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Today's News

  • Ex-school bookkeeper sentenced

    Jennifer Bishop, a former Owen County Primary School bookkeeper, pleaded guilty to a charge of theft by unlawful taking.

    Bishop was indicted March 9 by the Owen County grand jury. According to the indictment, she took more than $500 from the Owen County school district.

    Bishop was arraigned on the same date and a $5,000 unsecured bond was set.

     Kentucky State Police Detective Steve Goodale said the charges were brought after a routine audit.

  • Number of registered Owen County voters drops

    As the deadline a registering to vote looms just days away, the number of registered voters in Owen County is at its lowest in two years.

    In March 2008, 7,639 Owen County residents were registered to vote and 7,716 were registered in 2009. As of March 16, 2010, only 7,436 Owen County residents were registered to vote.

    Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said reasons for the decline in number of registered voters vary.

  • Owenton mayor reflects on the state of the city

    According to Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier, vision, opportunity and progress are the main things the City of Owenton needs to focus on in order to move the city forward.

    Wotier gave his annual state of the city address Thursday during an Owen County Chamber of Commerce meeting held at the Smith House restaurant.

  • 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.