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  • First Fan Fair finale

    The Owen County Visioneers have deemed the first Owen County Fan Fair a “huge” success.
    The event took place July 6-10 at Owen County’s industrial park. Its goal was to introduce those attending the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway to the many things Owen County has to offer.
    Visitors who attended Fan Fair came from 24 different states and Canada. States ranged from Maine to Kansas, from Texas to California, as well as Florida to Wisconsin.

  • County fair time again

    As the annual Owen County 4-H Fair & Horse Show got into full swing Monday, another Miss Owen County was crowned.
    Madison Gamble, the 16-year-old daughter of Kelley and Teena Gamble, received the crown over 10 other contestants.
    Gamble was also named Miss Photogenic.
    Brittany Clark was the third runner-up, Danielle Hoop was second runner-up and Christina Johnson was first runner-up.
    Christina Ueltschi was named Miss Congeniality.
    Unlike many girls who compete for years in pageants, Gamble said this was her first pageant.

  • A new hello

    In an effort to welcome visitors to Owen County, three new signs have been posted along the major highways into the community. Working together, the Owen County Extension Service, the Owen County Fiscal Court and the Owen County Visioneers designed and placed the signs. The front of the signs contains a welcome message, a county logo and the slogan, “Where Community Matters.” On the back of the signs, one of the quilt patterns that adorns an area barn is reproduced along with the pattern’s name and the words “Come Back Soon.”

  • Reading, rewards and a ‘roo too

    Nearly 300 people turned out Wednesday to a sneak at peek at some of the unique animals of Australia that have found a home at Kentucky Down Under, a privately-owned park in Horse Cave.
    The animals that stopped by included Mirrhi, a baby kangaroo; Merlin, a cockatoo; Hunter, a blue-tounged skink; and Forrest, a python from the Australian rain forest.
    The show was part of the rewards for taking part in this year’s Owen County Public Library Summer Reading program. Following the program, guests were treated to snow cones and cotton candy.

  • Pennycuff shares learning

    Shelby Pennycuff recently helped organize the donation of nearly 700 books that will be used to restock the shelves of libraries and schools that were devastated by recent natural disasters across the south. Pennycuff said over 100 children’s books were also collected by the Owen County Homemakers who will place the books in hospital waiting rooms and other locations.

  • Police say robbery was motivation in death of Owen man in California

    A recent encounter at a Rialto, Calif., restaurant resulted in the death of a former Owen County man, Lafe Humble, according to a California newspaper, the Daily Bulletin.
    Relatives in Owen County said Humble, 46, had been living in southern California for about three months and had moved there in hopes of finding a job.
    The Daily Bulletin quoted a policeman, Sgt. Gary Robertson, who said Humble became intoxicated at the El Toro Grill on June 17.
    Humble’s life came to an end shortly afterward in a field in San Bernardino.

  • Fair time again

    As July gets into full swing, Owen countians can expect a beloved tradition to return beginning Saturday.
    The Owen County 4-H Fair & Horse Show will begin this weekend with a walking horse show Saturday.
    The event’s president, Mark Baldwin, said Owen countians can expect few changes from last year’s fair, including one of the cheapest admission prices around.
    Baldwin said $8 per person will get fair-goers in for one day, or $25 for a weekly pass. The carnival is not included in the weekly pass.

  • Ready to roll

    Over 45 vendors with dozens of volunteers will be out in force as part of the NASCAR Nation rolls through Owen County this week.
    And the first-ever Owen County Fan Fair will be there to introduce travelers to everything the community has to offer.

  • Fair time again

    As July gets into full swing, Owen countians can expect a beloved tradition to return beginning Saturday.
    The Owen County 4-H Fair & Horse Show will begin this weekend with a walking horse show Saturday.
    The event’s president, Mark Baldwin, said Owen countians can expect few changes from last year’s fair, including one of the cheapest admission prices around.
    Baldwin said $8 per person will get fair-goers in for one day, or $25 for a weekly pass. The carnival is not included in the weekly pass.

  • Fair time again

    As July gets into full swing, Owen countians can expect a beloved tradition to return beginning Saturday.
    The Owen County 4-H Fair & Horse Show will begin this weekend with a walking horse show Saturday.
    The event’s president, Mark Baldwin, said Owen countians can expect few changes from last year’s fair, including one of the cheapest admission prices around.
    Baldwin said $8 per person will get fair-goers in for one day, or $25 for a weekly pass. The carnival is not included in the weekly pass.