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Today's News

  • Owen County Vision to be celebrated

    Owen County citizens are invited to a Celebration of the 20/20 Vision Successes 7 p.m. Thursday at the extension office.

    During this free event, Leadership Owen County Alumni will be showcasing the accomplishments of the past two years and invite citizens to be part of building the future of our county. Displays will show in detail projects that have been accomplished and many volunteers will be recognized for their part in helping to accomplish the Vision.

  • Ky. River lock work proceeds

    The Owen County Fiscal Court has entered an agreement with Brayman Construction Corporation to protect the county against any damages to Point of Rock Road during work on Kentucky River lock and dam three.

    According to the agreement, Brayman Construction, which is located in Saxonburg, Penn., has a contract for work on the lock and dam near Monterey and will be hauling unusually heavy equipment and supplies over Point of Rock Road.

    The agreement says the road is not designed to withstand such loads and amounts of traffic.

  • Letter to the editor: School board should respond to needs of the students

    We had 6,000 students drop out of our schools in 2008 and I have no doubt that ’09 will be just as high.

    The state wonders what to do about our high dropout rate when all they need is to look at their local school boards. Our local boards punish good students and force them to drop out. As a parent of three, I had to fight tooth and nail to get my oldest to school, but I did it. Now, I have one left, my youngest, who really likes school but has a heart condition.

  • Cuts coming to Owen school district

    Teachers and teachers’ aides – primarily from Maurice Bowling Middle School and Owen County Primary School  – attended Monday night’s Owen County Board of Education meeting in hopes of receiving information about rumors of teacher cuts.

    Several district employees cited a lack of a state budget as a major contributor to these rumors.

    The Kentucky General Assembly ended its regular session last week without passing a budget for the next two-year period, which begins July 1.

  • Owen Co. native dies in plane crash

    An Owen County native and author was killed in a single-engine plane crash in Indiana Monday.

    Dr. Henry Shirmer Riley, 81, of Hanover, Ind., died when the Piper Comanche 250 airplane he was flying crashed.

    According to Indiana State Police, witnesses said the plane crashed in a field off Rector Road and State Road 250 in western Jefferson County in Indiana.

    When emergency crews arrived on the scene, they discovered the wreckage and deceased victim.

  • Big week on the diamond

    Excitement was not lacking when it came to Owen County softball last week.

    The Lady Rebels played six games that included a win in their final at bat, a come-from-behind victory in the next game, and another win that had been a long time coming. That was all before the weekend.

    The weekend began with a rain-out Friday night; a win Saturday morning followed by a bus ride; another win; and an exciting 8th Region All “A” Championship game that saw a comeback fall one run short.

    No one would blame anyone involved for being a little out of breath.

  • Rebels knock off Demons

    When they met on April Fool’s Day in Williamstown it was the Demons who defeated the Rebels 7-3.

    The two teams squared off again on Tax Day – April 15 – in Owenton. This time it was the Rebels who were pleased with their returns.

    Owen County took an early lead and then held on to pick up the 4-2 win. It was the Rebels’ third-straight win at Dunavent Field.

    The team is 3-1 at home this year. The loss was just the third Williamstown has suffered on the season.

  • Letter to the editor: David Williams will bring positive change to Owen Fiscal Court

    To the voters in Owen County District 4.

  • Annual event at Elk Creek helps keep OCFA up and running

    The success of the second annual Fido Fiesta fund-raiser Saturday at Elk Creek Vineyard will ensure the Owen County Friends of Animals (OCFA) can continue its work.

    Hilari M. Gentry, founder/director/president of OCFA, said the event was well-attended and helped cover some of the organization’s debts.

    “It went pretty well,” Gentry said. “It was a good crowd of people out there, ready and willing to support the Friends of Animals.”

  • Student’s work to be displayed at Kentucky Horse Park

    One Owen County High School girl has been given the chance to show her love of horses and her artistic talents to thousands of people who will pass through the International Museum of the Horse this spring.

    Felisha Riddle, a 16-year-old sophomore student in Bethany Taylor’s art class, was one of 25 students in Kentucky chosen to receive a 17-inch fiberglass horse to decorate for the “Desert Treasures, the Arabian Horse” art competition, sponsored by the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park.