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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Georgia: On her mind

    Those of us in the Class of ‘63 are celebrating a significant birthday this year, the one that ends in 5. We represent the last whimper of the war babies, conceived with rationed gas and sugar stamps or on a desperate furlough when it seemed the war would never end.

    Next year the first line of Baby Boomers descend on Medicare, and the whole world will pause to pontificate. The cover of Time magazine will announce the beginning of a new era, “60 Minutes” will reflect, and the Internet will explode with stories from the sublime to the ridiculous.

  • General Assembly should have gotten a budget deal passed

    I’ve written a lot of columns and editorials in my time but this is the first time I’ve ever quoted Otto von Bismarck, the German politician from the 19th century.

    “Politics is the art of the possible,” Bismarck once said.

    The 2010 Kentucky General Assembly ended its regular session last week without doing the single-most important thing it is supposed to accomplish – get a state budget passed.

    Now, the legislators will be called back into session later this summer to pass a compromise bill.

  • Owen Co. author offers insight into Mary as a mother

    A local author hopes to shed some light on Mary, the mother of Jesus, in her first novel, “Jesus My Son: Mary’s Journal of Jesus’ Early Life.”

    Owen County native Mary Bailey said the focus of this book is on Mary as a loving and caring mother to her son Jesus.

    “I’ve done a lot of research on Mary’s life and I wanted to capture what she, as a mother, would go through,” Bailey said. “I think this approach will appeal to a lot of people because so little is really known about her day-to-day life.”