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Today's News

  • Holding the evidence

    A Wheatley man has been arrested after allegedly breaking down a door at the Owen County Sheriff’s Office and stealing several items from inside.
    Owenton Police Officer Gary Alcorn said state road crew workers called the police during the early hours of Saturday morning to report a man standing in the middle of West Seminary Street, holding an armload of junk, unwilling to move.
    Chad A. Perkins, 27, was arrested for alcohol intoxication in a public place and taken to the sheriff’s office to be booked.

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  • Hear the story of the U.S. Civil War from a ‘veteran’

    It’s been called the War of Northern Aggression, the Civil War, the War Between the States, and the War of Rebellion. Perhaps the most poignant name given to this tragic time in our country’s history is the Boys’ War. Boys, some as young as 12 and from all areas of the country — including Owen County — joined the fight. Although they were familiar with firearms and their bodies were hardened by toil, nothing could prepare these young men for the carnage, disease, and devastation wrought by war. Owen countians James Mason, W.E.

  • ‘Let me live long enough get bored’

    I haven’t seen her in 30 years. I doubt she’s still alive. Yet a month never passes that I don’t think about Mattie.
    We met at a Weight Watchers class in Ashland, Ky. I’d recently lost 40 post-pregnancy pounds, and fearful I’d backslide, I stepped forward to become a Weight Watchers lecturer. With the fervor of the newly converted, I set out on an evangelical mission to save northeastern Kentucky and nearby West Virginia from the demons of obesity.

  • Patients find rehabilitation opportunities close to home

    When Katie Ashcraft tripped in a manhole and wrenched her back during a visit to Knoxville last summer she anticipated going out of town to visit doctors and orthopedic specialists in order to regain full use of her leg.
    But Ashcraft, of Owenton, soon learned that she could receive all the care and rehabilitation services she needed right here at home.
    “I originally injured my back in high school doing gymnastics and cheerleading,” Ashcraft explained. “This summer, when I fell into a manhole, I aggravated the old injury and it required physical therapy.”

  • Sixth-annual Walk for Awareness to be held Feb. 19

    The Sixth Annual Walk for Awareness of CHDs will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Owenton First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
    Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the following:
    Noon-1 Elizabeth Steward
    1-2 Robin Stephenson
    2-3 Bodie McKinley
    3-4 CHD Recognition Walk
    4-5 David Pitt
    5-5:30 Connie Hon
    5:30-6:15 David Stahl
    6:15-7 Journey’s End

  • ‘The living proof of hope’

    Each year, 40,000 babies in the United States are born with a congenital heart defect. Four thousand of these babies do not live to see their first birthday. But one Owenton man says there’s always hope.
    “I’m living proof of hope,” 46-year-old Jerry Smith said.
    Smith was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a CHD that can cause poor development, failure to gain weight, passing out and sudden death.

  • Making dreams come true

    Just like every princess needs the perfect dress, every teenage girl needs the perfect prom ensemble.
    In 2010, the Owen County Youth Services Center began participating in Cinderella’s Closet, which provides formal wear to girls who could not otherwise afford to attend their prom.
    Julie Riddle, the service center’s administrative assistant, said 30 Owen County girls picked out their special dress at the center last year.

  • Blaze levels Owen home

    A Friday blaze has left an Owen County family homeless.
    According to witnesses, the fire at the home of Tabitha and Walt McDaniel on Fortner Ridge Road started about 12:30 p.m.
    “I was down at the grandmother’s house when I saw the smoke,” Michael Shuler said.
    The fire was already starting get out of control by the time Shuler arrived at the house.
    “I kicked the door in because I knew they had animals in there,” Shuler said. “I got them out of there but the smoke was really getting bad inside.”

  • Fiscal court ponders new transient tax

    With an eye toward the future of Owen County tourism, the Owen County Fiscal Court may soon pass an ordinance for a transient room tax.
    The tax was first discussed nearly a year ago when several alumni of the Owen County Visioneers — formerly known as Leadership Owen County — attended a fiscal court workshop to discuss the benefits of a transient room tax.
    If the ordinance is passed, it would mean a 3-percent tax would be charged to anyone renting a place to sleep in Owen County.