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Today's News

  • Murder suspect allegedly burglarizes Owen home

    Derek Garten, the 38-year-old man charged in the shooting death of Margaret “Meg” Smith last week in Frankfort allegedly burglarized a home on Ky. 355 in Owen County during his run from law enforcement July 4.
    Garten allegedly admitted to breaking into the home of Dennis and Hilda Raisor, 280 Ky. 355, and stealing two firearms, a case of .22 caliber bullets, collectible coins, pocket knives and a lawnmower.
    No one was home at the time of the break-in, according to Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Tracy.

  • Airplane hangar set for demolition Saturday morning

    The four-plane airplane hangar constructed by Harry Clark Karsner more than 70 years ago will come down Saturday after the membership of Old Cedar Baptist Church initially voted to demolish the structure last year.
    A pilot himself, Karsner built the hangar near the church following World War II, that for years carried the neon message, “Christ Is the Answer.”
    The church purchased the land where the hangar sits in January 2017 from a local farmer, and rumors about the hangar’s future soon began circulating.

  • County fair action begins Saturday

    BY AUDREY LEWIS | N-H Reporter
    The 2018 Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show opens with a day of beauty pageants Saturday — admission on this day will be $5.
    The day begins with the baby contest including a $5 entry fee and categories for ages 0-35 months. Contestants for the Little Miss and Mister and the Little Prince and Princess should arrive at the fairgrounds no later than 11:15 a.m. Little Prince and Princess, ages 3-4, will compete individually while the Little Miss and Mister, for ages 5-7, will compete as a couple.

  • Parks and rec board chooses not to seek permanent director

    BY AUDREY LEWIS | N-H Reporter
    Following the resignation of previous Owen County Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Hamilton the leadership of the Parks and Recreation Program is being redesigned.
    In the past a director was hired and paid to preside over an appointed board. Now that responsibilities are being adjusted, the parks and recreation board have decided to assign a director to each individual program rather than bring in a new overall leader.

  • Owen District Court | July 6, 2018

    Owen District Court
    July 6, 2018

    David Connley, 1979, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, controlled substance prescription not in original container, drug paraphernalia, waive preliminary hearing, continued to July 10.
    Drew Duerring, 1995, non-support, two counts of contempt of court, continued to Aug. 10.

  • Historical Society | Swimming holes provided respite from summer's heat

    “Oh! The old swimmin’-hole! In the long, lazy days
    When the humdrum of school made so many run-a-ways,
    How pleasant was the jurney [sic] down the old dusty lane,
    Whare the tracks of our bare feet was printed so plain.”
    In his poem, “The Old Swimmin’ Hole,” James Whitcomb Riley reminisced about the carefree summer days of his childhood and recalled the old swimmin’ hole that beckoned the young to plunge from the fiery heat of summer into the refreshing respite of invigorating coolness.

  • Despite heat, Branch residents enjoy memorable fireworks show

    The Fourth of July was the hottest day of the year so far. My thermometer at the front of the house read 91 degrees at noon, and the sun had already moved to the back of the house. I spent the day inside under the air conditioner. Dobbs and I watched the Fourth of July spectacular on KET.

  • At the Library | July 11, 2018

    There’s still time to get your camera out and take some photos of what makes Owen County a great place in which to live. The Library is sponsoring its Second Annual Photography Contest. Rules and requirements can be found on our website, Facebook page and at the library.  Prizes will be awarded for adults and children.  The deadline for submissions is Friday.  
    Age Reversing Exercise

  • Planting By the Signs: 'Dog Days' of summer continue through Aug. 11

    This week and beyond: Dark moon for below-ground producers is in force until new (light) moon at 10:48 p.m., Thursday. The light moon will rule until the full (dark) moon returns July 27. Check signs before planting.
    Signs: Today and Thursday, outstanding; Friday and Saturday, no planting, killing sign; July 15-18, flowering signs; July 19-21, outstanding for above-ground producers.
    Dog Days are here

  • Hundred Happy Acres strives for healthy land, happy animals

    BY AUDREY LEWIS | N-H Reporter
    Hundred Happy Acres, a 106-acre farm in Jonesville, is where Emily Lofald and her family strive daily for healthy land and happy animals.
    Producing meat, mainly pork, Lofald focuses on raising her animals in the most natural ways possible.
    Lofald’s pigs graze on forest and pasture, being fed soy free and non-genetically modified organism (GMO) grain as supplement before being processed.