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Today's News

  • Make sure to keep your name in the book

    Today, as we begin to look toward the year 2010 and the May Primary Election, it is clear we must continue to improve the management of voter registrations. The State Board of Elections has reported that they have mailed 441,000 voter postcards in the state of Kentucky, and 142,000 were returned as undeliverable. In most situations, the correct address of the voter is not available. These postcards have been returned to the State Board of Elections and the board, in return has mailed the cards to the County Clerk’s Office in the county where the voter was last registered.

  • At 106, former librarian given doctorate

    Most people just call her Miss Della, but after last week she can be called Dr. Jones.

    Della Jones, Grant County’s oldest resident at 105 years young – soon to be 106 in July – was given an honorary doctorate degree from Kentucky State University.

    “Do you want to wear a robe?” she was asked of the traditional graduation attire.

    “Well, of course,” she was quick to reply.

  • Historical Society News By Bonnie Strassell

    Cars lined both sides of Main Street in Owenton. The license plates spoke of homes from Kentucky to California; and as folks climbed from their vehicles, some dependent on the helping hand of a son or daughter, they cradled flowers in their arms. Owen County cemeteries from Monterey and New Liberty to Owenton were crowded Memorial Day weekend.

  • Twelve-hour event raises thousands for cancer research

    Twenty-five teams gathered Friday night to launch the 11th annual Relay for Life, which is held each year to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors and in remembrance of its victims.

    This year’s event raised $59,000, with over 700 luminaries sold.

    The 12-hour event kicked off with a welcome by Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier, followed by the National Anthem, which was sung by Debra McMillien, the invocation, and a speech by Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith.

  • City, county receive Homeland Security funds for armor

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Department and Owenton City Police recently received a grant to purchase body armor through the Law Enforcement Protection Program, which will help further the safety of local law enforcement.

    The Law Enforcement Protection Program, formerly known as the Body Armor Program, enables the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security to provide funds for equipment to law-enforcement agencies across the state.

  • Historical tour open to the public

    The Owen County Chamber of Commerce has organized a historical tour, which will take place during the 2009 U.S. Open Sporting Clays Championship June 26. The purpose of the tour is to provide tourists with a rich knowledge and understanding of the county.

    Those participating in the tour will ride in a horse-drawn carriage that follows a winding route through Owenton. The route will highlight some of Owen County’s most historical spots and include a progressive tea.

  • Monterey News By Dana Burke

    Just after having worked a couple of weeks at my new job, I soon discovered that a few of my coworkers knew all about Monterey. Seems they remember a few of their past coworkers also being from Monterey. While talking with Ms. Stella (Carriss) and Mike Harmon, another new employee (who has just recently come back, after having been in semi-retirement), I learned that they remember two Monterey ladies quite well. In fact they were sisters. They were Shirley (Smith) Ballard and Thelma (Smith) House. Everyone spoke very highly of the two and said I too, will do just fine.

  • New judicial center takes step forward

    The new Owen County judicial center is expected to take another step forward today when the property is formally sold to the county.

    At a special meeting of the Owen County Fiscal Court Tuesday, Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith was elected by magistrates as the director and chairperson of the Owen County Public Properties Corporation.

    For legal protection, the corporation will be listed as the deed owner for the property. Once the bonds used to finance the property are paid off, the deed will be turned over to the county.

  • Georgia: On my mind

    “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

    William Faulkner wrote that. I’m not sure I know what the line means. Faulkner’s mind was complex and his words nuanced and layered. But he was born in Mississippi in 1897 where the Civil War could break loose at the turn of a prepositional phrase over supper most any night of the week. And I was born in Owen County, Kentucky, where we identify the names of fields on our farm by the names of men a century dead.

  • Rebel signs with Cambellsville University

    Owen County High School football standout Chris Rivera, seated, second from left, signs a letter of intent to play football for Campbellsville University after receiving a scholarship. Rivera is surrounded by his father Joel, mother Kim, sister Tori, coach Andy Halloran, head coach Adam Fowler and Owen County High School Athletic Director Randy Bishop. Fowler asked all members of the football team to attend the formal signing ceremony to “show what can be achieved” by players who dedicate themselves to improvement.