Today's News

  • Rebels bumped from playoffs in opening round

    Another Owen County football season is in the books.

    The Rebels finished the season Friday night in the first round of the Class A Playoffs with a 70-20 loss to Newport Central Catholic.

    Despite the loss, Owen County’s Adam Hazelett threw three touchdown passes.

    Friday’s performance gave Hazlett over 1,000 passing yards for the season.

    The Thoroughbreds scored first but the Rebels responded with a Hazelett touchdown pass to Sawyer Williams to tie the game at 7-7.

  • Kay’s Branch News By Bee Spicer

    The Branch is as dry as I have seen it in the 33 years we’ve lived here. We did have a hard freeze one day last week but there was nothing to kill. The weeds, grass, and leaves have all dried up and turned to dust. John went to the woods on Thursday and cut the big tree that had been hit by lightning about three years ago. He cut it into burn lengths and we split it Saturday. It was a beautiful day to be out but it was so dry and dusty that we were both barely able to talk from the dust and sawdust in our throats. I hope the hunters are very careful.

  • The thoughts of an old voter

    I will be so glad when this election is over. I am sick and tired of all the political ads — on both sides. I mute them or watch DirecTV now to get away from them. Neither party of any of the races have shown themselves adult enough to be a representative of this state or any other elected position, which doesn’t mean to say I won’t vote. I have voted in every election since I got the privilege at 18. If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain.

  • Cautionary tale

    “It’s not just you,” Eddie Black stressed Wednesday at Owen Electric’s construction safety and communications meeting.

    It’s been more than a quarter century since Black nearly lost his life while working as a lineman for an electric cooperative in Kentucky.

    As he attempted to re-conductor two new power lines, a terrible accident occurred when 7,200 volts of electricity surged through his body. As he worked, an older, sagging line contacted two new lines.

    As a result of the incident, Black lost both arms.

  • Rebels advance to Super Bowl

    The Owen County Parks and Recreation youth traveling football teams all qualified and participated in the NCKYFL Playoffs last week at Gallatin County. Two of the three teams will be playing for the Super Bowl Championship. The Mighty Pro and Power House teams both advanced to the Super Bowl with victories at Gallatin County. The following is an account of the playoff games:

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  • Rebel Ramblings

    Next game: Playoffs at Newport Catholic, Friday at 7:30 p.m.

    • Newport Central Catholic finished the season 8-2. They wrapped up the regular season with a 40-39 loss to Beechwood in double-overtime Saturday night.

    • The Thoroughbreds earned the top seed in the district by going 3-0 against Holy Cross, Newport and Lloyd.

    • Owen County and NCC met two years ago in the first round of the playoffs. The Rebels lost that night, 50-14. Newport Catholic would go on and lose 26-23 to Fort Campbell in the Class 2A championship game.

  • Owenton voters go West

    With only a slim margin of victory, former Owen County Judge-Executive Horace “Doug” West has defeated incumbent Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier for the city’s top post.

    With 277 votes for West and 263 for Wotier, the race was decided by only 14 votes.

    West said he felt confident throughout his campaign.

    “I figured it would be pretty close,” West said. “I didn’t know it would be this close, but I felt good about it the whole time.”

  • Man uses ‘Bert’ to help teach shoplifter a lesson

    Owen County native Andrew Perry made worldwide news recently while in Charlottesville, Va., as owner of a Halloween Express store.

    It started when a teenager came in and began browsing the store. “He came in and picked up a pair of fangs,” Perry said. “Once he slipped off to the side of the store, he slipped them in his pocket. Virginia’s different from Kentucky; as soon as you try to hide something, even if you’re still in the store, you’ve stolen the merchandise.”

  • Lack of rain sparks state of emergency

    After issuing a no-burn-ban Sept. 24 due to lack of rain, Owen County Judge/Executive Carolyn Keith, has now declared Owen County in a state of emergency.

    According to a declaration that was signed Oct. 26, an agriculture drought to county farm crops, coupled with extreme heat, has been ongoing since June 1.

    “It’s really too late now for fall hay crops,” Keith said. “But if Gov. (Steve) Beshear were to declare the entire state as being in a state of emergency, our local farmers would have the chance to recoup some of their crops.”

  • Historical Society News By Bonnie Strassell

    The Civil War tore at the very fiber of America. And though the state of Kentucky initially declared neutral, it soon found itself embroiled in the battle, with loyalties dividing families, friends, and neighbors.