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Today's News

  • Broom give you blisters? Hopefully they’re from sweeping, not flying

    By Roger Alford

  • Thankfully, there’s help for the stiff-necked like me

    The good news: I won the free lunch box. The less-than-good news: I’ve been paying for it ever since.
    A few months ago, we had a “most reps” contest at the gym. The person who performed the most repetitions in 30 seconds on one of the machines would win a prize.
    Common sense warned me not to get involved, but because I’ve always considered common sense as, well,  “common,” I tend to avoid it. So, on the machine that works the arm and chest muscles, as the onlookers counted, I completed 27 instead of my usual 12 or 15 reps.

  • Candidate filing deadline is Jan. 30

    The filing deadline for the May Primary Election is quickly approaching, with only 17 candidates as of press time Tuesday.
    Democratic Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis will seek a second term as the county’s top elected official. Democrat Franky Fitzgerald of Gratz also filed for the seat Dec. 8.

  • Lazy husbands can see more clearly after the swelling goes down

    By Roger Alford

  • At the Library | December 27, 2017

    December is amnesty month! As our gift to you, we ask that you bring back any overdue books and you will have your late fees wiped out! Merry Christmas!

    The library will be closed Dec. 29 for the New Year’s holiday.

    Movie Matinee — Ernest Saves Christmas

    Ernest and Santa team up to save the holidays as we know them. Everyone is welcome to come laugh along with Ernest and enjoy popcorn beginning at 1 p.m., today.

    Frontier Day

  • Who is it? | December 27, 2017
  • Kentucky towns have acquired unusual names

     Names are significant, whether they are individual or family names or whether they are names of rivers, creeks, communities or towns.
    As settlers made their way into Kentucky, they erected forts and stations for protection against Indian attacks. These wooden stockades were given the names of their founders. Daniel Boone oversaw the building of Fort Boonesborough, James Harrod established Fort Harrod and Logan’s Fort was named for Benjamin Logan.

  • Celebrating a year to remember

    As 2017 comes to a close, we take a look back at the year’s biggest headlines. From former Owen County Running Rebel Carson Williams’ showdown on the court against the Kentucky Wildcats and Owen County Elementary and Maurice Bowling Middle School’s national Lighthouse recognition to the first total solar eclipse in 99 years and a state pageant winner, 2017 is a year worth celebrating for Owen County. In the past year, we have seen the county divide over issues, but still willing to come together in the hour of need for the betterment of the community.

  • Charges against former officer dismissed

    RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. — Charges of first-degree rape and incest against a suspended Owenton police officer were dismissed last week in Russell County Circuit Court.
    Rufus Shearer Jr., 60, was arrested at the Owenton Police Department May 26, 2016, after he turned himself in to Owenton Police. Kentucky State Police later arrested Shearer on the charges of first-degree rape and incest.
    “He came in on his own free will and surrendered his firearm, badge and cruiser,” Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry said last year.

  • Granddaughter’s school project leads to hobby for Monterey man

    MONTEREY – From inside his home on Ballard Lane in Monterey, 75-year-old Rastus McDonald points out his living-room window to the house where he was born and raised. McDonald has called the small river city home since birth, minus the seven years he spent tearing down and rebuilding log cabins in Indiana.