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  • Boys hope ‘war’ will help dream come true

    Following two successful fund-raising events, two Maurice Bowling Middle School students are now hoping to bring two counties together to help secure funding for their dream skate park.
    After approaching the Sparta City Council in September 2010 with their idea to improve the skate park, Colton Matt and Logan Bailey requested the council match whatever money the two raised.

  • Rain delay

    Once it started, it seemed as though it would never end.
    Torrential downpours, thunderstorms, flooding and tornadoes ripped across Kentucky for two months, leaving farmers way behind.
    As farmers across Owen County saw several days of sunshine and warm weather last week, Owen County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Kim Strohmeier said many farmers are just now getting their tobacco in the ground.

  • County plans tire amnesty

    In an effort to rid Kentucky’s landscape of waste tires, Owen County officials are getting ready for the 2011 tire amnesty.
    Owen County’s waste tire amnesty will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 16-18.
    During this time, Owen County residents will not be charged when they drop off unwanted tires at the Kentucky Transportation Department Maintenance Barn on Old Sweet Owen Road.
    The tires are recycled to become products like tire-dervived fuel or crumb rubber, which can be used as mulch in playground areas.

  • Owen Electric holds safety day

    Crewmen converged at the training grounds at Owen Electric Cooperative’s headquarters for the annual Safety Day Wednesday.
    Safety Day is coordinated by safety manager Tony Dempsey and utilizes the assistance of instructors from Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives based in Louisville and other co-ops, including Clark Energy in Winchester.

  • Community Events

    One Voice to perform Sunday at First Baptist Church Owenton
    First Baptist Church Owenton will host The One Voice Choir from First Baptist Church of Montgomery, Ala., beginning at 6:30 Sunday in the evening worship service.  
    One Voice is a 90-member choir of high school students. They will be singing in Owenton on their summer tour to Chicago, Ill.
    One Voice is directed by a former First Baptist Church Music Minister Chip Colee.  
    After the service, dinner will be served in the church fellowship hall

  • At last ... a champion

    It seemed like it was never going to happen. Instead, the final chapter of Danielle Hoop’s illustrious high school career had a very happy ending.
    In the last race she would ever run in high school, Hoop won the state championship in the 800-meter run.
    She won it in thrilling fashion as she edged out Ann Eason from Sayre School. The race was so close that officials had to get together to determine that Hoop won just .005 seconds.

  • Relay 2011: A celebration of life

    Celebrating the 13th year in Owen County, hundreds gathered at Itron Field Friday evening and throughout the early hours of the morning Saturday for a highly-successful Relay for Life.
    About 1,300 people came out for the event and as the sun came up Saturday morning, the event’s chairperson, Jenni Duncan, said about $70,000 had been raised.
    Duncan said the this year’s goal was set at $78,000, which she believes will be raised by the time fund-raising ends in a few weeks.

  • Success on and off the court

    Four members of the Runnin’ Rebels were named to the Academic First Team All-State in recognition for the 2010-2011 basketball season. These boys maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.75-4.0, while representing OCHS on the basketball floor.  This year’s varsity Rebels had an average GPA of 3.53. Pictured are Jarrod Ball, left, and Tucker Trenary, right. Not pictured are Carson Williams and Justin Shelton.

  • Major donation for technology

    Owen County Primary School and Owen County Elementary School PTO officers — Dawn Davis, Shelli Hedger, and Kitty Cammack  — recently presented a $10,000 check to Naomi Cornette, chief information officer for Owen County schools. This money, generated by a candy-bar fund-raiser, will be used to upgrade existing technology for both schools.

  • Academic achievements

    Michael Kincaid makes dean’s list at Wesleyan
    Michael Kincaid, a junior at Kentucky Wesleyan College, was named to the dean’s list for the 2011 spring semester.
    He is the son of Terry and Joan Kincaid of Owenton.

    Wainscott named to Transylvania dean’s list
     Owen County High School graduate and Transylvania University senior Kenneth Wainscott has been named to the dean’s list for the 2011 winter term.