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Today's News

  • Technological advances

    Thousands of students from 100 districts across the state made their way to Lexington Thursday in hopes their group would be named a top project at the Student Technology Leadership Program State Championship.
    But only three groups would be chosen to share their projects in Texas this summer and a group of Maurice Bowling Middle School students is one.
    Autumn Maddox, Marlee Lathrem, Molly Gamble, Hailey Chappell and Ellie Stout make up the group, whose STLP project will give them the chance to share their knowledge with others from all over the world.

  • Damon Thayer: First session as majority floor leader ends

    After finishing my first legislative session as majority floor leader, I am proud to look back at the significant accomplishments of the 2013 Regular Session of the General Assembly.  Most importantly, we successfully established a new spirit of bipartisan collaboration which allowed us to move the state forward in a meaningful fashion on substantive issues such as comprehensive public employee pension system reform, university bonding, a regulatory framework for hemp production, and added transparency for special taxing districts.

  • Mayor touts city’s accomplishments during address

    The City of Owenton has had many accomplishments over the past couple of years, but there’s still plenty of work to be done, according to Owenton Mayor Doug West.
    West held a state of the city address Thursday at the Owen County Courthouse. The speech focused on cuts made at city hall and enforcing nuisance ordinances.
    West said although the Owenton City Council has made $100,000 in cuts, the city is still $100,000 in the red.

  • Lawmakers support hemp bill

    A bill that would set the framework for industrial hemp production and gained the support of Owen County’s state lawmakers is waiting for action by Governor Steve Beshear after being passed by the Kentucky House of Representatives last week.
    The General Assembly passed the bill March 26, with an 88-4 margin in the House of Representatives and in the Senate with a House floor amendment, 35-1.
    The bill would allow Kentucky farmers to begin production of hemp if the federal government legalizes its production.

  • Two farmers’ markets in Owen Co. get certified

    Owen County is home to two of the 103 markets across the Commonwealth recently accepted into the 2013 Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program. The Owen County members are  Ayres Family Orchard and Michels Family Farm.
    In joining the Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, these markets have committed to offering quality products and service to their customers. Their acceptance by Farm Bureau tells customers that they meet the highest standards of quality, freshness, and marketing appeal.

  • Ray honored at Outstanding Soldier and Airman of the Year banquet

    The son of an Owen County couple was among those recently honored at the Kentucky National Guard’s Outstanding Soldier and Airman of the Year Banquet.
    Specialist Nicholas Ray, 25, competed against others at the unit and higher echelon levels before winning the state level competition held last fall.
    The banquet highlights the top enlisted guardsmen for U.S. Army and Air Force.
    Ray enlisted in the Kentucky Army National Guard on Feb. 27, 2009 and attended Military Police OSUT at Ford Leonard Wood, Mo.

  • Legacy of Owen WWI veteran lives on

    Perennial rose bushes grace either side of the monument; and for the past 90 years they have faithfully sent forth abundant blossoms. It is as if the rose bushes themselves acknowledge the great service rendered by the soldier whose remains rest beneath the ground under their outstretched roots.

  • New Castle wants to honor WWII veterans

    Did you realize that out of the 16 million veterans who participated in WWII, there are only about a 1.5 million still living.  The U.S. is losing 800  to 1,000 WWII veterans every day, which means in five years most of the “Greatest Generation” will be gone.  

  • Owen County Circuit Court: March 26, 2013

    Eric Beach, 1983, first-degree possession of heroin, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, jury trial set for May 28.
    Eric Lane Beach, 1983, owes a total of $2,147, continued to April 23.
    Brenda L. Beverly, 1970, two counts of complicity theft by unlawful taking, second-degree complicity burglary, continued to May 28.

  • Reaching out to help the hungry