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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Council may add roads to city limits

    The City of Owenton could soon be getting bigger a few roads at a time.
    The council held the first readings on five separate ordinances that declare the city’s intent to annex certain territories within Owen County.

  • Sheriff’s daughter enters plea in circuit court

    The daughter of Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond recently pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree wanton endangerment after she allegedly tried to shoot her father.
    Heather Hammond, 37, was indicted by the Owen County grand jury Dec. 4, following the Oct. 5 incident.
    According to an October press release, preliminary investigation showed Heather Hammond allegedly pointed a loaded weapon at her father while at his home in Corinth.
    When she attempted to shoot, the weapon jammed and would not fire.

  • Farm Bureau receives 2012 Young Farmer Gold Star Award of Excellence

    Recognized for the achievements of its Young Farm Program this year, Owen County Farm Bureau received the 2012 Gold Star Award of Excellence during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville.
    The award honors a county’s Young Farmer Committee for its active participation in Farm Bureau leadership development programs, state competitions, and educational or promotional initiatives.

  • Owen County Historical Society News: Parades remain a strong part of Americana

    Though made of iron, the horse’s silhouette seemed to wiggle with delightful anticipation. His movement may have been the result of vibrations from the flatbed trailer upon which he stood, or perhaps it was just a bit of the Christmas magic which filled the air during the Owen County Christmas Parade Dec. 2.

  • Tournament champions

    The Lady Rebels eighth-grade basketball team won the Class A Tournament that was held Saturday at Bowling Middle School. They beat Henry County 32-20 to advance to the final game against Trimble County.  The Lady Rebels knocked off Henry County for the title 33-23.