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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Kays Branch News By Bee Spicer

    I know the Kay’s Branch News wasn’t in the paper last week. I seemed to have misplaced a few days the week before. The sun came out that week and so did I. I washed windows, mowed the yard, washed more windows and mowed more yard. I got to play golf for the first time this year. Played badly but managed to finish 18 holes.

  • Rebels’ season ends in district tourney

    For just about anyone who plays games, some losses are harder to take than others.

    The Rebels’ loss in the opening round of the 31st District Tournament to Gallatin County May 18 would fall into the hard-to-take category.

    Owen County took a 2-1 lead into the seventh inning and were one out away from a win and a trip to the 31st District Championship game.

  • Take a moment to remember

    For the most part, I have been one of those people who sees the main significance of  Memorial Day as being the start of summer.

    For me and a lot of others, whether or not they would admit it publicly, Memorial Day has been little more than a nice three-day weekend – a good time to sleep in late, get outdoors, grill some brats and maybe have a family reunion or go for a swim.

    I know the history of Memorial Day.  Somewhere, squirreled back in the file cabinet of my brain, I recall hearing people call it Decoration Day.