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  • Festival celebrates talent and art in Owen

    Dozens of local artists and students had the chance to display their work and talent Saturday at the second annual Sweet Owen Arts in the Park celebration.

    Over 660 visitors got to experience a wide variety of art and music during the day-long affair.

    There were also many different types of handmade arts and crafts, ranging from pottery, basket weaving, glass blowing to hand-painted signs.

  • Cleveland out at Owen schools

    After serving 10 years as Owen County schools superintendent, Mark Cleveland’s contract was not renewed by the Owen County School Board in a special called meeting Monday.

    The school board made a statement after announcing its decision to not renew Cleveland’s contract.

  • Students bring home top honors in leadership showcase

    Just call them the champs.

    More than 3,500 students from across Kentucky competed in the Student Technology Leadership Program State Showcase competition May 11 in Lexington where students from Maurice Bowling Middle School captured both first and second place.

    According to a press release, STLP is a project-based learning program that empowers students in all grade levels to use technology to learn and achieve.

    The event provided primary through 12th-grade students opportunities to present their projects to people outside the classroom.

  • Owen County Relay for Life starts Friday

    Relay Around the World

    Owen County Park

    7 p.m.-7 a.m

    Schedule of events

    4 p.m.-9 p.m.

    Kentucky Blood Center Bloodmobile

    5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

    The Robinson Family (live music)

    6 p.m.-7 p.m.

    Survivor registration in front of extension building

    Silent auction begins

    Tent judging

    7 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

    Opening Ceremony

    Welcome

    Color Guard

    National Anthem

    Invocation

    Guest speaker

    Special music

  • Machine malfunctions in Owenton Inc. precinct

    A malfunctioning machine may have triggered a slight delay for some voters in the Owenton Incorporated precinct.

    Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said the e-scan machine at the Owenton Inc. precinct was jammed and not taking additional ballots.

    As per state law, Kincaid contacted Owen County Circuit Judge Stephen Bates in order to fix the problem and retrieve the ballots that had already been cast.

  • School board passes tentative budget

    After two budget work sessions and several months worth of planning, the Owen County School Board passed a tentative budget at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday.

    The board faced many issues since beginning work on the draft budget in January, including not knowing what the state budget would look like because the Kentucky General Assembly failed to pass a budget in April during their regular session.

    Owen County School District Superintendent Mark Cleveland said normally the tentative and final budgets are close to the same with very few changes.

  • Voters pick Keith

    Owen County voters began making their way to the polls early Tuesday morning for the 2010 primary election.

    A close Owen County judge-executive race concluded Carolyn H. Keith, who was appointed as judge-executive in January 2009, would continue her tenure as Owen County’s top elected official.

    Keith won the election by 325 votes.

  • Relay almost ready

    With a record number of teams and over $32,000 already raised, this year’s Relay for Life could already be deemed a success.

    The 13th annual Owen County Relay for Life will be held from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. May 28-29 at Actaris Field.

    Owen County Relay for life Chairperson Jenni Duncan said fund-raising for this year’s event began last year, but the official kick-off fund-raiser was in February at a Lady Rebels’ basketball game.

  • Woman says she owes her life to stranger who towed her car from high water

    Andrea Brackin thought she was going to die.

    She had been driving down Ky 355 between the boat ramp and Ky 325 late Thursday afternoon. Concerned about the high water making the highway impassable, Brackin said she called the county road department and was allegedly told it was passable.

    But after a driving through a couple of stretches of deep water, Brankin’s car stalled in the water.

    Flood water was filling up her car and she could feel her heart pound faster and faster.

  • Board weighs next move on budget

    The Owen County Board of Education held its second budget work session Tuesday in front of a large crowd of teachers and parents.

    The board went through each line item on the budget, discussing many of the items at length.

    Owen County School District Finance Officer Sheila Miller said nothing in this year’s budget is a simple decision.

    “We’re trying to look at every single line item as worst-case scenario,” Miller said.