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  • Foundation ready to help

    As another school year finally winds down, many high school seniors are looking toward the future with anticipation — and apprehension. The ever-rising cost of post-secondary education makes it difficult for some students to see past graduation night, especially if they are considering a vocation in medicine.

  • Weaving a world with words

    Life, family, love and heritage are explored in a new collection of poetry by Owen County native Sherry Chandler.
    Through the poems in “Weaving a New Eden,” Chandler reveals a slice of long-forgotten Owen County life.
    Chandler, who recently shared her work at a reading at the Owen County Public Library, was born near Sweet Owen along Eagle Creek and the Kentucky River.

  • A new center of town

    Doreen McElroy wants a bench outside the new Monterey Community Center so people in downtown Monterey will have a place to sit down with neighbors and shoot the breeze.
    Her idea was one of several presented Thursday night when more than a dozen concerned Monterey residents gathered to discuss plans for the new center.
    “We had lots of very good ideas,” McElroy said. “It was a very good meeting and I think everyone was happy with the turnout.”
    McElroy said she was impressed with the wide range of ideas and the amount of thought people put into what they want the center to be.

  • Second burglary suspect faces indictment

    A second suspect in an alleged theft that took place in May was recently indicted along with the original suspect.
    Christy L. Gaines, 28, was indicted June 7 along with Larry B. Gaines on the charges of first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, receiving stolen property with a value over $500 and receiving stolen property (firearm).
    The two allegedly broke into the home of Russell Hinkle on Mountain Island Road.

  • 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