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Today's News

  • Sweet Owen vendors cut to single day

    For one day out of each year, the Owen County Courthouse square is transformed into a community-gathering place, filled with street vendors, local bands and lots of fun for all.

    The ninth annual Sweet Owen Day festival will be held Sept. 19.

    The event will kick off with the Owenton Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m.

    A 5-K run/walk will take place, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

  • Owen County Property Transfers

    G.C. Clark and Louise Clark to Jimmy and Marilyn Earl, lot 13A, Owen County Sportsmans Club Farm, $5,000.

    Ruth A. Judy, Ruth Judy, Wachovia Corporation, Ace Securities Corp. Home Loan Trust, Unknown Defendant Ruth A. Judy, Unknown Defendants Unknown Occupants, Steven Roland Smith LLC, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, Mark R. Cobb, Master Commissioner, andFirst Union National Bank to Fred and Linda Evans, U.S. 127.

    Jerry Meyer to Carol Hollingsworth, lot 1, Eagle Creek Subdivision, $9,000.

  • Preserve your place in Owen’s tobacco heritage

    Members of our Tobacco Heritage Committee have had the privilege of interviewing men and women who have devoted their lives to farming in Owen County. In addition to learning the details about raising tobacco, sheep, cattle, and operating a dairy farm, did you know?

    • A young farmer currently raises 207 acres of tobacco and says he enjoys the freedom of farming.

    • One farmer said he could cut 1,500 sticks of tobacco a day when he was younger. It wasn’t unusual for cutters to have friendly competitions while cutting tobacco.

  • Rebels rack up No. 1

    On a night perfect for football, the Owen County Rebels took on the Gallatin County Wildcats.

    The Rebels were looking for their first win of the season and first over the Wildcats since 2006. Despite some sickness that had spread around the locker room during the week, Owen County picked up the 13-7 win.

    All the scoring came in the first quarter and the Rebels then held fort the rest of the night.

    The Wildcats scored on their first offensive possession to take a 7-0 lead.

  • Sept. 11 event to be held in Owen County

    Members of the community will unite Friday to remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

    A memorial prayer will take place on the courthouse lawn at noon and the public is invited to attend. Pastors from various churches around the county will be in attendance to lead the prayer.

    Peggie Tisch, who is organizing this year’s event ,said this will be the third year it has been held.

  • A lifetime of memories made with beloved grandparents

    Both sets of my grandparents lived most of their lives in Owen County. I will use the next few paragraphs to try and explain what they have meant to me.

    My dad’s parents – Joe and Annabel Lawrence – lived most of their lives in Monterey. My grandfather was a farmer and worked for a while at the cheese factory in Owenton. I only saw him get riled one time in all of the years that I knew him.

  • Sports Briefs

    • The girls’ soccer team was in action twice last week. The Lady Rebels dropped a contest at Anderson County. They then returned home Thursday night to host Western Hills. The Lady Rebels had several chances to score in the first half but were not able to convert. Western Hills got on the board late in the first half and led 1-0 at the half. Western Hills added another goal before Alexis Ellis scored the lone Owen County goal to cut the lead to 2-1. Western Hills added another goal for the 3-1 win. The girls will be back in action tonight as they travel to Grant County.

  • Say thank you to a good neighbor

    When word started trickling out about the closure of the Owenton Dairy Queen last week, it wasn’t like most bad news we hear on a fairly regular basis around here.

    Small businesses, especially in the current economic state, fail more often than they succeed. Normally, once a business has been around as long as the Dairy Queen, it’s pretty safe to think they will be around until the owners decide to step down.

    But market forces and population issues signaled the death of the Queen.

  • I want to find that kangaroo

    I love the story of Cletus Eugene, the missing kangaroo an Owen County woman uses as a service animal.

    I’ve covered a lot of stories in my career – some heart-warming and some fairly disgusting – but this story of a missing kangaroo is special.

    Journalistic ethics aside, I want to find this misplaced marsupial.

  • Tax increase is small price to pay for schools

    During the past week, I received several comments concerning the article I wrote on the school board’s decision to increase the tax rate. I would like to take this opportunity to address the subject in my own opinion.

    It’s no secret that the United States is currently in a recession. All across the country, men and women are losing their jobs, losing their homes, and can’t afford to pay their bills.

    It’s also no secret people do not like to see tax rates being raised in any situation.