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Today's News

  • 'Hittin' the bottle' hard in Owen County

    A new study has ranked Owen County ninth on a list of counties in the nation with the biggest increase in heavy drinking.
    According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the study was released Thursday, April 23.
    The first of its kind, the study was done by researches from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.
    Data from the federal Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which surveys people in the 50 states about alcohol and drug use and chronic health conditions was used to conduct the study.

  • National war veteran memorial coming to Elk Creek Winery May 7

    A national war veteran memorial will make its way to Elk Creek Vineyards May 7, followed by a weekend of festivities.
    Joe Montgomery, the creator of Tailgating For Troops, is responsible for bringing the Eyes of Freedom unveiling to Owen County.
    The Eyes of Freedom is a set of paintings that depict the 23 fallen Marines from Lima 3/25.
    22 marines and 1 navy corpsman, along with 3 marines attached to the Lima Company, were killed in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • 4 to attend Ky. Governor's Scholar Program

    Four Owen County High School rising seniors will get an early feel for life on a college campus this summer.
    Kirsten Parker, Nicki Jacobs, Makenzie Davis and Quinn Cole each completed a rigorous application process to be accepted into the Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Program (GSP).
    The four students will spend five weeks this summer at one of the program’s three locations -- Morehead University, Murray State University or Bellarmine University in Louisville.

  • Lack of station won't affect service at S. Owen

    The now defunct South Owen Fire Department’s Hwy. 227 station could soon be transferred back to its original owners, but officials say residents of the area should not be concerned over a lack of service.
    In Dec. 2014, the state fire commission voted to no longer recognize the South Owen department, whose coverage included from the Scott County line, Bethany, Rockdale, Natlee, New Columbus and Pleasant Grove Road.
    The trouble with the department began in 2013, when the department failed to respond to fire runs.

  • County's first six iLEAD students to be chosen soon

    The process has begun for selecting Owen County’s first six iLead Academy students, a regional program where attendees could graduate high school with an associate’s degree.
    School officials from Owen, Carroll, Gallatin, Henry and Trimble counties will each select six students for the 2015-16 school year.
    The academy will be housed in Carroll County and selected students will spend all four years of their high school career in the program.

  • FFA students test out their green thumb

    Approximately 150 Owen County High School agriculture and FFA members have been working hard in the greenhouse in preparation for May 2, the first day of the high school’s annual plant sale.
    Customers can shop at the greenhouse from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 2, then after 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. during the week to select from hanging baskets, four packs, four and eight inch pots of select flowers.
    Prices will range between $1-$10 and $15 for hanging baskets.
    Students have been learning about plant growth, transplanting and marketing.

  • Historical Society News, April 22: News determined to keep history of Gratz alive

    Although technology contributed much to the advancements of the 1940s-1960s, it also changed the fabric of rural America.
    In the wake of progress, small Owen County communities were forever transformed.
    Gratz is nestled amidst the hills of Owen County and is poised along a stretch of the Kentucky River.

  • Wild ride comes to an end

    “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” - Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NIV)
    Thank You!
    I cannot say those words enough.

  • Owen District Court, April 17, 2015

    Shelly Campbell, 1986, flagrant non-support, preliminary hearing May 29.
    Shelly Campbell, 1986, third-degree rape, waived to grand jury.
    William Newman, 1987, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree wanton endangerment, appointed a public attorney preliminary hearing set for April 24.
    Joshua Smith, 1993, second-degree stalking, third-degree terroristic threatening, harassing communication, see order.

  • Kay's Branch News, April 22: Spring in full bloom on the Branch

    The old adage, “April showers bring May flowers” seems to be working. I was lamenting the fact that my forsythia didn’t bloom this year. It seems it always gets colder in this valley.
    The trees hadn’t leaved out and it was raining almost every day. Teri came on Thursday to help me clean the basement and set up for the card party, Hand and Foot, on Friday. The sun came out and we had a very nice day.