Today's News

  • Kays Branch News: Hunters and drivers should look out

    My truck is running again. Chris came after work and put his heavy duty battery charger on it. I had fixed his supper and he ate while it was charging — and then watched TV with me while he waited. Wanda came about 8:10 p.m. to watch Dancing with the Stars with me. She had wanted to see the show because she enjoys dancing so much. She mentioned she had just come from her belly dancing class. Oops, another mistake: I said last week that she had joined a ballroom dancing class. There’s a good deal of difference.

  • Letter to the Editor: Students were first to say thanks to veteran

    I wanted to publicly say thank you to Ms. Wallace and her staff for honoring the veterans this past week in such a memorable and touching way.

    Since serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War in the 1950s, this is the first time someone has said, “Thank you for your service to this country.”

  • Letter to the Editor: County should check out hole before injury

    There is an enormous hole in the roadside on the south side of Sawridge Creek Road across from the Monterey Firehouse and the soccer fields and the Artifacts store.

    It’s been there a while. When things get busy, which is not too often but not rare either, people and horses fall into the hole.

    So far, no one has died or been permanently injured by the fall as far as I know (I’m not sure about the horse), but it will happen again if the problem isn’t fixed.

  • Queena Gross named volunteer of the month

    Owen County Schools is pleased to announce that Queena Gross has been selected volunteer of the month for September. This is Gross’ first year volunteering in Owen County. She is working in the primary school with the pre-school classes.

    “I wanted to volunteer to help out the teachers and to help the children learn routines to get them ready for kindergarten,” Gross said.

    Gross floats in three different preschool classes throughout the week, performing various tasks such as helping with reading groups, snack time, and rubbing backs during nap time.

  • Power announces college choice

    The 2010 golf season was a big one for OCHS senior Krista Power (center). After winning the sixth regional golf competition and then heading to state — where she won the sportsmanship award — she finished off the season by signing a letter of intent to Morehead State University Friday. She was joined by Randy Bishop, who served as athletic director during Power’s season, current athletic directors Jeff Sutton and T.J. Wesselman, sister Shelby Power, mother Jennifer Power and father Shawn Power.


  • Owen County High School Honor Roll

    First Nine Weeks


    Super Honor Roll

    Jarrod Ball, Andrea Burford, Allison Dempsey, William Johnson, Leah Johnson, Haley Minch, Kayla Miles, Kayleigh Shaw, Hannah Strohmeier, Kristen Swigert, Tucker Trenary

    Regular Honor Roll

  • Chainsaw can’t stop weightlifter

    Some people just love to prove doctors wrong and one Owen County man is doing so in a record-setting fashion.

    After nearly losing an arm in a chainsaw accident almost 20 years ago, David W. Mears of Owenton recently set several new state records in weightlifting.

    Although he already owned every record in his 308 lbs. weight division, Mears established new marks in bench lifting, squats, dead lift and overall weight in the state of Kentucky for the Natural Athletic Strength Association.

    “It was by far the best meet of my life,” Mears said.

  • Phoenix on the rise

    A musical Phoenix is hoping his career will take flight starting with a Friday night gig at Pit Stop in Sparta.

    Owenton resident Clayton Phoenix Smith has been honing his musical attributes for years, and his long road has led him back to a community where his grandfather grew up.

    The journey started in Smith’s hometown of South Philadelphia, where he worked in small venues while developing his talent. His father also cut some records while living in Philadelphia.

  • Youth Rebels come up short in Super Bowl

    The Owen County Youth Football Mighty Pro and Power House football teams recently played in the North Central Kentucky Youth Football League Super Bowls.

    Both teams came up short in their quest for a championship. The Mighty Pro team fell to Walton while the Power House team lost to Grant County Gold.

    Mighty Pro Division

  • Running deer blamed for auto accident involving three kids

    One woman was recently injured and airlifted from a one-vehicle wreck on Pleasant Grove Road.

    The wreck took place Nov. 2 at 9:27 p.m.; three children were also involved.

    Kristalan Molina-Cook, 25, of Corinth was traveling east on Pleasant Grove Road at 55 mph when her vehicle began skidding in the roadway and then went off the east bound edge of the road, striking trees.

    Cook told officers working the scene that a deer ran onto the roadway, causing her to lose control of the vehicle.