Today's News

  • MBMS wins District Governor’s Cup title, advances to region and state

    The Maurice Bowling Middle School Academic Team competed Jan. 22 in the District Governor’s Cup competition hosted at the new MBMS. At the end of the day, MBMS was awarded the first-place overall district trophy, including first place in quick recall, first place in future problem solving, and several individual awards.

  • Well-timed training

    Owen County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Robb Chaney said all six fire departments protecting Owen County were represented during the grass and brush fire practice and training session Wednesday evening.
    Chaney said 52 men and women participated in the exercise.
    “We burned approximately 50 acres in about four hours,” Chaney said. “It was the first time that I know of all six fire departments being on a live training together and I’ve been a firefighter for 26 years.”

  • Feds say there’s something fishy about Owen caviar

    An Owen County couple was recently indicted by a federal jury for trafficking in and falsely labeling illegally harvested paddlefish.
    Steve T. Kinder, 51, and Kinder Caviar Inc. have been charged with illegally harvesting paddlefish from Ohio waters and falsely reporting to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources that he caught the fish in Kentucky.

  • A few more neighbors

    While the populations of nearby counties continue to climb, the 2010 U.S. Census results show only a slight population increase for Owen County.
    According to the recently released 2010 census data, Owen County has a total population of 10,841 ­— a 2.79-percent increase — up only 294 from 2000.
    Carroll, Grant, Gallatin, Franklin and Scott counties each had a higher population increase than Owen County.
    Scott County had the highest, with a 42.68-percent population increase.
    Henry County had a 2.36-percent increase.

  • Owen gearing up for race visitors

    With the NASCAR Sprint Cup series race only months away, local officials are beginning to weigh in on the economic impact the race could have on Owen County.
    The announcement of the Sprint Cup race coming to Kentucky Speedway, located off the Sparta exit on I-71, was made last August.
    Since the announcement of the Sprint Cup, the Kentucky Speedway has increased its stadium seating from 66,000 to 105,000.

  • Son shares father’s legacy

    In 1943, Kelly Morrison was hitchhiking, a common practice in the nation at that time. Kelly was returning home after serving over three years in the Air Force during WWII. He was a side gunner on a B-24, also known as the “Liberator,” and had flown 25 missions, had been seriously wounded, and received three medals, including the Purple Heart.

  • 4-H teens attend retreat

    Six Owen County teens attended the 2011 4-H District No. 3 Teen Retreat in northern Kentucky. Owen County was one of nine counties represented at the annual retreat where 45 youth were in attendance. At the retreat, the youth attended workshops on creativity and leadership, building relationships, healthy snacks, and stress management. Representing Owen County (from left to right) were Allyson Beverly, Kara Knochelmann, Samantha Perkins, Gracie Roberts, Olivia Karsner, and Claire True.

  • Owen County Circuit Court

    March 8, 2011

    Paul Lloyd Beverly, 1990, two counts of first-degree complicity trafficking in a controlled substance, pleaded guilty, sentencing set for April 5.
    Brittany Nicole Bitzer, first-degree complicity trafficking in a controlled substance, pleaded guilty, sentencing set for April 5.
    Freddie Black, 1965, show cause deferred, $350 restitution, $17.50 restitution and fee, to pay $50 a month, see order.
    James P. Grider, 1987, show cause deferred, installment payment, denied, continued to March 22.

  • Owen County District Court

    Joshua D. Baker, 1986, first-degree burglary, probable cause established, transferred to grand jury.
    Ryan L. Baker, 1992, first-degree burglary, probable cause established, transferred to grand jury.
    Ryan L. Baker, 1992, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, in jail, $500 cash bond set, continued to April 4.
    Dennis D. Blankenship, third-degree burglary, receiving stolen property under $10,000, preliminary hearing set for March 18.

  • Witnessing democracy

    Several students with connections to Owen County were recently invited to serve as pages for members of the Kentucky General Assembly.