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  • The signpost up ahead reads ...Owen County

    With several events taking place in and around Owen County this summer, some Owen countians have come together to ensure that when a visitor enters the county, they know just where they are.
    Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences Judy Hetterman, along with others, have been designing signs to place at different entrances to the county.
    Three signs have been put up so far and each has a quilt square on the back, with a name to represent the area where the sign is placed.

  • Plans for center in Monterey progressing

    With a board of directors in place, the dream of a Monterey community center could soon become a reality.
    Doreen McElroy, a member of the community center’s management team, said the board of directors has begun meeting once a week. Following the board meeting, members of the management team then carry out what they discussed.
    The board of directors includes McElroy, Kit Isom, Josey Hazlett, Monterey Mayor Dennis Atha, Jerry Jones and Lee Searce.

  • Treasure hunt begins

    Each August, thousands of dedicated bargain hunters in search of a treasure make their way through the strip of U.S. Route 127 that winds through Owen County.
    For four days, despite the high temperatures, they park on the side of the road and begin digging. Antique glassware, linens, records, jewelry, farm equipment — you name it and they’ll buy it.
    Most Owen countians are no stranger to the 127 Yard Sale, including Greg Estes, who found the treasure of a lifetime right in his hometown during last year’s sale.

  • New faces at Owen Co. High School

    James “Eddie” Buchanan is originally from Greenville. He is a 2009 graduate of Centre College in Danville with a bachelor of arts in philosophy and a minor in chemistry. Buchanan has sent the last two years pursuing his master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Kentucky. He is a member of the Teach Kentucky program. In his spare time, Buchanan enjoys playing golf and cooking.
    Buchanan currently resides in Louisville.

  • The ‘Grandma Scam’

    Attorney General Jack Conway is alerting Kentucky consumers to a resurgence of the “grandparent’s scam” targeting senior citizens. General Conway’s Office of Consumer Protection has received nearly a dozen complaints this year related to the “grandparent’s scam” with victims reporting losses of nearly $40,000. Four of the complaints were received within the last month.

  • Community Events

    El Bethel’s VBS is tonight and Aug. 3
    El Bethel Church will host “Gold Rush” vacation Bible school 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Aug. 3. Toddlers and children ages 3 through fifth grade will learn lessons, enjoy music and dramas, crafts, and snacks. If you need a ride or more information, contact Darlene at 484-2556 or 514-3223.

    Circuit clerk’s office will be closed Saturday
    The Owen County Circuit Clerk’s Office will be closed Saturday. The office will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday.

    Class of ‘81 reunites Saturday

  • Council working to change status

    The Owenton City Council recently voted to begin the procedure of switching from a fifth-class to a fourth-class city, but a population requirement may make the process a difficult one.
    According to a “Kentucky League of Cities Research Report” on the classification of cities, a fourth-class city has a population requirement of 3,000 to 7,999.
    In 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau, listed Owenton’s population as 1,387.

  • Two local post offices could close

    Two local post offices could shut their doors under a plan released Wednesday by the U.S. Postal Service.
    In a news release, the U.S. Postal Service announced that it will “be taking the next step in right-sizing its expansive retail network by conducting studies of approximately 3,700 retail offices to determine customer needs.”
    The closures would affect the Jonesville and Perry Park post offices.

  • New field house on the horizon for Owen Co.

    Two construction projects are currently in the works for the Owen County Board of Education.
    The board met July 21 when architects for the upper-elementary school, Ross-Tarrant Architects, discussed renovations to the old middle school and a new field house.
    Owen County Schools Superintendent David Raleigh said a $500,000 building-fund has been designated for the field house.