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  • Sweet Owen Day Schedule 2012

    7 a.m. - Rotary pancake breakfast
    8:30 a.m. - Run/Walk
    9:30 a.m. - Littlest Runners
    10 a.m. - Fun bike ride
    10 a.m. - Opening ceremony with Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith
    10:15 a.m. - Honoring veterans and singing of National Anthem
    10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Owen County Health Fair
    11:30 a.m. - HWY 330 Band
    12:30 p.m. - Sweet Owen Cornhole sign-up begins
    1 p.m. - Puddin’ Howell
    2 p.m. - Sweet Owen Cornhole Tournament
    2 p.m. - Little Miss and Master Sweet Owen Festival

  • Thieves hit storage buildings, nab sword collection

    Owenton City Councilman Larry Dale Perry began collecting swords when he was just in the seventh grade, but following a weekend break-in at a local storage unit, Perry’s prized collection could be gone forever.
    Police said the break-ins took place Sunday afternoon with locks being broken on five different units. The storage units are located on Ellis Road across from the Owen County Fairgrounds and owned by Mark Baldwin.
    Perry said about 27 swords were being stored in his unit and were inside army duffle bags.

  • Sweet times: Annual festival returns to streets of Owenton Saturday

    Like many fall festivals across the state, Sweet Owen Day has served as a homecoming for many who have left the community.
    This year is expected to be no different, as hundreds are expected to fill the courthouse square for a day of fellowship, food and fun.
    The Sweet Owen Day committee, made up of members of the Owen County Chamber of Commerce, as well as county and city government began planning for the event in May.
    Owen County Chamber of Commerce President Dallas Stafford said the committee strives to bring something new to its supporters each year.

  • Owen library announces moving day

    Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert has announced the library’s last day at its current location.
    Nippert said the last day will be Sept. 22 and the library could be closed for up to a month.

  • State releases audit of judge’s office

    State Auditor Adam Edelen has released the audit of the financial statements of the Owen County Fiscal Court for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.
    The audit found the county’s financial statements, in all material respects, fairly presented the county’s assets arising from cash transactions and revenues received and expenditures paid in conformity with the modified cash basis of accounting.

  • Courthouse offices find new spaces

    Questions are circulating about what will happen to offices located at the county’s 156-year old courthouse after the Owen County Circuit Clerk’s Office moved into its new $11 million facility last week.
    The building will still be home to the offices of the Owen County judge-executive, the Owen County attorney and the Owen County property valuation administrator.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said all of those offices will remain at the courthouse, with only a few changes.

  • Fun and fellowship for good causes

    As part of National Spirit Day, a special event was held Saturday in memory of Carolann Mitchuson and Rebekah (Beka) Gaines. The events raised money for the Beka Scholarship and the Mitchuson Trust Fund.

  • Former teachers give back

    At the beginning of each school year, the members of the Owen County Retired Teachers Association make a donation to the Owen County Family Resource Center to help with the purchase of school supplies.  This contribution from the local group is matched by the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association and the American Association of Retired Persons. FRC Director Beverly Marcum, right, accepts a check from Faye Shelton, president of OCRTA.

  • James family looks back at General Butler reunion

    The James reunion was held Sept. 2 at General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton. Because of threatening weather, our attendance showed a decrease from last year. Following a wonderful day of fellowship and delicious food, everyone departed looking forward to next year at the same time.

  • Harris, Sizemore named Green Scholars for Outstanding Academic Achievement

    Jenna Harris and Josie Sizemore of Owen County High School have been named State Sen. Jeff Green Scholars by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority for their outstanding academic performance in high school.
    Students earn this designation by achieving a 4.0 grade point average each year of high school and scoring at least a 28 composite on the ACT.