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  • Group organizing tour of Owen’s agricultural history

    With plans for a new barn mural, a tobacco heritage trail tour and a new booklet featuring Owen County farmers, the Agriculture Heritage Trail committee is looking forward to a busy fall season.
    The AHT committee will host an Owen County Heritage Trail farm tour Oct. 8. The committee is hoping to garner some out-of-town interest with the tour.
    Registration for the tour is $45, which includes transportation, lunch, snacks, information packet and souvenir.

  • New friends afield

    Despite being diagnosed with juvenile diabetes in February, 6-year-old Brax Ward doesn’t let his condition stop him — just like his role model, Tim Farmer, who is the host of the television show “Kentucky Afield.”
    An avid fisherman, Brax watches every episode of Kentucky Afield and began telling his parents that he could identify with Farmer because they both have handicaps.

  • A moment to remember

    Sept. 11, 2001, is a date that few Americans will ever forget. The scenes from that day, when terrorists hijacked four commercial planes and intentionally crashed them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, are likely to remain in the memory of millions for years to come.
    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the tragic event. One Owen County church has set out to remember the sacrifices of fire fighters, EMS and police and to honor those locally.

  • Ringin’ in the new

    Tomorrow morning, the tables at J&K Kountry Kollectibles will likely be filled with familiar faces. They will come for breakfast and maybe even to tell a story or two. It will be just like every other day at New Liberty’s favorite meeting place.
    The only difference will be the name of the business and the one in charge.
    For two years, Katie and Jim Gibson have operated the business, but now they’re passing it on to a young entrepreneur, with a love for the place where she grew up.

  • School officials call ACT results ‘promising’

    Owen County High School recently received its ACT standardized test results and saw its highest scores since 2008, when it became a requirement for 11th-graders to take it.
    The students’ average composite score was slightly below the state’s average. The state’s average is 18.8, while OCHS scored 18.6.
    The local district’s average on reading scores was 19.1, slightly better than the state’s 19, and Owen County tied with the state average in science at 19.

  • Following in fire-fighting footsteps

    Ranging in ages from 11 to 18, the junior firefighters worked to get on their gear as quickly as possible during their monthly training session last week, each hoping that one day they will become certified firefighters.
    Owen County Fire Chief Robb Chaney said Owen County has had a junior firefighter program for years, but the state has just recently set up rules and regulations for the young men, who he said are the future of Owen County’s many volunteer fire departments.

  • A great desk job

    Owen County’s Blake Wolford won the woodworking division reserve grand champion and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Dean’s Choice Award at the Kentucky State Fair for his work on this desk.

     

  • Service will mark 9-11 anniversary with special broadcasts

    Ten years after Sept. 11, 2001, we continue to remember the events that changed our country and that took the lives of so many, including those of our fellow first responders.
    In their memory, Rural/Metro Ambulance, which operates in Owen County, will be reading a special tribute over some of its radio systems across the country on Sept. 11.
    Rural/Metro has also purchased commemorative shirts and is allowing employees to wear them in place of their normal uniforms for the week of Sept. 11.

  • Owen Electric helping to send vet to see memorial

    They manned anti-aircraft guns at Pearl Harbor, slogged ashore at Normandy and fought their way up Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima, then modestly returned home to resume their civilian lives as farmers and teachers.
    Today, veterans who survived World War II’s carnage are in their 80s or 90s. Unfortunately, many will never get a chance to see the memorial their grateful nation erected in 2004 to honor them.

  • Family gathers for 80th Hudson-Jones reunion

    The descendants of The Rev. Silas Alexander Hudson will meet Sept. 4 for the 80th consecutive year. This is thought to be the oldest documented consecutive family gathering in Kentucky.
    Lilly Hudson Cooke organized the first reunion in 1932, and the family has met on the Sunday before Labor Day every year since.
    The 80th Hudson-Jones Reunion will convene at 1 p.m. for a potluck lunch at the old New Columbus schoolhouse, which is now the private residence of Bill and Faye Prewitt. It is located at 16065 New Columbus Road/KY Rt. 607.