Today's News

  • I'm just saying ... How much more blood?

    A few weeks ago, a gentleman came into our offices and complained about the metal detectors, guards and updated security at the Owen County Judicial Center.
    “We don’t need all that here. This is Owen County. Things like that don’t happen around here,” he said.
    In light of Friday’s senseless tragedy that took the lives of 20 children at an elementary school, those comments played over and over in my head this past weekend.
    I wonder if the people of Newtown, Conn. thought the same thing?

  • Christmas is time to look back and forward

    It was like coming back home for Christmas. Elbow room was in short supply, and if you were lucky enough to find a seat it was wise to stay put. The lights and homemade ornaments on the tree seemed to embrace the nostalgic atmosphere and beckoned the crowd to gather round to talk, laugh and remember.

  • Joyful noises
  • Angels turn out

  • Library board makes new offer to county

    The future of the old Owen County Public Library building is still up in the air as discussion continues between the library board and Owen County Fiscal Court.
    The library board first approached the fiscal court in August and offered to deed the property at 118 North Main Street to the court for use by the Owen County Senior Center with the approval of a proposed 25-year agreement.

  • Local district will get piece of $40 million grant

    Over a dozen Kentucky school districts, including Owen County, will receive $40 million over four years after winning the 2012 Race to the Top district competition.
    The U.S. Department of Education announced last week that 16 applicants – representing 55 school districts across 11 states and D.C. won the competition.
    Owen County Interim Superintendent Sonny Fentress said 16 schools within Kentucky’s Green River Regional Education Cooperative and six schools within the Ohio Valley Education Cooperative combined will receive a total of $40 million.

  • Citizens offer ideas for future of city

    After 20 years without an up-to-date comprehensive plan, the ball is now rolling following a community meeting with input from the public on the city’s future.  
    Approximately 40 people attended the Dec. 11 meeting and discussed everything from substance abuse programs to community pride.
    Their suggestions could find their way into the city’s updated comprehensive plan.
    The plan, which is about 75 pages long, outlines the city’s population, commercial and residential properties, as well as goals and objectives for the future.

  • Good tidings of great joy

    Unlike the nativity scenes that will be placed on mantles and coffee tables throughout the world, the scene on the lawn at Long Ridge Baptist Church will be filled with teens and adults giving a live action re-enactment of the birth of Christ.
    The church will be presenting its nativity scene for the second time, which includes music and narration.
    Rita Richardson, a member of the church’s congregation, said last year was a trial and error run, but things have been changed for this year’s presentation.

  • A lesson in giving

    A lesson better than anything out of a textbook is what one of Owen County’s third-grade teachers has been sharing with her students for over a decade.
    Owen County Elementary School teacher Mary Inman began the “caring project” with her students when she began teaching 12 years ago, a tradition that she has continued each holiday season and one that she says her students are always happy to get behind.

  • Owen grand jury issues indictments

    The Owen County grand jury has handed down the following indictments:
    • Justin W. Widener, 23, on the charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    According to the indictment on the charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, he knowingly and unlawfully possessed a controlled substance, namely heroin; on the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, he possessed drug paraphernalia.