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Today's News

  • County urges landowners to check new flood maps

    Following the addition of new areas to the county’s flood plain maps, Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith and Emergency Management Director Rick Morgan are encouraging those who could be affected to see where their property stands.
    The Owen County Fiscal Court approved a second reading of a flood-damage prevention ordinance during its April 12 meeting.
    Morgan said FEMA has updated maps throughout Kentucky, but Owen County was one of the last to see updates.

  • Board members balk at some staffing changes

    An Owen County Elementary School media specialist position will stay intact following Monday’s Owen County Board of Education meeting.
    The board discussed budget considerations for the 2012 fiscal year and voted to keep the media specialist position at the elementary school, despite a recommendation from Owen County Superintendent David Raleigh to eliminate the position.
    A group of district leaders, which included all the principals, worked on a list of reductions for the 2012 budget.
    Raleigh said the group began working in October.

  • Shutdown serves no purpose

    For weeks, the threat of a federal government shutdown has been hanging over the heads of Americans.
    With the Democrats demanding deep cuts in the federal budget, the Republicans demanding deep, deep cuts in the federal budget and the Tea Party demanding deep, deep, deep, deep cuts in federal spending, it looked like we were going to have some fairly significant cuts in federal spending.
    So it looks like we are all pretty much in agreement that cuts in spending should happen.

  • Owen’s home for history needs some attention

    Throughout the years, Owen countians have dealt with houses displaying leaky roofs, crumbling porches, and weather-beaten exteriors. Many family homesteads were ravaged by insects, rodents and time; yet from one generation to another, families of Owen County gathered to repair, repaint, and rejoice over the ability to rejuvenate the family home yet once again.

  • Be mindful of your mulching

    Every year I write about mulch but no ones seems to care. Mounds of mulch still choke the trunks of trees everywhere you look this time of the year. Trees in landscapes look like telephone poles sticking out of soon-to-be-crusted-over black mulch. How’s that for a foreboding tale. Here’s the message, too much mulch is a bad thing. I know, some people have been liberated but we still have some more work to do. The bottom line: 2 inches of coarse mulch that is not piled around the trunk of the tree or shrub is the desired goal.

  • Owen County Livestock Report

    April 6, 2011
    Wednesday’s receipts: 633 • For the week: 774
    Last week: 1,164 •  Last Year: N/A
    Compared to the previous sale: Slaughter cows and bulls $2 to $4 higher; and feeder steers and heifers $3 to $6 higher, full advance on heifer calves.
    Slaughter cows 5 percent of the supply, slaughter bulls 2 percent, replacement cows 3 percent, and feeders 90 percent. The feeder supply included 32-percent steers, 36-percent heifers, and 19-percent feeder bulls. Thirty-six percent of the supply weighed over 600 lb.

  • Owen County Church Directory

    ASSEMBLIES OF GOD
    BEECHWOOD ASSEMBLY OF GOD
    Pastor Curt Smith, 10710 Georgetown Rd., 514-1112. Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Sunday Worship, 11 a.m., 6 p.m.; Friday, 7 p.m. Call 514-1112 if you need a ride.
    HESLER ASSEMBLY OF GOD
    Pastor Jerry Peters, 25 Breck Rd. (Corner of Hwy. 227 and 845); (502) 484-0607. Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Sunday Worship, 11 a.m., 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday’s Family Night – Lost-n-Found Youth, 7 p.m., Children & Adult Bible Study, 7 p.m.; heslerag.com.
    BAPTIST
    BEECH GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH

  • To classic hymns with lots of love

    One of my favorite books on my shelf at home is a stolen hymnal.
    I stole it probably 15 or 16 years ago from church and about 12 years ago I told my pastor about it. That was after our church had already gotten rid of all the old hymnals and started putting the lyrics to the songs we sing in the weekly bulletin and on the video screen in the sanctuary during the service.

  • Good Friday Community Service

    Good Friday Community Service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Owenton. You are invited to the annual community Good Friday Service. Local pastors will be leading the service. Our theme is “Images of the Cross in Isaiah.” There will be powerful, uplifting music and a nursery will be provided.
     

  • That judo that you do so well

    On April 4 and 5, the West Michigan Sports Commission hosted the “2011 USA Judo Youth and Scholastic National Championship” and “Collegiate Open Championship” in Grand Rapids, Mich., at the DeVos Place.
    Approximately 400 competitors gathered from across the nation to compete in 100 different divisions.
    Owen County Judo Team members Robert Beverly, Chelsae Smith, and James Thompson competed in the “2011 USA Judo Youth and Scholastic National Championship” for athletes 19 and under.