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Today's Features

  • I just saw the biggest stinging caterpillar I have ever seen. I had never seen a stinging caterpillar until about five years ago. More accurately, I had never really looked for them until I read an article by University of Kentucky entomologist Ric Bessin back in 2003. He wrote that we should to be wary of stinging caterpillars this time of the year.

  • You Social Security Statement is an important document that can help you plan for your retirement. Whether you’re a young worker just starting a career or a seasoned employee ready to retire, the Statement is designed to help you.

    The Social Security Statement includes a message from the Commissioner and a record of your earnings each year. It provides you with retirement benefit estimates using different retirement scenarios. The Statement also provides estimates of disability and survivors benefits for you and your family in the event that you become disabled or die.

  • Owenton Livestock Exchange August 20, 2008 Compared to last week: Feeder steers 1.00-2.00 higher. Feeder heifers steady. Slaughter cows 3.00-4.00 lower. Slaughter bulls steady, light supply. Slaughter cows: Breaker: 75-80 percent lean, 1,225-1,685, 48.00-54.00; 56.00-57.50, high-dress; 45.50-47.50, low-dress. Boner: 80-85 percent lean, 810-1,370, 47.50-51.50; 54.50, high-dress; 45.00-47.00, low-dress. Lean: 85-90, 820-1,360, 44.50-48.50; 620-760, 39.00. Slaugher Bulls #1: 1,495-1,785, 80-82 carcass boning percent, 74.00-78.50.

  • All in all it has been a very forgiving season. Plenty of spring and early summer rain has, however, turned into a dry late summer. We are not in the throes of a severe drought but we are in the midst of some unfavorable conditions for newly planted trees, shrubs and perennials.

  • On Sept. 27, adults and students alike will gather together to clean up Owen County.

    Trent Holbert, pastor of Long Ridge Baptist Church, came up with the idea for a “servolution” that focuses on middle and high school students. The group will start the day off by taking a tour of the community to see which areas need help, and from there doing various community services such as painting curbs and painting over graffiti.

  • When Morgan Chandler started building cars in Owen County in 1965, he never imagined that his hobby would take him in to the record books. Chandler will be inducted into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame at the Florence Speedway on Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. Bill Holder is the Executive Director for the Hall of Fame. He said racing fans nominate the Hall of Fame members. The list of nominees is handed over to a 40-member voting board. Holder said nine people were chosen to join the Hall of Fame this year. He said the new hall of fame members will receive a plaque and a jacket.

  • “Bubby passed away at 5:30 a.m. – “ Verna wrote in her e-mail. I stopped reading, and sat quiet for a while nursing memories. Time enough to learn about “arrangements” later. But I had to smile. We both thought of this gentle giant – this man whose life had impacted thousands, perhaps indirectly millions – as “Bubby.” Certainly, Bubby was no Bubba. I never asked anyone how he got his nickname. It’s just what we called him all through school even as he grew very tall and handsome and his voice deepened into a booming resonance.

  • KARE Program Available to Owen Co Farmers The Kentucky Agricultural Relief Effort (KARE) Cost-Share Program will soon be available for Owen Co. farmers. Applications will be available between August 7 and August 26 at the Owen Co Extension Office. The deadline for turning them in is Aug 26. The KARE program is a special state Phase I program that allowed for extra funds to be placed in each county for efforts to help farmers recover from last year’s drought.