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Today's News

  • Lady Rebels return from layoff to play beat the buzzer

    “This is just like last year,” Jensen Wainscott said as she entered the huddle during the final timeout of Friday night’s game with Oldham County.

    Wainscott was referring to Jan. 15, 2008, when her 3-pointer had given the Lady Rebels a 1-point lead over the Lady Colonels before the visitors went the length of the floor in the final seconds and scored to defeat Owen County 51-50.

    Following Rianna Gayheart’s 3-pointer, the Lady Rebels and their coach knew the best Oldham County could do would be to tie the game and send it to overtime.

  • Aldridge named new city clerk

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier had little doubt who would step up to fill the position of city clerk.

    The position came open after the death of Charlotte Cobb. Laura Aldridge, who had served as deputy city clerk for a year and a half, was sworn in as city clerk at the Feb. 3 Owenton City Council meeting.

  • Rebels drop two of three

    Owen County knew going into the week that it was not going to be easy.

    The Rebels were set to face off against Gallatin County, Williamstown and Grant County. They had defeated all three earlier in the season and all three had been decided in the final few minutes. Last week was to be much of the same.

    On Feb. 2, the Rebels headed to Warsaw to face Gallatin County. Owen County trailed 18-15 at the end of the first quarter. The Rebels rallied in the second quarter to outscore the Wildcats 16-8 and took a lead into halftime.

  • Former Owen County official sentenced

    The former Owen County deputy judge-executive charged in connection with theft of public money could avoid jail time following her formal sentencing Tuesday.

    In late December, Renaee Gaines admitted her guilt before Owen County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Bates. Inclement weather in Owen County delayed her formal sentencing from Jan. 27.

    Gaines had been charged with theft by unlawful taking over $300, complicity to theft by unlawful taking over $300, two counts of first-degree official misconduct, and one count of complicity to theft of services over $300.

  • Dealing with a bout of level 2 cabin fever

    I once took a trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in early March. I was broadcasting basketball on the radio at the time for Northern Kentucky University and the team headed north to play Lake Superior State University.

    The team lost and the next morning on the bus outside the hotel I was listening to a local disc jockey who said with much enthusiasm that the current temperature was -2 degrees. He then went on to say that spring was just around the corner.

    While I appreciated his optimism, I’ve never quite understood it.

  • Volunteers walk to aid sick babies

    Families from Owen County, Carrollton, Bardstown and Frankfort turned out for the fourth annual Walk for Awareness for Congenital Heart Defects which was held at the Owenton First Baptist Church Family Life Center Saturday.

    Owenton resident Katie Columbia, whose son Isaiah was born with heart defects, began the Walk for Awareness to show support for other families with children who had been affected by similar conditions.

  • Pool party pals

    To say John Brumback likes billiards would be an understatement.

    He began playing the game when he was 11 years old. He began to get serious about it around the age of 15. He spent the last two years practicing 10 to 12 hours a day.

    Saturday, all of his hard work and dedication paid off.

    Brumback walked away with the All-Around Title from the Derby City Classic. The tournament took place at the Horseshoe Casino near New Albany, Ind. It began Jan. 23 and ended Saturday night.

  • Snow, ice brings Owen to standstill

    While snow and ice blanketed the county during last week’s winter storm, county and city officials worked to clear roads, give shelter to those without electricity and deliver groceries and medicine to those who were unable to leave their homes.

    Owenton First Baptist Church set up a shelter for people who lost electricity during the storm. Victims of the storm were asked to bring their own blankets, but food, heat and all other necessities were provided by the church.

    The county was prepared to open another shelter if needed.

  • Adventures in an icy exile

    Boy, last week stunk.

    I’m sure it stunk for thousands of other Owen countians stuck in the dark.

    When I was a kid, I was a big fan of winter – snow storms meant no school; sleigh riding down the steep hill in front of my mom’s house in Cynthiana; snowball fights with the 14 other kids who lived in my neighborhood; or chasing my dog Radar through the snow drifts.

    For a kid, heavy snow is just another opportunity to have fun.

  • Party recommends Keith for judge-executive

    A former Owen County circuit court clerk has been nominated to take over as Owen County Judge-executive.

    Carolyn Keith, who served as Owen County circuit court clerk from 1988 until 2005, was selected from a field of seven candidates by the Owen County Democratic Party Executive Committee.

    Keith’s name and recommendation will be passed on to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. The governor has the power to accept or reject the nomination.