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Today's News

  • Owen arrest linked to robbery

    Two people have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at an elderly woman’s home in Glencoe.

    Kentucky State Police troopers were called to the home of 81-year-old Juanita Clark on May 26.

    Clark said she was robbed at knifepoint by a member of her family and an accomplice. The suspects allegedly stole prescription medication from Clark.

    Donna Glore, 34, a member of Clark’s family, was arrested May 27 in Owen County by trooper Brandon Maupin. The Sparta resident is charged with complicity to commit first-degree robbery.

  • County approves $4.9 million budget

    After several months of discussion, the Owen County Fiscal Court recently passed a budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

    The court held several workshops throughout the spring to discuss the budget, only making minor changes.

    With all expenditures combined, the budget has a total of $4,995,743.

    The court held a second reading on budget ordinance 169 at its June 8 regularly scheduled meeting.

    The court also approved a resolution for developing the Kentucky River.

  • Owen track season comes to a close

    The 2010 track season wrapped up for Owen County Saturday when two Rebels competed at the Class A State Track Meet in Louisville.

    Bobby Mingie took part in the 300-meter hurdles and Dillon Mears participated in the discus.

    Mingie finished 22nd and Mears 19th in their respective events.

    For the season, the Rebels set six team records.

    Darian Polley took over the top spot in school history with a time of 19.32 in the 110-meter hurdles at the NCTKC Meet.

  • Two Owen County projects included in next state road plan

    Two Owen County projects have been included in the next Kentucky Road Plan for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

    State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said the first project will replace a bridge on Hwy. 355 over Little Twin Creek.

    More than $130,000 has been allotted for right of way acquisition and utilities relocation in 2011 and over $935,000 has been designated for the construction in 2012,

    Thayer said the money will come from the Federal Bridge Replacement Program.

  • Owenton to review nuisance ordinance

    After several months of revising an outdated ordinance, the Owenton City Council is on its way toward a cleaner city.

    The nuisance ordinance, which hasn’t been updated since the late 1960s or early 1970s, has recently been a main topic during the council’s meetings.

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier said complaints from citizens have motivated the council to revise the ordinance.

  • Looking for three wins at Sparta

    The NASCAR Nationwide Series is back in Sparta.

    The stars will be out Saturday night as the Meier 300 will be run at the Kentucky Speedway. The green flag is schedule to drop at 8:10 p.m. with all the action to be seen on ESPN.

    Joey Logano will be looking for his third-straight win at the track. He will have plenty of competition from current points leader Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards.

  • Judo team brings back bronze

    Owen County Judo team took third in the O.J. Helvey Kentucky State Judo Championship held May 22 at Trimble County Middle School.

    Two Owen County players received outstanding awards.

    Robert Beverly received the Erroyl Cheatham Presidential Award for competing at junior nationals in two divisions and fighting in the Junior U.S. Open – an international tournament.

    Noah Malcomb received the most outstanding junior judo competitor award.  

    Teammates James Thompson and Brandon Tyler battled it out for first and second place.

  • Mistakes shouldn’t define a career

    It’s amazing how quickly mistakes can destroy a career.

    In case you haven’t heard, Jim Joyce,  the Major League umpire who called a runner safe when he was obviously out, cost Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Armando Galarraga one of the rarest feats in all professional sports – a perfect game, 27 batters up and 27 batters down.

    With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Joyce, who had a clear view of the play at first base, called the batter, Jason Donald of the Cleveland Indians, safe.

  • Letter to the Editor: Barkley and Ratliff running for Owen Electric board

    Two candidates running for the Owen Electric Cooperative’s board of directors envision a local utility open to its members’ ideas and active in providing affordable energy options that also create good, local jobs.

  • Lady Rebels stumble in 8th region tourney

    When the pairings came out for the 8th Region Softball Tournament, Owen County Head Softball Coach David Wainscott had to like his chances of advancing out of the first round.

    Owen County’s first round opponent on Memorial Day was Walton-Verona. The Lady Rebels knew what it was like to defeat the 32nd district champs when they beat them 11-1 at home in April.

    The two teams also played a close game two days prior to that in the All “A” Classic Championship Game. The Lady Bearcats won that day 10-9.