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Today's News

  • Political season on the horizon

    Owen County may still be wrapped deep in winter but make no mistake, a new season is just around the corner – the political season.

    Normally, the big national elections get all the good press. The national and statewide stages are where most of the good ideological fights take place. Because most of the social, philosophical and economic issues that get so many people excited are determined at the higher levels of government, sometimes the importance of local elections are overlooked and voter turnout is significantly lower than state and national elections.

  • Trio charged with shooting out 32 street lights

    Three young men were arrested early Thursday after they allegedly shot out more than 30 street lights.

    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said the majority of the lights shot out were on Georgetown Road.

    “So far we know of 32 street lights that were shot out and four private lights,” Hammond said. “There were some in Hesler, some on Swope Road and Slippery Rock Road.”

    Police requested the names of the suspects be omitted, citing an ongoing investigation.

  • Carolyn Keith back on the ballot

    Incumbent Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith has announced she will be a candidate in the May Democratic primary for the highest elective office in the county.

    Keith was appointed to the office of judge executive Feb. 12, 2009, by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear following the resignation of Billy O’Banion, who quit the office as part of a plea agreement in connection with theft, theft of services and official misconduct charges.

    Keith, a native of Owen County, grew up in the New Columbus community.

  • Owen County Schools Honor Roll

    Fourth grade

    Super Honor Roll

    Zachery Brashears, Destiny Bruce, Emily Cammack, Blake Duncan, Lindsay Gill, Nash Glacken, Reagan Hearn, Rachel Miller, Haileigh Noll, Trace Ogden, Katie Patterson, Madelin Shelton and Sydni Toole

    Honor Roll

  • Tea Party turnout

    Several Owen County citizens turned out Jan. 15 at the Owen County Library for a meeting concerning a Tea Party movement within the county.

    Emily Shelton and Nancy Bearclaw, members of the Northern Kentucky Tea Party, spoke to the group.

    Shelton said the Tea Party movement is growing across the United States.

    Shelton said the movement has no rules, but there are core values.

  • Lady Rebels’ run ends with semifinals loss

    A year ago in Owenton, the Lady Rebels reached the semifinals of the All “A” Classic. They opened the tournament with a win over Trimble County before eventually losing to Carroll County. This year’s scenario was not that much different.

    After an opening-round win over Trimble County, the Lady Rebels again reached the semifinals. This year, instead of playing Carroll County, Walton-Verona was the  Lady Rebels’ opponent after they bested the Lady Panthers in the first round.

  • Guest editorial by State Sen. Damon Thayer

    State looks for ways to improve education

    The Senate is moving forward through the 2010 regular session as committee meetings are now in full swing and the Senate has begun debating bills concerning education and state government.

  • Fiscal court goes to two sessions a month

    When the fiscal court met Jan. 12, it unanimously approved Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith’s recommendation to hold two fiscal court meetings each month.

    “I just feel that it’s necessary if we want to run things smoothly,” Keith said. “There’s a lot of business that needs to be taken care of and we’re not always able to do so in our regularly scheduled meetings.”

  • Prescription discount card will help public with costs

    Owen countians can now receive prescription-discount cards, which are available at the Owen County Judge-executive’s office.

    Free prescription discount cards are made available through the Kentucky Association of Counties and National Association of Counties.

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the cards are available to anyone.

    “You can save a lot of money by using the card,” Keith said. “Anyone can use it and they don’t check your financial situation.”

  • Couple loses home, escapes with just purse

    Fire destroyed the home of Kenneth and Hazel Woodyard at 2740 Pleasant Grove Road.

    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said the fire started some time between 11:30 p.m. and midnight Wednesday.

    “They said the fire started in the basement and that it was probably due to something electrical,” Hammond said.

    The only thing the Woodyards were able to get out with was Hazel Woodyard’s purse, Hammond said.