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Today's News

  • Joan Kincaid retires, ready for family and some fishing

    By John Whitlock
    N-H Editor
    For over 35 years, Joan Kincaid has been a presence in Owen County government.
    On Tuesday morning, she stepped away from her desk and down from her position as Owen County Clerk.
    The road to serving such a long stretch in local government began in 1978 at Owenton’s Western Auto when Kincaid was asked to join the Owen County Sheriff’s Office as a clerk.

  • Questions on merged government tackled at forum

    A strong turnout was on hand March 25 for a forum hosted by the Owen County Chamber of Commerce regarding charter counties.
    Dr. Phil Sparks of Chase Law School, Rick Ornstein with the Kentucky Association of Counties and attorney Skip Watson led the discussion and took written questions from the audience.
    Owen County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Frank Downing said participants in Leadership Owen County heard discussions on charter counties about 10 years ago, but the topic hadn’t been discussed much since then.

  • Stivers named to take over Owen Co. Clerk office

    As one chapter of Owen County history comes to a close, another one opens with the appointment of Laurel P. Stivers to the Owen County Clerk’s Office.
    The appointment came after Joan Kincaid announced her retirement from the office. Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith appointed Stivers to the office Tuesday morning.
    Stivers, who will be on the ballot for the clerk’s position in May, said she is looking forward to settling into her new position at a busy time of the year.

  • High winds smashes backyard pool

    For many years, the backyard pool has been a gathering place for John and Betty Ducker’s grandkids and some of the neighborhood kids looking to cool off from the summer heat.
    But this year could be different after a freak wind rolled up from the valley behind their house on Ellis Road and demolished the family’s swimming pool early Friday morning as the couple slept.
    “It was a horrible sound,” John Ducker. “I wasn’t sure what had happened.”

  • Owen Historical Society News: Newspapers reflected a prosperous community

    “To look at the (news) paper is to raise a seashell to one’s ear and to be overwhelmed by the roar of humanity.”

    These words by Swiss author Alain de Botton described the undeniable influence a newspaper has upon its readers.
    Newspapers have been a part of our daily life for centuries. They were not only an avenue of advertisement and of distributing information to the public, but were also a means of providing entertainment through satire or storytelling.

  • Ryan Quarles: New budget includes teacher, state pay hikes

    This past Monday, I was proud to vote for a responsible biennial budget which includes higher funding for Owen County schools and pay increases for our hard working state employees as well as our teachers.  
    As the 2014 General Assembly winds down, the budget process yielded a two year plan that raises the K-12 education SEEK base from $3,827 to $3,981 by 2016.  The budget also provides funds to increase internet bandwidth and school safety.

  • Owen County District Court - March 28, 2014

    Autumn L. Darrell, 1993, tampering with physical evidence, first-degree possession of heroin, drug paraphernalia, preliminary hearing held, probably cause found to transfer to grand jury.
    James House, 1977, flagrant non-support, two counts of contempt of court, preliminary hearing held, probable cause found to transfer to grand jury.
    James C. House, 1977, theft by unlawful taking, continued to April 10.
    Trellises vs. Jimmy Boling, motion for default judgment, granted.

  • Pitch Perfect

    Three students from Owen County schools received distinguished ratings at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble event held March 22 at Twenhofel Middle School in Independence. Noah Malcomb, right, a seventh grader at Maurice Bowling Middle School, received the rating for his French horn performance.  Freshman Nicole Walker, center, was distinguished on her clarinet, while sophomore Kirsten Parker, left,  received the same honor on flute.

  • Pitch Perfect

    Three students from Owen County schools received distinguished ratings at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble event held March 22 at Twenhofel Middle School in Independence. Noah Malcomb, right, a seventh grader at Maurice Bowling Middle School, received the rating for his French horn performance.  Freshman Nicole Walker, center, was distinguished on her clarinet, while sophomore Kirsten Parker, left,  received the same honor on flute.

  • OCHS band member is consistently excellent

    The Owen County High School Rebel Band program and Owen County High School are proud of the accomplishments of Kirsten Parker, a sophomore flute player in the band.
    Parker, who takes private lessons from Jana Flygstad of Georgetown, was selected to the Northern Kentucky High School Select Band for the second year in a row. This is Kirsten’s third consecutive year of participating in the select band, as she was selected to be a part of the middle school select band her eighth-grade year.