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  • Farmers to get new marketplace

    The Owen County Farm Bureau recently received a $82,419 grant to construct a permanent facility for the Owen County Farmers’ Market.

    According to a recent press release from the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy, the goal of the project is to increase farmers’ participation in the market, as well as provide better access for consumers.

    The farmers’ market, which began in 2003, has been located on the Owen Country Courthouse lawn for six of its seven years.

  • Burning ban still in place

    A no-outdoor-burning restriction that took effect Sept. 24 continues to be in place.

    Several grass fires have occurred since the ban went into effect.

    However, Owen County Judge/Executive Carolyn Keith said to her knowledge no one has been cited for illegal burning since the ban was announced. According to the Kentucky Division of Forestry, the agency responsible for citing violators, anyone caught maintaining an outside fire could  be fined.

  • Bramblett, Smith to square off Thursday

    The second of three candidate forums will be held Thursday at the Monterey Fire Department.

    The series, which will spotlight individual races, turns its attention to the race for Owen County Fourth District magistrate featuring Democrat incumbent Ray Smith and Republican challenger Troy Bramblett

    Both Smith and Bramblett have confirmed their intention to attend the forum.

  • Agency helps feed 200 local families

    As the local and national economy continues to struggle, the strain on free food banks has never been greater.

    Rhonda Young, manager of the Owen County Community Action organization, said the need continues to escalate as more people struggle to get enough to eat.

    Recently, Young with the help of volunteers from the Hesler Assembly of God Church, handed out thousands of pounds of food to 200 needy families in Owen County at the Owen County Fairgrounds.

    Young said she could see a significant increase in the amount of assistance needed in just a few months.

  • Candidates vie for support at forum

    Owen County’s district one magistrate candidates took the spotlight Thursday during the first of three local candidate forums for the November election.

    Asa Philips, who beat out Daniel Humphries in the May Democratic primary election, and Republican candidate Gary W. Minch participated in the forum.

    Despite light attendance, each candidate spoke at length on their views and what they hope to see happen within the county over the next four years.

  • County takes bids for road repair projects

    Eagle Hill Road and Pleasant Grove Road can each expect resurfacing in their future.

    The Owen County Fiscal Court held a special meeting Sept. 28 and opened bids for the Eagle Hill and Pleasant Grove roads project. The renovation projects will affect about 4.62 miles of roadway.

    A total of three bids were submitted, with the court accepting Mago Construction’s bid at $145,500.

  • Schools’ scores released

    As the Owen County School District’s Kentucky Core Content test scores came in Thursday, administrator’s across the district had something to be proud of.

    As a district, Owen County Schools made adequate yearly progress established by the No Child Left Behind Act, the district met 100 percent of their goals.

    Owen County Elementary School made the greatest gains in test scores and increased its score from an 84 to a 96.

  • Owen County issues outdoor burning ban

    Only hours after the Owen County judge-executive’s office issued a no outdoor burning restriction Friday, a fire began on Pleasant Grove Road and soon spread to Rose Lane.

    The South Owen Fire Department received the call around 2 p.m. and according to South Owen Fire Chief Brian Perry, a cigarette could have been the cause of the fire that spread for 25 to 30 acres.

    Perry said an unoccupied trailer, a storage barn and several junk cars were destroyed.

  • Candidate forums kick off Thursday

    Following the success of the Owen County Judge-executive and magistrate forum held in May, Leadership Owen County will hold a series of forums for the general election beginning Thursday.

    The first of three forums will begin at 7 p.m. at the Owen County Extension Office for the district one magistrate race.

    Leadership Owen County Alumni member David Morgan said both candidates, Asa Phillips and Gary Minch have been equally invited to participate.

  • Owen teen touched by war story organizes benefit

    People across the United States are blowing their whistles for peace in Congo and soon the message will be brought to Owen County.

    Hannah Strohmeier, a 14-year-old freshman at Owen County High School, became involved in the campaign for peace in Congo this summer when she learned about Falling Whistles.

    The campaign was originally started as a journal about young boys in Congo who are sent to the world’s largest raging war with only a whistle for a weapon.