Today's News

  • Born to run

    If you ask members of the Owen County Girls Cross Country team why they run, many of them have the same answer. They love running.

    Coach Jeff Sutton loves when they run as well, and he also loves the fact that they are going to be around for a while.

    The Owen County varsity team is made up of one high school runner and a solid group of middle school runners.

    This has Sutton thinking some fairly lofty thoughts for the future of the program. The coach, however, is not looking so far ahead that he doesn’t realize what he has right now.

  • Architects present several different versions of new middle school

    The new Owen County Middle School is one step closer to becoming a reality.

    Ron Murall Architects presented the Owen County Board of Education with four plans in an attempt to balance the administration’s wish list and the hard realities of the budget.

    Each plan highlights one of four alternate features that will be built only if the budget allows. The options are two flex classrooms, an auditorium, a rooftop courtyard and extra locker rooms.

  • Political battles end at ballot box

    It doesn’t really matter if you vote for Barack Obama.

    It doesn’t really matter if you vote for John McCain.

    Whether you support Mitch McConnell or Bruce Lunsford is kinda beside the point.

    The point is to just get out there and vote.

    Almost everyone has had the old saying “if you don’t vote, you have no right to complain” drilled into their head by their mother.

    And complaining about politics appears to have replaced baseball as America’s true pastime. It could probably give NASCAR a run for its money.

  • Owen County’s Halloween Express turns scares into profit

    Ghosts, goblins and zombies have invaded the countryside as Halloween Express sets up shop across the nation.

    This multi-million dollar company has quickly become an Owen County icon.

    “Many people in Owen County make a living from Halloween,” Halloween Express President Curtis Sigretto said.

    From August to early November, Owen County families spread out across the country to make a living selling plastic masks and fake blood. Thousands of children turn to Owen County business owners to find the perfect trick-or-treat costume.

  • BMS squad falls; coach retires

    All good things must come to end.

    For the Bowling Middle School football game, that old adage became true Oct. 22 in more ways than one.

    The Rebels took part in the first Middle School State Football Championship by hosting Grant County at Patterson Field in what would be the final game for longtime BMS Football Coach Jeff Jump.

    Bowling Middle School finished the regular season with a perfect 8-0 record that included a win over the Braves earlier in the season.

    The Rebels took the opening kickoff and were forced to punt.

  • Sheriff warns of mail scam

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Department is warning citizens about a new scam that is hitting some area mailboxes.

    A letter from the Reader’s Digest Corporate Claims in Spokie, Ill. announces “you are a grand prize winner of $100,000.”

    The letter includes a check from Compass Bank of Houston, Texas for $3,047.75 with a promise the prize will be released once the check is deposited in a bank account.

  • Court News

    Circuit Court

    Oct. 21, 2008

    Brian K. Bobbitt, 1970, probation violation, continued to Dec. 9.

    Richard William Buchanan, 1969, receiving stolen property, persistent felony offender, bench warrant set for $15,000.

    Anthony Tyler Fulton, 1988, failure to comply with sex offender registration, pleaded guilty.

    Kenneth Gabbard, 1974, failure to report change in order to receive benefits, continued to Dec. 18.

    Kenneth William Gabbard, 1974, probation violation, see order.

  • BMS girls team opens season

    Oct. 21 was opening night for the Bowling Middle School Lady Rebels. Both the sixth- and seventh-grade team and the eighth-grade team were in action against Gallatin County.

    In the first game, the sixth- and seventh-graders lost to the Lady Wildcats.

    The team has only three players returning from last year’s squad. Kennedi Dermon led the Lady Rebels with 7 points and five rebounds. Shelby Gambrell had 5 points while Andi Buford tossed in 3. Mackenzie Fitzgerald and Allison Dempsey had 1 point each.

  • Greyhounds speed past Rebels, 33-6

    Greyhounds are fast.

    The Owen County Rebels found out just how fast Friday as they dropped a 33-6 decision on the road at Paris.

    The Greyhounds rushed for four touchdowns and returned a fumble for a touchdown in the win.

    Owen County entered the game looking to close out the road portion of its schedule the way they began it – with a win.

    It was not to be.

  • A million dollar rescue

    West Perry Street won the battle for a facelift. The city is applying for a $1 million grant to rehabilitate a section of the street.

    Brian Kirby, president of Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA), is spearheading the project. CEDA representatives went door-to-door to assess the needs of the each home on both West and East Perry.