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Today's News

  • Tobacco trouble

    For years, raising tobacco has been a main source of income for many farmers across Owen County.

    As the 2009-2010 growing season came to an end, some farmers were informed that they would no longer be able to sell their tobacco through Philip Morris U.S.A. or Philip Morris International.

    The announcement has left some farmers wondering about the future of tobacco in Owen County.

    Owen County saw a major decline in the number of farmers raising tobacco in 2004 when a tobacco buyout bill was passed.

  • Georgia: On My Mind

    This week, an old friend who lives on the other side of the continent dropped back into my life. We were classmates and sorority sisters during our college days at Transylvania, but we haven’t seen each other in over 40 years.

    Reunions are as sweet as ripe fall pears when you’ve reached our stage of life. We’ve talked non-stop about the old days, the new days, and many of the ones in between.

    But we haven’t talked about the elegant, wide brimmed felt hat I wore to the Freshman Tea. Because I can’t, even now, do so without blushing.

  • Students using Internet to help Relay for Life

    Some Maurice Bowling Middle School students are getting involved in Relay for Life a few months early.

    The MBMS Student Technology Leadership Program, led by Jenna Gray, has found a way to support the cause through technology.

    The group began working on a Relay for Life Web site in August at the beginning of the school year and have continued work throughout the year.

    Gray, who is the MBMS Relay for Life team captain and online chairman, said some students have been affected by cancer at some point in their lives, making the project that much more important.

  • Owen to break ground for judicial center Thursday

    The public is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for the planned Owen County Judicial Center Thursday at 3 p.m. The event will take place at the existing courthouse at 100 N. Thomas St. in Owenton. The construction site is located at 401 S. Main St. in Owenton.

    The Kentucky General Assembly authorized the judicial center project for Owen County in 2006 and approved funding in 2008.

    The total project cost is $11.47 million. The building will be approximately 33,000 square feet.

  • Owen County girls bumped from eighth-region tourney

    Two streaks continued on the night of March 1, 2010 in Independence.

    The Owen County Lady Rebels entered the eighth region tournament having not won a first-round game since 2002.

    The Simon Kenton Lady Pioneers went into the game having never lost a first-round game since playing in their first eighth region tournament in 2006. 

    Simon Kenton, having the luxury of playing the tournament on its home court, jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first three minutes.

    The Lady Pioneers were having success getting the ball into the paint and scoring.

  • Castle enters hall of fame

    The Owen County Lady Rebels were not on the floor for Saturday night’s eighth-region championship game, but their former coach was. 

    Delmas Castle was inducted into the Eighth Region Hall of Fame Saturday night. 

    Castle, who began his teaching career at Owen County High School in 1972, became the girls’ varsity coach in 1978.

    During his tenure, Castle’s teams won 433 games.

    Under his tutelage, the Lady Rebels captured three 32nd district titles.

  • Census may mean millions for Owen Co. students

    To the people residing in Owen County:

    The U.S. Constitution requires a national census once every 10 years to count everyone residing in the United States. It is important to count all residents - both citizens and non-citizens.

    The purpose of the census is multi-faceted, but key to the census collection is that it helps define who we are as a nation; it affects our political representation; and most important to the school system is that it directs the allocation of billions of dollars in governmental funding.

  • City looks for ways to welcome visitors

    A temporary Owen County welcome center could find a home at Owenton City Hall.

    The Owenton City Council met March 2, where Leadership Owen County alumni David and Joy Morgan were present.

    David Morgan discussed the need for a welcome center and tourism director with council members and Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier.

    Morgan said the county is ineligible for some programs and grants due to its lack of a tourism director.

  • Spring break stays

    If old man winter can stay out of Owen County, students will enjoy a full week of spring break.

    The Owen County Board of Education met March 3 to amend the 2009-2010 school calendar.

    Since the beginning of the school year, Owen County students have missed 11 instructional days due to inclement weather.

    To make up those days, the school district calendar has been extended to June 4 for students.

    Owen County School Board Superintendent Mark Cleveland said as of Monday spring break is still intact.

  • Win over Gallatin slips away in OT

    The Owen County Rebels in one week felt both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Unfortunately, the latter came Saturday night in the 31st District Championship game.

    On Wednesday night, the Rebels needed a pair of Blake Lewis free throws to take a 34-32 lead with just under five seconds remaining. Then they had to watch as a Henry County three-pointer just missed in order  to advance to the championship game.