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  • 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.

  • A crowning achievement

    Marlee Lathrem won 2011 Pre-Teen Gallatin County June 22. She will represent Gallatin County at the Kentucky State Fair Pageant in Louisville this October. She is the 12-year-old daughter of Brian and Rita Lathrem and will be in the seventh grade this year at Maurice Bowling Middle School.

  • Art for the river

    Kentucky American Water congratulates the winners of its recent Kentucky River Art Contest coordinated by Pam Michels, art teacher at Owen County Elementary School, and Pat Banks, an artist herself and director of the Kentucky RiverKeeper program. Kentucky RiverKeeper helps to highlight the
    Kentucky River and the protection of the Kentucky River watershed.

  • Summer with the sheriffs

    The Kentucky Sheriffs’ Boys and Girls Ranch opened for its 36th year of reaching Kentucky’s youth June 5, with boys in attendance. The 2011 camping season will run for eight weeks, serving both boys and girls, alternately, through the end of July.

  • Writing a new page

    Dozens of local citizens had the opportunity to take a glimpse into Owen County’s past during the first Owen County History Appreciation and Dedication Day Saturday.
    Owen County Historical Society President Jeannie Williams-Baker said 99 people attended the event and each toured the museum.
    The event was held following the passing of former Owen County resident Scott Hardin, who died in March. In lieu of flowers, donations in Hardin’s memory were sent to the Owen County History Museum.

  • Paying back

    When friends of the Columbia family found out that Isaiah Columbia had taken a turn for the worse and needed a heart transplant, they jumped at the chance to give back to a family that had offered so much to others.
    Isaiah’s mother, Katie Columbia, has been instrumental in the annual Walk for Awareness of CHDs which raises money and awareness of the struggle families and children go through when facing life-threatening cardiac problems.

  • Market on the move

    For six of its seven years in operation, the Owen County Farmers’ Market has been held on the courthouse lawn. But starting Friday, the market will have a new location.
    The Owen County Farm Bureau received an $82,419-grant for construction of a permanent structure for the market.
    According to a 2010 press release from the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy, the goal of the project is to increase farmers’ participation in the market, as well as provide better access for consumers.

  • California pair charged in killing of Owen man

    San Bernardino, Calif., police have arrested a man in connection with the homicide of Lafe Humble, who firefighters found dead in a burning truck June 17.
    According to a police news release, officers arrested Gerald Nance, 39, of San Bernardino, on suspicion of murder.
    He was arrested at about 5 a.m. at his home Friday.
    According to the San Bernardino Sun, police are not releasing many details on why they believe Nance killed Humble. The department said in a statement its homicide unit investigated the killing and determined that Nance was the suspect.