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Today's News

  • A fond farewell: Cook follows calling to serve military families

    They say that if you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. They also say choose a major you love and you’ll never work a day in your life because that field probably isn’t hiring.
    Well, I don’t know who “they” are, but I say, follow the calling of God and you’ll always know you’re where you’re supposed to be exactly when you’re supposed to be there.

  • Itron closing inspires world civ. project

    In any classroom, you’ve heard it 100 times — “When am I ever going to use this?”
    World Civilization students at Owen County High School will be able to answer just that through a new economic project inspired by the closing of Itron’s Owenton facility.
    World Civilizations teacher Jenny Urie has been working for months to put her training in project-based learning to use for students and was inspired by reading of the Itron closing.

  • ‘Miss Susan’ brings prestigious award back to Owen County

    Thursday morning, Owen County Public Librarian Susan Hampton walked into work and found a jar of pickles on her desk. To the rest of the community, a jar of pickles may seem like just a sweet present from a friend’s garden, but to the library community, the gift symbolized a prestigious award.

  • A prestigious milestone

    The threat of rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of Maurice Bowling Middle School students Thursday, May 18, as they gathered on a nearby soccer field to celebrate becoming only the second middle school in Kentucky to receive FranklinCovey’s prestigious The Leader In Me Lighthouse recognition.
    The Leader In Me is a whole-school transformation model — developed in partnership with educators — that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st Century, according to a press release.

  • Community correspondents played important role in history

    They migrated across the Appalachian mountains to Kentucky. Most hailed from Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Families and friends traveled together, and upon their arrival to a new land, they built homes, churches, schools and communities. Groceries, blacksmith shops and other businesses settled in these small towns that dotted the landscape of Kentucky in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; and communities, fueled by the efforts of close-knit and self-reliant people, grew and prospered.

  • Looking Back | June 21, 2017

    5 years ago
    June 20, 2012
    Walking for life

    Dozens of friends, family, and members of the community lined the track at Itron Field to cheer on the survivors during their first lap at Friday’s Relay for Life.
    As the sun rose 12 hours later, a little over $46,000 had been raised and donations continue to pour into his week.

  • District Court News | June 21, 2016

    June 16, 2017

    Joseph L. Richardson, 1985, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, continued to June 30.
    Brandi Wright, 1982, theft by unlawful taking or disposition all others under $500, continued to June 23.
    Winterwood Inc. vs. Andrea Brackin, eviction hearing, defendant did not appear, hearing held, eviction granted, seven days to vacate.

  • A good week for fathers on the Branch

    Father’s Day weekend was celebrated in the Traylor family with the arrival of Ellis James Traylor. Ray is a first-time grandfather, and his son Todd is a new father. Mother and son are doing just fine. Congratulations to the new parents.

  • Controlling, containing and cleaning pesticide spills

    By Steve Musen

    Owen Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources

    Failure to respond appropriately could endanger health and environment
    A spill is an accidental release of any amount of pesticide, small or large. Spills on public highways, such as when a tank on a truck overturns, usually have major consequences. Failure to respond quickly and appropriately to such mishaps could seriously endanger public health and environmental quality. Always put on the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) before responding to a spill.

  • Shade devices for vegetables to beat the summer heat

    By Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener