Today's News

  • Family finds friends when confronting child’s congenital heart defect

    It was better than the biggest box of chocolates.
    It was better than the most heartfelt Hallmark card.
    On Mother’s Day 2013, Becky Mefford found out her son will live and have a shot at a normal life.
    Nearly a year ago, Ezekiel Mefford, the son of Becky and Byron Mefford, underwent open-heart surgery to close a large hole in his heart.
    “There was a very big hole and it would have been impossible to close without surgery,” Becky Mefford said. “It was a never-ending concern for us.”

  • Fiscal court fires animal control officer

    After a series of complaints, the Owen County Fiscal Court has decided to fire Owen County Animal-Control Officer Deanna Wolfe.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said she had received several complaints that calls to Wolfe about stray animals had gone unanswered. Keith also said she had issues with Wolfe’s availability to pick up animals in a timely manner.
    During the Jan. 28 fiscal court meeting, the magistrates unanimously approved terminating Wolfe as the animal-control officer.

  • Primary deadline passes with 40 seeking Owen County offices

    With the deadline to file for candidacy in the May primary passed, over three dozen Owen countians have filed for office including nine men seeking to wear the badge of Owen County sheriff.
    The most heavily contested of all offices up for election, the sheriff’s race will include five Democrats and four Republicans.

  • May Primary Candidates

    County Judge-Executive:
    Doug West (D)
    Casey Ellis (D)
    Fred Evans (D)
    Gary W. Minch (R)

    Steve Miller (R)
    Zemer Hammond (D)
    Gary W. Alcorn (D)
    Greg Estes (D)
    Kristopher Lang (D)
    Mark Alan Cochran (D)
    Mark Bess (R)
    Richard “Rick” Poe Sr. (R)
    Larry Osborne (R)

    Magistrate, District 1:
    Asa Phillips (D)
    Todd M. Spurgeon (D)

    Magistrate, District 2:
    Stuart Bowling (D)

  • Georgia - On my mind: Every generation finds its own way

    My daughter and I were five hours into a road trip with two grandchildren bored in the backseat. They’d exhausted the usual diversions and had sunk to the level of bug-your-sibling-until-it-squeals. That’s when I pulled out an old compact disc of Tom T. Hall’s Greatest Hits I keep in my car.
    The 13-year-old began to gag. Inspired by her humor, the 9-year-old joined in with noises only a boy can make. I restrained myself from giving them my opinion of current pop music. Every new generation celebrates its own, I understand.

  • Owen County District Court: Jan. 31, 2014

    Eric Beach, 1983, second-degree narcotics, trafficking in marijuana, sell or transfer of simulated controlled substance, preliminary hearing held, probable cause found to transfer to grand jury.
    Jackie L. Gibson, 1978, trafficking in marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, pleaded not guilty, preliminary hearing set for Feb. 7, $20,000 cash bond set.
    Janice Lindley, 1955, third-degree narcotics, two counts of second-degree narcotics, preliminary hearing held, probable cause found to transfer to grand jury.

  • Family celebrates service, promotion

    Lt. Colonel James M. “Mike” Yocum was recently promoted to full colonel in the U.S. Army. Yocum was joined at the promotion ceremony by his family and special guests including (from left to right) Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Gwendolyn Defillippi; Maria Yocum; Kaylee Yocum; Col. Mike Yocum; Shelby Duvall Yocum; Jim Yocum; Betty Ritter; and Scott Yocum.

  • Rotarians support Owen County Park

    Owenton Rotary President Mike Cobb, right, presents Owen Co. Parks Director Buck Beverly, left,  a check for $2,000.  “We are fortunate to have such a wonderful park available for our community to enjoy,” Cobb said. “The Owenton Rotary club is pleased to support the efforts of the Owen County Park (staff).”

  • Birth announcement: William Paul Elliston

    Jeffrey and Carrie Elliston would like to announce the birth of their son, William Paul Elliston, born Dec. 19, 2013, at Frankfort Regional Medical Center at 7:50 a.m. He weighed 8 lbs. and 4.5 ounces and was 20 inches long. His maternal grandparents are Paulette Purnell and Randall and Fay Johnson; paternal grandparents,  Jeff and Patricia Elliston;  maternal great-grandparents, Paul and Betty Prather and the late Homer and Betty Johnson; paternal great-grandparents, Evelyn and the late George Cooke and the late William and Anna Mae Brophy.

  • Special birthday: Edith Lewis

    Edith Lewis celebrated her 90th birthday on Dec. 14, 2013. The occasion was celebrated by an open house with family and friends.