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Today's News

  • City, county cleaning up storm damage

    The ice has melted, the snow has cleared and life is returning to normal after the biggest storm of the season. But when the storm moved on, it left a lot of damage behind.

    The troublesome tree limbs that were responsible for thousands of power outages have been left behind with nowhere to go.

  • Rebels continue to rack up basketball honors

    One is wrapping up a high-school career while the other is just beginning one. Both were named to the All Eight-Region Team.

    Owen County Senior Collin Gamble was named to the team for the second time while freshman Rianna Gayheart was named to her first. 

    Gamble was also selected to the team last season. The teams are selected by the coaches from throughout the region and the coaches are not allowed to vote for his or her own players.

  • After 38 years, Keith retires from area bank

    Michael Keith, who held the position of executive vice president and senior loan officer of the Owenton First Farmers Bank, has retired after 38 years of service.

    Keith began working at Farmers Bank in 1970 as a teller and held numerous positions throughout his 38 years.

    “I worked at about every capacity the bank had,” Keith said. “I was always going to school for it.”

    Keith is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.

  • Teams set to dive into districts

    Win or go home.

    That is what both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams face this week as they enter the 31st District Tournament at Carroll County.

    The girls tipped things off Feb. 17. Owen County entered the tournament as the defending 31st District Champs as they played Gallatin County in the second game of the night. Carroll County and Henry County played the opening game.

  • Lady Rebels bid farewell to seniors

    Three seniors had one more chance to play on their home floor Feb. 16.

    Dani Hutchinson, Jerusha Toole and Morgan Green were recognized before the game against Spencer County and all three got to start against the Lady Bears.

    While the other four starters struggled to score early, senior Green took advantage of the opportunity. She made two of four shots including a 3-pointer in scoring five of the Lady Rebels’ seven first-quarter points. 

    From there it was a pair of juniors who did most of the damage.

  • Owen JV girls shine at district tournament

    The JV Lady Rebels, on Saturday accomplished what the freshman team did the week before - they won the 31st District Tournament at Gallatin County.

    The Lady Rebels opened the day with a 24-20 win over Henry County in the first round. Mariah Fitzgerald led the team with 12 points and eight rebounds. Eighth-grader Hannah Neeley scored seven points.

    In the championship game, Owen County captured the title by defeating Gallatin County 38-19. Fitzgerald again led way by scoring 15 points and pulling down 10 boards. Emilie Davis added 13 points.

  • One-girl show

    She is one a kind.

    Owen County High School senior Evyn White is the lone member of the school’s swimming team. She recently wrapped up her season and career at the Region 4 meet Feb. 6-7 at Scott County High School. White swam in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke.

    She posted one of the top 12 times in the preliminaries to reach the finals in both events. In the finals, the senior finished ninth in the 50-yard freestyle and 10th in the 100-yard breaststroke.

  • A senior moment

    The Owen County Rebels have played its fair share of close games this season. Last week would prove to be no exception.

    The Walton-Verona Bearcats paid a visit to Owenton Feb. 9. After eight minutes, it looked like the Rebels might have an easy time of it. The home used a barrage of 3-pointers in the first quarter to jump out to a 25-13 lead. The Bearcats, however, would rebound and cut the lead to 35-28 at halftime.

  • Argument ends with brother getting stabbed

    An argument between brothers, quickly transformed into violence Thursday.

    According to Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond, an argument between Dean and Danny Thornton resulted in one brother in jail and the other in the hospital. Danny told the sheriff that Dean stabbed him in the back. Danny was able to get in his truck and drive a quarter mile to the home of Deputy Sheriff Brent Caldwell.

  • Wind storm leaves 5,000 in the dark

    The high-powered wind storm that rolled through Owen County last week left about 5,000 local residents temporarily without power.

    According to an Owen Electric Cooperative spokesperson, the power was restored to all customers in the service area by Thursday afternoon.

    The company had crews on standby during the duration of the storm to handle any subsequent outages.

    The company reminds residents that if a downed power line is spotted , stay away from the area and call (800)372-7612 to report the situation.