Today's News

  • Safety is priority No. 1 when deciding to cancel school

    Have you ever wondered how school officials go about determining whether or not Owen County schools are in session on bad weather days?  
    With the chill of the January air upon us and the threat of wintry weather ahead, I thought you might be interested in learning how we go about making that very tough decision.
    Getting our students to and from school safely each day is the number one priority of Owen County Schools Transportation Director Jimmy Sutherland and the many bus drivers responsible for transporting your children.  

  • What is the shelf life of a resolution?

    I’m not much a New Year’s resolution kinda person.
    I feel that if you are going to make a commitment to something, why wait until the calendar changes when you should probably start as soon as possible.
    I’ve made a few resolutions over the years but I’m still overweight and still carry most of my vices.
    But this year will be different.
    • I turn 47 in a few days. That’s when things that used to hold no concern for me start becoming a concern.
    It’s time to get everything checked out.

  • After five years, McBurney steps down at center

    After nearly five years of service, Owen County’s Senior Center director recently said goodbye.
    Lisa McBurney, who served as the center’s director for the past four years and 10 months recently accepted a new job. Her last day at the center was Dec. 9.
    DeDe Grisham will fill McBurney’s spot until a new director can be chosen and Ethel Hammond, a volunteer at the center and McBurney’s backup, will continue to volunteer and assist Grisham.

  • The latest rural mural

    As winter sets in for the next few months, Owen countians and those traveling through the area now have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of summer labor and its history.
    The third Agricultural Heritage Trail Committee tobacco barn mural was installed Dec. 30 on a barn located on U.S. 127 North. The barn is owned by Johnny and Pat Craigmyle.
    The mural depicts the history of setting tobacco. Four vignettes show the progression of setting tobacco from “setting by the season” to setting on a setter pulled by a tractor.

  • Owen County man’s murder trial expected to begin Jan. 17

    The trial of a Corinth man who allegedly murdered a Scott County man in 2010 is set to begin later this month.
    Christopher Dennis Jr., 72, was arrested Nov. 27, 2010 after Kentucky State Police troopers found the body of 30-year-old Ruben J. Eppele shot to death in Dennis’ home at 2430 Cull Pepper Lane.
    Dennis is charged with murder, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and trafficking marijuana over five pounds.
    State police were called to the home around 7:10 p.m. on Nov. 26, 2010 after receiving information on a shooting.

  • Crash claims life of Owen man

    The Kentucky State Police are investigating a fatal collision that killed two people and injured one Friday.
    According to a press release, troopers responded at 6:02 p.m. to 11465 of US Highway 127 near Monterey after receiving information that two vehicles had been involved in a serious injury collision.
    The first vehicle, driven by 54 year-old Larry C. Conway, of Frankfort, apparently crossed the centerline of US 127 and collided with an oncoming vehicle operated by 46 year old Daniel S. Ballard, of Owenton, police said in a statement.

  • Leaders look ahead to what Owen Co. can expect in 2012

    With an eye toward the future, Owen County’s many community leaders are already preparing for the months ahead, with hopes for new business, growth and a better economy.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the fiscal court was able to accomplish many of its goals in 2011, including new job descriptions that each county employee signed off on, a new administrative code and a transient room tax which has already collected $12,000 for tourism.
    Expansion of local tourism is just one of the things Keith said she would like to see in 2012.

  • How will sports fans remember 2011?

    What will be the lasting legacy of 2011 when it comes to sports?
    Many great things happened this past year that will long be remembered.
    The Green Bay Packers brought the Lombardi Trophy back to Title Town. The Packers fine quarterback Aaron Rodgers made everyone in Wisconsin say “Brett who” as he led the Pack over the Steelers in the Super Bowl.
    Auburn and Cam Newton took the college football world by storm and defeated Oregon to claim the BCS National Championship.

  • Gayheart sets new scoring mark

    Rianna Gayheart rang in the new year by setting a new record.
    Against Paducah Tilghman, the senior scored her 1,588th point to become the school’s all-time leading score. She broke the mark previously held by Katie Smith.
    A grateful Gayheart said she is honored to hold such a significant record.
    “It’s an honor to be among some of the elite players in the school’s history,” Gayheart said.

  • Rebels drop three straight over holidays

    The Owen County Rebels are hoping the beginning of 2012 will be better than the end of 2011.
    The team spent some of their holiday break at the Gateway Holiday Tournament at Montgomery County.
    The Rebels began the week Dec, 28 by taking on the host Indians. Montgomery County is considered one of the top teams in the 10th Region.