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Today's News

  • Carter won’t seek new term

    Owen County Attorney Charles Carter will soon wrap up of his 25-year public service career, but he will continue to run his private practice, Carter Law Firm.

    Carter said he opened his private practice March 1, 1960.

    “I will continue to operate my private practice,” Carter said. “My son, Charles Jr., is my associate and I plan to be more involved with it than I was.”

    Carter said the highlight of his career as county attorney has been doing what he thought was right for society.

  • Owen emergency management advises everyone to be prepared

    The news of an earthquake in Haiti and the aftermath brought home the continuing possible threat of earthquakes in Kentucky. While it is fresh on everyone’s mind, Owen County Emergency Management Director Rick Morgan would like to encourage everyone to be prepared.

    Surviving an earthquake and reducing its health impact requires preparation, planning, and practice.

  • 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.