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Today's News

  • Smith takes national spotlight at Speedway race

    By the dawn’s early light July 6, the Kentucky Speedway began preparing for the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225. While Sparta was preparing for the Speedway’s next race, an Owenton native was preparing for the national spotlight.
    Ashley Renae Smith helped bring fame to Owenton at the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 as she sang the National Anthem before the race began. Aired on national television, Smith sang acapella to the stadium audience as well as those who were watching the race across the country.

  • 'There she is,' Miss Owen County!

    Audrey Lewis is no stranger to beauty pageants.
    The 16-year-old incoming Owen County High School junior has spent years wowing judges, from baby pageants to her reign as 2015 Miss Teen Owen County. But it’s the title she now holds that Lewis said is more exciting to her than any other title she could ever be given.
    Lewis was crowned Miss Owen County during the first day of the 86th annual Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show Saturday — it was her first year in the Miss division.

  • ‘Marry a man who will answer the phone’

    The phone rang sometime in the dead zone between midnight and dawn. It may have been the second year we were married, or maybe the third, because I know we were living in our first house, not the apartment, but we did not yet have children. Later, our who-cares-a-fig-what-time-it-is babies would wreak havoc with our nights, but back then a pre-dawn wake-up call was an extraordinary event.

  • ‘Free Frank’ sold gunpowder to free himself, family

    He came to Kentucky as a slave in the 1790s. After his daily work, his master leased him to other farmers and permitted the young man to earn a little of his own money. This young slave, Frank, was also an entrepreneur. He explored local Kentucky caves, collected niter, boiled it down to make salt peter and combined it with sulfur and charcoal to produce gunpowder.
    Frank sold his gunpowder on the streets of Lexington, and was able to make enough cash to not only buy his freedom but that of his wife and a son.

  • Looking Back | July 19, 2017

    5 years ago
    July 18, 2012
    Danielle Hoop takes home title

    The 38th Miss Owen County Fair was crowned during the opening night of the Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show Monday.
    Danielle Hoop, 19, will now have the chance to compete in the Miss Kentucky County Fair Pageant in January.
    Hoop said she began competing in pageants when she was about 14.

  • Owen District Court | July 16, 2017

    July 11, 2017

    James D. Baynum, 1960, diversion completion, dismissed.
    Bobby C. Beckley, 1955, third-degree complicity burglary, complicity receiving stolen property $10,000 or more, continued to Aug. 8.
    James Aaron Clark, 1981, three counts of third-degree arson, continued to Aug. 8.
    Eugene Collins Jr., 1964, status hearing, continued to July 25.
    Steven Frazier, 1985, probation violation, continued to July 25.
    Steven Frazier, 1985, probation violation, continued to July 25.

  • A little sprucing up on the Branch
  • Daughters of the American Revolution visit Keene-Lillard cabin

    The John Guill-Polly Hawkins Craig Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution met on June 28 for lunch at Jewels on Main followed by a tour of the Keene-Lillard log cabin in Warsaw, Ky. The two story double pen log house was built between 1810-1815 by American Revolution veteran Charles Lake Keene, from Maryland. He was the ancestor of Chapter Regent, Peggy Trinkle, whose grandmother, Sue Craig McDanell, was born in the house.

  • At the Library | July 19. 2017

    I Am A … Pioneer

    Follow a trail through the forest to a new land. Do chores and play games that pioneer children played. You can even make some real butter to take home. Appropriate for ages 3-6, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday.

    Community Rapid Response

  • Community Events | July 16. 2017

    Parks and Rec offering co-ed and church league softball
    Owen County Parks & Rec is offering co-ed and church league softball immediately following fair week. Forms may be found at www.owencountyparksandrec.com and the $250 team fee is due June 30. They may be turned in or mailed to 100 N. Thomas St., Owenton, KY 40359. For more information, contact the director of both leagues, Tim McIntosh, at (502) 330-6346. A minimum of four teams must sign up with the form and fee for the league to play.