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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Pick a sweetheart

    The 48th annual Owen County Sweetheart ceremony will take place Feb. 11. Members of the girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball teams and the football players vote on their favorite cheerleader. Friday night between the girls’ and boys’ doubleheader games, one cheerleader will be crowned the 2009 OCHS Sweetheart.

  • Fumes may have caused death

    The severe winter weather is blamed for the death of an Owen County man.

    Kentucky State Police said William W. House, 47, of Mussel Shoals Road was pronounced dead at his home by Owen County Coroner Lannis Garnett.

    Susan Kincaid was also found at the home unconscious.

    Ice and snow had cut off the electricity to the home, which was being warmed by a small propane heater.

    Kincaid was taken to the New Horizons Hospital before being transferred to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

    Carbon-monoxide poisoning is believed to be the cause.

  • Snow, ice and bad roads beat Owen County

    It’s a shame Owen County High School doesn’t have a hockey team.

    It would have had a better chance of playing last week than the basketball teams did.

    With several inches of snow and ice hitting the area, both teams were shutout of playing any games last week.

    In fact, the teams were even limited to how much practice time they got. The only basketball being played in Owen County last week was on a video game system. That is, if you had power.

  • MAPP program releases health survey findings

    The Owen County MAPP program, sponsored by the Three Rivers Health Department, has been researching the health priorities of the community.

    Committee chair Melody Stafford said the results of a health survey revealed some suprising results. Of the 1,000 survey responses, over 700 reported having health insurance. Nearly 600 people considered Owen County a safe and healthy place to live.