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Today's News

  • Former Owen County magistrate looks back

    My how times have changed!

    I was second district magistrate in the late 1950s until 1965.

    I was appointed by then Gov. Bert Combs to fill out the term vacated by Edgar Sowder and won a full term in 1960 with Paul J. Jones as my opposition.

    I served under two county judges – Horace Ransdell and Kepple Roland.

    The fiscal court at that time had jurisdiction over the courthouse, jail, roads and the hospital along with the commodity program and the food distribution program.

    The magistrates were paid $15 a month and no benefits.

  • Writer urges public to vote by the Bible

    Our founding fathers spent much time in prayer and fasting for this great nation. I hope each reader has spent much time in prayer and fasting for this election.

    We sure have.

    Our forefathers knew full well that our great God Jehovah is a jealous god and will have no other gods before him (Exodus 20:3) Blessed is the nation whose god is The Lord (Psalm 33:12).

    Please consider each party platform and judge it by the Bible and then everyone go vote.

    It is my prayer that you vote the Bible.

  • A shoebox could change life of a child

    I would like to invite you to join in this year’s Christmas Child project, a worldwide outreach of Samaritan’s Purse that touches the lives of millions of hurting children each year through the power of a simple gift. Shoe boxes filled with presents by caring people can bring love, joy and hope to little ones living in some of the most desperate circumstances imaginable.

  • Friends and life lessons

    There are two kinds of people in the world. Well, there are a lot more than that, but for the purposes of telling this story, there are only two, personified by Pat and me. Pat was impulsive and gregarious. Give her five minutes’ notice and a pound of baloney, and she’d whip up a party. I was deliberate, more at ease with a good book in those days than in a room full of people. And when I hosted a party it took days of preparation to meet my self-imposed standards of perfection.

  • Board selects site for new judicial center

    After months of negotiation, the Project Development Board announced the new Owen County Judicial Center will be built on five acres owned by the Ford family trust.

    The land is on Hwy. 127, one-tenth of a mile south from the current courthouse. The property is mostly farm land and will not require high demolition costs.

    Owen County Judge-executive Billy O’Banion, the only member of the fiscal court to vote against the proposal, said he wanted to keep the judicial center as close to downtown as possible.

  • Allegations hurt county’s reputation

    The news media coverage about the abuse of authority by the top Owen County officials has been an embarrassment to Owen County and is the topic of discussion among everyone.

    The bad news is that (some of) our county officials - Judge-executive Billy O’Banion, former Deputy Judge-executive Renaee Gaines, and Treasurer Gayla Lewis - are giving our county government a bad name.

  • Clerk expects strong voter turnout in Owen County

    It looks like more Owen countians could be casting ballots this year than the last presidential election.

    Back when there were nine days left before the absentee ballot deadline, 198 Owen countians had already cast ballots.

    For the November 2004 election, 285 Owen County residents voted absentee. Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said there is usually a flurry close to the deadline and expects the total number of absentee ballots cast to exceed the previous presidential election total.

  • Heartbreak for Rebels as Owen falls, 14-13

    his one hurt.

    The Owen County Rebels went into Friday night’s game looking for their third win of the season. They seemed poised to get it, but it was not to be, as the Rebels fell to Christian Academy-Louisville 14-13.

    The game could not have started any better for Owen County. After holding the Centurions to a three and out on their first possession, the Rebels began their first drive on the 40-yard line.

  • Born to run

    If you ask members of the Owen County Girls Cross Country team why they run, many of them have the same answer. They love running.

    Coach Jeff Sutton loves when they run as well, and he also loves the fact that they are going to be around for a while.

    The Owen County varsity team is made up of one high school runner and a solid group of middle school runners.

    This has Sutton thinking some fairly lofty thoughts for the future of the program. The coach, however, is not looking so far ahead that he doesn’t realize what he has right now.

  • Architects present several different versions of new middle school

    The new Owen County Middle School is one step closer to becoming a reality.

    Ron Murall Architects presented the Owen County Board of Education with four plans in an attempt to balance the administration’s wish list and the hard realities of the budget.

    Each plan highlights one of four alternate features that will be built only if the budget allows. The options are two flex classrooms, an auditorium, a rooftop courtyard and extra locker rooms.