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Today's News

  • Owen County Circuit Court - May 20, 2014

    Joann Adams (Blackmore), 1974, show cause deferred, owes $23,454.94 total, to pay $100 a month, bench warrant set for $24,000.
    Autumn L. Darrell, 1993, first-degree complicity possession of heroin, tampering with physical evidence, complicity drug paraphernalia, pleaded guilty, sentencing set for June 23.
    Alexander C. Fitzgerald, 1988, owes $1,256 in fines and costs.
    James Clinton House, 1977, flagrant non-support, to pay $100 a month.
    James E. Howard, 1989, show cause deferred, owes $465 total, to pay $50 a month, bench warrant set for $500.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Family tree has deep roots in Owen

    When schools closed that bad winter, a young boy spent his days in the stripping room on the farm.
    Amid the pungent odor of tobacco, the lad listened to his granddad’s stories.
    Those narratives, along with a love of farming, created an intense yearning in the young man; and he followed a life-long dream which included his supportive wife, his family and his beloved Southdown sheep. 
    Kentucky has embraced the Forsee family for eight generations.  Owen countian Brian Forsee, who is a seventh generation Forsee, was the special guest speaker at the historical society meeting last week.

  • Owen Electric gets gold star for display

    Owen Electric Cooperative recently received recognition in the 2014 “Spotlight on Excellence” national awards program, sponsored by the Council of Rural Electric Communicators and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
    Owen Electric received a gold award for the latest display and addition to its museum, located at its headquarters office.

  • Greenhouse hit by vandals

    A case of vandalism that apparently started in New Liberty last week ended in damage to the Owen County High School agriculture department’s greenhouse.
    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said juveniles are responsible for the damage, which included tore up signs in New Liberty, broken church windows near Big Twin and tore up plastic at the high school’s greenhouse.
    Owen County School District Superintendent Rob Stafford said the side of a metal building was also beat in at the high school and plants inside the greenhouse were also damaged.

  • Candidates look ahead to November

    With the party primaries over, the field of candidates for the November general election is set.
    In the two most high-profile campaigns, Democrat and Owen County Magistrate Casey Ellis will square off against Republican Party candidate for judge-executive Gary  W. Minch for the county’s most powerful post.
    With a large field for the office of Owen County sheriff, Democrat and incumbent Zemer Hammond will be opposed by Republican and former Kentucky State Police Trooper Mark Bess.

  • Running for a reason: Annual Owen County Relay for Life raises thousands to help fight cancer

    About 200 survivors, caregivers, friends and supporters attended Friday and Saturday’s Owen County Relay For Life, in what organizers are calling another successful event.
    Kelsey Lewis, a Relay For Life specialist with the American Cancer Society, said this year’s beautiful weather played a role in the success of the event.
    “It went very well,” Lewis said. “We were all very pleased. There were a lot of great activities and we received a lot of positive feedback.”

  • Softball season ends in semis

    In their first two meetings this season Gallatin County outscored Owen County by a combined 15-2 score. Things would be much closer when the two squared off last week in the semifinals of the 31st District tournament.
    It was the sixth time the schools had met in the tournament dating back to 2006.
    Owen County won the first three meetings rather handily. Gallatin County then turned the tables defeating the Lady Rebels in the 2012 championship game and also in the 2013 semifinals. Both were one-run contests.

  • Owen Co. Relay 2014 ready to roll

    By Molly Haines and John Whitlock
    N-H Staff
    The fight to beat cancer moves to Owen County Friday night.
    The 2014 Owen County Relay for Life will kick off Friday at 7 p.m. at Itron Field. The event, which supports local efforts to bring comfort, treatment and support for cancer victims and their families, is sponsored by and benefits the American Cancer Society.

  • Jury disagrees with murder charge

    Joshua Hammond could spend 25 years in prison following his involvement in the May 2012 murder of Frankfort’s Charles Monroe.
    A Franklin County grand jury handed down its verdict in the trial for Joshua Hammond, 33, May 12.
    The jury found Hammond guilty on the charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence.
    Hammond’s murder charge was amended to reckless homicide.
    A sentence of 25 years has been recommended, but a final sentencing has not been held.

  • Primary night 2014: Ellis wins judge-executive bid

    The outcome of many of Tuesday’s Owen County Primary Election races were close.
    But for current Owen County second-district magistrate Casey Ellis, it was a wide margin of victory for the Democratic nomination in the race for the county’s top-elected position.
    Ellis will now face Republican Party nominee Gary W. Minch in November for the office of county judge-executive.
    Ellis won Tuesday’s primary and carried all 12 of Owen County’s precincts with nearly 70 percent of the votes.