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Today's News

  • Telling Tales

    Many Owen County people probably recognize local figure Bill Watson as preacher at Owenton First Christian Church – but to many students across Kentucky, Watson is known as James, the 90 plus Civil War veteran.

    Watson, who has been a professional storyteller for 20 years, was recently  recognized for his unique performances by the Kentucky Center for the Performing Artist in Louisville.

  • Rebels on a roll

    After a rough start to the 2009 campaign, Owen County High School Baseball Coach Kevin Webster has to feel better about his team.

    The Rebels headed into spring break riding a three-game winning streak. 

    Owen County began last week by traveling to Williamstown.

    The Demons scored single runs in the third and fifth and maintained the 2-0 advantage heading into the seventh inning.

    The Rebels rallied. Collin Gamble led off the inning with a single and was sacrificed to second by Denny O’Toole.

  • Four new teams signed for Relay

    Plans are being finalized with less than two months to go before Owen County’s 11th annual Relay for Life.

    Relay for Life is held each year in Owen County in support of cancer survivors, as well as its victims. The event will be held May 29-30 at  iTron Field.

    Co-Chair for the event, Jenny Duncan, said this year’s Relay for Life will see four new teams, with a total of 18 teams.

    “Our teams will come and camp all night,” Duncan said. “Someone from each team will be present on the track at all times.”

  • Softball team may be happy for spring break

    Spring break could not have come soon enough for the Owen County Lady Rebels.

    The Lady Rebels entered last week riding a two-game winning streak. That streak turned into a losing streak as the team dropped four straight games.

    Owen County opened up the week with a home game against district rival Henry County. The Lady Wildcats shut down the Lady Rebels offensively and were able to come up with enough big hits to win 7-0.

  • Greg Smoot named to county post

    When Owen County Road Supervisor and Solid Waste Coordinator Dan Logan resigned from his position earlier this year, Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith set out to find someone with the right qualifications and supervising skills.

    Keith’s search ended Friday when Greg Smoot was appointed to the position.

    Keith said the position was advertised and 27 applications were received.

  • New taxes threaten livelihood

    Growing up in the 1990s, there were cigarette ads everywhere. I can plainly recall the dazzling young women who showed off the fact that they were smoking a Misty Light on the back of my mother’s endless supply of home and garden magazines. I remember Joe Camel at the pool, playing a mammal who wore sunglasses and was always suavely dressed. And oh, how I remember the Marlboro Man – that handsome guy on horseback who just happened to always have his picture taken in the middle of he desert – firing one up.

  • Boys’ track team excels in field

    After a pair of track meets last week, it is clear the Owen County boys’ track team is ahead of the field.

    The boys spent last week at Shelby County and Western Hills where they had strong performances in the field events.

    In the discus competition, Josh Alford took second place at both Shelby County and Western Hills while Keith Arutoff finished third.

    At Western Hills, it was Daniel Cummins who finished third while Alford came home with 11th place. Alford also shined in the shot put. He finished third at both Shelby County and Western Hills.

  • Despite woes, baseball is back

    I face a conundrum next week. You see I am a baseball fan and I am not sure how I should feel at this time of the year.

    The season opens up next week. It should be a time when I and other fans stop and celebrate what a great game baseball is. There is no question that the game itself is special. It is the only sport that is not timed. It is one of the few sports where the defense has possession of the ball before each play.

  • Performances on track for girls

    When looking at the results from the Owen County girls’ track team, one thing is apparent. Those girls can run and run fast.

    The team took part in a pair of meets last week. One took place at Shelby County March 24 and the other at Western Hills Thursday. In both competitions, the girls performed well.

    In the 100-meter dash, Melina Bress and Evyn White both finished in the top twice last week.

    Bress ran to a second-place finish at Shelby County and a sixth-place finish at Western Hills. White finished seventh at Shelby County and at Western Hills.

  • County reacted quickly to escapees

    When prisoners Bobby Cockerell, Jerry Sargent and Christopher Marshall escaped from an Indiana prison March 20 and made their way to Carroll County, Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond took every precaution to ensure that citizens of the county stayed alert and aware.

    Hammond said he and his deputies worked long hours throughout the county to keep an eye out for the escapees.

    “We stayed on patrol 24 hours a day,” Hammond said. “We had perimeters set up through Wheatley and New Liberty and extra patrol throughout the county.”