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  • 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.

  • Candidate hopes to grow support in Owen County

    With an eye on capturing the Democratic Party nomination for commissioner of agriculture, B.D. Wilson met with Owen County supporters Thursday as he criss-crossed the state along the campaign trail.
    Wilson, who served as Montgomery County judge-executive in the 1990s, said his background as an elected official, a businessman and a farmer makes him uniquely qualified to lead the department.
    “I have been a Kentucky farmer,” Wilson said. “I know what kinds of problems they face. Agriculture is the economic engine that drives this state.”

  • Busy time for Owen firefighters

    New Liberty, Jonesville and Owen County firefighters spent Thursday afternoon battling a mobile home fire near Gratz.
    New Liberty Fire Chief Greg Davis said they received a call at 12:20 p.m. indicating smoke coming from the mobile home located next to Frankie and Johnny’s restaurant on Hwy. 355.
    Davis said the man and woman living in the mobile home were not there at the time, and a passerby called 911 after seeing smoke.

  • Owen Farmers’ Market finds new home

    The Owen County Farmers’ Market will have a new home this spring.
    The Owen County Farm Bureau received an $82,419-grant for construction of a permanent structure for the market.
    When it reopens May 6, the market will be housed under a pavilion located behind Farm Bureau at 430 Roland Ave.
    The farmers’ market, which began in 2003, has been located on the Owen Country Courthouse lawn for six of its seven years.