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  • History takes spotlight at dedication day

    After almost being forced to shut down because of financial problems, the Owen County Historical Society Museum is back on its feet and planning a day of history appreciation as a way of giving back to the community for its generous donations.
    Owen County Historical Society President Jeannie Williams-Baker said an Owen County History Appreciation and Dedication Day will take place at the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25.

  • Pets die in blaze

    A fire that started in an electrical power box led to the demolition of an Owen County home.
    The fire took place Friday morning at 375 Old Arlon Road, off Mountain Island Road.
    South Owen Fire Chief Brian Perry said those living at the home had problems with the electrical box the night before.
    “The next day they left and had been gone about 20 minutes when their neighbors noticed a fire,” Perry said.
    The South Owen Fire Department received the call a little before lunchtime, Perry said.
    The fire caused a total loss and two dogs and a rabbit died during the fire, Perry said.

  • Big news for beef and grill lovers

    All Owen County cattle producers and their families are invited to attend the next Cattlemen’s Association meeting, to be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the extension office.  
    The program, “A Taste of Beef,” will focus on the end use of the product you sell. Supper will include an assortment of beef recipes, so if you enjoy eating beef, you’ll love this program.
    However, it’s going to be important that we know how many folks to prepare for, so today you will need to call the extension office for reservations at (502) 484-5703.

  • Special recognition: Sheila Wilson

    Sheila Wilson, a 2007 valedictorian and graduate of Owen County High School, recently graduated magna cum laude from Murray State University with a bachelor of science in agriculture and an area in pre-veterinary medicine.
    She was very active in the Hutson School of Agriculture, and in her senior year was selected by the dean as the sole recipient of the Agriculture Leadership Award.

  • UK to open sports medicine clinic at New Horizons

    The University of Kentucky Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine has announced the launch of a new outreach clinic in Owenton.
     The clinic, run by Dr. Mary Lloyd Ireland, will occur on the first Tuesday of each month.
    Ireland is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine.

  • Taking the lead

  • Class of 2011 senior honors

    Departmental Awards
    Woman’s Club Scholarship - Tina Day
    Rotary Award - Haley Bishop and Dylan Wright
    Gene Ray Dusch - Sarah Griffith and Jared Fitzgerald
    Nutritional Science - Adrian Wilson
    FACS Life Skills - Adrian Wilson
    KOSSA Certificates - Jonathan Gentry, John Bibb, Kaylan Glass and Kelsey Johnson
    Music - Taylor Cummins
    Forensic Science - Geremy Robinson
    Anatomy and Physiology - Danielle Hoop
    Biology II - Danielle Ransdell
    Spanish II - Mary Alford

  • Senior Celebration

    Hundreds filled the gymnasium at Owen County High School Saturday to watch 99 students receive one last round of applause as the graduating class of 2011.
    The 2011 class president Gray Grisham opened the ceremony and welcomed the guests.
    Brittany DeCandia delivered the devotional.
    Following an introduction by Danielle Hoop, the class valedictorians Krista Power and Morgan Forsee took their fellow classmates on a walk down memory lane with a list of 10 lessons learned during their time at OCHS.

  • Gearing up

    With thousands of people expected to roll through Owen County for Kentucky’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup race, a group of concerned citizens are hoping to put the spotlight on Owen County during the first-ever Fan Fair.
    David Morgan of the Owen County Visioneers, an extension of the Leadership Owen County group, said the potential of having thousands of visitors is too big an opportunity to miss.

  • Boys hope ‘war’ will help dream come true

    Following two successful fund-raising events, two Maurice Bowling Middle School students are now hoping to bring two counties together to help secure funding for their dream skate park.
    After approaching the Sparta City Council in September 2010 with their idea to improve the skate park, Colton Matt and Logan Bailey requested the council match whatever money the two raised.