Today's News

  • Primary night 2014: Ellis wins judge-executive bid

    The outcome of many of Tuesday’s Owen County Primary Election races were close.
    But for current Owen County second-district magistrate Casey Ellis, it was a wide margin of victory for the Democratic nomination in the race for the county’s top-elected position.
    Ellis will now face Republican Party nominee Gary W. Minch in November for the office of county judge-executive.
    Ellis won Tuesday’s primary and carried all 12 of Owen County’s precincts with nearly 70 percent of the votes.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Churches made it easy to attend

    The smooth wood of the newly constructed structure stood forlornly beneath the trees near the church. Its surface displayed  no evidence of use. No worn away areas suggested years of diligent watch over those under its care.
    But the hitching post erected at Long Ridge Baptist Church several weeks ago served as a reminder to many Owen countians of years ago when horses throughout the county spent their Sunday mornings in front of community churches.

  • Owen County Property Transfers - April 2014

    John A. and Darlene Ransdell to Christina Loucks, Greenwell and South High, $10,000.
    Michelle M. Knight and Nicole M. Levandusky to William H. and Suzann F. Wilder, lot 939 and 940, Elk Lake Shores Subdivision, $208,000.
    Michael and Judy Osborne to John Lee Cook, $50,400.
    James R. and Madeline C. House to Mark K. Franks, lot 25, Riverlake Subdivision, $57,000.
    Judy L. Boothe to Patrick E. Boothe, U.S. Hwy. No. 127.
    Jeffrey C. Edmondson to Alice C. Baugh, U.S. Hwy. No. 127, $25,000.

  • Owen County District Court: May 16, 2014

    Austin M. Duncan, 1993, first-degree possession of heroin, drug paraphernalia, public intoxication controlled substance, first-degree narcotics, possessing license while privileges are revoked, probable cause established, transferred to grand jury, continued to June 10.
    Christopher L. Hawkins, 1994, rear license not illuminated, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, failure to wear seat belt, continued to Aug. 8.

  • Kay’s Branch News: Sunday lunch can be like old home week

    It was 38 degrees again this morning when I got up. I didn’t see any signs of frost but Fay said they had frost yesterday morning. She was out putting water on her green bean plants that were above ground to keep the frost from blighting them. As I was coming home from Frankfort on Friday, I saw plowed ground for the first time this season. It’s nearly the first of June and I haven’t seen a tobacco plant in the ground. Its been a very strange spring.

  • Golden Days: Brothers and wives celebrate 50th wedding anniversaries

    Bob and Betty Lou Gullion Skirvin of Sparta were married May 23, 1964 in Carrollton. They have three children, Sonja Hopkins of Sparta, Jeff Tackett of Warsaw and Tammy Trimble of Sparta. They also have six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
    L.J. and Mary Ellen Stewart Skirvin of Sparta were married Feb. 15, 1964 in Poplar Grove. They have two children, Steve Skirvin of Sparta and Jay Skirvin of Glencoe. They also have four grandchildren.
    The couples celebrated May 4 with a dinner held by their family at Jonesville.

  • 4-H News: Take care of the horses

    Few things say spring in Kentucky like horses. Chances are if you are in the 4-H Horse Program, you’ve been working diligently to prepare your horse for spring and summer shows, trail rides, and camps. One important aspect to never forget is springtime vaccinations.

  • International students seek homes in Owen County

    Loving homes are needed in Owen County for international students.
    Maybe yours?
    Hundreds of foreign high school students, both boys and girls, are sitting at home these days, hoping for their chance experience the typical American way of life. Their dreams include going to a football game, eating macaroni and cheese around the dinner table, attending an American school, church, prom and playing sports.
    The Aspect Foundation is looking for landing spots for these students.

  • Scouts plant trees at Gen. Butler park

    The News-Democrat

    More than 50 volunteers turned out Saturday at General Butler State Resort Park to help plant 1,200 trees as part of Kentucky State Park’s “Plant a Tree” program.
    State parks received a $9,500 grant from Odwalla Juice and Food Company for the program that is providing trees to be planted at 17 locations around Kentucky.

  • Basketball’s best

    During the May 14 Owen County High School boys basketball team banquet, nine members of this year’s varsity team were recognized for their exceptional work off the court.
    Teammates Cameron McAnally, Vince Toftness, Chad McDonald, and Hunter Trenary were honored for maintaining a cumulative GPA between 3.25-3.74 and were named 2013-14 KHSAA Honorable Mention Academic All-State.
    Blaine Forsee, Carson Williams, Jarrod Ball, Trevor Lykins, and Tucker Trenary were named 2013-14 KHSAA First Team Academic All-State for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher.