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Today's News

  • Race fans may soon roll through Owen

    Is the Sprint Cup coming to Kentucky?

    According to several media outlets, a news conference has been set at the track for Tuesday. It’s believed that the announcement will include a date for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Race for 2011.

    Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith will be on hand as well as Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and the three-time NASCAR champion, Darrell Waltrip. Smith has told several in the media that it is a major announcement, but would not go as far as admitting it will include a date for a Sprint Cup race.

  • No. 5 (Female) - Leah Patterson

    In the opinion of some who follow Owen County sports, she may have been the best all-around player to ever play basketball for the Lady Rebels.

    During her four years as a member of the team, Leah Patterson scored 1,244 points. In the final game of her high school career against Scott County, Patterson overtook Ellie Petzinger as the all-time leading scorer in Owen County history. She would hold on to that distinction until Katie Smith broke her record and finished her career with 1,572 points.

  • Letter to the Editor: Community needs and deserves dialysis clinic

    My name is Patty Barnes and I have been on dialysis for almost a year.

    Three times a week I travel to northern Kentucky to receive dialysis treatment. I also see Dr. Mital, a kidney specialist in northern Kentucky.

    If the dialysis clinic had opened here in Owenton, I could see him more, instead of traveling.

  • Letter to the Editor: The hard work keeping county clean is appreciated

    I’d like to take a moment to say thank you to those who have been taking the time and energy to pick up trash along the roads in Owen County. I’ve seen them a few times on my way to Frankfort and I saw a group working on the Sparta Road the other day. It surely does make a difference when people care enough to keep our county clean.

    It would be wonderful if people wouldn’t throw the trash out in the first place, but thank goodness there are those willing to pick it up. Your efforts are appreciated. If I were able, I would help you myself.

  • No. 6 (Female) Katie Smith

    It may have been the best four years in Lady Rebels’ basketball history. During the span of 2001 to 2004, Owen County won 96 games. They captured the 8th Region All “A” Classic title four straight times. They reached the quarterfinals of the All “A” Classic State Tournament in 2001 and the 8th Region Finals in 2002.

    The person running the point during those four seasons was Katie Smith.

    Smith actually began her basketball career as an eighth-grader and was a starter during all five of her years as a member of the team.

  • Living to the fullest

    In 1912, New Mexico and Arizona were admitted as the 47th and 48th states; the British ocean liner RMS Titanic sank in the freezing waters of the Atlantic Ocean; Woodrow Wilson was elected 28th President of the United States; and on July 30, Lucy Smoot Hall was born in Owen County.

    Saturday, Hall will gather with friends and family at the Owen County Extension Building to celebrate her 98 years of life.

    “I’m proud to have been able to live this long,” Hall said. “The Lord has really blessed me all these years.”

  • Competitors shine at fair

    Below is a list of some of the winners from this year’s Owen County Fair and Horse Show.

    Exhibit Winners

    Culinary: First place, Christina Stivers; best of show, Scott Johnson

    Canned Fruits and Vegetables: First place, Scott Johnson; best of show, Jesse Brandenburg; youth, Blake Wolford

    Garden Crops: First place, Benjamin Hart; best of show, Joel Wilson

    Flowers: First place, Holly Brandenburg; best of show, Brenda Bruce

    Knitting and Crocheting: First place, Kathy Spaulding; best of show, Alice Ducker

  • No. 6 (Male) - C.W. Ware

    It is one of the greatest plays in National Football League history. Joe Montana finds Dwight Clark in the back of the end zone in the 1982 NFC Championship Game to propel the 49ers over the Dallas Cowboys and earn a trip to the Super Bowl. It is a pass that should not have been caught. The play has come to be known as the “The Catch.”

    Nine years prior to that play, Owen County had its own version of “the catch.”

  • Friends of Animals wants to educate public after dogs found abandoned

    After two incidents earlier this month, the Owen County Friends of Animals has stepped up their campaign to encourage everyone to spay and neuter their pets.

    The first incident occurred when a member of the road crew working near Monterey found a beer box with six new-born puppies.

    The puppies were taken to the Owen County Friends of Animals shelter, where they were bottle-fed.

    OCFA Director Hilari Gentry said four of the puppies made it, but two died.

  • Letter to the editor: “Why Owen County?”

    For 37 years, I have made Owen County my home. It is a home by choice, having decided all those years ago to leave the home of my childhood and the home of my young adult life. From New York to Owen County – followed by many instances of having to address the question posed by all of my family and each of my friends in the North, “Why Kentucky?” And from my new-found friends and neighbors in Kentucky the question, “Why here, why Owen County?”