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Today's News

  • Track team gets ready for state

    The Owen County track teams took part in the Region 5A Track Meet Saturday. The meet was held at Admiral Stadium in Danville. Both teams performed well and both will be sending members to the Class A State Meet next Saturday in Louisville.

    As a team, the girls finished fourth overall. Danielle Hoop qualified for next week in both the 400-meter dash and the 800-meter run. Hoop won the 400-meter dash while Rachel Dauwe finished 10th. Hoop, a sophomore, also won the 800-meter run.

  • Rebels wrap up their season

    The regular season has come to a close for the Owen County baseball team.

    The team played two road games last week.

    The Rebels traveled to take on Frankfort where Owen County banged out 16 hits on their way to a 14-1 win. Matt Harris, Collin Gamble, Jordan Cox, Zach McDonald and Denny O’Toole combined for 11 hits and 13 runs batted in. Brody Layton pitched four scoreless innings to pick up the win.

  • Twelve BMS soccer players honored

    Thursday night was a special night at the Owen County soccer field. The Bowling Middle School Soccer team honored a dozen eighth-graders who were playing their final home game.

    Ashley Byers, Aly Minch, Andi Wash, Morgan Walker, Kaity Smith, Will Dempsey, Adam Hazlett, Jordan Henderson, James Marston Ben Allen, Austin Collins and Devin Ricketts all were recognized with their parents before the start of the game with Good Shepard.

    The Rebels then went out and dropped a 3-1 decision to the visitors.

  • Company will bring 32 new jobs to Owen

    A new business will be opening in the Owenton Industrial Park, bringing about 32 new jobs to the community.

    In a statement released late last week, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced KHI Foods Inc. will expand into Owen County.

    The company, which already has a facility in Burlington, will be expanding its operations. The new operation represents a $1.6 million investment.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said she was “excited” about the announcement.

  • Lady Rebels end regular season with victories

    The Owen County softball team took part in the 31st District Tournament earlier this week at Henry County.

    Before heading to New Castle, the Lady Rebels had to finish the regular season. They did so by playing three home games.

    The first came May 11 as the team hosted Frankfort. The game against the Lady Panthers was Senior Day for Sarah Bihl.

    She was recognized before the game and then helped the Lady Rebels pick up an 8-0 win. The senior had two hits, drove in three runs and also scored twice. Jensen Wainscott had two hits and scored two runs.

  • New county budget gets trimmed

    The Owen County Fiscal Court met Tuesday for the first reading of the 2009-2010 budget.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith held several budget workshops this year to help magistrates make decisions concerning the budget.

    The budget has been submitted to the Department of Local Government to be approved.

    Keith said the budget has seen some cuts this year.

    “The budget has been trimmed of some excess items,” Keith said. “We’ve cut back on training, conventions and things like that.”

  • Wotier says he is encouraged by progress

    The Owen County Chamber of Commerce held its monthly breakfast at the Smith House restaurant Thursday. Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier gave his State of the City address, which encouraged citizens to come together and move forward.

    Wotier’s address included an update on drug abuse in Owenton, the natural gas line, the water intake project as well as future problems the city may face.

    Wotier said the City of Owenton recently had its first reading on the newly proposed budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

  • Local students getting a kick out of karate classes

    Kelley and Kerri Runion recently opened the Owen County Martial Arts School in hopes of teaching children and adults the importance of self-defense and the confidence that comes with it.

    The school officially opened on May 5 to 60 students. The school now teaches about 70 students on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    Kelley Runion said he felt Owen County needed a martial arts program for those who may not be interested in other sports but still wish to be a part of some physical activity.

  • For first time in 40 years, city updates nuisance laws

    The Owenton City Council met May 5 for the first reading of its updated nuisance ordinance, which had not seen any major changes in 40 years.

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier said the council could only take action on grass, shrubs and other similar things with the current ordinance.

    “There are a lot of things that have changed in the last 40 years,” Wotier said. “With the new ordinance we will have the ability to take action on the overall structure of the property.”

  • Lady Rebels earn split

    The two games played by the Owen County softball team last week could not have been any more different – one was a blowout win while the other was an extra-inning defeat.

    The Lady Rebels opened up the week with a road game at Frankfort. The game was not much of a contest as Owen County scored nine runs in the sixth inning to win the game 14-0.