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Today's News

  • 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

     

  • Bucks for baskets
  • 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.

  • Fifth annual Walk for Awareness of CHDs to be held Saturday

    The Fifth Annual Walk for Awareness of CHDs will be held Saturday,from noon until 7 p.m. at the Owenton First Baptist Church Family Life Center.

    Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the following groups:

    Opening by Jerry Smith – Adult CHDer

    Noon – 1 p.m.: Bode McKinley

    1 - 1:45 p.m.: David Pitt

    1:45 – 2 p.m.: Capitol City Dance Studio

    2-3 p.m.:  First Baptist Church of Carrollton Praise Band

    3-3:30 p.m.: CHD survivors and Angels Recognition Walk/Jan Eldridge and Heather Marsh

  • Another example of “Amazing” Kentuckians

    Last week, Ernie and I made the 70-mile trip from Lexington to Owenton to tend to a little business. We had several stops on our do-list, not the least of which was meeting up with a friend. We wanted to give her a copy of an old picture of particular interest to her family, and she in turn had several she wanted Ernie to see. His hobby is computer restoration of historic photographs, and we both are local history buffs, so we make time for such encounters whenever and wherever we can.