Today's News

  • Williams, seniors cruise to victory in Ky. All-Star Classic

    Even though the basketball season for the Runnin’ Rebels came to a close in early March, Carson Williams still had one more performance on his home court for Owen County basketball fans Thursday night.

    Williams led the scoring effort by the senior team at the Kentucky All-Star Classic with a game-high 23 points. The seniors, who had a commanding 18-point lead at the half, defeated the junior team 121-87 when the final buzzer sounded.

  • EMS employees could receive base pay increase

    With the approval of the Owen County Fiscal Court’s annual budget expected to take place later this month, local EMS employees could see a base-pay raise for the first time in 7 years.

    Under the proposed budget, all county employees would receive a 2 percent cost of living adjustment, while EMS employees would also receive a $1 base salary increase.

    The EMS base pay raise was made possible by “aggressive billing and collection efforts,” according to Owen County EMS Administrator Dan Brenyo.

  • Gratz to be on full display Saturday

    Owen County’s small-town of Gratz will grow, if only for a day, as tourists, artists, music lovers, river enthusiasts and more flock to the town for the Gratz Art, Paddle and Music Festival this Saturday.

    The festival will begin in Gratz at 10 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. The forecast at presstime called for sunny skies and warm temperatures, but the festival will still go on, rain or shine. The event, which was previously Owen County Arts in the Park, had a location change this year, said Barbara Duvall, chair of the Owen County Council for the Arts.

  • Researchers: Owen’s life expectancy same as state

    Kentucky Health News

    Life expectancy, perhaps the most basic measurement of a community’s health, is right at the state average in Owen County: 76 years. But both the state and county have health issues.

    Health researchers say life expectancy is driven by a complex web of factors that influence health —

    opportunities for education and jobs, safe and affordable housing, availability of nutritious food and places for physical activity, and access to health care, child care and social services.

  • Program encourages exercising mind, body

    N-H Intern

    For more than 50 years, Owen County Public Library (OCPL) has hosted the summer reading program to provide free, safe and fun educational opportunities to children of all ages.

    In a setting where children can choose what they want to read, OCPL staff members like Electronic Resources Coordinator Jennifer Chancery have hopes that the program will inspire a love of reading for recreation while keeping children’s brains active in the summer months.

  • Farm-fresh biscuits were cornerstone of Owen's cuisine

    “Certainly no bread in America has been more popular over a longer time than baking powder biscuits. In fact, in many homes they were baked three times a day in great quantities, and were eaten hot, with butter and honey or preserves, along with every meal.” James Beard, 1881.

  • Court News | June 8, 2016

    Owen District Court | June 3, 2016

    Brian Trusty, 1986, public intoxication, fourth-degree domestic assault, pleaded not guilty, continued to June 17.

    James B. Daugherty, 1980, first-degree burglary, receiving stolen property under $10,000, pleaded not guilty, preliminary hearing set for June 10.

    Owen Fiscal Court vs. Lauro Hernandez, motion to require answer to interrogatories, remand.

  • Looking back | June 8, 2016

    Boys hope “war” will help dream come true
    June 8, 2011 | 5 years ago

    Following two successful fundraising events, two Maurice Bowling Middle School students are now hoping to bring two counties together to help secure funding for their dream skate park.

    After approaching the Sparta City Council in September 2010 with their idea to improve the skate park, Colton Matt and Logan Bailey requested the council match whatever money the two raised.

  • At the Library | June 8, 2016

    The Summer Reading Program is all about fitness this year, fitness of mind and body. Keep up your reading schedule and keep your mind fit. Come join us on Wednesdays starting June 1 for body and mind fitness programs. Plus kids get free fair tickets again this year for keeping a reading log and adults can be entered in a contest for really special prizes. Summer fun is going to be cool at the library this year.

    Mr. Bond – Science of Sport

  • Friends of the branch take part in benefit

    The sun is shining and the first week of June has slipped by me while I wasn’t looking.

    Fay said they finally got some garden planted, as did Billy Ballenger. Tomatoes and corn will be a little late this year. The weatherman said no rain this week so they were headed for the hay field this morning, as are most of the farmers in this area.