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  • Owen native earns Legion of Merit

    Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Nix attended a retirement ceremony at Fort Knox March 6. His reserve unit Fourth Battalion, 399th Regiment, 104th Division, wanted to honor him for his service to the unit and the United States Army during his 36-year career.
    At the ceremony, Nix was awarded the Legion of Merit for his outstanding leadership, unparalleled professionalism and dedication to duty, which contributed to the overall mission success of every unit in which he served.

  • Order early and save on yearbook

    The yearbook staff of Owen County High School is now accepting orders for the 2011 edition of the Pride of Owen Yearbook. 
    The staff is offering an early-bird special of $60.
    There are two ways to order your yearbook:
    1. Go online to www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter the order number 10735. When ordering online, you will pay $3.50 for processing.
    2.  See Ms. Bush at the high school to place your order and avoid the $3.50 processing fee.

  • Owen woman finds a new opportunity at women’s school

    Owen County was well represented at the New Opportunity School for Women at Berea College in February.
    Christina Johns was selected as one of 10 women to participate in this three-week program.
    Career exploration and leadership development create the framework for the experience, which includes an internship on campus or in the community and intensive educational and personal development classes.
    For Johns, the experience was nothing short of “life changing.”

  • New middle school formally opens

    Members of the Owen County Board of Education and members of the Dr. Maurice Bowling family participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday at the newly opened Maurice Bowling Middle School. L to R: Owen County School Board Chairman Terry Patterson, Dr. Larry Johnson, Don Bowling, Donna Jean McDonald, Stuart Bowling, Gladys Bowling, Brett McDonald, Brian Young and Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.

  • MBMS wins District Governor’s Cup title, advances to region and state

    The Maurice Bowling Middle School Academic Team competed Jan. 22 in the District Governor’s Cup competition hosted at the new MBMS. At the end of the day, MBMS was awarded the first-place overall district trophy, including first place in quick recall, first place in future problem solving, and several individual awards.

  • Well-timed training

    Owen County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Robb Chaney said all six fire departments protecting Owen County were represented during the grass and brush fire practice and training session Wednesday evening.
    Chaney said 52 men and women participated in the exercise.
    “We burned approximately 50 acres in about four hours,” Chaney said. “It was the first time that I know of all six fire departments being on a live training together and I’ve been a firefighter for 26 years.”

  • Feds say there’s something fishy about Owen caviar

    An Owen County couple was recently indicted by a federal jury for trafficking in and falsely labeling illegally harvested paddlefish.
    Steve T. Kinder, 51, and Kinder Caviar Inc. have been charged with illegally harvesting paddlefish from Ohio waters and falsely reporting to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources that he caught the fish in Kentucky.

  • A few more neighbors

    While the populations of nearby counties continue to climb, the 2010 U.S. Census results show only a slight population increase for Owen County.
    According to the recently released 2010 census data, Owen County has a total population of 10,841 ­— a 2.79-percent increase — up only 294 from 2000.
    Carroll, Grant, Gallatin, Franklin and Scott counties each had a higher population increase than Owen County.
    Scott County had the highest, with a 42.68-percent population increase.
    Henry County had a 2.36-percent increase.

  • Owen gearing up for race visitors

    With the NASCAR Sprint Cup series race only months away, local officials are beginning to weigh in on the economic impact the race could have on Owen County.
    The announcement of the Sprint Cup race coming to Kentucky Speedway, located off the Sparta exit on I-71, was made last August.
    Since the announcement of the Sprint Cup, the Kentucky Speedway has increased its stadium seating from 66,000 to 105,000.

  • Suspect in sheriff’s office break-in faces indictment

    A Wheatley man has been indicted after reportedly stealing office equipment, computer and radios from the Owen County Sheriff’s Office.
    Chad A. Perkins, 27, has been charged with third-degree burglary, receiving stolen property under $500, second-degree criminal mischief, and flagrant nonsupport.
    The incident took place Feb. 5. State road crew workers called the police during the early hours of the morning to report a man was standing in the middle of West Seminary Street, holding an armload of junk, and unwilling to move.