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Today's Features

  • “It’s not just you,” Eddie Black stressed Wednesday at Owen Electric’s construction safety and communications meeting.

    It’s been more than a quarter century since Black nearly lost his life while working as a lineman for an electric cooperative in Kentucky.

    As he attempted to re-conductor two new power lines, a terrible accident occurred when 7,200 volts of electricity surged through his body. As he worked, an older, sagging line contacted two new lines.

    As a result of the incident, Black lost both arms.

  • A young college student asked his father the definition of a traitor in politics. The father answered, “Any person who leaves our party and goes over to the other party is a traitor.”

     

    The son then asked, “Well, what about a man who leaves the other party and comes over to ours?”

     

    “He’d be a convert, son,” replied the father, “a real and very smart convert.”

     

    Even before Owen County was formed, people of the area were serious about their politics.

  • The Owen County Judo Team hosted a clinic Saturday at Owen County High School.  Four-Time Olympian Brian Olson flew in from Dallas, Texas, to share his knowledge on what it takes to become an elite athlete.

    Olson moved to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., when he was just 17 and trained there for 20 years with bronze medalist and current Olympic Training Center Coach Eddie Liddie. 

  • Theresa recently called to tell me Florence has been undergoing some tests lately. Seems a few weeks ago they had to admit her into the Owenton hospital because she had some fluid around her heart. Her doctor had scheduled her for a heart catheter but she postponed it because she, Sheila, Vickie (their cousin) and Nancy Ballinger had planned a girls’ antiquing trip. Upon returning from this trip, Theresa and Sheila took Florence to Central Baptist to have the heart catheter done. They ended up keeping her overnight where they had to put in a couple of stints.

  • It’s been a very good week. We did get some measurable rain mid-week, but not during the Wheatley outing, which was nice. Between the signing-up and the actual showing up, we lost 16 players. They missed a great day for golf and a very good selection of homemade pie. Gilbert and the ladies who worked in the pro shop and kitchen did a wonderful job for us, as always. My thanks for all their hard work.

    Wanda went on a short trip and wasn’t here for the fire department festival Saturday so I have no report on it.

  • Following in the hoofsteps of his prize-winning dad, Kentucky Star is racking up ribbons and awards as one of the nation’s top bulls in his class.

    Kentucky Star, a 14-month-old bull owned by Larry Osborne of Sparta, is competing to be one of top bulls in the nation.

    “He’s still a yearling,” Osborne said. “He’s on track to be the best in the country. He’s the high-points leader in his class in the nation.”

  • Listed below are the Owen County men who served in World War I and World War II who were killed in action, died in service or were missing in action. The Owen County Historical Society would like for their families to bring us a picture to scan so that we can honor them by displaying their pictures in the museum. We want pictures of any Owen County man or woman who has served in the armed forces for our country. Let’s never forget the price they paid for every American to live in freedom in this country.

    World War I:

  • Hwy. 355 is quiet with a hint of fall in the air and beautiful country along the Kentucky River. Then a crowd is gathering, more than a 100 people and they are still coming. Young and old, overalls and dress, everyone is made welcome.

    All this activity is the Sorghum Festival. Jay and Ruth Gibson have been having this festival for 20 years as a party for their employees and it has grown to include many visitors from all over the state.

  • John came home from their trip full of enthusiasm for the Panhandle of Florida. They had beautiful weather. They dropped down through Tennessee and Alabama. Just by happenstance he saw an alternate route that said  “to 10 E.” They were in no hurry so he turned on to it. He said the traffic dropped to a trickle. It was a very nice four-lane road  with lovely scenery and a much easier drive. After they had been on this road for a while, suddenly the U.S.S. Alabama appeared on the horizon. He said it was like a huge whale materializing in front of them.

  • What a beautiful weekend we had for our Monterey Homecoming Fair. There were many people who came out and enjoyed socializing with old friends and family. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. My out-of-town guests made it down for the event.