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  • Moving ahead in education

    The Owen County School District has something to celebrate after making “adequate yearly progress” under the No Child Left Behind Act for the second year in a row.
    The district was one of only 22 of the 174 districts in the state to make AYP, which is calculated by the results of the Kentucky Core Content Test.
    According to the results recently released by the Kentucky Department of Education, the district saw gains at every school level, with significant achievements at Maurice Bowling Middle School.

  • Bed bugs found at Owen County schools

    Since Sept. 22, several bed bugs have been found in Owen County schools, but Owen County Schools Superintendent David Raleigh said there’s no need for panic.
    Owen County Elementary School was the first to send a letter home with students after two bed bugs were found in the school. On Oct. 3, Raleigh said three were found in one classroom around the same desk at Owen County High School, and one was found in the office of the Owen County Primary School.
    Raleigh said none have been found at Maurice Bowling Middle School.

  • Some residents could get shock from city

    Some unsuspecting taxpayers could soon receive a notice from the City of Owenton following a survey of the city limits.
    During its Oct. 4 meeting, the Owenton City Council amended its 2011-12 budget to include $20,000 for surveyor costs.
    Owenton Mayor Doug West said that after the surveys were completed, the city found that one business and several homes on Hwy. 22, Cull Road and Elmer Davis Lake Road are within city limits.

  • Weekend Gardener By Jeneen Wiche: Chinese chestnuts ready for harvest

    As the vegetable garden winds to an end, I turn my harvest chores to the figs, persimmons and Chinese chestnuts. Our nut grove is now a sheep pasture, which is prefect for them because they have pasture and shade from all sorts of nut trees. As it turns out, it looks like my ewes and I share a favorite in the Chinese chestnut. After they eat their daily grain ration, they snack on chestnuts that have fallen to the ground.

  • Lloyd Vannarsdall named to Owen’s Educator Hall of Fame

    On Sept. 13, members of the Owen County Retired Teachers’ Association and invited guests met for their annual picnic at Fairway Golf Course in Wheatley.
    The members appreciate so much Gilbert England and his staff for their wonderful hospitality.
    A delicious potluck meal was followed with entertainment by a men’s quartet, Pay it Fourward. The group sang a variety of musical styles — including gospel, barbershop and doo-wop — much to the delight of all attendees. Two of the members of the group were taught by several of our retired teachers.

  • Library breaks ground for new home

    With the symbolic tossing of dirt, the Owen County Public Library took another step toward its new home last week.
    Officials from across the state and several representatives from Kentucky congressional delegation were on hand for the ceremony last Wednesday, which formally marked the start of construction of the new facility on KY 22, near the Hi Y-Inn Motel.

  • Who will get it?

    As the Owen-Gallatin County penny war comes to a close this week, one county judge-executive will have a pie in the face to look forward to.
    The announcement of the winner will take place at the Sparta Fall Festival Oct. 15.
    The festival is spearheaded by Colton Matt and Logan Bailey, two Maurice Bowling Middle School students. The two boys hope to raise enough money for renovations to the skate park at Sparta and have already collected $3,000, which has been matched by the Sparta City Council.

  • Postal officials looking for options to closing

    Following an announcement that one Owen County U.S. Post Office could close, the people of the community have now been given an opportunity to let their voice be heard.
    The U.S. Postal Service announced in July that it will “be taking the next step in right-sizing its expansive retail network by conducting studies of approximately 3,700 retail offices to determine customer needs.”
    The closures could affect the Perry Park post office.
    A spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service, Cathy Yarosky, said the postal service nationwide is in dire financial straits for several reasons.

  • Changes come to two Owen Co. voting precincts

    As the Owen County Clerk’s Office transitions from summer to fall, we find ourselves preparing for the Nov. 8 General Election.
    As I think of our democratic process, I think of the progress we have made through the years. We have gone from hand-counted ballots, to now using the E-Slate and E-Scan machines. These voting machines allow for future growth of both voters and expanded ballot capabilities.
    On Election Day, we have a specially trained service technician who can perform on-site minor repairs and troubleshooting.

  • Crews working on the Natlee Bridge over Eagle Creek

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced a bridge-maintenance project has begun on the KY 607 bridge over Eagle Creek in Owen County. The project will encompass several maintenance improvements. The bridge deck will be restored and waterproofed and the bridge joints will be repaired.
    Rob Hans, chief district engineer for KYTC District 6 said, “These improvements and repairs on the bridge are an example of the cabinet’s commitment to improving safety and mobility on our highways and bridges.”