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Today's News

  • Welcome to the doghouse, where cats come to play and stay

    About two years ago, we became caretakers of two cats when our youngest daughter moved back home to rebuild her life.
    Last year, she moved in with a friend who has two dogs — and an allergy to cats. So, we agreed to take care of Target and Mohawk until our daughter lives in a more cat-friendly space.
    They’re old cats, probably 13- or 14-years old, which is between 63 and 66 in human years.
    They take a lot of naps.
    They also sometimes barf on the carpet (but rarely on the tile), and they sometimes sneeze on the windows and the furniture.

  • Church News | June 28, 2016

    Monterey Baptist Church News
    Join us at 7 p.m., Wednesday nights for adult Bible study, and women’s Bible study. The Rock Stars are taking the summer off. The youth group meets at 5 p.m. on Sundays. The church’s fitness group meets at 7 p.m. on Friday evenings.

  • Owen sheriff switches to fee-pooling

    Following months of discussion, the Owen County Fiscal Court approved an ordinance for fee-pooling at the Owen County Sheriff’s Office.
    Under a fee-pooling system, the operating budget for the sheriff’s department will be run through the county treasurer in the judge- executive’s office.

  • Walls come tumbling down

    The scenery on Highway 22 East has recently seen drastic changes due to the demolition of the former Owen County Elementary School.
    The facility is currently being demolished by a construction company based out of Lexington to make way for renovations to the Owen County Lower Elementary School, which houses students in kindergarten through second grade.
    The demolition is nearly 70 percent complete, according to Owen County School Superintendent Rob Stafford.

  • County declared a ‘Work Force Ready in Progress’ community

    Owen County was declared a “Work Ready in Progress” community by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, a panel of experts representing each of ten stakeholder groups that reviews each application for Work Ready and Work Ready in Progress status.
    Over the past several years, a committee has worked together using previously-collected data and narratives to outline a working plan to reach Work Ready status.

  • Veterans, police, first responders to be honored at fair

    Towns of all sizes are full of people who go beyond what they have been asked to do. Whether it is helping a stranger or protecting the city as a whole, there are many hometown heroes that people can constantly rely on.
    Owen County’s hometown heroes will be honored at the Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, July 16.

  • Community correspondents played important role in history

    They migrated across the Appalachian mountains to Kentucky. Most hailed from Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Families and friends traveled together, and upon their arrival to a new land, they built homes, churches, schools and communities. Groceries, blacksmith shops and other businesses settled in these small towns that dotted the landscape of Kentucky in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; and communities, fueled by the efforts of close-knit and self-reliant people, grew and prospered.

  • Looking Back | June 21, 2017

    5 years ago
    June 20, 2012
    Walking for life

    Dozens of friends, family, and members of the community lined the track at Itron Field to cheer on the survivors during their first lap at Friday’s Relay for Life.
    As the sun rose 12 hours later, a little over $46,000 had been raised and donations continue to pour into his week.

  • District Court News | June 21, 2016

    June 16, 2017

    Joseph L. Richardson, 1985, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, continued to June 30.
    Brandi Wright, 1982, theft by unlawful taking or disposition all others under $500, continued to June 23.
    Winterwood Inc. vs. Andrea Brackin, eviction hearing, defendant did not appear, hearing held, eviction granted, seven days to vacate.

  • A good week for fathers on the Branch

    Father’s Day weekend was celebrated in the Traylor family with the arrival of Ellis James Traylor. Ray is a first-time grandfather, and his son Todd is a new father. Mother and son are doing just fine. Congratulations to the new parents.