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Today's News

  • Planting the seeds of college in students

    “I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training. This
    can be community college or a four-year school; vocational training or an apprenticeship. But whatever
    the training may be, every American will need to get more than a high school diploma.”
    President Obama
    Address to Joint Session of Congress, Feb. 24, 2009

  • Crash claims life of Owen County teen

    An Owen County teenager has been killed in a crash on Highway 22 East.
    Kentucky State Police dispatchers received a call of a single-vehicle crash at 5:58 a.m. July 10. 
    Troopers located the vehicle off the roadway against a tree.
    Preliminary investigation shows that the car, driven by 17-year-old Floyd Mikel Smith of Owenton was traveling east on Hwy. 22 when the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree.  Smith was pronounced dead at the scene by the Owen County Coroner. 

  • No slowing her down

    Fresh off a trip to Gaitlinburg, Tenn., Lucy Smoot Hall drives herself to a beauty salon in Owenton to have her hair done every Friday before church on Sunday.
    A summer vacation and a weekly appointment at a beauty salon may seem like no great feat for the average person, but Hall is a little unique.
    She will turn 100 years old July 30.
    Born on July 30, 1912, Hall has seen a century’s worth of changes in the landscape of America, but carries the memories of a simpler time when nearly everyone lived the same.

  • City council passes first reading of Ford property zone change

    The first reading on a potential zone change for the Ford property at 311 South Main Street was approved during a special called Owenton City Council meeting July 10.
    The Ford property is currently an R-1 lot (residential), but could soon be changed to C-1 (commercial).
    The first reading was expected to be held July 3, but was postponed over concerns about a potential technical violation.
    The planning and zoning commission approved the zone change during a June meeting, but the city council has the final say on the changes.

  • Owen Co. grand jury issues indictment in fatal accident

    An Owen County man was recently indicted on the charge of second-degree manslaughter after a DUI related crash that killed his brother May 16.
    The crash took place on Frank Clark Road when the driver, Lamonte Richardson, 56, was traveling east on Frank Clark Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, police said in an earlier statement.
    The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.
    Both Richardson and a passenger, David Richardson, 59, were trapped in the vehicle.
    The men were brothers.

  • Boone County offering Tasty Travels Across America

    On July 24, visitors can take a culinary trip across the nation where you will enjoy your meal by the bite while exploring familiar and new ingredients relating to the geography of our country and state food cultures.
    “Tasty Travels across America” will be offered at noon and again at 6 p.m. at the Boone County Extension Office in Burlington.
    This program will explore recipes from the Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Living Well Cookbook.

  • Angels take title

    The Angels were named the Owen County Parks and Rec League U8 softball champions last Friday. Coached by Kathy Stamper, James Goodrich, Roy Ferguson and Dana Justis, the 12-member team finished the season with an 8-4 record. Pictured, front row (L to R): Kaileigh Grider, Kailey Varner, Ashley Hudson, Kallista Ogden, Brooklyn Doss Back row (L to R): Gracie Justis, Destiny Goodrich, Miranda Stremme, Ellie Perkins, Gracie Ferguson, Emma Miller Not pictured: Katelynn Morgan.

  • Special recognition: Collin Trammel

    The Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association has congratulated Collin Trammel as the 2012 recipient for being named to the first team all-state track team.

  • Special honor: Hunter Sutton

    Owen County High School student Hunter Sutton, right, recently returned home from Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders. IFAL is designed to expose high-school students to college life while helping them explore the different fields of study for careers in agriculture. During the week, attendees gained a better understanding of the nature and needs of the agriculture industry, saw how basic and applied science is utilized in agriculture and learned of the political process used to develop agricultural policy.

  • Birth announcement: Sophia Nichole Gaines

    John Gaines and Casey Wright would like to welcome their new baby girl, Sophia Nichole Gaines. She was born June 18, 2012 at Frankfort Regional Medical Center, weighing 6 lbs. and 6 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long. She was delivered by Dr. Angela Saxena. Maternal grandparents are DeeAnna Wolfe and Steve Wright and paternal grandparents are Gary Gaines, Amanda Gaines and Barbara Daniels.