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  • Community Events | February 7, 2017

    Sign-ups for Parks and Rec baseball now open

    Sign-ups for Owen County Parks and Recreation T-ball, baseball and softball have begun. Forms are located at Owen County Schools and at the Owen County Judge-Executive’s Office, and can be dropped off at these locations. The cost is $60 per child or $150 for family. Any questions can be answered on the Parks and Rec website, www.owencountyparksandrec.com

    LEPC meeting rescheduled for Feb. 20

  • New program promotes positive well-being for young girls

    Registration is now open for the newly founded Owen County chapter of Girls on the Run’s spring season.
    Girls on the Run is a 501(c)3  nonprofit organization that inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and to celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Led by trained coaches, girls at the elementary and middle school level will learn to focus on health and fitness while preparing for a celebratory 5K event.

  • Deadline passes to file for county election

    County Judge/Executive:
    Casey Ellis, D (incumbent)
    Franky Fitzgerald, D
    Veronica Gayle, R

    County Attorney:

    Josh Smith, D

    Sheriff:
    Mark Bess, R (incumbent)
    Doug West, D
    Lannis Garnett, D
    Gary Alcorn, D
    Marty Lilly, D
    Larry Osborne, R

    County Clerk:

    Laurel D. Stivers, D (incumbent)

    Circuit Court Clerk
    Margaret Forsee, D (incumbent)

  • Chamber president vying for county’s top post

    Three candidates are now vying for the county’s top-elected position after Owen County Chamber of Commerce President and Adult Learning Director Veronica Gayle filed on the Republican ticket Monday.
    Though a newcomer to politics, Gayle has served in a variety of leadership roles and is an active member of several community organizations.
    Democratic incumbent Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis and Franky L. Fitzgerald, also a Democrat, filed in November and December respectively.

  • ‘That text can wait’

    It’s a common scene across the United States: A teenage driver gives a friend a ride home from school. As the friend talks in the passenger seat, the driver’s cell phone receives a text message.
    The driver picks up the phone to respond, and by the time his or her eyes are back on the road, it’s too late to avoid rear-ending another vehicle. The accident is likely to carry a hefty price in insurance, repairs and possibly a ticket.

  • Fiscal court eyes new vehicles, turns to fleet management service

    Owen County vehicles may be receiving an upgrade as the Owen County Fiscal Court discussed going to a company to help plan the cost of new vehicles, maintenance and the resell of vehicles in the future. The company chosen to help manage this is Enterprise Fleet Management, a branch of Enterprise Holdings that provides automotive fleet services that include fleet sales, financing, leasing, a maintenance program and management systems for companies throughout the United States and Canada.

  • At the Library | January 31, 2018

    Age Reversing Workout

    Follow a beginner’s DVD to boost your energy. This gentle workout is designed to improve posture and increase mobility. It repeats at 11 a.m., every Wednesday morning through January.

    Storytime

    Join Miss Susan to enjoy great books and fun activities. This program is for preschoolers and their caregivers who are a necessary and required part of the program. Come join in the fun at 10:30 a.m., Thursday.

    Walk Away the Pounds

  • Drug bust nabs 1 for heroin, 3 on warrants

    A woman believed to be one of the most prominent drug dealers in Corinth is behind bars following a joint effort between the Owen and Scott County sheriff’s offices.
    Owen County Sheriff Mark Bess and Deputy Brent Caldwell responded to a drug overdose on Jan. 17. Following an investigation at the scene, Bess and Caldwell were led to a residence just across the Scott County line on Leaning Oak Road.

  • Rescue squad makes quick work of locating missing teen

    Despite bitterly cold temperatures, Owen County Search and Rescue made quick work of locating a missing teenager last week.
    The 13-year-old female left her home at 13495 Georgetown Road at approximately 8 p.m., Jan. 17, to walk to her grandparent’s house about 10 feet away, according to Owen County Search and Rescue Captain Greg Estes.
    “She heard some dogs and started to walk toward them and got off track,” Estes said. “She walked up on a hunting cabin and went inside trying to get out of the cold.”

  • Smith House adds new chapter to decades-long history

    In its 60-plus years of business, the Smith House Restaurant has become a regional staple, serving up legendary homemade pies and mouthwatering fried chicken to local families and businesspeople alike.
    Today, those decades-long traditions are set to remain in place, even with a new face at the helm.
    Dana Colligan, 59, the former manager of the Owenton Marathon station, took over operations at the restaurant Jan. 1.
    A frequent Smith House patron, Colligan said she mentioned the possibility of having a restaurant of her own someday to owner Billie Jo Ashcraft.