Today's News

  • School board sets tax rate

    For the first time since the 2005-2006 school year, the Owen County Board of Education has opted to set its tax rates at the compensating level.
    The decision sparked little debate during the board’s monthly meeting Monday.
    Owen County School Board Vice Chairman Brian Young made a motion to set this year’s rates at the compensating level, with a second by Stuart Bowling. Board member Brett McDonald also voted yes, chairman Terry Patterson voted no, and Dr. Larry Johnson was absent.

  • Louisville firm wins library bid

    With a construction company in place and a groundbreaking expected in the near future, plans for the new Owen County Public Library continue to move forward.
    The Owen County Public Library Board recently advertised for construction bids and chose the low bidder — Sullivan-Cozart of Louisville.
    Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert said the company is out of Louisville and recently completed construction on the Newburg Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library.

  • Back to the business of learning

    Students at Owen County Primary School got back to the books Aug. 10.
    Principal Sharen Hubbard said she’s looking forward to another year full of learning and fun.
    The school made strides in student attendance during the last school year and hopes to continue with the success this year.
    Hubbard said because the school has the youngest kids, attendance is usually down.

  • Court will keep current tax rate

    Owen countians can expect a tax bill similar to last year’s after the Owen County Fiscal Court set its 2011 tax rates.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said due to a struggling economy, the court decided to keep the rates the same as last year.
    “It just wasn’t realistic to raise taxes at this time,” Keith said. “We will meet our budget and now just isn’t the time to raise taxes on people.”
    The real estate rate will remain at 11.8 cents per $100 of assessed value, the tangible or personal property at 14.2, the water craft at 14.8 and motor vehicle at 14.8.

  • Lady Rebel golfers tee off season with strong showings

    The Owen County High School girls’ golf team began its season Aug. 1. The team played in three events and performed well in each.
    The team began by teeing it up Aug. 1 at the Henry County Tournament. The girls finished second, behind one of the best teams in the state — Sacred Heart.
    Shelby Power led the way for the Lady Rebels by firing an 87. Kennedi Dermon shot an 88. Julie Spaulding and Lynsey Farrar each shot 90, while Ali Minch added a 94.

  • What did we really miss?

    The Cincinnati Bengals will take the field Friday night for their first preseason game. While one could argue whether it is good or not to have the Bengals back, it is good to have football back.
    The NFL ended its lockout a couple of weeks ago allowing the 2011 season to begin on time. I do not claim to be an expert on what the deal means or who ultimately won or lost. Honestly, I don’t care. I am sure I am not alone.

  • Famed NFL skills competition coming to Owen

    Young pro football fans will have the opportunity to exhibit their football skills when the Rebels host an NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition from 1 to 5 pm. Aug. 14.
    The competition is free and open to boys and girls, ages 6-15.
    For competition information, call Eric Gray at 514-1380.
    Entry forms are available online at NFLyouthfootball.com or onsite at the football kickoff.
    The NFL Punt, Pass and Kick football competition allows youngsters to showcase their talents in punting, passing, and kicking with scores based on distance and accuracy.

  • Poker run to help children

    The second annual “Helping Kids in Our Neighborhood” poker run will start at noon Aug. 21.
    This year’s theme will be “Christmas in August.”
    This year’s run is co-sponsored by Sunset Grill on the River in Warsaw. The run will begin at the restaurant and continue through Owen County and back to the restaurant.
    The fees will be $15 per bike, $5 per rider, and $5 for each extra hand.
    There will be door prizes, raffle items and a 50/50 split on the pot.

  • Farm Services News By Claudia Baney

    Producers are reminded of upcoming application deadlines for the Noninsured Assistance Program.  
    NAP is designed to reduce financial losses that occur when natural disasters cause a catastrophic loss of production for an eligible crop by providing coverage equivalent to catastrophic insurance. For eligibility information, contact the Owenton Farm Service Office.  

    Upcoming NAP application deadlines
    Sept. 1 — Christmas trees, crustaceans, finfish, flowers, ginseng, grass-sod

  • Sharing her songs

    Sixteen years ago, Mandy Holbert was a teenager writing poetry in her bedroom. That love of poetry evolved into passion and talent for writing her own music.
    Friday night, all those years of pouring herself out on paper in song resulted in the launch of her first CD, “Jesus Healer.” With all songs featured on “Jesus Healer” being her own original work, she said she was a little apprehensive about sharing her music and lyrics with others.