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  • Deputy talks safety with students

    Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent Caldwell came to visit Billie Smith and Lacey Bastin’s kindergarten classrooms at OCPS to wrap up a study on safety. Caldwell discussed safety tips and entertained questions regarding safety with both classrooms.

  • School district finds interim leader

    A week after Owen County Superintendent David Raleigh’s resignation, the Owen County Board of Education has chosen an interim superintendent.
    The board met for a special-called meeting Monday and Sonny Fentress, a retired superintendent from Anderson County, was chosen to lead the district until June 30, 2013, unless a permanent superintendent is hired before the June date.
    Fentress told the board during the meeting that he had worked in education for 42 years before retiring in 2005.

  • Raleigh resigns

    Citing a job offer from the Kentucky Department of Education, Owen County School District Superintendent David Raleigh resigned from his post Monday, effective no later than Oct. 12.
    Raleigh said he was not immediately interested in the position with KDE.

  • Suit challenges zoning change for Ford property

    An Indiana woman has filed a lawsuit in Owen Circuit Court in hopes of preventing the zoning change at the Ford House in Owenton.
    Jane R. Ford, who lives in Anderson, Ind., owns the property at 313 South Main Street, adjacent to the Ford House and filed the suit in Owen County Circuit Court.
    The lawsuit stems from a zoning change request that was approved by the local planning and zoning commission and adopted by the Owenton City Council on July 27.

  • County moving ahead with blacktopping plans

    Several county roads will receive blacktopping after the Owen County Fiscal Court approved a bid for asphalt surface at its Sept. 11 meeting.
    The fiscal court received three bids for the surface, one from Rigler for $50.50 per ton; one from Mago for $61.50 per ton, and one from Ohio Valley Ashphalt, LLC. for $62 per ton.
    Although Mago did not have the cheapest price, the court opted to accept their bid for the asphalt.

  • Owen grand jury hands down indictments

    The Owen County grand jury issued the following indictments:
    • James R. Thomas, 52, on the charges of first-degree bail jumping, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and first-degree persistent felony offender.

  • Talent Time

    Project Graduation 2013 would like to thank all the participants in Owen’s Got Talent and to thank all those who came out to support this event. Kaitlyn Parker won forth place. Ashley Smith won third. JD Chappell was the second-place winner. Mandy Holbert and Dustin Ellis won first place with a song Mandy had written. Organizers would like to express a special thank you to the judges and to the emcee for this event Dave Stowe.

  • Owen Extension Service News: New studies find link between energy drinks and heart disease

    Energy drinks are flying off the grocery shelves and are becoming increasing popular with teens.
    Medical experts are concerned with the long-term consequences of these beverages, especially relating to the heart.  Energy drinks contain large amounts of stimulants, such as caffeine, which has been shown to boost both blood pressure and heart rate.  In some study participants, they caused heart palpitations.  Young adults who drank two cans a day for one week saw their blood pressure and heart rate increase about 10 percent for several hours after drinking.

  • 4-H News: First time 4-Her ice-cream social

    Are you 9 years old? Is this your first year in 4-H? Come out to the Owen County Extension Office and enjoy some ice cream as we introduce you to all of the opportunities the 4-H program has to offer you.
    The event will be held Oct. 9  from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the extension office.
    There will be information available about the Livestock Club, Horse Club, Shooting Sports Club, New Columbus Community Club, Spring Break Project Day, Flower and Vegetable Project,  4-H Summer Camp, 4-H Sewing and many more.
    The deadline to register is Oct. 5.

  • Reese/Holbert family comes together for annual reunion

    The descendants of Farmer Reese and Nannie Bell Holbert met Sunday, Sept. 16 at Owen County Extension Center for their family reunion. All those that were able to attend enjoyed reminiscing about happy times together in the past.