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Today's News

  • Community Events

    Soccer league extends deadlines
    The Owen County Youth Soccer League has extended registration deadlines for all age groups – U6, U8, U10 and U12 – through Aug. 15.
    Forms will be sent home with all primary school students and are available in the elementary and middle school offices and the Owen County Public Library.
    Contact bethgordon720@gmail.com with questions. Follow us on Facebook – facebook.com/owensoccer for pictures, news and other announcements.

  • Firefighters blame lightning for house fire

    Lightning is being blamed for the destruction of a home Aug. 3 on East Adair Street in Owenton.
    The home of Clark and Connie Shelton was destroyed after a bolt of lightning hit the home and triggered a fire in the southwest corner of the home.
    According to Owenton Fire Chief David Lilly, one person was home at the time.
    “She heard the lightning hit and wasn’t sure what had happened,” Lilly said. “Then she started hearing popping and crackling in the attic. That’s when she called 911.”

  • Bargain Bonanza ends


    The annual 127 Yard Sale has once again run its course. First photo: dozens of vendors made the property in front of Hudnall’s Garage a popular place for bargain hunters from across the country to stop; seocnd photo: If you looked hard enough, almost anything could be found for sale along U.S. 127; third photo: Outside the Monterey Fire Department, hunting and fishing equipment was a topic of discussion; fourth photo: The front yards of many Owen County homes transformed into retail space for the “world’s longest yard sale.”

  • 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.