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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Court News | Jan. 27, 2016

    Owen District Court
    Jan. 22, 2016

    FELONY

    Jason D. Robinson, 1991, alcohol intoxication in a public place; second-degree disorderly conduct; resisting arrest; third-degree assault; preliminary hearing set for 9 a.m. Feb. 5.

    MISDEMEANOR

    Joann M. Smith, 1975, menacing; second-degree disorderly conduct; alcohol intoxication in a public place; contempt of court; appoint public attorney.

  • Take the wrong guy's hat and you're in for a fight

    BY ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

    I got such a kick out the story I heard the other day about two good ol’ boys who had arrived back home separately after an evening out.

    “Here’s your hat,” one friend said to the other. “You forgot it when you left that place.”

    The other replied: “That’s not my hat.”

    “Well,” said the friend, “no wonder that fellow put up such a fight.”

  • Where there is grace, grace always wins

    Since my friend Mike has been sober, he’s taken me to one of his AA meetings every so often.

    I don’t struggle with alcohol, but I have my own compulsions and obsessions.

    It’s my opinion that every one of us is addicted to something and that those somethings can and do change, sometimes daily.

  • Local Church News | Jan. 27, 2016

    Monterey Baptist Church

    The fifth Sunday of the month, Jan. 31, has been declared “Sweat Suit Sunday” by the pastor. Wear comfy clothes to church that morning!

    Fill the pews with shoes is a community wide activity to support the Family Resource Center and Youth Services Center. Bring new tennis shoes to church on Sunday, Jan. 31, so we can fill the pews with shoes. The minimum size for children is 5; ladies maximum size is 10; and men’s maximum size is 13. Only new tennis shoes will be accepted.

  • Williams scores 2,500th point in Rebels win against Carroll Co.

    There was not much drama in Tuesday night’s home game with Carroll County. Owen County won its 22nd straight 31st District contest 77-29 over the Panthers. A highlight, however, came when senior Carson Williams reached another milestone in his career. Williams, who is the all-time leading scorer in Owen County history, scored his 2,500th point.

    Williams led the Rebels with 21 points overall. Vince Toftness added 20 points. The Rebels shot a blistering 59 percent from field for the game including nine 3-pointers of which Toftness connected on four and Williams two.

  • Cold start but hot finish for Lady Rebels

    Owen County has only lost one game against 31st District competition this season. That loss came back in December in Carrollton. The Lady Rebels got their revenge last Tuesday in Owenton.

    Much like the weather outside, Owen County started off cold from the field in the first half. Carroll County was also unable to get things going offensively leading to an 18-18 tie at halftime.

    The second half was a different story. Owen County would outscore Carroll County 43-16 during the final two quarters on their way to a 61-34 victory.

  • Protect yourself before a winter storm

    BY DAVID LILLY

    Owen County Emergency Management Director

    Plan now to be able to stay where you are when a storm hits. If you are not at home when the storm starts, you may need to stay where you are until the roads are safe. This means having basic supplies of food and water in several locations, including your workplace, vehicle, and, if possible, other places where you and members of your household regularly spend time (e.g., house of worship, community center, and school).