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Today's News

  • At the library: Aug. 5-11

    Is it possible that school starts next week? We hope you have all had a fun summer and that we will see lots of you in the library participating in all the fun stuff we have planned for you.  Our food series continues this week so please join us if you can.
    Here is this week’s suggestion for a mini-adventure in the library: Adventure #3 – Browse the travel section, find a place you want to visit, study up as you make some plans. Got a kid and an hour? You have time for an adventure.
    Thursday Noir Book Club

  • Wedding announcement: Walker-White

    Savannah Lee Walker, daughter of Timothy Lee Walker and Cindy Bruce Walker of Owenton, will be united in marriage to Alec Keith White, the son of Jeff White, of Newburg, Ind. and Tomsie White, of Georgetown, at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at the Carter House in Frankfort.
    The bride is a 2008 graduate of Owen County High School and a 2010 and 2012 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. She is a pretrial officer for the state Administrative Office of the Courts.

  • Kay's Branch News, Aug. 5, 2015

    The U.S. 127 Yard Sale is this week.
    As I was going to church Sunday, I saw that Billy Ballenger had his flat-bed trailer out and already loaded up with his offerings for this week.
    The signs were out at Joyce’s house advertising space for people to set up. The New-True Clan is organized and ready for the influx of visitors. Charles will be making the burgoo that David always made in years past. Fay said they were undecided on whether they would make the trip down 127 this year.

  • Owen District Court - July 31, 2015

    Owen District Court

    July 31, 2015

    Todd Burke, 1995, receiving stolen property under $500, contempt of court, bonded per judge.

    Alexander Casey Fitzgerald, 1988, first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree fleeing or evading the police, first-degree wanton endangerment, pleaded not guilty, continued to Aug. 7.

    Justin Garvey, 1988, flagrant non-support, contempt of court, pleaded not guilty, continued to Aug. 7.

  • New Columbus resident named Mother Of the Year

    The Owen County 4-H Fair & Horse Show has long been a tradition for Margie York and her family.
    “My daughter’s birthday is July 16,” York said. “We used to always celebrate her birthday at the fair. She would bring a friend and we would all go to the fair and tailgate with a birthday cake.”
    But instead of York’s family celebrating a birthday, this year they were there to celebrate her many years as a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

  • Local search dog teams to aid in Johnson County efforts

    Members of Owen County's Commonwealth Canine Search & Recovery team and the Grand Paws Search Dog Association are expected to respond to Johnson County, Ky. Thursday to aid in the search of five missing people following flooding to the area Monday.

    The five people remained missing following flash flooding that destroyed about 150 homes and damaged several hundred others.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis said he contacted Johnson County Judge-Executive Tucker Daniel Wednesday morning.

  • Jet boats to travel Kentucky River once more

    Rockin’ Thunder Jet Boat Rides of Madison Indiana will begin carrying  passengers from the Ohio River to Frankfort Kentucky through 4 historic locks beginning this month.
    After being closed for 8 years locks 1-4 have been repaired and opened for  boat traffic.
    Executive Director of the Kentucky River Authority Jerry Graves said  
    “Historical significance and the hope for increased tourism made reopening the locks a priority. The last passenger service from the Ohio River to Frankfort ended in the 1920s”.

  • Battle of the Bluegrass returns

    Owen County will once again host the special Olympics softball tournament, Battle Of the Bluegrass, Saturday at the Owen County Fairgrounds.
    21 teams of 15 players from all over the state will battle it out for a chance to qualify for the regionals in Georgetown next month, with the winners advancing to the state tournament in Bowling Green in September.
    The tournament was originally held in Grant County, but according to tournament director Billy Brown, the tournament continued to grow and he contacted the Owen County Parks and Rec. Department.

  • Grand jury hands down five indictments

    The Owen County grand jury met July 7 and returned the following indictments:
    l Sarah B. Lane, 22, on the charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Busy start to week for local fire departments

    Unlike other parts of the state, the heavy wind and rain that slammed the area Monday and early Tuesday morning had little impact locally.
    Owen County Emergency Management Director David Lilly said in the first round of storms Monday afternoon, trees blocked roadways at Hwy. 330, Hwy. 355, Cull Road, Hwy. 227 and Hwy. 127 N.
    Local fire departments worked to clear the roadways. Lilly said there were no downed power lines and little flash flooding.