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Today's News

  • Briscoe takes checkered flag at Speedway

    It could not have been much closer.

    Ryan Briscoe nosed out Scott Carpenter Saturday night to win the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

    The two battled each other over the last few laps before Briscoe beat Carpenter to the checkered flag by .0162 seconds. The finish was the closest in the race’s 10-year history.

    Scott Dixon was awarded the pole based on points after heavy rain Thursday caused the Friday qualifying sessions for both the Indy Car Series and the Firestone Indy Lights Series to be cancelled.

  • Owen County Circuit Court

    July 28, 2009

    Joann Adams, 1974, failed to pay fines, see order.

    Michael Asher, 1988, probation violation, continued to Aug. 11.

    Robert James Craig, 1977, two counts of theft by unlawful taking, first-degree criminal mischief, pleaded guilty, continued to Aug. 25.

    Cory Dade, 1990, first-degree criminal mischief, adopted plea agreement, see order.

    Trevor E. Dallas, 1988, first-degree complicity burglary, complicity receiving stolen property, jury trial set for Sept. 24.

  • Monterey neighbors hoping to beat burglars

    After six break-ins in the Monterey area, some residents decided to ban together in hopes of ending the crime spree.

    A meeting was held July 30 in hopes of establishing a neighborhood watch and raise awareness on some precautionary measures that can be taken to prevent burglary.

    Pat Adkins, who organized the meeting, said she felt the event was successful.

    “We had almost 30 people come out for the meeting,” Adkins said. “That’s a good turnout for a rural area like ours.”

  • Owen man killed at triathlon in Louisville

    A Louisville man has pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with the death of an Owen County man during a triathlon Saturday.

    Kenneth Yates, 25, is charged with murder, drunken driving, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, fleeing and resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.

    Yates is accused of hitting John Carr, 47, of Owen County, on Chamberlain Lane in Louisville, while the Owen County man was riding a bicycle as part of a triathlon being held at  E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.

  • Fairview Restaurant and Country Crafts offers variety

    Two weeks ago when Fairview Restaurant and Country Crafts opened for business, owner Jessica Ferguson never thought her new business would become such a hit among the local people.

    The business officially opened July 22. Ferguson, who worked for a staffing company and continues to do so out of her home, said she had always wanted to try something different.

    “We wanted to begin about two years ago,” Ferguson said. “We wanted to do something different and I always wanted to do the primitive and country stuff.”

  • Planning urged in case of a national emergency

    The upcoming fall and winter months may be particularly difficult for rural communities (as well as urban) across the nation. The persistence of an economic recession, combined with a potentially devastating flu season sets the stage for a time of unprecedented need. I strongly encourage communities nationwide to unite within their community and develop a cooperative strategy of survival in times of disaster. Take note of those in your community with special needs, such as the elderly, disabled and fatherless homes.

  • Owen County Elementary awards

    OCES Rotary Award Winners  2008-09

    Third-grade – Angelica Marcum and Clayton Hensley

    Fourth-grade –  Morgan Woodyard and Austin Fitzgerald

    Fifth-grade – Jarrod Henderson and Megan Wilhoite

    Conservation Poster Winners

    First place: Makenzie Davis; second place: John Randall Towles; third place: Allissa Tackett

    Duke Talent Search

    Baylee Keeton, Jordan Prather, David Gray, Brandi Mears, Daisy Stamper and Chad McDonald

    Kentucky Junior Historical Society

  • The past can feel so close

    Writing is a solitary avocation. I’m reminded of the wonderful old movie where Jimmy Stewart rambles on and on to an invisible giant white rabbit named Harvey. Writing is like that – a one-sided conversation, with the author doing all the talking, while the reader, as invisible as Harvey, may or may not be listening or even be in the same room.

  • Cleveland says new school is on schedule

    After some problems in the initial process, the new Owen County middle school is starting to come together.

    At the July 20 meeting of the Owen County School Board,  Ron Murrell, a representative of construction firm D.W. Wilburn Inc., offered an update on the new middle school.

    Owen County School District Superintendent Mark Cleveland said the project is right on schedule.

  • Letter to the Editor: Those who work with youth deserve community praise

    I would like to ask other Owen countians to join me in offering a word of praise and thanks to a remarkable group of youth and their leaders. I regret that I do not have a list of all their names.