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Today's Features

  • Volunteers will be out in force next week to “fall sweep” Owen County’s highways. The Transportation Cabinet announced the Adopt-a-Highway Fall Sweep Week will be held Sept. 20-26.

    “The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet appreciates the effort put forth by all Adopt-a-Highway groups in keeping our highways and communities beautiful and litter-free,” Transportation Secretary Joe Prather said.

  • As a sign of its commitment to supporting farming families in rural America, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America is honoring member families who have supported the national Farm Credit System for over half a century.

    Recognition in the Heritage Farm Program is open to current members of Farm Credit who have also been a member of the Farm Credit System for at least 50 consecutive years through their immediate family, parents or grandparents. Families who qualify are honored at an annual ceremony with a special plaque and heirloom hope chest.

  • Both sets of my grandparents lived most of their lives in Owen County. I will use the next few paragraphs to try and explain what they have meant to me.

    My dad’s parents – Joe and Annabel Lawrence – lived most of their lives in Monterey. My grandfather was a farmer and worked for a while at the cheese factory in Owenton. I only saw him get riled one time in all of the years that I knew him.

  • If you have ever had the privilege of attending a sporting event in Kentucky, chances are you found yourself surrounded by fans.

    In Kentucky, fans flock to sporting events ranging from the collegiate level to the local Little League and T-ball teams.

    Owen County fans are no different. 

    However, seldom do you see a large following of fans for a cheer competition.

  • Owen County resident Scott Ogden has been honored with the 2009 Support Staff of the Year award from the Southern States Corrections Association.

    Ogden is employed by the Kentucky Department of Corrections and works at Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington where he serves as farm manager.

    He was selected from candidates from 14 other states.  Ogden, his wife Rebecca, and their family traveled to New Orleans in July in order for him to receive the honor.  

  • Bill Watson, pastor of First Christian Church in Owenton and respected storyteller, will be sharing his tales of history with a statewide audience at the Kentucky State Fair.

    Although well-known for his portrayal of American Civil War solider “James,” Watson said this performance will focus on other stories of American history.

    Watson will perform Aug. 27-28 at 3 p.m. in the northern wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville as part of the Kentucky State Fair.

    The event is free and open to the public.

  • MBMS has a new squad and is facing new challenges.

    This year, the Bowling Middle School has taken 23 girls for their cheerleading squad. After receiving a grant and completing many fund-raisers, they headed to University of Kentucky for a cheer camp led by Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA). At camp, they learned many new cheers, stunts, and dance routines, along with learning how to be good leaders in both the school and community. Each night, they faced evaluations and were fortunate enough to receive a blue ribbon and spirit stick each night.

  • Twenty-five people attended the Bethany School reunion on July 11 at Noble’s Restaurant near Corinth. After the blessing of the food, delicious meals were enjoyed as proud grandparents shared exciting moments of their grandchildren.

    The next planned get-together will be at noon Nov. 20 at the Smith House Restaurant in Owenton.

    Six “get well” greetings were sent to some who usually attend the party.

  • Mary Kennedy from Owen County High School in Owenton was selected to attend the 2009 Congressional Academy, which is coordinated by the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, and funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

    The Congressional Academy for American History and Civics led current high school juniors in a careful study of the pivotal turning points in American history memorialized by the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, and the “I Have a Dream” speech.

  • Two weeks ago when Fairview Restaurant and Country Crafts opened for business, owner Jessica Ferguson never thought her new business would become such a hit among the local people.

    The business officially opened July 22. Ferguson, who worked for a staffing company and continues to do so out of her home, said she had always wanted to try something different.

    “We wanted to begin about two years ago,” Ferguson said. “We wanted to do something different and I always wanted to do the primitive and country stuff.”