Today's News

  • Massie shares legislative update over coffee

    A small but enthusiastic crowd recently gathered at Bird Dog’s Coffee to express their concerns on nationwide issues, from the Internal Revenue Service to the
    The opportunity came in the form of Fourth District Congressional Rep. Thomas Massie’s (R), Coffee With Your Congressman initiative. Massie said he prefers sitting down over coffee with his constituents as opposed to a town hall meeting, noting that the informal setting makes it easier for people to speak. Of the 20 counties Massie represents, his event at Bird Dog’s Coffee was his 19th of 2016.

  • Local brothers win brick laying competition

    Brick mason Cole Stamper and mason tender Forest Stamper competed as a team Aug. 13 in the 2016 SPEC MIX Ohio Regional Bricklayer 500 contest in Cincinnati.
    Cole took first place as fastest bricklayer with 496 adjusted brick count. He also won the Craftsman Award.
    As winners, this Owen County team of brothers earned a trip to the 2017 World Championship in Las Vegas to compete for the title of “World’s Best Bricklayer” with the returning 2016 champion and other regional winners.

  • Alfred Cobb's narrative provides glimpse into frontier life

    In the 1830s the Second Great Awakening spread like wildfire across frontier Kentucky planting deep religious roots along the way.
    During the same decade, the hero of the Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson, was reelected president, the Oregon Trail beckoned the out to the western frontier and staunch American patriots were slaughtered at the Battle of the Alamo.

  • Owen District Court - Aug. 19, 2016

    Joshua Jackson, 1996, theft by unlawful taking all others $500 or more but under $10,000, preliminary hearing set for Aug. 26.
    Chasidy L. Poe, 1981, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, public intoxication controlled substance, preliminary hearing set for Aug. 26.
    Brian Rosell, 1980, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, preliminary hearing set for Aug. 26.

  • Son's birthday warrants firing up the oven

    As I begin writing this morning, I’m sitting in long pants and a sweatshirt. The house is still open, and it will warm up as the day progresses, but there is a hint of fall in the air. The grass is still green and growing as I sit here, but fall is definitely on the way.
    Tuesday was John’s 51st birthday, and his only wish was the annual roast beef and veggies and all the trimmings, plus chocolate cupcakes, which meant I had the oven going on Monday and Tuesday, so I welcome the cooler weather.

  • Lady Rebels win opening match of volleyball season

    The Lady Rebels began the season last week at home against Calvary Christian.
    The Lady Cougars defeated Owen County last season in Taylor Mill. The Lady Rebels dominated the first two sets winning 25-7 and 25-9. The third and decisive set was closer with Owen County winning 25-23. The win marked the first time since 2011 the team has won the opening match of the season.


    The Owen County football season gets started Friday night in Dry Ridge.
    The Rebels will begin the new year by taking on Grant County at 7 p.m. The Braves won the matchup last season 47-14.
    Friday night begins a new era for Owen County football as T.J. Wesselman coaches his first game for the Rebels.
    “I can’t explain how excited and honored I am to have the opportunity to coach my alma mater,” the new coach said.

  • Rebel Ramblings - Aug. 24, 2016

    Grant County won last year’s matchup 47-14 in Dry Ridge.
    The Rebels will be looking for their first win over the Braves since 2012 when they won 44-14.
    The two teams have played every year since 2005. Grant County has eight of the last eleven minutes.
    The game will feature a pair of first year head coaches. T.J. Wesselman will be coaching his first game for the Rebels while Jamey Dalzell will be coaching his second game with Grant County.
    Grant County is 1-0 on the season after beating Carroll County 28-12 on Friday night.

  • Girls' golf beats Henry County at home

    The Lady Rebels enjoyed a home match last week at Fairway Golf Course.
    The team hosted Henry County and dominated the Lady Wildcats. Lydia Merrifield fired the low round of the day with a nine-hole total of 39. Debbie Farrar posted a 40 while Grace Chilton shot a 45. Morgan Woodyard shot 50 and Laura Duke 53.
    The team will be back on the course Thursday as they host the 8th Region All ‘A’ Classic at Fairway Golf Course. Owen County will be looking to win their eighth straight title. On Tuesday, the team will host Walton-Verona.

  • Boy's golf team off to 2-1 start to begin season

    The Owen County boy’s golf team is off to a 2-1 start to begin the season.
    The Rebels lost their second match of the season to Richmond Model at Gibson Bay Golf Course.
    Austin Fitzgerald was the medalist as he finished with a nine-hole total of 38.
    Jordan Fitzgerald posted a 41 while Jordan Wilhoite shot 44. The Rebels lost the match by just four strokes.
    The boys followed up the loss by defeating Western Hills at Juniper Hills.
    Prather was the medalist with a 37 while Fitzgerald shot 39, Wilhoite 44 and Braden Howard 46.