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Today's News

  • Thayer was dedicated to Owen County

    It’s time to say goodbye to Damon Thayer.
    But it’s not him who’s moving.
    It’s us.
    Last week, the Kentucky General Assembly passed and Kentucky Gov. Steve Bashear signed into a law a new map of state senate districts. The changes were made necessary by the 2010 U.S. Census that indicated the several state senate districts had either lost or gained population.
    The old Senate District 17, which contained Grant, Owen, Scott and part of Kenton counties, was now about 13,000 residents over the ideal number for a senate district.

  • Paddlefish eggs leads to couple’s guilty plea

    Two Owen countains and their caviar companies pleaded guilty Jan. 17 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio to trafficking in and falsely labeling illegally harvested paddlefish.
    According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Steve Kinder, along with his wife, Cornelia Joyce Kinder, owned and operated Kinder Caviar Inc. and Black Star Caviar Company of Owen County. Those companies were in the business of exporting paddlefish eggs as caviar to customers in foreign countries.

  • Defendant in murder case takes plea deal

    The murder trial of a Corinth man came to an abrupt ending Jan. 18 after he pleaded guilty to several charges.
    Christopher Dennis Jr., 72, was being charged with murder, trafficking in marijuana, and convicted felon in possession of a handgun.
    Dennis was arrested Nov. 27, 2010 after Kentucky State Police troopers found the body of 30-year-old Ruben J. Eppele shot to death in Dennis’ home at 2430 Cull Pepper Lane on Nov. 26, 2010.

  • School district short $500,000

    Facing a shortfall of over half a million dollars, the Owen County Board of Education will soon begin weighing its options.
    The board had its first 2012-13 draft budget review discussion Jan. 17, the same day Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced in his state budget address that per-pupil funding would slip back to 2008 levels.
    Owen County Schools District Finance Officer Sheila Miller said the board would need to gain $500,000 in revenue or lose $500,000 in expenditures to keep a 2-percent contingency or the district could go into deficit.

  • Owen becomes Carroll's county

    By John Whitlock
    N-H Editor
    For the first time since 2003, Damon Thayer is not the state senator representing Owen County.
    Late last week, the Kentucky General Assembly passed and Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear signed into a law a new senate district map that reflects changes in the commonwealth’s population.
    One of the changes moves Owen County from Thayer’s 17th district and into former Gov. Jullian Carroll’s seventh district which includes Anderson, Franklin, Woodford and parts of Fayette counties.

  • What you need to know about Boys Eighth Region All ‘A’ Classic

    • This year’s tournament is being held at Trimble County High School. The opening round began Tuesday night with Owen County playing Gallatin County. The action continues tonight as Eminence takes on Trimble County and Walton-Verona plays Williamstown. The semifinals will be played Friday night and the championship game on Saturday.
    • The eighth-region champion will advance to the All ‘A’ State Tournament to be held at the Frankfort Convention Center Jan. 25-29.

  • Roller coaster week for Rebels

    The Owen County High School Rebels had a roller coaster kind of week. It was a span in which they endured the agony of defeat followed by the thrill of victory.
    The Rebels began last week with a contest with Grant County in Dry Ridge. The game was tight throughout but it was the Braves who made the final big play to claim the victory.
    The Rebels led 19-15 at the end of the first quarter before the Braves battled back in the second to take a 31-29 at half time.

  • Roller coaster week for Rebels

    The Owen County High School Rebels had a roller coaster kind of week. It was a span in which they endured the agony of defeat followed by the thrill of victory.
    The Rebels began last week with a contest with Grant County in Dry Ridge. The game was tight throughout but it was the Braves who made the final big play to claim the victory.
    The Rebels led 19-15 at the end of the first quarter before the Braves battled back in the second to take a 31-29 at half time.

  • Showdown in Williamstown

    It was the matchup everyone expected.
    The Owen County High School Lady Rebels met the Walton-Verona High School Lady Bearcats in the championship game of the eighth-region All ‘A’ Classic Saturday night in Williamstown.
    Neither team had any trouble advancing to the finals. The Lady Bearcats dispatched of Williamstown in the first round and then embarrassed Eminence in the semifinals.

  • Eckhart named to EKU dean’s list

    Savannah Lee Eckart, a 2008 graduate of Owen County High School, was recently named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Justice and Safety.
    The dean’s list requirements are to attain a 3.5 GPA or higher on specified minimums of academic work. She will graduate with her bachelor’s of science in adult corrections and juvenile justice in May.