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Today's News

  • A shoebox could change life of a child

    I would like to invite you to join in this year’s Christmas Child project, a worldwide outreach of Samaritan’s Purse that touches the lives of millions of hurting children each year through the power of a simple gift. Shoe boxes filled with presents by caring people can bring love, joy and hope to little ones living in some of the most desperate circumstances imaginable.

  • Friends and life lessons

    There are two kinds of people in the world. Well, there are a lot more than that, but for the purposes of telling this story, there are only two, personified by Pat and me. Pat was impulsive and gregarious. Give her five minutes’ notice and a pound of baloney, and she’d whip up a party. I was deliberate, more at ease with a good book in those days than in a room full of people. And when I hosted a party it took days of preparation to meet my self-imposed standards of perfection.

  • Board selects site for new judicial center

    After months of negotiation, the Project Development Board announced the new Owen County Judicial Center will be built on five acres owned by the Ford family trust.

    The land is on Hwy. 127, one-tenth of a mile south from the current courthouse. The property is mostly farm land and will not require high demolition costs.

    Owen County Judge-executive Billy O’Banion, the only member of the fiscal court to vote against the proposal, said he wanted to keep the judicial center as close to downtown as possible.

  • Allegations hurt county’s reputation

    The news media coverage about the abuse of authority by the top Owen County officials has been an embarrassment to Owen County and is the topic of discussion among everyone.

    The bad news is that (some of) our county officials - Judge-executive Billy O’Banion, former Deputy Judge-executive Renaee Gaines, and Treasurer Gayla Lewis - are giving our county government a bad name.

  • Clerk expects strong voter turnout in Owen County

    It looks like more Owen countians could be casting ballots this year than the last presidential election.

    Back when there were nine days left before the absentee ballot deadline, 198 Owen countians had already cast ballots.

    For the November 2004 election, 285 Owen County residents voted absentee. Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said there is usually a flurry close to the deadline and expects the total number of absentee ballots cast to exceed the previous presidential election total.

  • Heartbreak for Rebels as Owen falls, 14-13

    his one hurt.

    The Owen County Rebels went into Friday night’s game looking for their third win of the season. They seemed poised to get it, but it was not to be, as the Rebels fell to Christian Academy-Louisville 14-13.

    The game could not have started any better for Owen County. After holding the Centurions to a three and out on their first possession, the Rebels began their first drive on the 40-yard line.

  • Born to run

    If you ask members of the Owen County Girls Cross Country team why they run, many of them have the same answer. They love running.

    Coach Jeff Sutton loves when they run as well, and he also loves the fact that they are going to be around for a while.

    The Owen County varsity team is made up of one high school runner and a solid group of middle school runners.

    This has Sutton thinking some fairly lofty thoughts for the future of the program. The coach, however, is not looking so far ahead that he doesn’t realize what he has right now.

  • Architects present several different versions of new middle school

    The new Owen County Middle School is one step closer to becoming a reality.

    Ron Murall Architects presented the Owen County Board of Education with four plans in an attempt to balance the administration’s wish list and the hard realities of the budget.

    Each plan highlights one of four alternate features that will be built only if the budget allows. The options are two flex classrooms, an auditorium, a rooftop courtyard and extra locker rooms.

  • Political battles end at ballot box

    It doesn’t really matter if you vote for Barack Obama.

    It doesn’t really matter if you vote for John McCain.

    Whether you support Mitch McConnell or Bruce Lunsford is kinda beside the point.

    The point is to just get out there and vote.

    Almost everyone has had the old saying “if you don’t vote, you have no right to complain” drilled into their head by their mother.

    And complaining about politics appears to have replaced baseball as America’s true pastime. It could probably give NASCAR a run for its money.

  • Owen County’s Halloween Express turns scares into profit

    Ghosts, goblins and zombies have invaded the countryside as Halloween Express sets up shop across the nation.

    This multi-million dollar company has quickly become an Owen County icon.

    “Many people in Owen County make a living from Halloween,” Halloween Express President Curtis Sigretto said.

    From August to early November, Owen County families spread out across the country to make a living selling plastic masks and fake blood. Thousands of children turn to Owen County business owners to find the perfect trick-or-treat costume.