Today's News

  • Visitors offer ‘first impressions’ of Owen County

    “There needs to be more businesses like the Bird Dog Cafe. It really compliments the small town feel and would likely attract young families.”

    “I was really excited when I looked at the website, but then I made some calls and everything was closed or had inaccessible hours.”

    “The wet-dry vote was visibly polarizing in the community. It will probably be a challenge to move past that and come together again.”

  • Wheatley to gain first Eagle Scout in decades

    One service project is all that stands between Wheatley resident Noah Malcomb and becoming the first Eagle Scout of his community in over 40 years.
    Malcomb, the 15-year-old son of Steven and Carrie Jo Malcomb of Wheatley, is a member of Troop 891 of Owenton. As a Life Scout, Malcomb has received all the badges required of him to become an Eagle Scout, with just a service project left to complete. Malcomb must fundraise for money and materials, bring in volunteers and manage the project from beginning to end.

  • Severn Creek rife with Owen County history

    Sumac is a native plant of Kentucky. Some varieties grow ten feet in height, and although their berries are poisonous to humans, they are a delectable treat for birds and animals alike.
    In early times there was a prolific growth of sumac along  Severn Creek (spelled Savern in old deeds). Some of the settlers referred to the stream as Sumac Creek, but it was more commonly called Severn. It is thought that the name most likely was to honor Ebenezer Severns who, along with Hancock Taylor and Jacob Drennon, surveyed the area in 1773.

  • Lawmakers should support permanent supplemental pay increases for police and firefighters

    bowling green daily news
    At a time when police agencies are finding it difficult to recruit qualified candidates to become officers and local municipalities are cash-strapped, a piece of proposed legislation that would permanently increase state supplemental incentives for law enforcement officers, firefighters and volunteer fire departments shows real promise in helping retain and recruit officers and firefighters and in providing money to assist volunteer fire departments with equipment purchases.

  • Looking Back | Nov. 30, 2016

    Nov. 30, 2011
    5 years ago
    Court may shut down section of Old Sparta Road

    A portion of the Old Sparta Road could soon be closed indefinitely to traffic after the Owen County Fiscal Court voted to begin the process and hold a public hearing.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the portion of Old Sparta Road begins when driving down the hill into Sparta. Two doublewide trailers sit on a caving-in hillside, Keith said.
    There are no residents in the section being discussed.

  • A quiet Thanksgiving at home with The Duke

    The weather was beautiful and everybody on the Branch — well, everybody that I write about — had a great Thanksgiving.
    Jennifer got a friend at the hospital to trade off days with her so she could be home Thursday and Friday. All the Riddle family came to Fay’s for the celebration. She said there were 30 in attendance. She had decorated her finished basement in Thanksgiving colors, and the upstairs was already decorated for Christmas.

  • Rose remembered as typical ‘Kentucky boy’

    by jerry tipton
    Lexington Herald-Leader
    Robert Gayle Rose — one of 43 former Kentucky players, coaches and contributors to have a retired jersey hanging in Rupp Arena — died on Nov. 12. Ten days earlier was his 84th birthday.
    Rose played for UK in the early 1950s. A 6-foot guard, he started and averaged 6.7 points for Kentucky’s unbeaten (25-0) team in the 1953-54 season. That remains the only unbeaten team in UK basketball history.
    Rose started and averaged 7.4 points as a senior in 1954-55.

  • At the Library | Nov. 30, 2016

    Board Games
    Make new friends playing Sorry, Operation, Checkers, and more. Enjoy snacks too from 3:15-4:30 p.m., today (Wednesday).
    Storytime for Pre-Schoolers

    Join Miss Susan at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, to enjoy picture books, crafts and fun. Caregivers are an essential part of the experience for the children.
    Caroling At the Library

    Do you like to sing? Gather ‘round the piano and sing songs of the season. All school-age singers are invited from 3:15-4:30 p.m., Thursday.
    Tech Holiday Gift Guide

  • Mason, Lilly celebrate


  • Cattlemen’s Association meeting set for Dec. 8

    by Steve Musen