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Today's News

  • Rebels win ‘tie’ game

    He may have lost his tie, but his team won the game.
    On the way to Dry Ridge Saturday night for the Rebels’ game with Grant County, Owen County High School Head Football Coach Adam Fowler’s tie blew out the bus window.
    If the coach is superstitious, he may leave the window open the rest of the year.
    Owen County defeated Grant County, 20-6, Saturday night in the second game of the Grant County Gridiron Kickoff Bowl.

  • Tough times for a tomato bum

    I have a confession to make.
    My name is John and I am a tomato bum.
    For most of my adult life, I have been able to slip through the summer rarely spending money on the most wonderful of summer fruit — the vine-ripened, but still carrying flecks of dirt, homegrown Kentucky tomato.
    For me, homegrown tomatoes are the crystal meth of agriculture. Usually, the first taste is free but after that, they start charging. And as soon as you’re are done with the first one, you crave more.

  • Owen County Historical Society News: His message still burns bright in the night

    When he was young, he dreamed of one day becoming a pilot, and in 1938 Owen countian, Harry Clark Karsner, received his Commercial Pilots License. During World War II he was a flight instructor at Ryan’s School of Aeronautics in California, but it was after the war that Clark Karsner became well-known throughout Owen County and the surrounding area.

  • A moment to remember

    Sept. 11, 2001, is a date that few Americans will ever forget. The scenes from that day, when terrorists hijacked four commercial planes and intentionally crashed them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, are likely to remain in the memory of millions for years to come.
    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the tragic event. One Owen County church has set out to remember the sacrifices of fire fighters, EMS and police and to honor those locally.

  • Ringin’ in the new

    Tomorrow morning, the tables at J&K Kountry Kollectibles will likely be filled with familiar faces. They will come for breakfast and maybe even to tell a story or two. It will be just like every other day at New Liberty’s favorite meeting place.
    The only difference will be the name of the business and the one in charge.
    For two years, Katie and Jim Gibson have operated the business, but now they’re passing it on to a young entrepreneur, with a love for the place where she grew up.

  • School officials call ACT results ‘promising’

    Owen County High School recently received its ACT standardized test results and saw its highest scores since 2008, when it became a requirement for 11th-graders to take it.
    The students’ average composite score was slightly below the state’s average. The state’s average is 18.8, while OCHS scored 18.6.
    The local district’s average on reading scores was 19.1, slightly better than the state’s 19, and Owen County tied with the state average in science at 19.

  • Following in fire-fighting footsteps

    Ranging in ages from 11 to 18, the junior firefighters worked to get on their gear as quickly as possible during their monthly training session last week, each hoping that one day they will become certified firefighters.
    Owen County Fire Chief Robb Chaney said Owen County has had a junior firefighter program for years, but the state has just recently set up rules and regulations for the young men, who he said are the future of Owen County’s many volunteer fire departments.

  • Owenton Livestock Market Report: Aug. 24, 2011

    Aug. 24: 443 • Aug. 17: 775
    Last year: 787

    Compared to the previous sale, slaughter cows were $2 to $4 lower; slaughter bulls $2 lower; and feeder steers and feeder heifers $3 to $6 lower. Least decline on weaned cattle, with fleshy unweaned calves showing most decline.

  • The sign says: Gone fishin’

    Last week while on my stay-at-home vacation, I went fishing.
    For billions of people around the world, that news would be a big fat no big deal because it’s done all the time so ho hum, tell me something I don’t know.
    However, for me going fishing was a big fat very big deal because it was my first time ever.
    At 56, I had never fished before, and for months now I have been wanting to, almost to the point of it being an obsession. I don’t know why I’ve been wanting to fish so badly, only that I have.

  • A great desk job

    Owen County’s Blake Wolford won the woodworking division reserve grand champion and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Dean’s Choice Award at the Kentucky State Fair for his work on this desk.