Today's News

  • Fast start to season for track

    Both the girls’ and boys’ track teams have gotten out of the starting blocks well.

    The teams took part in two meets this past week. The first was last Tuesday at the Shelby County All-Comers and the second was Friday night at the Boone County Invitational.

    Both teams performed well in Shelbyville with the girls finishing first as team and the boys second overall. The girls finished the evening ten points better than the host school, Shelby County, while the boys fell just short, also to the Rockets.

  • Former Rebels standouts wrap up college basketball season play

    With the college basketball season winding down two former Owen County standouts have wrapped up their 2015-2016 campaigns.

  • Lady Rebels begin softball season undefeated

    The Owen County Lady Rebels picked up two more wins on softball field.

    After winning their opener at Frankfort, the Lady Rebels played a pair of home games against Grant County and Lloyd Memorial last week.

    On Monday, the team hosted the Lady Braves. Owen County proved to be a very ungracious host as they sent Grant County back to Dry Ridge with a 6-1 loss. Megan Wilhoite pitched five strong innings, striking out five before Katelyn Parker came in to close things out. Reagan Sutton provided some pop at the plate collecting three hits.


    Carson Williams has won plenty of awards throughout his career. None bigger than the one he brought back to Owenton last Tuesday night.

    The OCHS senior was named Mr. Kentucky High School Basketball at the annual Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball Awards Ceremony, held March 15 at the Lexington Center’s Bluegrass Ballroom.

    Williams is the first Rebel to ever win the state’s most prestigious award for basketball players.

    Joining him was Erin Boley, from Elizabethtown High School who captured the title of Miss Basketball.

  • Community calls for change on Ky. 355

    Days after 16-year-old Ella “Ellie” Stout was killed in a tragic wreck March 14 many who knew her took to social media to call for change on the stretch of highway.

    Stout and 18-year-old Trevor Smith were passengers in a vehicle operated by another 16-year-old female. The vehicle was traveling near the 3500 block of Kentucky 355, when it ran off the roadway and overturned several times. Stout and Smith were both ejected from the vehicle.

  • Owen ranks higher in health outcomes, still room to improve

    The overall health of Owen County residents is neither the best in the state nor the worst, ranking middle of the road at 59th out of 120 counties, according to the recently released 2016 County Health Rankings report.

    The annual rankings, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, are based on health outcomes such as the length and quality of life along with health behaviors of county residents, clinical care available, social and economic factors and the county’s physical environment.

  • Turnpikes: The earliest highways of Owen County

    The constant movement of horses, wagons and immigrants, making their way across the Appalachian mountain chain into the wilderness of Kentucky, created visible paths from  previously indiscernible buffalo trails. However, it would take over 50 or more years before the mucky, muddy roads in Owen County became more navigable . Even then, Owen’s outlying communities found themselves quite isolated during the spring rains.

  • Tackett busy during first week of Legislative session after special election

    I started my week in Frankfort in the presence of family, friends and my new colleagues in the Kentucky House of Representatives by holding my hand high and swearing an oath to represent the people of Scott, Owen, and Fayette counties to the very best of my ability.

  • Apple’s battle over unlocking iPhone demonstrates fight for personal privacy

    Occasionally politicians slip up and reveal their true intentions. In DC, this is called “committing candor.” While indirectly discussing his administration’s effort in the courts to force Apple to develop a software key to unlock iPhones, President Obama recently admitted this battle is not just about a single terrorist’s iPhone in San Bernardino.

  • A chilly start to the first day of spring

    Welcome to Spring. At least the first day was nice, but cold. I wore black to church on Sunday, in memory of the past Cats that made it out of the second round and that is the last mention of the basketball season’s passing.

    It was 23-degrees on the Branch Sunday night.