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Today's Features

  • Cars lined both sides of Main Street in Owenton. The license plates spoke of homes from Kentucky to California; and as folks climbed from their vehicles, some dependent on the helping hand of a son or daughter, they cradled flowers in their arms. Owen County cemeteries from Monterey and New Liberty to Owenton were crowded Memorial Day weekend.

  • Just after having worked a couple of weeks at my new job, I soon discovered that a few of my coworkers knew all about Monterey. Seems they remember a few of their past coworkers also being from Monterey. While talking with Ms. Stella (Carriss) and Mike Harmon, another new employee (who has just recently come back, after having been in semi-retirement), I learned that they remember two Monterey ladies quite well. In fact they were sisters. They were Shirley (Smith) Ballard and Thelma (Smith) House. Everyone spoke very highly of the two and said I too, will do just fine.

  • I know the Kay’s Branch News wasn’t in the paper last week. I seemed to have misplaced a few days the week before. The sun came out that week and so did I. I washed windows, mowed the yard, washed more windows and mowed more yard. I got to play golf for the first time this year. Played badly but managed to finish 18 holes.

  • A cozy atmosphere and friendly faces bring customers to the recently expanded M&T Country Collectibles.

    The business opened in June of 2006, specializing in antiques. In 2007, the owner, Melissa Perkins, decided to completely revamp her store and do away with antiques.

    The business now specializes in country and primitive home décor and folk art, as well as many miscellaneous items such as Candleberry candles.

  • Owen County High School teacher Rusty Willhoite’s Technical Design and Application class has kept busy this year designing and building a hovercraft.

    The class recently completed the project, which was more than a year in the making and was a group effort by the class.

    Owen County School Superintendent Mark Cleveland said seven years ago he toured several schools in Indiana that incorporated robotics within the classroom. Cleveland was so awed by the classrooms that he had an industrial arts room built at OCHS.

  • Brittany Schaub of Owen County will compete in the Kentucky State Spelling Bee Saturday at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville.

    Schaub is one of approximately 60 Kentucky and Southern Indiana youngsters who will participate in one of the major events of the Kentucky Derby Festival.

    The state winner will receive a U.S. Savings Bond valued at $10,000 upon maturity, a trophy, the latest edition of the Merriam Webster collegiate dictionary and a $25 amazon.com gift card.

  • The 48th annual Owen County Sweetheart ceremony will take place Feb. 11. Members of the girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball teams and the football players vote on their favorite cheerleader. Friday night between the girls’ and boys’ doubleheader games, one cheerleader will be crowned the 2009 OCHS Sweetheart.

  • On Dec. 31, Cindy Wright will enter the courthouse for the last time as the Owen County Circuit Clerk. After serving the county for 30 years, Wright is retiring.

    “I will miss her extremely. I worked with her for 20 years and she was always there for me. She was far more than just a boss, she was and is family. We shared a lot of laughs and we also cried. I can speak for everybody in our office to say we love her and wish her the best,” said Leigh New, Chief Deputy Clerk.

  • The Owen County fifth-grade leadership group had 20 participating students this year.

    Since late September, these students have worked diligently to identify community leaders and interview them.

    The first task of this outstanding group of students was to define leadership and what it means to them.

    After this first step, they commenced to identify someone in the community who portrayed leadership qualities.

    Conducting the interview proved to be a challenge to some students, but they all came through with flying colors.

  • What do you get when you combine: giggling babies, pumpkins, rubber ducks, good food, and lots of sunshine – a perfect fall celebration.