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Today's News

  • Deep cuts for county budget

    Despite expected cuts of over $100,000 to the general fund, Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis said there will still be room in the 2015-16 county budget for much-needed repairs to the courthouse, as well as other county needs.
    During the months leading up to the budget process, Ellis said the county’s consulting company, BBX Strategies and Consultants, built a spreadsheet which compiled the last 5 years of historical data.

  • High marks for superintendent

    The Owen County School Board recently completed an evaluation of the district’s superintendent in an effort by the Kentucky Department of Education to better gauge the performance of the leader of the school district.
    The evaluation, only in its first year of implementation by the state, will be required of all school districts statewide beginning next school year.
    Superintendent Rob Stafford received high marks according to the evaluation which was submitted and approved on May 27.

  • Upcoming local events hold plenty of fun for all

    The seventh annual Sweet Owen Arts in the Park will kick-off two weekends full of activities for local residents.
    The event will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Owen County Fairgrounds, where local and regional artists will display and sell their work.
    Demonstrations of artwork being created will take place throughout the day. A pottery wheel will be set up for children to try and a wool spinning exhibition and a basket-weaving demonstration will also take place. Wood working and forge work will also be shown.

  • Five recently indicted by grand jury

    The Owen County grand jury met June 3 and returned the following indictments:

  • 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.