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  • Owen County teen riding a wave of success

    Bernie Engleman may be new to kayaking, but the 14-year-old middle school student is already paddling the white-waters like an old pro.
    Engleman’s quickly-learned skills recently won him a free kayak when he finished first in his division of 14-and-under at the Nantahala Outdoor Center’s Freestyle Shootout.
    It all started in 2008 when Engleman’s dad bought kayaks for the family at Canoe Kentucky in Frankfort — Bernie then began learning the basic moves and strokes of kayaking.
    Bernie received a day’s worth of instruction from an American Canoe Association instructor.

  • Students take care of a growing concern

    If you take a look at downtown Owenton, you’re sure to see the handwork of the Owen County High School’s greenhouse technology class.
    The class has worked nearly all school year to bring flowers and vegetable plants to Owen countians, and the FFA recently donated their time and materials to barrels downtown.
    OCHS Agriculture teacher Daniel Bustle said the class has been working on some plants since November and have started plants accordingly.

  • Owen residents aim for truckload of storm relief

    A truckload of help will be leaving Owen County Friday morning.
    In the wake of historic flooding and devastating storms that crossed over the South, volunteers from Owen County will lend a helping hand and are organizing a truckload of relief for Alabama residents affected by a series of tornadoes across the state.
    Kitty Cammack, one of the key organizers of the donation drive, said this year’s efforts has roots in 2005 and Hurricane Katrina.

  • Cutbacks at city hall

  • Owen workers to aid Alabama storm victims

    Several Owen Electric Cooperative crewmen headed out early Friday morning to Alabama to aid an electric co-op with power restoration in the wake of devastating storms last week.
    Nine men, including a mechanic, construction supervisor, foremen and linemen, took five trucks to Arab, Ala., to help Arab Electric Cooperative recover from the tornado aftermath. The city of Arab is located in northern Alabama, about one hour north of Birmingham.
    Arab Electric Cooperative serves approximately 15,000 members, most without power since the storms.

  • Special Recognition: Bill and Elizabeth Prewitt

    Bill and Elizabeth Prewitt represented Owen County at the 43rd annual state convention of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association. Prewitt, president of the Owen County group, accepted the Archer Award for 100-percent membership. The Gold Certificate of Recognition was presented to Owen County for outstanding achievement in reaching the goals and objectives of KRTA.

  • Baker named Paul Harris Fellow

    Owenton Postmaster Darla Baker was  recently named a Paul Harris Fellow by Owenton Rotary Club President Tom Olds on behalf of the club.
    The award was named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905. The fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution of $1,000 to the humanitarian and educational programs of the Rotary Foundation.

  • Community Events

    Hospice Grief Support Group

    On May 5 and June 12, Hospice of the Bluegrass will conduct a support group for those suffering the loss of a loved one.
    The Grief Support Group will meet at the Owen County Library from 11 a.m. to noon. The group is facilitated by Melinda Simpson, LCSW.
    For more information, please call Hospice of the Bluegrass at (502) 223-1744 or (800) 926-1302

  • Annual event raises hopes

    Although the first sunshine in several days may have hurt attendance, The Fourth Annual Catalyst of Hope/Kentucky PEP Rally will be considered a success because of the many lives it touched.
    “I am incredibly pleased with the turnout, the presentations, and the overall atmosphere of Saturday’s event,” organizer Patti Clark said. “While we would have liked to have had a larger crowd, we understood there were many other activities going on and it was the first pretty day of spring.”

  • Judicial center on the rise

    Despite weather-related setbacks all along, construction leaders at Owen County’s new courthouse facility are hopeful that completion will come during the spring of 2012.
    Construction Superintendent with Codell Construction Taylor Coates said as of Friday construction has been pushed back 60 days since the start date of April 26, 2010 – which ends up being 84 calendar days.
    Nine of those days came from the severe thunderstorms and rain during April.