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Today's News

  • Letter to the editor: Pumping station honors county's history

    It’s Margaret A. (Kasner) Murphy again.

    My thanks and appreciation to the Kentucky American Water Pumping Station II at “Hardin’s Landing” for our invitation to share in this very special celebration. More water to the people.

    Lela M. Karsner Hawkins, 93, Margaret A. (Karsner) Murphy, 91, and Christina Rice all are included with the Hardin cousins.

    Thanks to our friend Bro. David Wotier for remembering us on this day.

  • Showcasing success

    Following a keynote address by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear at the 10th annual Owen County Chamber of Commerce Banquet Monday, awards were given to outstanding business person of the year, outstanding business of the year and the latest addition to the Owen County Retired Teacher’s Association Wall of Fame.

    Awards were handed out by Owen County Chamber of Commerce Vice President Dallas Stafford.

    The winner of this year’s outstanding business person of the year award went to Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science Judy Hetterman.

  • Johnson takes seat on school board

    Only weeks after the general election, Dr. Larry Johnson took his seat on the board of education Monday.

    Johnson took the oath of a school board member and the Kentucky constitutional oath during the board’s regular monthly meeting.

    Johnson defeated Brian Clark and Deedi Dunavent by several hundred votes for the position of fourth district school board earlier this month.

  • Students say thank you to Owen County military

    Continuing a Veterans Day tradition started by Owen County High School alumnus Mary Kennedy, junior Mattie Cook coordinated the lunch and assembly program that recognized local veterans.

    Cook said she was proud to accept responsibility for the program because she is passionate about showing appreciation to veterans and helping other students better understand why veterans should be appreciated every day of the year.

  • Owen public library moves ahead with relocation plans

    With the purchase of land and exterior designs being approved, the ball is rolling for the Owen County Public Library’s new facility.

    The library board purchased 4.3 acres on Hwy. 22 East near the Hi-Y-Inn.

    The property was owned by Blue Moon Investors and was sold to the library for $175,000.

    Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert said buying property and having some paperwork signed is a huge relief.

    The library board held a public meeting Oct. 23 when architect Monica Sumner presented an exterior design for the library.

  • Crossing the finish line

    A brilliant high school career is over.

    Owen County High School senior Danielle Hoop ran the final race of her high school career Saturday. It was only fitting her final race came at the Class A State Cross Country Meet. In her fifth all-time appearance at the state meet, Hoop ran to a sixth-place finish.

    For the second year in a row, Maddox Patterson from Sayre School in Lexington won the race. She was followed by Kaitlin Snapp from Danville High School and Ann Eason, who is also a student at Sayre.

  • Letter to the Editor: Bingham praises Owen County High’s Veterans Day ceremony

    On Nov. 11, 2010 I had the privilege to address the students at Owen County High School about the importance of Veterans Day. Also in attendance were several Veterans and family members as well as many Owen County faculty and staff. Before the assembly, the Veterans and their family members were treated to a very delicious meal and a tour of the facility if they so desired.

  • Keep some Christmas cash here

    Have you noticed how Black Friday is becoming a bigger deal each year?

    Back 10 or 12 years ago when big retailers started opening up before the break of dawn to offer special deals the day after Thanksgiving, it wasn’t really that big of a deal. I had no interest in going out in what I would call the middle of the night to go shopping, and I had a hard time imagining who would.

    Part of the job for any good reporter is going out and finding out what other people think, and I had my eyes opened on my first Black Friday in Corbin.

  • Beshear to headline chamber of commerce event

    Kentucky’s top official, Gov. Steve Beshear, will take the stage at the 11th annual Owen County Chamber of Commerce dinner Monday.

    The meeting will be held at the Owen County Extension Office.

    Owen County Chamber of Commerce President Pam Chappell said there is not a routine procedure to how a speaker is chosen each year, but suggestions are taken from chamber members.

  • Kays Branch News: Hunters and drivers should look out

    My truck is running again. Chris came after work and put his heavy duty battery charger on it. I had fixed his supper and he ate while it was charging — and then watched TV with me while he waited. Wanda came about 8:10 p.m. to watch Dancing with the Stars with me. She had wanted to see the show because she enjoys dancing so much. She mentioned she had just come from her belly dancing class. Oops, another mistake: I said last week that she had joined a ballroom dancing class. There’s a good deal of difference.