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Today's News

  • Local fire depts. receive training donation
  • Dempsey receives statewide transportation award
  • 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.

  • Private auditor hired for county finances

    A certified public accountant will take on the responsibility of auditing the Owen County Fiscal Court following the court’s Feb. 28 meeting.
    With the state’s approval, Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis said private auditing companies may audit certain districts at a much lower cost than that charged by the state.
    The court approved the hiring of CPA and retired state auditor Edward Lance at the cost of $9,000 per year, roughly half of what the county was paying to the state auditors, according to Ellis.

  • Walking for a cause

    The 12th annual CHD Walk For Awareness, hosted by God’s Special Little Hearts, Inc., was held Saturday at the Owenton First Baptist Church.
    God’s Special Little Hearts is a local non-profit organization assisting families who have been affected by a congenital heart defect (CHD).
    Monetary totals are still being tallied, but God’s Special Little Hearts Chairperson Katie Columbia said she is confident that totals will exceed those in years past.

  • 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.  

  • World War I veteran a charter member of local historical society

    They were a people stalwart of frame, hale and hearty, vigorous and strong, with muscles hardened under the strain of taming the sometimes cantankerous Kentucky River. They were the substance of river lore, and their stories have been preserved from the time the Kentucky made its debut on the stage of river history. They were the rivermen of the 19th and 20th centuries.

  • Looking Back | April 5, 2017

    April 4, 2012
    5 years ago
    Georgia educator to lead Owen County High

    When the doors of Owen County High School open for the 2012-2013 school year students will be under new leadership.
    Duane Kline, who currently serves as director of operations for the Butts County School District in Georgia, was awarded the position out of a total of 12 applicants.