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  • A new hello

    In an effort to welcome visitors to Owen County, three new signs have been posted along the major highways into the community. Working together, the Owen County Extension Service, the Owen County Fiscal Court and the Owen County Visioneers designed and placed the signs. The front of the signs contains a welcome message, a county logo and the slogan, “Where Community Matters.” On the back of the signs, one of the quilt patterns that adorns an area barn is reproduced along with the pattern’s name and the words “Come Back Soon.”

  • Reading, rewards and a ‘roo too

    Nearly 300 people turned out Wednesday to a sneak at peek at some of the unique animals of Australia that have found a home at Kentucky Down Under, a privately-owned park in Horse Cave.
    The animals that stopped by included Mirrhi, a baby kangaroo; Merlin, a cockatoo; Hunter, a blue-tounged skink; and Forrest, a python from the Australian rain forest.
    The show was part of the rewards for taking part in this year’s Owen County Public Library Summer Reading program. Following the program, guests were treated to snow cones and cotton candy.

  • Pennycuff shares learning

    Shelby Pennycuff recently helped organize the donation of nearly 700 books that will be used to restock the shelves of libraries and schools that were devastated by recent natural disasters across the south. Pennycuff said over 100 children’s books were also collected by the Owen County Homemakers who will place the books in hospital waiting rooms and other locations.

  • Police say robbery was motivation in death of Owen man in California

    A recent encounter at a Rialto, Calif., restaurant resulted in the death of a former Owen County man, Lafe Humble, according to a California newspaper, the Daily Bulletin.
    Relatives in Owen County said Humble, 46, had been living in southern California for about three months and had moved there in hopes of finding a job.
    The Daily Bulletin quoted a policeman, Sgt. Gary Robertson, who said Humble became intoxicated at the El Toro Grill on June 17.
    Humble’s life came to an end shortly afterward in a field in San Bernardino.

  • Fair time again

    As July gets into full swing, Owen countians can expect a beloved tradition to return beginning Saturday.
    The Owen County 4-H Fair & Horse Show will begin this weekend with a walking horse show Saturday.
    The event’s president, Mark Baldwin, said Owen countians can expect few changes from last year’s fair, including one of the cheapest admission prices around.
    Baldwin said $8 per person will get fair-goers in for one day, or $25 for a weekly pass. The carnival is not included in the weekly pass.

  • Ready to roll

    Over 45 vendors with dozens of volunteers will be out in force as part of the NASCAR Nation rolls through Owen County this week.
    And the first-ever Owen County Fan Fair will be there to introduce travelers to everything the community has to offer.

  • Fair time again

    As July gets into full swing, Owen countians can expect a beloved tradition to return beginning Saturday.
    The Owen County 4-H Fair & Horse Show will begin this weekend with a walking horse show Saturday.
    The event’s president, Mark Baldwin, said Owen countians can expect few changes from last year’s fair, including one of the cheapest admission prices around.
    Baldwin said $8 per person will get fair-goers in for one day, or $25 for a weekly pass. The carnival is not included in the weekly pass.

  • Fair time again

    As July gets into full swing, Owen countians can expect a beloved tradition to return beginning Saturday.
    The Owen County 4-H Fair & Horse Show will begin this weekend with a walking horse show Saturday.
    The event’s president, Mark Baldwin, said Owen countians can expect few changes from last year’s fair, including one of the cheapest admission prices around.
    Baldwin said $8 per person will get fair-goers in for one day, or $25 for a weekly pass. The carnival is not included in the weekly pass.

  • The big payoff

    The Owen County Adult Learning Center Class of 2011 celebrated its accomplishments June 26 at the Owen County Extension Building.
    The graduates represent a broad cross section of people in the community. They range in age from 17 to 56. But they all have dreams to fulfill and stories to tell.
    The ceremonies began with a welcome from Veronica Gayle, director for adult education.
    She expressed heart-felt thanks for the support shown by the audience for the students represented on this great occasion.

  • Hispanic and female farmers may be part of settlement

    If you are a female farmer or rancher or a Hispanic farmer or rancher and you believe that the United States Department of Agriculture improperly denied farm loan benefits to you for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000 because of your gender or race, you may be eligible to apply for compensation. “We want all producers in Kentucky who may be eligible to have the opportunity to participate in this claims process,” said John W. McCauley, Kentucky Farm Service Agency state executive director.