Today's News

  • Owen County Historical Society News: Wagons were indispensable

    Wagons have always played an important part in the history of Owen County. After the long hunters made their trek over the Appalachian Mountains and claimed land in Kentucky, they returned home (most often to Carolina or Virginia) and brought their families to this wilderness. The rich, fertile land of Kentucky was considered to be a paradise on earth. According to T.A. Perry, the first entries claiming land in what is now Owen County were filed in the Virginia Land Offices in 1780.

  • It’s the end of the world as I know it and I feel fairly depressed about the whole thing

    In the great, grand scheme of the universe, it’s really not that big of a deal.
    Last week, the members of R.E.M. announced they will “call it a day” after a 31-year career.
    The decision registered as a blip on most of the national news outlets.
    But for me and a lot of my friends, it’s the end of something more than a band. It’s pretty much the end of something else. I won’t call it “youth” because, at 46 years old, I think that ship has pretty much sailed and beached itself on the rocky shores of middle age.

  • Seniors get in a groove

    Almost every Monday morning at the Owen County Senior Center, you can find a group of seniors drumming away their weekend. Some doctors believe this activity can lead to a general sense of well-being.
    The program, called Health Rhythms, is led by Roberta Schultz, who comes to the senior center to lead the seniors in approximately an hour of drumming.
    “It’s believed that anyone who participates in some sort of musical activity will be able to function better and feel better,” Schultz said. “It also helps create better eye and hand coordination.”

  • Kentucky’s dueling provision still draws laughs

    Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. was the special guest at Monday’s Rotary Club meeting and gave a detailed history of fighting a duel with a deadly weapon in Kentucky.
    Minton, who has served as the fifth Chief Justice of Kentucky since 2008, is the son of the late Dr. John D. Minton Sr. who retired from Western Kentucky University, having served there for many years as a history professor, administrator and its fifth president.

  • After plenty of prep, storm system comes to Owen County

    After months of preparation, Owen County is now being recognized by the National Weather Service’s StormReady Program.
    The StormReady program began in 1999 in Tulsa, Okla., and has helped to arm communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property before and during a weather-related event.
    Owenton Fire Chief David Lilly said to become StormReady, certain criteria are required throughout the United States. An evaluation is done to see if the community in question meets the specific criteria.

  • Program will quickly give information to police

    Owen County law enforcement will now have the ability to search for warrants right at their fingertips.
    Attorney General Jack Conway recently announced the successful implementation of an electronic warrant management system in the 15th judicial circuit, which includes Owen, Carroll and Grant counties.
    The Attorney General’s Office funded implementation of the system in the 15th judicial circuit under a $3.9 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant awarded to the office of the attorney general in 2009.
    Kentucky now has 101 counties utilizing the eWarrants system.

  • Crash kills one, seriously injures two

    By Lauren Hallow
    Kentucky News Content Service
    A man was killed and two women were injured in what police described as “a horrific crash” Friday night in Franklin County that may have been alcohol or drug related.

    Mikey S. Ward, 32, of Lawrenceburg, was driving south on U.S. 127 when he veered into the northbound lanes and struck another car head-on, according to Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton.

    Ward had to be extricated from his car, a Mitsubishi Eclipse, and was pronounced dead in the ambulance en route to the hospital, Melton said.

  • Results from youth soccer league

    Under 8
    Wildcats – 2 vs. Frogs – 1
    The Wildcats and Frogs were both looking for their first win of the season when they took the field Saturday. The Wildcats dominated the game offensively in the first quarter with Macie Chappell having several shots-on-goal, but they were stopped by Frogs’ goalie Brooke Ogden. Frogs’ striker Allison Byers had several shots as well.

  • Despite busy schedule, Owen volleyball team having another strong year

    The Owen County volleyball team played two weeks worth of matches in two days.
    The Lady Rebels traveled Friday and Saturday to take part in the Woodford County Invitational. In two days, the team played six matches. They won three and lost three.
    They began Friday night with matches against Woodford County and Campbell County. The girls won their match over the host Lady Yellowjackets, 2-1, and they dropped their contest with the Lady Camels.

  • Eighth graders getting honored

    The Maurice Bowling Middle School played its final home game of the season at Patterson Field. The team honored 19 eighth-graders and their parents before the team’s game with Carroll County.
    The team is enjoying another great season. They have five wins on the season. They defeated Jennings, Ind., 36-0 in the Carroll Bowl. They knocked off Henry County 12-8, Walton-Verona 30-6 and Grant County 24-14. Maybe the most exciting win of the season came back on Sept. 6 at Frankfort when the Rebels pulled out a 42-36 win in overtime.