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Today's News

  • Blaze guts local home

    An Owen County family is being assisted by the Red Cross after a Friday fire claimed their home.
    The Owen County Volunteer Fire Department received the call just after 8 p.m. Friday.
    All county departments responded to the fire at the 4000 block of Hwy. 22, at the corner of Gratz Road and Cecil Lane.
    Owen County Volunteer Fire Department Public Information Officer Jude Canchola said the house was a total loss and the cause of the fire was electrical.

  • Egg hunt gets sunny side of the weather

    When Buck Beverly became Owen County Parks and Recreation director last August, the first thing on his agenda was a community-wide event.
    Only a few months into his new post, Beverly put together an activities committee and presented his idea of a community-wide Easter egg hunt to the group.
    “I told them I wanted to plan a community-wide event and that I had the Easter egg hunt in mind,” Beverly said. “It was met with a lot of hard looks, a lot of confused looks.”

  • Sheriff's office passes state audit

    Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen recently released the audit of Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond’s 2011 tax settlement.
    According to a press release from Edelen’s office, the audit found that the sheriff’s financial statement fairly presents the taxes charged, credited and paid, for the period of April 16, 2011 through April 16, 2012, in conformity with the modified cash basis of accounting.

  • Student-athletes also sharing their musical talents

    In a couple of months, a group of five seniors will take their last walk across the stage at Owen County High School, but not before they leave their mark as members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes band.
    The band, which has a total of seven members, put together a successful Christmas cantata that was preformed for eight local churches and the entire school district.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Owen men served John Hunt Morgan

    He stood six feet tall. His finely chiseled face was framed by curly brown hair, and according to an admirer, his gray eyes “reflected strength of character.”
    One Northern newspaper branded him “the king of horse thieves, a bandit, a freebooter, no better than a thug,” while in the South he was admired as “the thunderbold of the Confederacy.” Most Owen countians supported his cause, embraced his ideology and offered him sanctuary whenever he visited the area.

  • County Clerk Corner: Clerks working together to better serve the public

    All 120 counties across the state of Kentucky have at least one thing in common at this time of the year. I call it “March Madness” and it has nothing to do with playing ball or shopping. In the county clerk’s office it is time for the renewals of all trucks, trailers and farm tags.  I encourage you not to wait until the last working day of the month, because the lines are always long at the end of March.  Be sure that you bring your last years registration and insurance with you.

  • OCHS honor roll

    12th Grade Super Honor Roll: Ashley Byers, Cayla Curtis, Mariah Derringer, Madison Gamble, Mitchell Griffin, Adam Hazlett, Tiffany Ohmer, Justin Shelton, Julie Spaulding, Katie Veech, Courtney Waldrop and Thomas Wright.

  • Outstanding attendance
  • Owen County Extension Service: You don't need dyes to color Easter eggs

    The egg’s shape has often inspired artists. It has been the palette for one of the most intriguing of folk arts in many cultures. There is literally no end to the creative possibilities for individual expression on an egg shell. Eggs can be painted or colored with crayons or felt-tipped pens, turned into funny faces, topped with fantastic hats, trimmed with feathers or sequins or simply dyed in an endless variety of hues. However you decide to do it, decorating eggs is fun for grown-ups as well as for kids.

  • Kay's Branch News: Mother Nature ignorning the calendar

    I got up and rebuilt my fire this morning. I let it go out Saturday, laboring under the delusion that spring might actually be here. It was in the high 40s and the sun was shining. Fay said they got out and cleaned their Martin houses and rearranged them. They didn’t have many last year, so they decided it was the locations. They had just gotten the job done and were back in the house when they saw the first scout fly in. The birds are on schedule, even if Mother Nature is not.