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  • Centennial celebration

    Members of Cedar Hill Baptist Church traveled to Springfield to commemorate retired Owen County teacher Wilma Smith’s 100th birthday.

  • Centennial celebration

    Wilma Smith, who taught three generations of Owen contains during a 50-year career, will celebrate her 100th birthday on June 16.
    Known to her students as “Miss Wilma,” she will be honored with a party at the home of her daughter, Joyce Hill Hardin, in Springfield on the 16th  from 2 to 4 p.m.

  • Relay Royalty: First-ever Queen For A Life Pageant paves the way for this weekend’s Owen County Relay for Life

    The winners of the first annual Queens for a Life Pageant, held this weekend as a fund raiser for the Owen County Relay for Life include Maison Hedger,  Railey Varner, Autumn Fryman, Veronica Chisholm, Carla Carfora, Danielle Hoop, Taylor Wilhoite and Yolanda Gould. The event was one of the precursors to this weekend’s Owen County Relay for Life

  • Middle school’s only principal to step down

    It’s the end of an era for the Owen County School District.
    After serving as an educator and principal for 43 years, Maurice Bowling Middle School Principal Jo Ella Wallace’s retirement will become effective when her contract ends June 30.
    Wallace arrived in Owen County in 1970, when she was hired on as Owen County High’s health and physical education teacher.
    In the summer of ‘70, Wallace said there were two physical education positions open in the district, including one at the soon to be opened Owen County Elementary School.

  • Owen County Relay for Life Schedule of Events

    June 14-15
    5-6 p.m., Survivor registration
    5:45-6:45 p.m., Survivor reception dinner
    6:45 p.m., Campsite judging, silent auction begins
    7 p.m., Survivor photo
    7-7:30 p.m., Opening ceremony
    7:45 p.m., Survivor and Caregive lap
    8:30 p.m., Team parade
    8:45 p.m., Beka’s lap (Patrick Brumback and Ashley Smith will perform “Just Breathe.” DJ Heroes to play “One Love” after they perform)
    9 p.m., Best campsite winner victory lap
    9:15 p.m., Kim Furnish lap

  • Summer sends Owen County teens looking for work

    By Mary Alford
    N-H Staff Writer
    It’s summer time and kids everywhere are beginning to look for their chance to make it in the workforce.
    But in Owen County, even with an unemployment rate of 6.4 percent, finding that summer job might have some at a loss.
    According to NBC News, teenagers are going to have their work cut out for them landing summer jobs in this market. They will be competing against older individuals who already have experience under their belts.

  • Damage on the diamond

    “If they want to be destructive, they shouldn’t take it out on the youth of Owen County.”
    Owen County Parks and Recreaction Director Buck Beverly left the park for a short time on Monday afternoon and when he returned a short time later, he saw what he called “senseless destruction.”
    Two youth baseball fields, commonly referred to as the “small T-ball fields” were left unable to be played on after someone did “donuts” in the outfield and drove through the middle of the infield.

  • Council pulls permit

    By Mary Alford
    N-H Staff Writer
    Due to violation of Kentucky state law, the Owenton City Council moved to reject the original sign permit granted to Family Billiards and Restaurant in 2011.
    Owenton Mayor Doug West said City Attorney Mitzi Evans advised the council to make the motion.
    “The planning and zoning ordinance went into effect last July when it was all brought up to date and now, we cannot legally issue a permit for a sign off premises,” West said. “It has to be on your property.”

  • Owen man avoids murder charge

    Murder charges have been dropped against one of two Owen County men accused of killing and dumping a man’s body on the side of Interstate 64.
    David Bruce II, 44, was facing charges of murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence.
    The charges came after the May 5, 2012 death of Charles Monroe of Franklin County.
    The charges were amended Monday in Franklin County Circuit Court to second-degree robbery, second-degree assault and criminal facilitation to murder.

  • Students of the year

    The faculty of Owen County High School recently voted for and selected the students of the year for 2012-13 school term. Pictured are (from right to left) Kirsten Parker, freshman of the year; Aaron Kline, sophomore of the year; Allen Nickell, junior of the year; and Mariah Derringer, senior of the year.