Today's News

  • Locals known for practical jokes, lightheartedness

    Famous French poet and novelist, Victor Hugo, once wrote “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”

    Hugo was very perceptive, for it is laughter that binds families and communities together and creates special moments in life.

    Owen countians are natural-born storytellers, and as they relate an amusing incident, at times accompanied by a bit of blarney, their eyes light up, and their soft chuckles explode into loud hearty guffaws of laughter.

  • Senate week in review: New bill targets habitual drunken drivers

    The major task of the General Assembly this session is to pass a $20 billion financial plan to carry Kentucky through the next two years. On Tuesday, the governor will present his budget recommendations through a joint session of the House of Representatives and Senate.

    While state senators wait to receive the general and transportation budget bills, they have used the first three weeks of the 2016 General Assembly to pass a series of other bills. This allows for discussion on those bills before the budget debate overshadows the remaining weeks of the session.

  • Snow, deicing agents and your plants

    Weekend Gardener

    Up until recently our mild winter has seen little snow. Snow has an insulating effect which is particularly useful when we have frigid temperatures, otherwise it can be a joy to snow lovers and a nuisance to those who would rather be “snow birds.”

    Ground level snow will actually protect the roots and crowns of perennial and woody plants, but you may notice a little burn above the snow level when it comes to broadleaf evergreens.

  • Help livestock handle cold weather

    The three most important things you can do to protect livestock in cold weather are providing sufficient water, giving ample high-quality feed and offering weather protection. Cold stress reduces livestock productivity, including rate of gain, milk production and reproductive difficulty, and can cause disease problems.

  • At the Library | Jan. 27, 2016

    MOOC is here. That stands for Massive Open Online Course and represents a new way to learn, to connect and to grow.

    The library staff will also be offering discussion groups for four courses of our choosing. Anyone interested may take the course online and gather once a week for a discussion with others taking the same course. We begin with Spanish 1, Jan. 7-28; Spanish 2, Feb. 4-25; Writing for Young Readers Jan. 12-Feb. 9 and Ignite Your Creativity Jan. 25-Feb. 29. Call 484-3450 to let us know you are interested in joining the conversation.

  • Popular illusionist coming to OCES Saturday

    Who: Dinky Gowen, Master of Illusion

    What: Owenton Lions Club Master of Illusion Magic Show and Variety Show Fundraiser

    Where: Owen Co. Elementary School

    When: 7 p.m., Saturday Jan. 30

    Tickets: $8.00 in advance, $10.00 at the door, children 5 and under free

  • Senior Activities | Jan. 27, 2016

    The Owen County Senior Center is located at 118 N. Main St., Owenton. Its hours of operation are 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday. The center is managed by Stacey Sipple Long and can be reached at (502) 484-3139.

    If you need a ride to the senior center, call Owen County Public Transit at (502) 750-2828 and schedule when you would like to attend.

    Today (Wednesday): 9 a.m. cards; 1 p.m. Extension office, crafting.

    Thursday, Jan. 28: Noon, birthday bash.

    Friday, Jan. 29: 1 p.m. Bingo.

  • The Branch bears brunt of recent winter weather

    The big news and almost the only news on the Branch this week is the snow and cold, for once the “talking heads” got it right.

    They said there would be a blizzard of gigantic proportions and they were right. John played “fruit basket turnover” with all the vehicles so he could clean out his garage to put the tractor in it so when the snow did arrive he could dig himself out and get to Ann and me.

    We had the ability to get out, we just didn’t want to. The high Sunday morning was 11 degrees. At one point it read 7 degrees.

  • Community Events | Jan. 27, 2016

    Leadership Owen County to begin soon

    If you would like to participate in Leadership Owen County 2016, it will begin Feb. 5-6.

    Please call the Owen County Extension Office to register at (502) 484-5703.

    Farmers’ Market to hold meetings on nutrition program coupons

  • Looking back | Jan. 27, 2016

    Wet-dry petition making rounds
    Five years ago
    Jan. 26, 2011

    A petition for a wet/dry vote in Owen County recently began circulating, which Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said could lead to a costly special election.

    The petition asks if Owen contains would be in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in Owen County.

    Kincaid said in order for a special election to be held, a total of 901 registered Owen County voters would need to sign the petition, 25 percent of voters in the last general election.