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Today's News

  • Rebels running and jumping in Walton-Verona

    The Owen County track team spent its Saturday in Walton-Verona at the Bearcat Open.

    The top performer for the girls was Haley Decandia who won the high jump with a jump of 4 feet and 10 inches.

    The boys’ best showing of the day came from both Daniel Cummins and Dillon Mears who finished third and fourth in the discus.

    In other girls’ events, Kristiana Johnson finished 18th and Shelby Ogden 27th in the 100-meter dash. The pair then finished 20th and 24th in the 200-meter dash.

  • Finding perfection

    What is your definition of perfect?

    This past weekend was perfect as far as the weather goes. Who could not get used to days like that? But what makes something perfect? Sometimes perfection can be arbitrary. What might be perfect to me might not be perfect to you.

    Last Tuesday night in the Alamo Dome in San Antonio a basketball team did something that was perfectly perfect, again.

  • Owen County native could have won new home but gets cash award instead

    A small nonprofit in a big-name resort turned international recognition into successful fund-raising with the 2009 Vail Home Raffle. The Vail Academy offered a million-dollar vacation home as the top prize in a raffle dedicated to raising money for a small kindergarten-eighth grade school tucked in the Rocky Mountains.

    The minimum number of tickets needed to give away the home as the prize was not reached, but the alternative cash grand prize was over $125,000.

    Owenton native Karen Hunnicutt was ecstatic when she won the grand prize drawing on New Year’s Eve.

  • Lady Rebels softball team blanks Lady Panthers 5-0 over break

    While many of their classmates were playing on the sand of the beach last week, the Owen County softball team was playing in the dirt at Carroll County and Grant County.

    The Lady Rebels travelled to Carrollton April 6 when they took on the Carroll County Lady Panthers.

    Owen County scored runs in the first three innings and another in the seventh to record the 5-0 win.

  • Time for the IRS to drink my milkshake

    There are certain dates that are ingrained in your memories. These certain dates will always remind you of something. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary or the day of a historically important date, there are just certain dates on the calendar that stand out.

    April 15th is one of those days.

    Tax Day.

    Paying taxes feels like walking up to Count Dracula, offering up your neck and saying, “Try to take it easy this time, pal.”

  • Unlocking locks could spur visitors to Owen

    Owen County could gain a new tourism attraction if the Kentucky River Authority opens locks and dams one through four.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said she attended a meeting in 2009 of surrounding counties in support of opening the locks and dams.

    Keith said the Kentucky River Authority is considering opening the locks from the Ohio River to Frankfort.

    A river lock is a device used for raising and lowering boats between stretches of water or different levels on river and canal waterways.

  • Owen County’s Derek Ellis accepts DAR good citizen award

    The 114th Kentucky Society Daughters of the American Revolution State Conference was held March 26-28 at the Hilton Downtown Lexington Hotel.

    Peggy Trinkle, regent of the John Guill Chapter, attended the conference as a voting member and to assist in preparations for the conference. 

    On Saturday, the John Guill Chapter’s DAR Good Citizen, Derek Ellis, received KSDAR’s Fifth District DAR Good Citizen Award. DAR Good Citizens have demonstrated the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their communities.

  • Police hope for leads in Gratz bank robbery

    Kentucky State Police are still investigating a robbery that took place March 27 at the First Farmers Bank in Gratz.

    Kentucky State Police Post 5 Public Affairs Officer Michael Webb said as of Thursday investigators had a few leads that had taken them nowhere.

    “We’ve had a few things here and there but nothing credible,” Webb said.

    According to a press release, the Kentucky State Police received a call at approximately 11:46 a.m. March 27 reporting that two male subjects with hand guns had entered the bank demanding cash.

  • P&Z is the ‘death panels’ of the local elections

    Former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Tip O’Neill was the kind of Democrat that gives Democrats a good name.

    He was strong-willed, a bit gruff and totally committed to the people who sent him to office year after year.

    Although he was in charge of the House during the Reagan administration and often served as counterbalance to his conservative president’s agenda, there is one sentence, one singular idea, that will probably long outlive O’Neill’s legislative record.

  • Freshmen take title

    The Owen County Freshman softball team has gotten off to a good start in 2010. The team recently won a freshman tournament at Grant County. The Lady Rebels went 2-1 in the three games they played to bring home the trophy. Owen County defeated Anderson County in the opener behind the pitching of Katelyn Sutherland. The Lady Rebels then dropped a close game to Trimble County in their second contest.