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Today's News

  • Schools’ scores released

    As the Owen County School District’s Kentucky Core Content test scores came in Thursday, administrator’s across the district had something to be proud of.

    As a district, Owen County Schools made adequate yearly progress established by the No Child Left Behind Act, the district met 100 percent of their goals.

    Owen County Elementary School made the greatest gains in test scores and increased its score from an 84 to a 96.

  • Owen County issues outdoor burning ban

    Only hours after the Owen County judge-executive’s office issued a no outdoor burning restriction Friday, a fire began on Pleasant Grove Road and soon spread to Rose Lane.

    The South Owen Fire Department received the call around 2 p.m. and according to South Owen Fire Chief Brian Perry, a cigarette could have been the cause of the fire that spread for 25 to 30 acres.

    Perry said an unoccupied trailer, a storage barn and several junk cars were destroyed.

  • Sports Briefs: Hoop signs with University of the Cumberlands

    Sept. 21 was a big night for Danille Hoop. The evening began with a win in a home meet against Walton-Verona and Trimble County. It ended with her signing a letter of intent to run track next year at the University of the Cumberlands. The signing took place in the library at Owen County High School and was attended by family and friends as well as several of her fellow competitors.

  • Candidate forums kick off Thursday

    Following the success of the Owen County Judge-executive and magistrate forum held in May, Leadership Owen County will hold a series of forums for the general election beginning Thursday.

    The first of three forums will begin at 7 p.m. at the Owen County Extension Office for the district one magistrate race.

    Leadership Owen County Alumni member David Morgan said both candidates, Asa Phillips and Gary Minch have been equally invited to participate.

  • Letter to the Editor: Help make Christmas brighter for a needy child

    There is nothing more rewarding than to see the eyes of a small child light up on Christmas morning after seeing the presents left by Santa.

    Unfortunately, there are many children in our area that will not be able to share that experience.

  • Letter to the Editor: Proud to be an Owen County alum

    Last Friday, I attended the homecoming festivities of Owen County High School. Having graduated in 1967, it was good to go back and see some ‘old’ friends, particularly Larry Dale Perry and Irene Cook Perkins.

    I watched with immense pride the crowning of my great niece as 2010 homecoming queen. Owen County is probably one of the few remaining counties where a young girl who shows big bulls for a hobby can still earn the title of homecoming queen.

  • Despite condition and complaints, water tower restoration will have to wait

    For the past several years, the Owenton water tower located behind the Owen County Extension Office has seen little upkeep and has been deemed unsightly by many due to its chipped paint and rust.

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier said he and the Owenton City Council have received numerous complaints on the tower’s condition, but said there’s nothing they can do about it.

  • Handmade help to fight cancer

    Owen County native Sherri Howard Godfrey has made and donated a quilt to her high school classmates’ Relay for Life team  – The Sisters Act. 

    Team member Kathy Stamper said Godfrey was quick to agree to the project and said she had been considering making a quilt as part of a fund-raiser.

    Although she had considered doing other patterns, Godfrey ultimately decided on incorporating the cancer awareness ribbons into the final design after talking to classmate and breast-cancer survivor Pam Acton Brock.

  • Rebels fall short

    Friday night’s loss to Bourbon County was not due to a lack of chances.

    Three times in the second half the Rebels had the ball first and goal and failed to cash in. The result was Bourbon County leaving Owenton and heading back to Paris with a 10-6 win on Owen County High School Homecoming night.

    The Colonels entered the game still looking to taste victory for the first time this season. They were 0-4 and coming off a 52-7 loss the week before to Holmes.

  • Owen teen touched by war story organizes benefit

    People across the United States are blowing their whistles for peace in Congo and soon the message will be brought to Owen County.

    Hannah Strohmeier, a 14-year-old freshman at Owen County High School, became involved in the campaign for peace in Congo this summer when she learned about Falling Whistles.

    The campaign was originally started as a journal about young boys in Congo who are sent to the world’s largest raging war with only a whistle for a weapon.