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Today's News

  • Woman says she owes her life to stranger who towed her car from high water

    Andrea Brackin thought she was going to die.

    She had been driving down Ky 355 between the boat ramp and Ky 325 late Thursday afternoon. Concerned about the high water making the highway impassable, Brackin said she called the county road department and was allegedly told it was passable.

    But after a driving through a couple of stretches of deep water, Brankin’s car stalled in the water.

    Flood water was filling up her car and she could feel her heart pound faster and faster.

  • Letter to the editor: Keith will provide leadership

    There are some nasty rumors running around Owen County which are so untrue about Carolyn Keith. I hate it when dirty politics come into play but I guess that is how some candidates “toot their horn” thinking this will harm Mrs. Keith’s chance for re-election. Well … think again.

  • Board weighs next move on budget

    The Owen County Board of Education held its second budget work session Tuesday in front of a large crowd of teachers and parents.

    The board went through each line item on the budget, discussing many of the items at length.

    Owen County School District Finance Officer Sheila Miller said nothing in this year’s budget is a simple decision.

    “We’re trying to look at every single line item as worst-case scenario,” Miller said.

  • Letter to the editor: Webster drops out, thanks supporters

    Due to a conflict with my employer, I have with great regret withdrawn my name from the first district constable election race. The conflict was unknown at the time I filed for the office.

    I would like to thank everyone I have talked to or visited thus far and has offered their support during this campaign. I would like to thank my wife and family, as well, who assisted during this process and supported me. I am sure I will pursue this office again in the future and will ask for your support at that time, but for now, thanks to all.

  • Lady Rebels softball team wins three games

    Last week proved to be another busy time for the Owen County softball team. The team played a pair of home games before taking part in the Woodford County Invitational over the weekend.

    The Lady Rebels opened up the week with a 5-3 win over Trimble County. The two teams had split the first two meetings of the season. Courtney Waldrop homered and Miranda Owens pitched well in relief to help the team pick up the victory.

  • Cleveland responds to controversies

    Despite a pending complaint against him with the state, critical budget problems and recently being called before a grand jury, Owen County School Superintendent Mark Cleveland said he wants to look ahead and continue to do what is best for the students of the district.

    Earlier this month, Owen County Primary School site-based council member Kitty Cammack filed a formal complaint against Cleveland with the state’s Education Professional Standards Board following a confrontation at the Owen County Board of Education office.

  • Owen track team pays a visit to Carroll County

    The Owen County track team spent May 7 in Carrollton at the Carroll County Invitational.

    The boys had several good performances including a second- and third-place finish in the discus by Dillon Mears and Daniel Cummins. Cory Cannon placed sixth in the 200-meter dash and ninth in the 100-meter dash. Also in the 100-meter dash, Taz Adams ran to a 12th-place finish.

  • Guest Editorial: Despite budget crisis, controversy, school district will continue to raise the bar

    I will not discuss the details of the allegations against me (I am not even sure exactly what they were) as the grand jury has made its findings. I do adamantly disagree with the allegations, assertions and attacks on my character and behavior. My responsibility has been and continues to be what’s best for kids – often that means we have to change how we do business – change is hard and it is human nature to resist change because we all become comfortable in how we do things.

  • County will avoid big budget cuts

    As discussion on the Owen County Fiscal Court budget continues, Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said no major cuts will be seen.

    The fiscal court met for its regularly scheduled workshop April 27 and finished looking over the proposed budget. 

    Some possible changes were discussed during the workshop, including cutting back the park operation by $500.

  • Owen Farmers Market opens new season

    As the summer months quickly approach, some Owen countians may be looking for the perfect homegrown item to complete their warm-weather meals.

    They need not look any further.

    The first Owen County farmers’ market of the season was held Friday on the courthouse lawn.

    Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science Judy Hetterman said 15 vendors have signed up so far, but 25 are expected to set up as warmer weather approaches.

    Hetterman said the market brought with it a variety of items grown by local producers.