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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Rebels grab first win of the season

    The Owen County High School baseball team entered last week in search of its first win.

    By week’s end, they had it.

    Owen County began the week March 29 with a road trip up I-71 to take on Walton-Verona.

    The Bearcats and Rebels played a tight game but in the end it was the home team Bearcats who came away with the 7-6 win.

    The team then returned home Wednesday afternoon for a game with Simon Kenton.

  • Feed and More looks to help champions

    Pointing up at a picture of a beautiful carmel-colored horse on the back wall of Feed and More, Betty Miller feels a sense of pride.

    “That’s ‘Plenty Good Scotch,’” she said. “He’s going to be a great champion and he only gets his feed from us.”

    Since taking over Feed and More in May 2008, Miller and her business partner, Ruby Shoemaker, have concentrated on offering only the best feed and equipment for horses, pets and other livestock.

  • Library considers new site

    A different property has been thrown into the mix of locations the Owen County Public Library Board is considering for the site of a new library facility.

    The board had agreed on 4.3 acres on Hwy. 22 East near the Hi-Y-Inn. It is owned by Blue Moon Investors  and priced at $175,000.

    Although the board agreed on the property, no official offer was made.

    Owen County Library Director Jennifer Nippert said the board decided to consider a different property after receiving feedback on moving the facility outside city limits.

  • Lady Rebels take out frustration in Falmouth

    A week that began with two close losses ended with a blowout win for the Owen County softball team.

    The Lady Rebels began last week by hosting a pair of district rivals in Henry County and Gallatin County. Both games ended with disappointing losses.

    Owen County was scheduled to host Simon Kenton last week, but the game was rained out meaning the home opener was the next night against Henry County. The teams played a scoreless game until the fifth inning when the Lady Wildcats got to Katelyn Sutherland and put three runs on the board.

  • Police looking for bank robbery suspects

    An ongoing investigation is being led by the Kentucky State Police after two men allegedly robbed the First Farmers Bank in Gratz.

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

    The men left with an undisclosed amount of money.

    According to Kentucky State Police Post 5 Public Affairs Officer Michael Webb, one of the men wore a ski mask and hoodie, the other a blond wig with a bandana tied around it.

  • Owen track team is off and running

    The Owen County track team opened up its season last week. The week began at Shelby County and wrapped up at Western Hills on Saturday.

    Both the boys and the girls had some good performances.

    In the girls’ meet at Shelby County, Rachel Dauwe finished 11th in the 100 Meter Hurdles. Haley Decandia finished 13th and Kelsey Johnson finished 14th. In the 300 Meter Hurdles, Dauwe finished ninth while Kalynn Workman finished in 12th place. In the 800 Meter Run it was Danielle Hoop who ran to a second-place finish.

  • Federal money helps bring equipment to Owen EMS

    The Owen County EMS recently received a Fire Fighters’ Assistance Grant  to better equip staff on daily runs.

    The grant, which was received from FEMA, enabled the EMS to purchase two chest compression systems and two monitor/defibrillators from Physio Control, a company that specializes in medical equipment.

    According to Owen County EMS Director Kevin Luther, with the FEMA grant of almost $70,000 the court was able to purchase the equipment by only spending $13,434.

  • Filling out Census helps bring money to Owen Co.

    I hope by now most of you have received your 2010 Census form and have taken the opprotunity to complete the form and put it in the mail. April 1 has been officially declared Census Day in the United States. On that day you can come to the courthouse to the Judge-executive office to complete your form (between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.) or the Owen County Library (between 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.) for assistance.