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Today's News

  • Kay’s Branch News: Backyard hunting can’t be fun

    Fall is officially here. It says so on the calendar. Most of last week felt more like November than late September.
    Golf was called off Wednesday due to the rain. I kept waiting for the promised sun to come back all day Thursday and Friday. I just couldn’t make myself get out in the rain and get my shopping done.

  • Changes come to two Owen Co. voting precincts

    As the Owen County Clerk’s Office transitions from summer to fall, we find ourselves preparing for the Nov. 8 General Election.
    As I think of our democratic process, I think of the progress we have made through the years. We have gone from hand-counted ballots, to now using the E-Slate and E-Scan machines. These voting machines allow for future growth of both voters and expanded ballot capabilities.
    On Election Day, we have a specially trained service technician who can perform on-site minor repairs and troubleshooting.

  • Crews working on the Natlee Bridge over Eagle Creek

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced a bridge-maintenance project has begun on the KY 607 bridge over Eagle Creek in Owen County. The project will encompass several maintenance improvements. The bridge deck will be restored and waterproofed and the bridge joints will be repaired.
    Rob Hans, chief district engineer for KYTC District 6 said, “These improvements and repairs on the bridge are an example of the cabinet’s commitment to improving safety and mobility on our highways and bridges.”

  • Enjoy the cool air at Kentucky State Parks

    In the state of Kentucky, we have 52 state parks. Each state park offers a different view of the treasures in our state. There are few sights more spectacular than the changing of the colors of the leaves in the fall. What a great time to get outside and observe the beauty of our state and get some physical activity, too.
    There are more than 300 miles of trails and they are for all types of hikers. There are easy and moderate trails, such as the half-mile, self-guided trail at the Columbus-Belmont State Park.

  • Owen County District Court - Sept. 23, 2011

    Jesse L. Johns, 1984, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, failure to wear seat belt, possession of an open alcoholic container in a motor vehicle, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, failure to surrender revoked operator’s license, bond set for $1,000, monitored release, continued to Oct. 7.
    American General Financial vs. Arthur Bagwell, motion for default judgment, see order.
    Peggy Smith vs. Dorothy Brumley, eviction hearing, eviction ordered, seven days to vacate.

  • Aunt Opal's touch will last a lifetime

    I’ve written about my Aunt Lucy many times because she’s been such an important and influential person in my life, but one of the other special women who had a profound impact on me never got much ink.
    Two weeks ago, our family had to say goodbye to Opal Smoot Hawkins. Opal was also my aunt; one of my mom’s older sisters.  Since my mom is the baby of the 12 Smoot children, all of them are older.

  • Owen County Historical Society News: Wagons were indispensable

    Wagons have always played an important part in the history of Owen County. After the long hunters made their trek over the Appalachian Mountains and claimed land in Kentucky, they returned home (most often to Carolina or Virginia) and brought their families to this wilderness. The rich, fertile land of Kentucky was considered to be a paradise on earth. According to T.A. Perry, the first entries claiming land in what is now Owen County were filed in the Virginia Land Offices in 1780.

  • Owen County Historical Society News: Wagons were indispensable

    Wagons have always played an important part in the history of Owen County. After the long hunters made their trek over the Appalachian Mountains and claimed land in Kentucky, they returned home (most often to Carolina or Virginia) and brought their families to this wilderness. The rich, fertile land of Kentucky was considered to be a paradise on earth. According to T.A. Perry, the first entries claiming land in what is now Owen County were filed in the Virginia Land Offices in 1780.

  • It’s the end of the world as I know it and I feel fairly depressed about the whole thing

    In the great, grand scheme of the universe, it’s really not that big of a deal.
    Last week, the members of R.E.M. announced they will “call it a day” after a 31-year career.
    The decision registered as a blip on most of the national news outlets.
    But for me and a lot of my friends, it’s the end of something more than a band. It’s pretty much the end of something else. I won’t call it “youth” because, at 46 years old, I think that ship has pretty much sailed and beached itself on the rocky shores of middle age.

  • Seniors get in a groove

    Almost every Monday morning at the Owen County Senior Center, you can find a group of seniors drumming away their weekend. Some doctors believe this activity can lead to a general sense of well-being.
    The program, called Health Rhythms, is led by Roberta Schultz, who comes to the senior center to lead the seniors in approximately an hour of drumming.
    “It’s believed that anyone who participates in some sort of musical activity will be able to function better and feel better,” Schultz said. “It also helps create better eye and hand coordination.”