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Today's News

  • County declares state of emergency following severe storms

    Severe storms that ripped across Kentucky Tuesday and early Wednesday downed power lines and ripped the roofs off barns in Owen County, but local officials said only one residence received minor damages.
    Owen County Emergency Management Director Larry Karsner said he believes the New Liberty area suffered the greatest damages, but said storms were sporadic where they hit.
    "We had power outages, uprooted trees and a lot of damage to barns and buildings, but we only received one call of minor residential damage," Karsner said.

  • Alleged gunman’s run ends in New Mexico

    The suspect in a shooting on Old Columbus Road Feb. 17 was apprehended Feb. 22 at a motel in Gallup, New Mexico.
    Derrick Mays Thomas, 23, allegedly opened fire on James Neal, 54, and Amber Neal, 25, around 11:18 p.m., Feb. 17.
    Following the shooting, Thomas fled the scene with 22-year-old Elizabeth Neal and their two children, ages 1 and 3.

  • Civil Air Patrol creating future opportunities for local youth

    Integrity, volunteer service, excellence and respect are the core values of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Owen County High School Juniors Emma Ashcraft and Savannah Hubbuch are putting those values into practice.
    Ashcraft is the Cadet Commander of the Great Lakes Region-Kentucky-244 (GLR-KY-244) Squadron. Hubbuch is the first sergeant of the squadron. The squadron holds 19 Cadets, four being seniors. The 224 is part of 16 squadrons in the Kentucky wing.

  • Board hears presentation on new scoreboard

    Twenty-five years of service from the Owen County High School football scoreboard may be upgraded by next football season.
    Paul Jared of Slam Dunk Sports presented to the Owen County School Board of Education on how to replace the existing scoreboard by raising money for the district through sponsorships.
    The company works to raise money for the project through business sponsorships, most of which will be local businesses.
    Jared’s presentation included a 5-year warranty for the board and a ground-up installation.  

  • Lady Rebels score back-to-back district titles

    The Owen County Lady Rebels entered the 31st District Tournament last week as the defending champions. They were escorted back home on Friday night with both nylon and hardware having retained the title.
    The Lady Rebels defeated Carroll County on Friday night in New Castle 55-41 to once again claim the 31st District title. Owen County never trailed in the tournament and were tied just once as they beat Eminence in the semifinals and the Lady Panthers in the finals.

  • Remembering Mrs. Payne, an Owen Co. icon

    When a person lives for over a hundred years, wits and spirit intact, you forget that they won’t live forever. I’ve been laying off, as Daddy used to say, to write about Mrs. Payne for a long time. Then a little while ago, without warning, she left this earth as quietly, as efficiently, as she had lived.

  • Many early Owen countians called New Columbus home

     The stream was named after Revolutionary War veteran John Guill. It emptied into Big Eagle Creek, and although most of the time it displayed a serene demeanor, torrential rainfalls could transform its sleepy countenance into a rugged raging deluge.
    John Guill settled in the New Columbus area in 1780, and it was here he built his cabin and raised his family near the stream that bore his name.

  • Looking Back | March 1, 2017

    Feb. 29, 2012
    5 years ago
    New Owen County library building taking shape

    People driving down Hwy 22 East can now catch a glimpse of the beginning stages of the new Owen County Public Library.
    Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert said construction recently began on the facilities interior walls and workers will be completing the roof as soon as possible.

  • Owen District Court | Feb. 24, 2017

    Feb. 24, 2017

    Isaac Goematt, 1994, fourth-degree assault, continued to March 10.
    Katina Gordon, 1980, flagrant non-support, three counts of contempt of court, preliminary hearing set for March 10.

  • At the Library | March 1, 2017

    Crazy About Horses
    We welcome special presenter, Cara Stewart, to the Owen County Public Library for this after school program. Those attending will discover fun facts about horses and investigate the many breeds of horses and their unique attributes. The event begins at 3:15 p.m., today (Wednesday).
    Storytime for Pre-Schoolers
    Join Miss Susan at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, to enjoy picture books, crafts and fun. Caregivers are an essential part of the experience for the children.
    Kids and Canvas