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Today's News

  • What does an education cost?

    Recently my mother got an invitation from Lincoln Institute to attend her high school reunion. It was the secondary school in Shelbyville area where black people sent their children “back in the day” because there was no high school available to them in the county.

    I mention this for a couple of reasons.

  • Keeton to compete in the Kentucky State Spelling Bee

    Hunter Keeton of Owen County will compete in the Kentucky State Spelling Bee Saturday at the Frazier International History Museum in Louisville.

    Keeton is one of approximately 60 Kentucky and Southern Indiana youngsters who will compete in one of the major events of the Kentucky Derby Festival.

    The state winner will receive a U.S. Savings Bond valued at $10,000 upon maturity, a trophy, the latest edition of the Merriam Webster collegiate dictionary and a $25 Amazon.com gift card.

  • Spring Clean Week in Owen is March 21-27

    Volunteers will be out in force next week to spring clean Owen County’s highways.

    The Transportation Cabinet announced the Adopt-a-Highway Spring Clean Week will be held March 21-27.

    “The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet appreciates the efforts of our Adopt-a-Highway volunteers who help keep our highways and communities beautiful and litter-free,” Acting Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said.

  • County breaks ground for judicial center

    A new chapter in the history of Owen County began to be written Thursday when ground was broken for a new judicial center.

    At a ceremony and reception held at the Owen County Courthouse, state and local officials looked back at the nearly 150-year-old building and celebrated the past while looking to the future.

  • Conference helps hundreds of Owen County families

    Hundreds of individuals made their way through Owen County High School Saturday for an education in how to make Owen County a healthy, happier place.

    The Catalyst for Hope Conference, sponsored by Hope’s Hands Community Partnership and NorthKey along with Northern Kentucky Community Action and the Owen County School System, was deemed a successful event by Patti Clark, executive director of Hope’s Hands and coordinator of the Owen County Teen Alcohol Prevention Project.

  • Teams wrap up strong seasons

    The 2009-2010 basketball season has come to and end. Both the boys and the girls again had a successful year.

    The Lady Rebels finished the season with a record of 17-10 and captured their third straight 31st District Championship.

    Overall, it was the fifth-straight appearance for Owen County in the championship game. It was also the fourth year in a row Owen County Head Girls Basketball Coach Robert Osborne’s team won 15 games or more. The Lady Rebels had a six-game winning streak starting Dec. 29 and running through Jan. 13.

  • Kay’s Branch News By Bee Spicer

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t decorate or give parties on this day but it always gives me a good feeling to know the Irish are being recognized for their contribution to the settling of this country.

  • Help make Owen County a bit cleaner next week

    March 21 through 27, 2010, marks the 12th anniversary of Commonwealth Cleanup Week. Commonwealth Cleanup Week is an annual week-long event implemented by the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC), and it also kicks off the Great American Cleanup, spanning from March-May. Its purpose is to provide Kentucky communities an opportunity to “spring clean,” recycle and promote personal responsibility across the Commonwealth.

  • School employee indicted

    An Owen County Primary School bookkeeper has been fired after allegedly taking money that was to be deposited in the bank.

    Jennifer Bishop, 35, has been charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition of property with a value of $500 or more.

    Bishop was indicted March 9 by the Owen County grand jury. According to the indictment, she took more than $500 from the Owen County school district.

    Kentucky State Police Detective Steve Goodale said the charges were brought after a routine audit.

  • Parent blocks Owen bus

    An Owen County mom used her car to block an Owen County school bus that was heading back to school after a field trip in Frankfort March 9. She demanded that her child get off the bus.

    Owen County School Board Superintendent Mark Cleveland said seniors had gone to a movie and restaurant in Frankfort.

    As they returned on U.S. Hwy. 127, the woman blocked the bus with her car.

    Cleveland said if the parent had called ahead of time and requested to pick up the child at one of their destinations, it would have been allowed.