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Today's News

  • No charges will be filed in bus accident

    No charges will be filed in connection with an accident involving an Owen County school bus.

    According to Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Webb, the bus, driven by Curt Smith, 48, and a 2004 Chevy Blazer, driven by Marjorie Duvall, 71, were traveling eastbound on New Liberty Road Friday morning.

    Duvall, who was behind the bus, crashed into the back of the bus when it slowed to pick up a student

  • Derek Ellis named John Guill DAR good citizen

    Each year, the various chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsor a DAR Good Citizen contest for high-school seniors.

    The senior selected as “DAR Good Citizen” must have demonstrated the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

    With the assistance of the Owen County High School, the John Guill DAR Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is proud to announce Derek S. Ellis has been chosen to receive the Chapter’s 2010 DAR Good Citizen Award.

  • Lettr to the Editor: New library building should stay in city limits

    I have been advised that a new library is going to be built, but what concerns me is that they are planning to move outside of the city limits.

    A lot of people walk to the library daily and even though there are sidewalks all the way to the school, how many people are going to let their kids or themselves walk that far?

    The city (could) lose the (payroll tax) revenue.

    We don’t need to lose another business in town. Please let their board know.

    Larry Dale Perry

    Owenton City Councilman

     

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  • School year will stretch into June

    The snow and ice that fell in February will mean a longer school year for Owen County students.

    Since the beginning of the school year, Owen County students have missed 11 instructional days due to inclement weather.

    To make up those days, the school district calendar will be extended to June 3 for students.

    Under the old plan, the last day for students was scheduled for May 20 with teachers staying in school until May 21.

    With the snow days, the last day for teachers will be June 7.

  • Free Catalyst Conference comes to Owen March 13

    Did you know that each year, nearly 28 percent of all youth under the age of 21 use alcohol? Or that nearly 20 percent of youth aged 12 to 17 received mental health services in the past year?

    Did you realize that these two facts are related?

    More than 35 percent of youth who experienced a major depressive episode in the past year had also used an illicit drug in that time frame, including alcohol.

  • Letter to the editor: Black History Month helps honor sacrifices

    I believe Black History Month is a great way to pay tribute and honor a lot of deserving people – the men and women who gave so much to make the world we live in today a better place to live.

    The civilization, freedom, education and all the good things most people enjoy today come with a high price. The price was blood, sweat and tears; mistreatment; prejudice; segregation; and wars fought at home and abroad.

  • Owen man dies after fall in Red River Gorge

    An Owen County man rock climbing in the Red River Gorge area died Saturday.

    Menifee County Coroner Melody Smallwood told the Associated Press that Shaun Wilhoite, 28, of Owen County, fell to his death around 2:30 p.m. in the Indian Creek section of the gorge.

    He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    According to Smallwood, Wilhoite was accompanied by about 12 other climbers.

    Smallwood said the other climbers told her Wilhoite visited the gorge about four times a year.

  • Owen begins to dig out

    When a winter storm began hitting Owen County during the early hours of the morning Monday, some wondered whether they should brave the snow and cold for a day at work.

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said she and her staff received several calls from Owen countians confused about the emergency snow levels.

  • New rules for meetings

    After the Owen County Fiscal Court workshops got off to a rocky start, the court voted to adopt a new resolution on procedures for addressing the court during its Feb. 9 meeting.

    The first workshop of the Owen County Fiscal Court was held Jan. 26.

    Owen County Judge-executive and magistrates’ Teresa Davis, Bobby Gaines and Ray Smith each agreed that the meeting got off to a good start, but turned confrontational after former judge-executive Billy O’Banion approached the court.

    Magistrate Jerry Jones declined to comment on the workshop.