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  • Following in fire-fighting footsteps

    Ranging in ages from 11 to 18, the junior firefighters worked to get on their gear as quickly as possible during their monthly training session last week, each hoping that one day they will become certified firefighters.
    Owen County Fire Chief Robb Chaney said Owen County has had a junior firefighter program for years, but the state has just recently set up rules and regulations for the young men, who he said are the future of Owen County’s many volunteer fire departments.

  • A great desk job

    Owen County’s Blake Wolford won the woodworking division reserve grand champion and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Dean’s Choice Award at the Kentucky State Fair for his work on this desk.

     

  • Service will mark 9-11 anniversary with special broadcasts

    Ten years after Sept. 11, 2001, we continue to remember the events that changed our country and that took the lives of so many, including those of our fellow first responders.
    In their memory, Rural/Metro Ambulance, which operates in Owen County, will be reading a special tribute over some of its radio systems across the country on Sept. 11.
    Rural/Metro has also purchased commemorative shirts and is allowing employees to wear them in place of their normal uniforms for the week of Sept. 11.

  • Owen Electric helping to send vet to see memorial

    They manned anti-aircraft guns at Pearl Harbor, slogged ashore at Normandy and fought their way up Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima, then modestly returned home to resume their civilian lives as farmers and teachers.
    Today, veterans who survived World War II’s carnage are in their 80s or 90s. Unfortunately, many will never get a chance to see the memorial their grateful nation erected in 2004 to honor them.

  • Family gathers for 80th Hudson-Jones reunion

    The descendants of The Rev. Silas Alexander Hudson will meet Sept. 4 for the 80th consecutive year. This is thought to be the oldest documented consecutive family gathering in Kentucky.
    Lilly Hudson Cooke organized the first reunion in 1932, and the family has met on the Sunday before Labor Day every year since.
    The 80th Hudson-Jones Reunion will convene at 1 p.m. for a potluck lunch at the old New Columbus schoolhouse, which is now the private residence of Bill and Faye Prewitt. It is located at 16065 New Columbus Road/KY Rt. 607.

  • Community Events

    Arts and crafts sessions held in Monterey
    Arts and crafts sessions are being held 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at the Monterey Community Center.

    Owen Democrats to meet Thursday
    The Owen County Democratic Party Executive Committee will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Owen County Public Library. The focus of the meeting will be the upcoming election. Yard signs and bumper stickers will be available for  distribution. For more information, contact Debra Gash at debragash@gmail.com

  • Agricultural program approved for Owen

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved $300,000 in Owen County Agricultural Development Funds for a County Agricultural Investment Program at its June business meeting. The Owen County Farm Bureau submitted a proposal to the Owen County Agricultural Development Council and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board to provide cost-share incentives to area farmers.
    CAIP is designed to provide farmers with incentives to allow them to improve and diversify their current production practices.

  • Working on the water

    It didn’t take Rosa long to catch the smell of human blood.
    Before she and the other potential rescuers moved into the search area, Rosa was reacting to the scent.
    Intently looking out at the water at Elmer Davis Lake, Rosa, a 7-year-old German shepherd, sniffed and offered her owner some clues that what they were searching for was near.
    Rosa spotted a piece of debris with slight blood spatters and immediately lead her owner to the site.

  • Natlee Slatin Road bridge to be replaced

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced that Owen County Fiscal Court will receive $116,300 in county road aid emergency funds.
    This funds will be used for a bridge replacement and approaches on Natlee Slatin Road.
    The road serves several residences in Owen County. The repairs will make it safer for cars, school buses and other vehicles.
    “This project is an example of the cabinet’s commitment to provide a solid infrastructure in Owen County and across the Commonwealth,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said in a statement.

  • Library board sets tax rate

    The Owen County Public Library Board recently met with a financial advisor and subsequently voted to levy its tax rates at the compensating level, which means it will not be taking any additional tax revenue.
    The district’s real estate rate will be 11.5 and tangible or personal property, aircraft and water-craft at 20.0.
    The property tax rate certifies that 11.5 cents per $100 of assessed value of real property and 20.0 cents per $100 of assessed personal property will be paid to the library district.