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Today's News

  • Letter to the Editor: Help is available for those who want to quit smoking

    The U.S. Surgeon General has shown extensive evidence that exposure to secondhand smoke produces many severe health effects on one’s body, including immediate effects on the heart and blood vessels. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and the Institute of Medicine found that secondhand smoke exposure increases the risk of heart disease by 25-30 percent. The Institute also notes consistent evidence that communities have fewer heart attacks after they go smoke-free.

    We know that:

  • The state of the county

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith has some concerns with the current state of Owen County, but she is also looking forward to building a brighter future for Owen County while preserving its rural heritage.

    Keith said her biggest concern at this time is the county’s financial state.

  • Letter to the Editor: Senior citizens center is in good hands

    I was so glad when I read that Mrs. McBurney got the renting of the senior center building stopped. The people who forced this action should be ashamed of themselves, making the public pay for their orneriness. Cleaning up your mess and putting your toys away used to be a rule most people followed.

  • Lady Bearcat foul proves pivotal in loss

    If the Lady Rebels’ game against Walton-Verona last Wednesday ended at the end of three quarters, the home crowd would have driven home happy. Unfortunately, high school basketball has four quarters.

    The game was tight in the first half as both teams held leads. Owen County’s Hannah Neeley scored in the final seconds to give what appeared to be a halftime lead of 22-20. The Lady Bearcats answered when they scored with less than a second left in the half to tie the score at intermission.

  • Overtime thriller

    Last year’s All “A” Classic ended in a split second for Owen County. It happened so fast that everyone involved stood in stunned silence as they watched Henry County storm the court. 

    This year, the Rebels had a little more time to think about it but the result was the same.

    The Gallatin County Wildcats advanced to the semifinals of the 8th Region All “A” Classic at Walton-Verona Monday night by defeating the Owen County Rebels, 59-53, in overtime.

  • Rebels pass regional test

    Ask any college student and they will tell you that exam week can be tough. It is a week with little rest and many tests. Now imagine having to take those tests after you lost two of your textbooks the night before.

    That might be how Owen County Head Coach Devin Duvall felt going into this week. The Rebels were going up against three tough regional opponents without two of the team’s top players.

  • Primary election begins to take shape

    As the 2010 Owen County primary election filing deadline looms closer, some new names have surfaced along with familiar faces.

    Charles E. Carter, who has served as Owen County Attorney for over two decades, has said that he will not be filing for the position.

    “I’m not planning to run,” Carter said. “This will finish my 25th year and I’m not planning to file again.”

    The deadline to file is 4 p.m. Tuesday.

    May 2010 Primary Election Candidates (as of Jan. 19 at 10 a.m.):

  • Say it ain’t so, McGwire

    We’ve all had times in our lives when we received shocking news. You know the kind I am talking about. Like the time you found out that were either being hired or fired. Or maybe when you discovered that you were getting a tax refund or perhaps the moment came when the doctor said the word “twins.”

    All of these times brought about a different range of emotions. I would venture to say that when the news came down that you probably remember where you were and maybe even what the weather was.

  • Vandalism, thefts end senior center rental policy

    Senior citizens can rest easier knowing that the Owen County Senior Center will no longer be rented out.

    Owen County Senior Center Director Lisa McBurney approached the Owen County Fiscal Court at its Jan. 12 meeting requesting that the rental fee be raised or rental of the center be completely stopped.

    McBurney told the court items were being stolen from the center or vandalized nearly every time it was rented.

    “Things are being stolen and broken and our ability to lock and secure things is really limited,” McBurney said.

  • 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.