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Today's News

  • Store owner removes synthetic drugs from shelves

    Controversial items such as U-Pass, a brand of synthetic urine that can allegedly be used to pass a drug test, were recently removed from the shelves of the Owenton Marathon Station, also known as Cowboys.
    The station, located at 105 S. Main St., began selling items like U-Pass and synthetic cannabinoids, an alternative to marijuana, earlier this year. When local residents began noticing the items, they took to Facebook to express their concerns, with one post garnering nearly 170 comments and more than 100 shares on the social media website.

  • Kay's Branch News | A beautiful start to May on the Branch

    It’s beautiful out this morning. The sun is shining and melting the frost off my front yard. Yes, it’s May, and I still see frost. That’s always the way when you live in a valley — it’s the last place to get frost and the first place to get a freeze in the fall. But I’m not complaining, the sun is shining this morning, and all is well in my small part of the world.

  • Owen District Court | April 27, 2018

    April 27, 2018

    Ronald Lloyd Howard, 1984, flagrant non-support, preliminary hearing set for May 4.
    Ricky Maupin, 1984, contempt of court, to pay $100 a month.
    Jacob Robertson, 1974, flagrant non-support, contempt of court, preliminary hearing set for May 4.
    Jason Wade Walker, 1979, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, failure to wear seat belt, no or expired registration plates, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, two counts of contempt of court, continued to May 11.

  • Orphans lend powerful narrative to American history

    The first orphanage in America was established in 1729 when Indians massacred settlers near Natchez, Miss. An orphanage was unusual during this time; most orphans in the 1700s were taken into homes of neighbors or relatives. There was no court or government involvement. Families and friends just took it upon themselves to take these children under their wing to be raised as part of the family.

  • Kay's Branch News | Monthly card games make for busy week

    The rain stopped long enough over the weekend for me to mow most of my yard. There’s still the small backyard that I didn’t get to before I wimped out. I have a very good riding mower, but just sitting and turning over and over wears me out. Hopefully, I can finish this week. I’m glad that I got myself out of my Sunday clothes and got that much finished.
    It’s raining again as I write this Monday morning. I couldn’t get in touch with Fay; I guess they spent the weekend with Jennifer in Lexington.

  • Owen District Court | April 20, 2018

    April 20, 2018

    Aaron A. Bihl, 1990, motion to revoke defendant’s conditional discharge continued from March 23, review motion set for May 4.
    Aaron A. Bihl, 1990, drug paraphernalia, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree assault, third-degree terroristic threatening.
    Willard D. Flynn Jr., 1975, fourth-degree assault, continued to June 1.
    Steven Dale Hammond, 1979, contempt of court, continued to Oct. 19.

  • The day 'Happy' Chandler switched on the lights in Owen County

    In 1935 President Franklin Roosevelt signed a law creating the Rural Electrification Administration to provide funding to local cooperatives that would distribute electricity.
    At that time Kentucky’s governor, A.B. “Happy” Chandler, was instrumental in securing electric power for the Commonwealth; and in 1937 a loan of $130,000 was approved for Owen County Rural Electric Co-Op to construct lines for 600 customers. Yet, as late as the mid-1930s nine out of 10 households in Kentucky were without electricity.

  • Owen County Historical Society: Familiar names served as Revolutionary War patriots

    The names are familiar in Owen County: Ball, Bennett, Cobb, Forsee, Hunter, Maddox, Searcey, Stamper, Stivers, Vallandingham and others whose Revolutionary War pensions are listed in the Owen County court order book. Many had sons who fought in the War of 1812  and in several instances both father and son fought together in this second war of Independence.

  • Owen District Court | April 6, 2018

    April 6, 2018

    Beverly Alvarez, 1962, flagrant non-support, arraignment set for May 4.
    Donovan-Eric Raymone Cargill Jr., 1994, speeding 12 mph over the limit, rear license not illuminated, careless driving, license to be in possession, failure to produce insurance card, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, two counts of contempt of court, pleaded guilty, fined $200, $375 fee to alcohol and drug education classes, operator’s license suspended for 90 days, court costs.

  • March 2018 Property Transfers

    Robin and Johnny Gentry to Kentucky American Water Company.
    Bengie and Charle’ Finfrock to Charle’ Finfrock, land in Owen County.
    Bengie and Charle’ Finfrock to Charle’ Finfrock, two lots in Hesler in Owen County.
    Shirley Minch to Glenn A. Minch, lot 28, Owen County Sportsman’s Club, farm on Elmer Davis Lake No. 1.
    Fannie Mae Federal National Mortgage Association to Andrew Arthur and Jill Patricia Rosen, lots 478, 479 and 480, Riverlake Subdivision.