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  • Special birthday: Bessie Chowning

    Bessie Chowning of Shelbyville celebrated her 90th birthday. Her picnic was held at her farm in Owen County. Shown here, standing in front of their farm, is Chowning, with her brother Nelson Jones. Family and friends came from three different states. Chowning has three children, Wanda Bailey, Nancy Metts and Mike Chowning and six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

  • 4-H News: Join Owen 4-H in new school year

    A new school year is upon us, and it’s a great time to join 4-H, the nation’s largest youth organization. 4-H offers experiential learning to youth ages 9 to 18 with something for all interests from insects to space to sewing. There are topics for all youths. By participating in 4-H, youths develop many essential life skills including responsibility, leadership and self-esteem.

  • New adult learning session to begin

    The Owen County Adult Learning Center will begin a new session Sept. 3.
    If you are interested in earning your GED, updating your math or reading skills for work or continuing education, this is a great opportunity to increase your skills free of charge. 
    Call 502-750-3088 or come by the Adult Learning Center at 103 West Perry by Aug. 28 for more information.
     

  • Spirit pumps return to help football

    The Owen County Friends of Football are asking everyone to help the Owen County High School Rebels football team by using Spirit pumps to fill up.
    With decorated pumps at Southern States and Cowboys, the organization will receive a part of the proceeds from those special pumps’ gas sales.
    The promotion will begin Friday and continue until Oct. 31.

  • Roberts summer get together

    The Roberts brothers and sisters got together with their family and enjoyed good food and fun with each other. Pictured are Linda Oliver of Wheatley, Fordie Roberts of New Liberty, Cora Ann Cooper of Crittenden, Martha Goodrich of Shelbyville (seated), Willard Roberts of Georgetown and Louise Priest of Lawrence, Indiana.

  • New business concentrates on prettier puppies

    Since moving to Owenton from Syracuse, New York with her husband David, Lynn Fratello has fallen in love with the beauty of Kentucky.
    Now she shares another love of hers with the public in the form of caring for some people’s more prized companion - their dog.
    Fratello recently opened Pawsatively K9 Dog Grooming at the shopping center at 318 East Main Street in Owenton.
    A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Dog Grooming, Fratello said she is certified and professional.

  • 100 happy, heathy acres

    Around Hundred Happy Acres Farm, the focus isn’t on growing a profitable crop or raising livestock to rush to market.
    For the Lofald family, owners of the farm, it’s about eating without chemicals, land stewardship and the circle of life.
    “We want our kids to know where their food comes from,” Kenneth Lofald said. “We involve them with everything.”
    Kenneth Lofald and his wife Emily moved to the rural Owen County farm in the Jonesville area in 2009 and soon started a family.

  • Despite protests, Sunday sales approved

    A second reading of an ordinance that will allow Elk Creek Winery to serve alcohol on Sundays between the hours of 1-7 p.m. has been approved by a 3-1 vote of the Owen County Fiscal Court.
    Dozens of citizens attended the Aug. 12 regular meeting of the fiscal court and some were left standing inside the courtroom of the Owen County Courthouse to hear the outcome of the second reading.

  • Done Deals: 127 Yard Sale ends for another year

    The longest yard sale in the world has come to end for another year.
    For some people, the annual 127 Yard sale, which stretches from Alabama to Michigan, is the highlight of the summer. It offers local people the chance to sell items to customers from across the country.
    The event takes more people through Owen County than any other annual event and brings thousands of dollars into the community.
    Despite rainy conditions and lower than normal temperatures, the vendors seemed to be doing well.

  • As deadline nears, general election shapes up

    With only a few hours left before the 4 p.m. filing deadline Tuesday, two candidates had filed for the position of Owenton mayor.
    Current Owenton Mayor Doug West and former mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier will be on the ballot for mayor in the general election on Nov. 4.
    Wotier, who served as mayor from 2000-2011, announced his candidacy for mayor earlier this year before the May primary election.