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  • Friend of Owen farmers to step down

    After 40 years of serving farmers across Owen County, Jane Ann Johnson, program technician for the Owen County Farm Service Agency, has announced her retirement.

    Johnson began working part-time for the Farm Service Agency in 1968 as a sophomore in high school. Upon graduating from high school, Johnson went to college until her part-time position became available as full-time.

    Johnson decided to stay at the Farm Service Agency out of a love for farming.

  • Owen County grand jury indictments

    Sept. 15, 2009

    On Sept. 15, 2009, the Owen County grand jury met and returned the following indictments:

    • Adler “Sonny” Derosset Jr., 44, on the charges of operating a motor vehicle while license revoked or suspended, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, failure to use seat belt and first-degree persistent felony offender.

  • Local health officials to host flu workshop

    The Owen County Health Department in collaboration with Owen County Community Education is hosting an HINI informational meeting Monday at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium. 

    Denise Bingham, clinical nurse manager from Three Rivers Health Department, will be on hand to answer questions about H1NI, commonly known as swine flu.

    Kathy Resetar, community education director, will be discussing how the schools are being pro-active in keeping the schools sanitized. 

    For more information, contact Resetar at 484-4011.

  • ‘Swine flu’ reported at middle school

    The Owen County School District issued a letter indicating a student at Maurice Bowling Middle School may have contracted H1N1, commonly known as swine flu.

    Owen County School Superintendent Mark Cleveland said the middle-school student has the symptoms of the virus, but no formal test results have been received.

    Cleveland said the Center for Disease Control is backed up with many other possible swine flu tests, and he has been advised to treat the illness as an incident of swine flu.

  • Officials break ground for Eagle Creek sewer project

    After years of waiting, ground was officially broken Saturday for a multimillion dollar sewer project that will serve the community around the Eagle Creek Resort.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said although she came into office as funding for the project was being secured, she praised the efforts of residents along with local and state officials to get the project approved.

  • Fiscal court meetings called into question

    A concerned citizen came before the Owen County Fiscal Court at its Sept. 8 meeting questioning the special meetings being held by the court.

    Mary Lou Morrison said she would like to be notified of special meetings and suggested using the emergency calling system to notify those who wish to attend special meetings.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said she has been pushing for two meetings a month since taking office in January.

  • Lady Rebel golfers finish fifth at state All “A” tourney

    The Owen County girls’ golf team spent Saturday afternoon taking part in the All “A” State Golf Tournament at Gibson Bay in Richmond. When the day was over, the team had earned a fifth-place finish.

    The team score of 343 was just one shot out of fourth place and six strokes out of third.

    The entire team played well.

    Krista Power led the team with a round of 80. Jensen Wainscott fired an 86 while Lynsey Farrar posted an 88.  Shelby Power shot an 89 while Ally Minch totaled 91.

  • Remembering 9-11-2001

    A large crowd gathered Friday for the Sept. 11 memorial prayer on the Owen County Courthouse lawn. Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier opened the memorial, followed by Owenton First Christian Church Pastor Bill Watson. Owenton First Baptist Church Pastor Bradley Banks led the gathering in prayer. Watson said he felt the large turnout was indicative of how Sept. 11 affected not only the lives of those who lost family members, but everyone throughout the country. “I think everyone was affected by it,” Watson said. “It reminds people of their freedoms.

  • Three Rivers hopes to have flu vaccine by mid-October

    As residents across the county gear up for flu season, the Three Rivers District Health Department is preparing for H1N1, more commonly known as swine flu.

    Although no cases of H1N1 have been reported in Owen County, many people are looking for a vaccination.

    Three Rivers Public Health District Director Georiga Heise said although the Centers for Disease Control have not yet released a vaccination Three Rivers is expecting one to be made available by mid-October.

  • Breaking NewsSchool officials believe student has swine flu

    The Owen County School District is issuing a letter today, indicating a student at Maurice Bowling Middle School may have contracted the H1N1, commonly known as swine flu.

    Owen County School Superintendent Mark Cleveland said Wednesday the middle-school student has the symptoms of the virus, but no formal test results have been received.

    Cleveland said the Center for Disease Control is backed up with many other possible swine flu tests and he has been advised to treat the illness as an incident of swine flu.