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Today's News

  • Challenger files against KeithDeadline for May primary election passes

    As the deadline to file for the May primary elections approached Tuesday afternoon, it appears many of Owen County’s sitting officials will not be challenged for re-election during the May primary election.

    Tuesday afternoon, a challenger filed against incumbent Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith when Horace  "Doug" West filed just before the deadline.

    Candidates had until the Owen County Clerk’s office closed Tuesday to file papers.

  • Letter to the Editor: Protestors seek to defend Constitution

    I would like to thank you for your editorial in the paper about our tea party and about us standing up for what we believe in and taking our rights to the streets and taking the time to meet instead of yelling at the TV while sitting in the comfort of our homes.

  • Letter to the editor: Help is on the way to Haitian people

    We have received many calls asking about Haiti. Our stateside director, Dave Zimmer, and a team left Jan. 19 to take much-needed food (beans and rice) and first aid. Pastor Ernst Cassy and the Children of Good Shepherd Orphanage are doing well. God protected them.

  • Selling for a cause

    Ashley Griffin kicked off her Scentsy candle product sales with a fund-raiser for Relay for Life. This year, continuing her Scentsy sales, she started another business with a Relay fund-raiser – this time with Silpoda Jewelry.

    Griffin set up in Peoples Bank Friday, selling both products and continuing her support of Relay for Life and cancer research.

  • Alleged street light shooters appear in court

    After allegedly shooting out a total of 50 street lights, six of which were private lights, three Owen County men may be looking at costly fines.

    The trio allegedly shot out the street lights during the early morning hours of Jan. 14.

    Ethan Bush, Thomas J. Lucas and Andy C. Minch appeared in Owen County District Court Jan. 15 and each pled not guilty to their charges.

    Bush was charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place, first-degree complicity criminal mischief, and first-degree complicity wanton endangerment.

  • Rebels find themselves at crossroads

    Saturday night, Jan. 24, 2009, is a date that most people in Owen County will not soon forget.

    On that night in Carrollton, Henry County defeated Owen County on a half court shot at the buzzer to propel themselves to Richmond and the All “A” Classic State Tournament.

    The picture of the team holding their runner-up trophy was one where the red eyes were not caused by the flash of the camera.

  • Letter to the Editor: Help is available for those who want to quit smoking

    The U.S. Surgeon General has shown extensive evidence that exposure to secondhand smoke produces many severe health effects on one’s body, including immediate effects on the heart and blood vessels. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and the Institute of Medicine found that secondhand smoke exposure increases the risk of heart disease by 25-30 percent. The Institute also notes consistent evidence that communities have fewer heart attacks after they go smoke-free.

    We know that:

  • The state of the county

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith has some concerns with the current state of Owen County, but she is also looking forward to building a brighter future for Owen County while preserving its rural heritage.

    Keith said her biggest concern at this time is the county’s financial state.

  • Letter to the Editor: Senior citizens center is in good hands

    I was so glad when I read that Mrs. McBurney got the renting of the senior center building stopped. The people who forced this action should be ashamed of themselves, making the public pay for their orneriness. Cleaning up your mess and putting your toys away used to be a rule most people followed.

  • Lady Bearcat foul proves pivotal in loss

    If the Lady Rebels’ game against Walton-Verona last Wednesday ended at the end of three quarters, the home crowd would have driven home happy. Unfortunately, high school basketball has four quarters.

    The game was tight in the first half as both teams held leads. Owen County’s Hannah Neeley scored in the final seconds to give what appeared to be a halftime lead of 22-20. The Lady Bearcats answered when they scored with less than a second left in the half to tie the score at intermission.