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  • Owen County Bus Routes

    Bus No. 1 – Driver, Robert Miller: Hwy. 227 from Scott County to school, Harmony Road and Teresita Road.

    Bus No. 2 – Driver, Lillian Peace: Sparta, end of two mile Manley, right on 36 to Sanders, backtrack out of Sanders, left on 227 through all of New Liberty to 127 South, 127 through Roland Ave.

    Bus No. 3 – Driver, Laurie Stivers: Hwy. 22 from the bus garage to Old Sweet Owen Road, Old Sweet Owen Road to fair grounds, Green Acres Drive, Harris Ridge Road, East Adair, Cardinal Drive, third buses elementary, middle and high school (p.m.).

  • Race fans may soon roll through Owen

    Is the Sprint Cup coming to Kentucky?

    According to several media outlets, a news conference has been set at the track for Tuesday. It’s believed that the announcement will include a date for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Race for 2011.

    Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith will be on hand as well as Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and the three-time NASCAR champion, Darrell Waltrip. Smith has told several in the media that it is a major announcement, but would not go as far as admitting it will include a date for a Sprint Cup race.

  • Living to the fullest

    In 1912, New Mexico and Arizona were admitted as the 47th and 48th states; the British ocean liner RMS Titanic sank in the freezing waters of the Atlantic Ocean; Woodrow Wilson was elected 28th President of the United States; and on July 30, Lucy Smoot Hall was born in Owen County.

    Saturday, Hall will gather with friends and family at the Owen County Extension Building to celebrate her 98 years of life.

    “I’m proud to have been able to live this long,” Hall said. “The Lord has really blessed me all these years.”

  • Friends of Animals wants to educate public after dogs found abandoned

    After two incidents earlier this month, the Owen County Friends of Animals has stepped up their campaign to encourage everyone to spay and neuter their pets.

    The first incident occurred when a member of the road crew working near Monterey found a beer box with six new-born puppies.

    The puppies were taken to the Owen County Friends of Animals shelter, where they were bottle-fed.

    OCFA Director Hilari Gentry said four of the puppies made it, but two died.

  • Superintendent search brings 13 applicants

    The Owen County Schools Superintendent Search Screening Committee is now in full swing, with members established and over a dozen applications to consider.

    The Owen County Board of Education, along with the screening committee, held a joint meeting July 21 in the Owen County High School auditorium.

    Owen County Board of Education Chairman Terry Patterson said Mike Oder, a representative from the Kentucky School Board Association, was present at the meeting to go over several standard topics with the board.

  • Yard sale will bring bargain hunters to Owen

    Its web site boasts a year-long countdown to what has been labeled the “world’s longest yard sale” and each year, hundreds of bargain hunters and antique dealers watch the countdown closely in anticipation of the 675 mile trek that makes up the 127 Corridor Sale.

    Luckily for local businesses and restaurants, many of the eager hunters travel right through Owen County when the sale officially begins Aug. 5. The sale will continue through Aug. 8.

    The annual sale will continue to have an impact on the local economy.

  • Blaze destroys recycling barn

    A fire at the county recycling barn Monday afternoon has damaged several thousands of dollars of equipment.

    Owenton Fire Chief David Lilly said arson investigators have been called in to determine the cause of the blaze.

    “I can’t determine the cause myself,” Lilly said. “We’ve had an investigator here (Tuesday) and another one will come from the insurance company (Wednesday).”

    The barn, located next to the county garage on Blanton Street in Owenton, is used to process recycling.

  • Mother of the Year 2010

    A mother of four, a caregiver to many, a foster parent and a volunteer. Those are just a few of the traits that make up this year’s recipient of the mother of the year award, Edith Rose Stewart-Lewis.

    Lewis, 87, received the award during the Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show July 14.

    “I’m grateful to have this happen,” Lewis said. “It’s almost unbelievable at my age to even get it.”

    Although the award is usually a surprise to the recipient, Lewis said she knew she would be receiving the award.

  • Owen Countian of the Year 2010

    Each year one deserving person arrives at the Owen County fairgrounds pavilion during fair week for a special reason. Some think they’re there to see a friend receive an award or to watch a family member in one of the many pageants held.

     

    This year Margaret Murphy arrived thinking she was going to get to hear her friend and storyteller Bonnie Strassell speak, but instead she was there to receive one of the most prestigious awards any Owen countian can get – the Rotary Club’s Owen Countain of the Year award.

  • Treece steps down from OCHS

    Owen County High School is looking for a new leader.

    During the Owen County Board of Education’s regular monthly meeting Monday, it was announced Owen County High School Principal Shannon Treece would be leaving her position with the district.

    Treece is reportedly leaving her post for a position with the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative.