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Today's News

  • Three OC teachers earn Excellence award from Campbellsville

    Three teachers from the Owen County School District were honored with Excellence in Teaching Awards by Campbellsville University during a May 16 ceremony.
    Teresa Dempsey of Owen County Upper Elementary School, Candy Osborne of Maurice Bowling Middle School and Kevin Webster of Owen County High School were nominated by their peers to receive the commendation for their dedication to students and excellence in the classroom.
    “It was such an honor to be nominated by the people I work with,” said Osborne, who teaches seventh-grade math said.

  • Boaters can now travel Kentucky River 65 miles from Carrollton to Frankfort

    For the first time in a decade, the Kentucky River locks are now open to allow boats to pass through.
    After years of work and repair, the Kentucky River Authority has officially opened Locks 1-4, allowing boaters to travel from the Ohio River to the upper Frankfort pool as of this past Memorial Day weekend.
    The locks will be open weekends from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. through Oct. 25.
    Boaters with marine radios can radio the locks on marine channel 13. Otherwise, boaters can signal the lock workers with the boat’s signal device to lock through.

  • Owenton gearing up for 2015 Relay for Life

    When the American Cancer Society’s Annual Relay for life kicks off Friday it will signal another year Owen Countians have taken up the fight against cancer.
    “No one seems to remember when it started here,” Kelsey Lewis, American Cancer Society representative stated, “but we know Owen County has held a relay for at least 15 years now.”

  • May 6, 2015 letters to the editor

    Relay team appreciates community support

  • No 'mama' is perfect, but each one is a hero

    There’s a scar on my shin that tells a story about me that most people don’t know.
    It’s the story of how one little girl had only one wish for her adult life -- and that was to be just like her hero.
    The scar came about after a trip to my mama’s closet, where I took out a pair of her old high heels. I slipped them on my tiny feet and walked carefully through the house, trying my hardest to be as graceful as mama when she walked through the church doors on Sunday mornings.

  • Historical Society News, May 6: Stories of panthers not uncommon in Owen County

    They roamed the hills of early Kentucky in great numbers and sightings of their sinewy forms on nightly forays in Owen County have been recorded  throughout the years.
    Their eerie midnight screams have sent goose bumps scrambling along the arms of even the most brave and family stories of confrontations between man and these fierce predators have been passed down through generations.

  • Farmers' market set to begin Friday

    With temperatures forecast in the 80s throughout the week, the Owen County Farmers’ Market will receive a warm welcome for its kickoff Friday.
    The first market of the season will begin at 10 a.m. behind the Owen County Farm Bureau office, located at 430 Roland Ave.
    So far, 14 vendors have signed up to participate in the 2015 market season.

  • Fiscal court votes to keep consultant company amid EMS changes

    Following an Owen County EMS assessment at the April 28 Owen County Fiscal Court meeting, three out of four of the court’s members voted to extend a contract with BBX Strategies and Consulting.
    During its first regular meeting of the year, the court unanimously approved the utilization of BBX Strategies and Consulting, a consulting company based out of Woodford County.
    According to Ellis, the consulting company was given the position to gather facts for the court.

  • Local veteran remembers V-E Day 70 years later

    In the small Kentucky town of Owenton, you might see a few signs around that direct you to the nearest restaurant or county attraction. It’s likely no one really thinks much about who created that sign.
    But in Owen County, you would be in for the story of a lifetime.
    May 8, 2015 marks the 70-year anniversary of V-E Day (Victory in Europe), which was the day that the Germans surrendered during World War II.

  • Fire claims E. Ransdell St. home

    A single-family structure fire at 318 E. Ransdell St. led to one injury and the loss of a family pet April 21.
    Owen County Volunteer Fire Department Public Information Officer Jude Canchola said upon arrival, Owenton Fire Chief J.O. Powers observed two rooms and a hallway fully involved in fire, with heavy smoke coming from all four sides of the home.
    “The fire was under control within 15 minutes and contained to the original two rooms and hallway,” Canchola said. “But heavy smoke and heat made the interior of the home a total loss.”