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  • A moment to remember

    Sept. 11, 2001, is a date that few Americans will ever forget. The scenes from that day, when terrorists hijacked four commercial planes and intentionally crashed them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, are likely to remain in the memory of millions for years to come.
    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the tragic event. One Owen County church has set out to remember the sacrifices of fire fighters, EMS and police and to honor those locally.

  • Ringin’ in the new

    Tomorrow morning, the tables at J&K Kountry Kollectibles will likely be filled with familiar faces. They will come for breakfast and maybe even to tell a story or two. It will be just like every other day at New Liberty’s favorite meeting place.
    The only difference will be the name of the business and the one in charge.
    For two years, Katie and Jim Gibson have operated the business, but now they’re passing it on to a young entrepreneur, with a love for the place where she grew up.

  • School officials call ACT results ‘promising’

    Owen County High School recently received its ACT standardized test results and saw its highest scores since 2008, when it became a requirement for 11th-graders to take it.
    The students’ average composite score was slightly below the state’s average. The state’s average is 18.8, while OCHS scored 18.6.
    The local district’s average on reading scores was 19.1, slightly better than the state’s 19, and Owen County tied with the state average in science at 19.

  • 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.