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Today's News

  • Despite woes, baseball is back

    I face a conundrum next week. You see I am a baseball fan and I am not sure how I should feel at this time of the year.

    The season opens up next week. It should be a time when I and other fans stop and celebrate what a great game baseball is. There is no question that the game itself is special. It is the only sport that is not timed. It is one of the few sports where the defense has possession of the ball before each play.

  • Performances on track for girls

    When looking at the results from the Owen County girls’ track team, one thing is apparent. Those girls can run and run fast.

    The team took part in a pair of meets last week. One took place at Shelby County March 24 and the other at Western Hills Thursday. In both competitions, the girls performed well.

    In the 100-meter dash, Melina Bress and Evyn White both finished in the top twice last week.

    Bress ran to a second-place finish at Shelby County and a sixth-place finish at Western Hills. White finished seventh at Shelby County and at Western Hills.

  • County reacted quickly to escapees

    When prisoners Bobby Cockerell, Jerry Sargent and Christopher Marshall escaped from an Indiana prison March 20 and made their way to Carroll County, Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond took every precaution to ensure that citizens of the county stayed alert and aware.

    Hammond said he and his deputies worked long hours throughout the county to keep an eye out for the escapees.

    “We stayed on patrol 24 hours a day,” Hammond said. “We had perimeters set up through Wheatley and New Liberty and extra patrol throughout the county.”

  • Lady Rebels Rebound

    The Owen County Lady Rebels opened the 2009 season March 23 as the team hosted Western Hills.

    The Lady Wolverines used a pair of pitchers to hold Owen County to just one hit in a 5-0 defeat.

    Lauren Lowe’s single in the bottom of the seventh was Owen County’s only hit of the game.

    Western Hills got single runs in the second and fourth and then added three more in the sixth to break the game open.

    The Lady Rebels hit the road March 24 as they headed to Warsaw to take on district foe Gallatin County.

  • Strong showing

    The 2009 O.J. Helvey Kentucky State Judo Championship was held Saturday at Greenwood High School in Bowling Green.

    After two years at the top, Owen County slipped to second in the state championship with 43 points. However, numerous players still came home with individual honors.

    Bowling Green Judo Club took first place with 68 points.

    Wakaishu Judo Club, based at Iroquois High School in Louisville, placed third with 40 points.

  • There is a price for failure

    There is a lesson to be learned in the firing of University of Kentucky Basketball Coach Billy Gillispie.

    If you don’t succeed at your job, you will be fired.

    With the failure to reach the NCAA tournament, Gillispie’s fate wasn’t hard to guess. There have been rumblings around the Big Blue faithful for weeks that Gillispie’s time should come to an end.

    Everyone has an expectation of success. Some teams would be excited to make it to the National Invitational Tournament but none of those teams are headquartered in Lexington.

  • Logan takes on new role with district

    Following the disability of Keith Bolen, school board superintendent Mark Cleveland set out to find a replacement for the plant maintenance supervisor.

    Cleveland chose Dan Logan, who had previously served as road supervisor for the Owen County Road Department.

    Bolen had medical problems and received a doctor’s statement that he could not return to work.

    “We advertised that the position was open,” Cleveland said. “We received about 15 applications.”

    Cleveland said he had more than one qualified applicant.

  • Robert C. Haydon

    Robert C. Haydon, 83, died March 30, 2009, at Golden Living Center.

    He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Nelba Bourne Haydon.

    He was a member of Graefenburg Baptist Church since 1972. He retired with 33 years of service as an engineer with Blue Grass Energy.

    He was a World War II Army veteran, serving two tours of duty overseas, and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

    He was preceded in death by his son, Dan Haydon.

  • American Idol 101

    Although I consider myself current with pop culture, this is the first season I’ve watched “American Idol.”

    In years past, I’ve seen the last 15 minutes of some of the final shows to see who wins, but not knowing who’s who, I didn’t really care one way or another.

    This season, mostly because I hate being left out of the water-cooler conversation, I decided early on to watch every episode – from first auditions to finale – and I even hope to buy tickets to see the Top Ten Idol contestants when they go on tour this summer.

  • Owen County suffers pair of early defeats

    Going into their March 23 home opener against Harrison County, the Owen County Rebels knew it was not going to be easy.

    The Thorobreds came to Owenton ranked eighth in the state.

    The Rebels soon found out why. Harrison County defeated Owen County 18-0 in five innings.

    Owen County High School Baseball Coach Kevin Webster summed up the game, “Harrison County is just one darn good team.”

    The Rebels returned to action March 24 as they welcomed Western Hills to Dunavent Field.