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Today's News

  • Primary school sees big rise in reading scores

    With a philosophy of “mission possible” Owen County Primary School students are going above and beyond with test scores in the 99th percentile.

    The school participated in a six-year federal grant, Group Reading and Diagnostic Evaluation, along with 75 other Kentucky schools.

    Out of those 75 schools, OCPS ranked third in the GRADE assessment scores for kindergarten through second grade.

    OCPS Principal Sharen Hubbard said when the school began with the program in the fall of 2004, only 31.9 students scored at or above grade-level reading.

  • Board rejects tax hike

    For the first time since the 2005-2006 school year, the Owen County Board of Education will not be taking the 4-percent tax increase.

    The board met Thursday to hear concerns from the public. Several citizens attended the meeting, including Owen County Magistrate Teresa Davis, Owenton City Councilman and incoming magistrate Robert “Casey” Ellis.

    The board decided against the 4-percent increase and the compensating rate and levied a rate in between the two.

  • Still swingin’ for the fences

    Age is just a number.

    Damon Rains has been playing baseball and softball for a long time – a very long time.

     “I’ve played ball ever since I was 10 years old,” Rains said.

    That might not seem like a big deal until you realize that Rains is 88 years old.

  • Pair will share national stage

    The Maurice Bowling Middle School cheerleaders continue to shine.

    In July, the team attended camp at University of Kentucky and came away with lots of new material and more trophies for the school. This year, some of the awards included Superior Squad, first-place Middle School Crowd Cheer; first-place Middle School Extreme Routine; and Top Spirit Squad UK UCA Camp 2010.

    Three of this year’s eighth-graders were awarded top awards at camp also.

  • Group urges leaders to focus on the future

    With an eye set toward the future of Owen County, the Leadership Owen County Alumni members held a Rural Community Renewal event Thursday in hopes of getting more community leaders involved and brainstorming ideas for the revitalization of the county.

    Members of the Owenton and Monterey City Councils and the Sparta and Gratz Commissions were invited to attend the event. Those who won seats in the May primary election, as well as those who are running for positions in the November general election were also invited to the event.

  • West, Wotier to square off for mayor’s office

    For the first time since Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier was appointed to the position of mayor in 2000, the Owenton mayor’s race will be contested in the 2010 November general election.

    Horace “Doug” West, a former Owen County sheriff and former Owen County judge-executive, filed against Wotier only months after running for judge-executive in the May primary.

    West was beaten in May by incumbent Carolyn Keith, who was appointed to the position of Owen County judge-executive in February 2009.

  • No. 2 (Female) - Karen Porter

    In the mid-1970s, a newly recognized girls' sport was coming of age in Kentucky. So was a new star in Owen County.

    Karen Porter began running in 1974 as a seventh-grader. That same year, the KHSAA recognized the mile run as an official sport for girls. It did not take long for Porter to make a name for herself, as she was the Class A State runner-up that season. It was the beginning of an outstanding career in both track and cross county for Porter.

    Between 1974 and 1979, Porter was the winner of 16 major invitational races.

  • Kick-off coming

    This time, the hits are for real.

    The Owen County Rebels have spent the last two weekends playing scrimmages against Walton-Verona and Pendleton County.

    On Saturday night in Dry Ridge, the game and the final score will count.

    For the second straight season, the Rebels open the season against Grant County on the road. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

    Last season, the Braves scored a touchdown in the closing minutes to win the game and send the Rebels home with a bad taste in their mouth. Owen County is hoping for a better outcome this time around.

  • No. 1 for Wesselman

    It was a new experience for Owen County’s volleyball coach.  The Lady Rebels defeated the defending 30th District champ Walton-Verona Aug. 17 in Owenton. Owen County won the match 25-17 and 25-20 to pick up its first win of the season. The victory was also the first win for T.J. Wesselman as coach of the Owen County volleyball team. “It feels good,” Wesselman said after the match. “That’s a big win. They are top notch.” The Lady Rebels jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the opening game.

  • No. 2 (Male) - Bobby Nix

    He is the only person from Owen County to have played in a NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament.

    From 1966 through 1969, Bobby Nix had an outstanding career at Owen County High School. As a basketball player, he may be the best shooter to have ever come through the school. He was so good that as a senior in 1969 he led all of Kentucky with his 30 points per game average.