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  • Four new teams signed for Relay

    Plans are being finalized with less than two months to go before Owen County’s 11th annual Relay for Life.

    Relay for Life is held each year in Owen County in support of cancer survivors, as well as its victims. The event will be held May 29-30 at  iTron Field.

    Co-Chair for the event, Jenny Duncan, said this year’s Relay for Life will see four new teams, with a total of 18 teams.

    “Our teams will come and camp all night,” Duncan said. “Someone from each team will be present on the track at all times.”

  • Greg Smoot named to county post

    When Owen County Road Supervisor and Solid Waste Coordinator Dan Logan resigned from his position earlier this year, Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith set out to find someone with the right qualifications and supervising skills.

    Keith’s search ended Friday when Greg Smoot was appointed to the position.

    Keith said the position was advertised and 27 applications were received.

  • County reacted quickly to escapees

    When prisoners Bobby Cockerell, Jerry Sargent and Christopher Marshall escaped from an Indiana prison March 20 and made their way to Carroll County, Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond took every precaution to ensure that citizens of the county stayed alert and aware.

    Hammond said he and his deputies worked long hours throughout the county to keep an eye out for the escapees.

    “We stayed on patrol 24 hours a day,” Hammond said. “We had perimeters set up through Wheatley and New Liberty and extra patrol throughout the county.”

  • Logan takes on new role with district

    Following the disability of Keith Bolen, school board superintendent Mark Cleveland set out to find a replacement for the plant maintenance supervisor.

    Cleveland chose Dan Logan, who had previously served as road supervisor for the Owen County Road Department.

    Bolen had medical problems and received a doctor’s statement that he could not return to work.

    “We advertised that the position was open,” Cleveland said. “We received about 15 applications.”

    Cleveland said he had more than one qualified applicant.

  • State of the county

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith, who has now been in office for a little less than two months, is setting her sights toward the future.

    Keith said just about all aspects of the county – including budget, revenue, future industries and education – have positive aspects.

    Keith said revenue in Owen County is expected to increase when the Kentucky American Water treatment plant is completed.

  • Adopt-a-Highway program highlights Spring Clean Week

    Adopt-a-highway groups are invited to join the Spring Clean Week, which goes through Saturday. Volunteers from across the state are uniting to show support for a cleaner environment. This is the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s first scheduled cleanup for 2009. Groups will also be given time during the month of April for cleaning needs.

  • Area ‘spring cleaning’ nets drug suspects

    Area law enforcement had their own version of spring cleaning Friday morning, rounding up 17 of 26 individuals indicted recently by a Carroll County grand jury for drug trafficking.

    Eleven individuals from Owen County were indicted on the drug charges; four were from Gallatin County; five were from Henry County; and one was from Frankfort.

  • When it comes to technology, nobody beats Bush

    Owen County teachers have been known to go above and beyond when it comes to giving their students top-notch lessons. Owen County High School business teacher, Kay Bush, is no exception.

    This summer, Bush will be awarded Kentucky Technology Teacher of the Year, presented by the Kentucky Society of Technology Education.

    Bush, who has been teaching in Owen County for 24 years, was nominated by fellow teacher Martha Hamilton.

    Chief Information Officer for Owen County Schools, Naomi Cornette, said Bush’s unique style of teaching led her to the award.

  • Owen County High School to host open house for parents

    Owen County High School invites students and parents to attend an open house between 5 and 6:30 p.m. March 30.

    Nominations are being taken through March 25 for a parent to serve on the high school’s Site-based Decision-making Council (SBDM). Please stop by the school’s office to fill out a nomination form for a parent-representative to serve on the council.

  • Tossing and turning at tourney

    Fans and participants filed into the Owen County High School gym Saturday afternoon. They came from Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. They came to watch a regional tournament. With it being March, one might expect it to be basketball. It was not.  

    It was the Owen County Judo Invitational.  

    More than 156 competitors took part in the competition. They ranged in age from four to senior adult.   The Owen County Judo Team is made up of 22 members in grades 1-12 and is coached by Doris Beverly.