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Today's News

  • Conference helps hundreds of Owen County families

    Hundreds of individuals made their way through Owen County High School Saturday for an education in how to make Owen County a healthy, happier place.

    The Catalyst for Hope Conference, sponsored by Hope’s Hands Community Partnership and NorthKey along with Northern Kentucky Community Action and the Owen County School System, was deemed a successful event by Patti Clark, executive director of Hope’s Hands and coordinator of the Owen County Teen Alcohol Prevention Project.

  • Teams wrap up strong seasons

    The 2009-2010 basketball season has come to and end. Both the boys and the girls again had a successful year.

    The Lady Rebels finished the season with a record of 17-10 and captured their third straight 31st District Championship.

    Overall, it was the fifth-straight appearance for Owen County in the championship game. It was also the fourth year in a row Owen County Head Girls Basketball Coach Robert Osborne’s team won 15 games or more. The Lady Rebels had a six-game winning streak starting Dec. 29 and running through Jan. 13.

  • Kay’s Branch News By Bee Spicer

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t decorate or give parties on this day but it always gives me a good feeling to know the Irish are being recognized for their contribution to the settling of this country.

  • Help make Owen County a bit cleaner next week

    March 21 through 27, 2010, marks the 12th anniversary of Commonwealth Cleanup Week. Commonwealth Cleanup Week is an annual week-long event implemented by the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC), and it also kicks off the Great American Cleanup, spanning from March-May. Its purpose is to provide Kentucky communities an opportunity to “spring clean,” recycle and promote personal responsibility across the Commonwealth.

  • School employee indicted

    An Owen County Primary School bookkeeper has been fired after allegedly taking money that was to be deposited in the bank.

    Jennifer Bishop, 35, has been charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition of property with a value of $500 or more.

    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.

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

  • Parent blocks Owen bus

    An Owen County mom used her car to block an Owen County school bus that was heading back to school after a field trip in Frankfort March 9. She demanded that her child get off the bus.

    Owen County School Board Superintendent Mark Cleveland said seniors had gone to a movie and restaurant in Frankfort.

    As they returned on U.S. Hwy. 127, the woman blocked the bus with her car.

    Cleveland said if the parent had called ahead of time and requested to pick up the child at one of their destinations, it would have been allowed.

  • It’s bracket time

    I wonder how many times you have heard this question since Monday, “Have you filled out your brackets yet?” What am I talking about? You know, your NCAA tournament bracket. The madness is officially here.

    This weekend may be one of the best weekends of the year. Starting Thursday at noon and ending sometime Sunday evening, it will be nothing but wall-to-wall hoops. There will be blowouts, upsets, drama and plenty of nail biting as the NCAA Tournament tips off.

    Who do you like to reach the Final Four?

  • Shelby County knocks off Owen in semifinals

    The game plan was perfect.

    And for one half the Rebels ran it to perfection.

    The only problem was, a game has two halves.

    For the second straight year, the Owen County Rebels reached the semifinals of the Eighth Region Tournament.

    Their Tuesday night opponent in New Castle – the Shelby County Rockets – came into the game having won 22 games on the season including an 83-70 win over North Oldham in the first round.

    The Rebels advanced to the semifinals with an opening round 61-59 win over Simon Kenton.

  • Tobacco trouble

    For years, raising tobacco has been a main source of income for many farmers across Owen County.

    As the 2009-2010 growing season came to an end, some farmers were informed that they would no longer be able to sell their tobacco through Philip Morris U.S.A. or Philip Morris International.

    The announcement has left some farmers wondering about the future of tobacco in Owen County.

    Owen County saw a major decline in the number of farmers raising tobacco in 2004 when a tobacco buyout bill was passed.

  • Georgia: On My Mind

    This week, an old friend who lives on the other side of the continent dropped back into my life. We were classmates and sorority sisters during our college days at Transylvania, but we haven’t seen each other in over 40 years.

    Reunions are as sweet as ripe fall pears when you’ve reached our stage of life. We’ve talked non-stop about the old days, the new days, and many of the ones in between.

    But we haven’t talked about the elegant, wide brimmed felt hat I wore to the Freshman Tea. Because I can’t, even now, do so without blushing.