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Weather wrecks some holiday plans

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After snow and ice blankets region, community scrambles to reschedule Christmas events

By Molly Haines

Wintry weather forced several cancellations over the weekend, including the annual Owen County Christmas Parade, but officials said few accidents were reported.
Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said a deputy responded to an accident on Calendar Road. The vehicle had to be towed from the scene, but Hammond said there were no injuries.
Owenton Police Officer Rufus Shearer Jr. said officers responded to a call Tuesday morning when a car spun in the city limits, but said it was very minor and there were no injuries.
Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the county had been very fortunate during the blast of wintry weather.
With the threat of freezing rain and snow Dec. 5, the Owen County Chamber of Commerce decided to cancel the annual Owen County Christmas Parade and all other downtown events scheduled for Dec. 8.
The parade will not be rescheduled, but Christmas With the Artist and “Stuff Your Own Stocking” have been rescheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Barbara Duvall, a member of the Owen County Council For the Arts, said the Christmas With the Artist event will be held inside the Owen County Courthouse at 100 N. Main St.
Approximately 10 different artists will be setup selling their work.
“It’s a good opportunity for artists to sell their artwork and for the community to come out and purchase some unique, unusual and one of a kind Christmas gifts,” Duvall said.
Joining the artists inside the courthouse will be the Owen County Chamber of Commerce and Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith, who will serve coffee, cider and cookies.
“Stuff Your Own Stocking” will also be inside the courthouse.
The event is sponsored by Beech Grove Baptist Church and the Owen County Clerk’s Office.
Anyone that stops by the event will receive a free Bible and candy as an outreach from Beech Grove Baptist Church.
Children can stuff their stockings with items such as crayons, rulers, pencils, small stuffed animals and more.
Santa’s Castle, which was slated for Dec. 7 has also been rescheduled for 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Owen County Extension Office.
Children ages 3 through fifth grade are eligible to participate to shop for their family members. There is a gift limit of seven gifts per child for $5.
Children will be able to choose from gifts handmade by the Owen County Homemakers and others in the community.
The Owen County 4-H will be serving refreshments with Santa Claus.