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Today's News

  • New formula blamed for apparent drop in grad rates

    Owen County graduation rates are down 2 percent after the state began using a new formula to calculate the rates.
    The Kentucky Department of Education released the data last week, which is required by the federal No Child Left Behind program.
    In comparison to the 2009 rate of graduation, which used the old method of calculating rates, Owen County High School’s 2010 rate is 2 percent lower at 67.11 percent.
    The new formula will be used through 2013, when Kentucky will begin using the “cohort” model, which will individually track students.

  • City facing lawsuit over Burke records request

    A co-executor of former Owenton City Clerk Charlotte Burke’s estate has filed suit against the City of Owenton, claiming the city’s responses to open-records requests were untimely and legally insufficient.
    Burke served as Owenton’s city clerk from 2008 until January of 2009, when she was found dead in the home of her ex-husband, Danny Cobb. Kentucky State Police said she shot Cobb and then turned the gun on herself.

  • Saving Saveway

    After Saveway Supermarket owner Malone Bourne began announcing the news he would soon close Owenton’s oldest grocery store, the question on all of his customer’s minds seemed to be, “where will we buy our meat?”
    Bourne began telling his customers last week that the store would likely be closed by Labor Day. Signs on the front windows of Saveway announced 20-percent discount on nearly everything in the store.
    But with some persuasion from loyal customers and employees, Bourne has decided to keep the store going, but with some major changes.

  • State offering bowhunting education classes

    Bowhunter education is not mandatory here, but it’s likely that more Kentuckians who hunt with archery equipment will want to take the course in the future.
    “Our focus is on offering more opportunities for certification,” said Bobby McKee, state bowhunting education coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

  • Beverly continues strong showing

    The 2011 Junior U.S. Open Judo Championship was held July 17 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the 2011 USA Judo Junior Olympic National Championship was held July 22 in Irving, Texas. Both events are points tournaments that determine national ranking for junior judo athletes.  
    More than 600 international competitors showed up in Fort Lauderdale for the Junior U.S. Open.
    Owen County Judo team member and high-school senior Robert Beverly placed third in the under-100 kg division.

  • Ready for the kickoff

    Football season is fast approaching.
    As the Owen County High School Rebels prepare for the 2011 season, plans are in the works for fans to get a look at the teams who will be taking the field.
    The first-ever Rebel Football Kickoff will be held Aug. 14 at Patterson Field. Festivities get under way at 1 p.m. and run until 5 p.m.
    The event provides a chance for fans to meet the players and coaches and get previews of the upcoming season. This year’s seniors will also be recognized.
    Fans can also enjoy concessions, dance contests and inflatables.

  • Church News for Aug. 10, 2011

    Beech Grove Baptist
    Bro. Steve delivered God’s word from Matthew 3:1-17. The title was “Righteousness Found in Baptism.” If you are not in God’s house on Sunday, you are missing out. It is a blessing to hear God’s word and fellowship with one another.

  • Weekend Gardener By Jeneen Wiche: Cucumber beetle spreads disease

    I continue to stand by my belief that my best defense in the garden is me. In the morning I go out and inspect my garden and smash insects and pick off diseased foliage, careful not to spread it to other plants by my own hand. I watch for the beginning of any abnormality and nip it in the bud. However, sometimes things slide by undetected, plus it is hard to determine bacterial brown spot from mosaic if you are not sure what you are looking for.

  • Help available from heat-wave losses

    Livestock producers who incur eligible livestock death losses due to the recent extreme temperatures and other adverse weather events may be eligible for the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Livestock Indemnity Program.
    LIP provides assistance to livestock owners and contract growers who experience livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to natural disasters.

  • Owenton Livestock Market Report: July 27, 2011

    July 27, 2011
    This week: 273 • Last week: 281 • Last year: 369
    Slaughter cows and slaughter bulls weak on light supplies. Feeder cattle steady on limited test. Continued extremely hot weather with heat indexes over 105, restricting movement of livestock across the state.