoulder surgery.

  • Wilson named to Murray homecoming court

    Sheila Wilson, a valedictorian and 2007 graduate of Owen County High School, was recently honored to be on Murray State University’s homecoming court as a 2009 homecoming queen candidate.

    Wilson was nominated by Murray State’s Agriculture Ambassadors.

  • Golf team misses cut at tournament

    The Owen County girls’ golf team spent fall break in Bowling Green. The team was there to compete in the KHSAA Girls’ State Golf Tournament.

    On Thursday, the Lady Rebels had a chance to get out on the course at Bowling Green Country Club. They were able to get through most of the practice round before the rain began to fall. The rain did not quit until Saturday, wiping out the opening day of the tournament, which was scheduled to begin Friday.