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Today's News

  • Kangaroo sighting

    At 1:30 a.m., a week ago last Saturday, Mike Rollins was driving to work on Hwy. 1883 when he spotted a very unusual animal. Rollins said when he realized he had seen something out of the ordinary, he stopped his truck and backed up.

    “I’ve seen a lot of exotic animals,” Rollins said. “I’d never seen a kangaroo before though.”

    The animal “was standing alongside a fence row with several deer,” Rollins said. “He didn’t seem too scared because once I stopped I sat and stared at it for a while.”

  • Boys golf team finishes second at NCKC match

    The Owen County boys golf team is off to a good start in the 2009 season.

    The Rebels hosted the NCKC Tournament Saturday at Fairway Golf Course. Owen County finished second behind Walton-Verona. The team was led by Jarrod Ball, who shot a 79. The score was good enough for a second-place finish among individual golfers. Zach Ripy had the eighth-best round of the day as he shot an 83.

    Colton New posted an 89 while Brody Layton shot a 99. Jon Locker shot a 107 for the Rebels.

  • Watson to perform at Kentucky State Fair

    Bill Watson, pastor of First Christian Church in Owenton and respected storyteller, will be sharing his tales of history with a statewide audience at the Kentucky State Fair.

    Although well-known for his portrayal of American Civil War solider “James,” Watson said this performance will focus on other stories of American history.

    Watson will perform Aug. 27-28 at 3 p.m. in the northern wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville as part of the Kentucky State Fair.

    The event is free and open to the public.

  • EDITORIAL: Pitino, Vick on different paths

    Hypocrisy? 

    Last week was an interesting week in sports. It was also one that made me think about whether certain things that happen are not somewhat hypocritical.  

    Two big sports stories hit during the week and both were full of controversy and raised many an eyebrow. 

    The first came when it was reported that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino admitted to police that six years ago he had an affair with a woman in Louisville.

  • City looks for new street light contract

    The Owenton City Council is preparing to take bids on a contract that expired three years ago.

    The contract, which provides every street light in the city of Owenton, was first signed in 1986 with Kentucky Utilities. 

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier said the contract was signed before he became mayor.

    Wotier said he was unaware the contract had expired and had not been contacted by KU until now.

  • Victory

    The monkey is off their back.

    On Aug. 11 at Owen County High School, history was made. The Lady Rebels’ volleyball team picked up its first ever varsity win.

    “It’s everything we’ve been working for,” said Owen County Head Volleyball Coach Amanda Borchers following the win.

    Going down in the annals will be the Eminence Lady Warriors, who were on the losing side of the match. Owen County won 25-18 and 25-12.

  • Historical Society News By Bonnie Strassell

    Last Thursday, the Senior Citizens Center echoed with the memories of childhood as author Charlotte Ann Kemper Atchison entertained the crowd with stories of growing up in Owen County. People broke out in laughter as Charlotte described how, as a curious little girl, she wondered what would happen if she quickly shut the screen door on her cat’s tail. Would the tail bounce like a bowl of jelly or break in two? Much to her dismay, when the cat yowled in pain, Charlotte’s momma administered a bit of pain to Charlotte’s own tail.

  • Future is now for Rebels soccer

    With just one senior and two juniors on the roster, Head Coach Jerry Doolin will get to see the future of the Owen County soccer team every time he looks out on the field this season.

    The season kicked off  Tuesday for the Rebels when they competed at the Capital City Classic in Frankfort. The tournament continues Thursday and Saturday at Sower Field.

    The only senior on the Rebels’ roster is goalie Justin Davis. Doolin said Davis is one of the best goalkeepers in the state. Davis will also kick for the football team.

  • Fire destroys one of the oldest homes in county

    Fire claimed a home belonging to Monterey Mayor Dennis Atha.

    Some people say the home had the distinction as being one of the oldest – if not the oldest – homes in Owen County.

    Firefighters said the blaze began early Saturday morning and was still smoking late into the evening. Firefighters stayed at the site Saturday and most of Sunday to make sure the blaze didn’t reignite.

    Bee Spicer, columnist for the News-Herald, told firefighters her family once lived in the home, and it was the oldest in the county and once served as a trading post.

  • Coach optimistic as girls soccer opens

    The soccer season kicked off Monday for the Owen County Lady Rebels.

    As the season begins, Owen County Girls Head Coach Mike Haines has to replace four of his top six scorers from a season ago. Three players graduated and last year’s leading scorer, Devin Jouett who scored 12 goals, moved out of the county.

    The next leading scorer was Alexis Ellis, who is returning. The sophomore scored two goals last season as a freshman. Sophomore Katie Haines scored one goal last year.