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  • Egg hunt gets sunny side of the weather

    When Buck Beverly became Owen County Parks and Recreation director last August, the first thing on his agenda was a community-wide event.
    Only a few months into his new post, Beverly put together an activities committee and presented his idea of a community-wide Easter egg hunt to the group.
    “I told them I wanted to plan a community-wide event and that I had the Easter egg hunt in mind,” Beverly said. “It was met with a lot of hard looks, a lot of confused looks.”

  • Sheriff's office passes state audit

    Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen recently released the audit of Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond’s 2011 tax settlement.
    According to a press release from Edelen’s office, the audit found that the sheriff’s financial statement fairly presents the taxes charged, credited and paid, for the period of April 16, 2011 through April 16, 2012, in conformity with the modified cash basis of accounting.

  • Student-athletes also sharing their musical talents

    In a couple of months, a group of five seniors will take their last walk across the stage at Owen County High School, but not before they leave their mark as members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes band.
    The band, which has a total of seven members, put together a successful Christmas cantata that was preformed for eight local churches and the entire school district.

  • Owen County Extension Service: You don't need dyes to color Easter eggs

    The egg’s shape has often inspired artists. It has been the palette for one of the most intriguing of folk arts in many cultures. There is literally no end to the creative possibilities for individual expression on an egg shell. Eggs can be painted or colored with crayons or felt-tipped pens, turned into funny faces, topped with fantastic hats, trimmed with feathers or sequins or simply dyed in an endless variety of hues. However you decide to do it, decorating eggs is fun for grown-ups as well as for kids.

  • A place to sleep

    Students from Carroll County A.T.C., using a $5,000 grant from Lowe’s Home Improvement bought lumber and the necessary tools to mass produce twin-sized beds for children in their community for a project called “A Place to Sleep.” The students from left to right are Wes Bayne of Trimble County, Zach McBurney of Carroll County, Nathan Jude of Owen County, Mike Gaunt of Gallatin County, Chris Cunningham of Gallatin County, and Logan Becham of Carroll County.

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  • Community events

    Wood carvers to be at library
    The River Valley Wood Carvers will be at the Owen County Public Library Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Owen County Public Library.
    Watch wood carving and burning demonstrations and then try it yourself.
    Call the library at (502) 484-3450 to register for this free program.

  • Owen man sentenced for illegal firearm sale

    An Owen County man has been sentenced to over two years in prison for selling firearms to a convicted felon.
    David L. Cammack, 61, was sentenced March 12 to two years and three months by a federal judge after admitting to selling one or more firearms in Owen County to a person he knew was a convicted felon on three separate occasions.
    Federal law prohibits convicted felons from legally purchasing and possessing firearms.
    According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Cammack voluntarily surrendered his FFL license and pleaded guilty in December.

  • Hopping into spring

    Owen countians came out Saturday to celebrate Easter and take part in an Easter egg hunt and a holiday bazaar to benefit OCHS Project Graduation 2013.

  • Pop-tab collectors honored

    With the help of two local businesses and several area churches, Owen County Primary School students recently collected enough soda pop can tabs to cover nearly 12 miles.
    The project was the brainchild of OCPS first-grade students Hannah and Rachel Howard, Davis Smith and Lake Bastin.
    The four students, known as “Primary Poppers,” participate in the school’s student technology leadership program.
    The Primary Poppers have tracked the school’s collecting process with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, created videos and slideshows.