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Today's News

  • The thoughts of an old voter

    I will be so glad when this election is over. I am sick and tired of all the political ads — on both sides. I mute them or watch DirecTV now to get away from them. Neither party of any of the races have shown themselves adult enough to be a representative of this state or any other elected position, which doesn’t mean to say I won’t vote. I have voted in every election since I got the privilege at 18. If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain.

  • Cautionary tale

    “It’s not just you,” Eddie Black stressed Wednesday at Owen Electric’s construction safety and communications meeting.

    It’s been more than a quarter century since Black nearly lost his life while working as a lineman for an electric cooperative in Kentucky.

    As he attempted to re-conductor two new power lines, a terrible accident occurred when 7,200 volts of electricity surged through his body. As he worked, an older, sagging line contacted two new lines.

    As a result of the incident, Black lost both arms.

  • Rebels advance to Super Bowl

    The Owen County Parks and Recreation youth traveling football teams all qualified and participated in the NCKYFL Playoffs last week at Gallatin County. Two of the three teams will be playing for the Super Bowl Championship. The Mighty Pro and Power House teams both advanced to the Super Bowl with victories at Gallatin County. The following is an account of the playoff games:

    Midget Division

  • Rebel Ramblings

    Next game: Playoffs at Newport Catholic, Friday at 7:30 p.m.

    • Newport Central Catholic finished the season 8-2. They wrapped up the regular season with a 40-39 loss to Beechwood in double-overtime Saturday night.

    • The Thoroughbreds earned the top seed in the district by going 3-0 against Holy Cross, Newport and Lloyd.

    • Owen County and NCC met two years ago in the first round of the playoffs. The Rebels lost that night, 50-14. Newport Catholic would go on and lose 26-23 to Fort Campbell in the Class 2A championship game.

  • Owenton voters go West

    With only a slim margin of victory, former Owen County Judge-Executive Horace “Doug” West has defeated incumbent Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier for the city’s top post.

    With 277 votes for West and 263 for Wotier, the race was decided by only 14 votes.

    West said he felt confident throughout his campaign.

    “I figured it would be pretty close,” West said. “I didn’t know it would be this close, but I felt good about it the whole time.”

  • Man uses ‘Bert’ to help teach shoplifter a lesson

    Owen County native Andrew Perry made worldwide news recently while in Charlottesville, Va., as owner of a Halloween Express store.

    It started when a teenager came in and began browsing the store. “He came in and picked up a pair of fangs,” Perry said. “Once he slipped off to the side of the store, he slipped them in his pocket. Virginia’s different from Kentucky; as soon as you try to hide something, even if you’re still in the store, you’ve stolen the merchandise.”

  • Lack of rain sparks state of emergency

    After issuing a no-burn-ban Sept. 24 due to lack of rain, Owen County Judge/Executive Carolyn Keith, has now declared Owen County in a state of emergency.

    According to a declaration that was signed Oct. 26, an agriculture drought to county farm crops, coupled with extreme heat, has been ongoing since June 1.

    “It’s really too late now for fall hay crops,” Keith said. “But if Gov. (Steve) Beshear were to declare the entire state as being in a state of emergency, our local farmers would have the chance to recoup some of their crops.”

  • Historical Society News By Bonnie Strassell

    The Civil War tore at the very fiber of America. And though the state of Kentucky initially declared neutral, it soon found itself embroiled in the battle, with loyalties dividing families, friends, and neighbors.

  • Rebels drop regular season finale

    The regular season has come to a close for the Owen County High School football team. Now they must get ready for the playoffs.

    The Rebels ended the regular season by traveling to play South Oldham Friday night. Owen County fell behind early and eventually lost the game, 55-13. The loss dropped the team’s overall record to 3-7 for the season.

    The Dragons jumped out to a 27-0 lead in the first quarter and extended the advantage to 48-6 by halftime.

  • County cops seek copper-caper culprits

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Office is working to locate a copper thief who vandalized several propane and refrigeration units around Owenton.

    Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Marvin Goodrich said someone vandalized the Odd Fellows Lodge, Eddy Bourne’s office, amd the Owen County Clerk’s Office on Oct. 20. Copper was also stolen from Dr. Joy Arnold’s dental clinic.