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Today's News

  • Getting a great tan isn’t the key a happy life

    Maybe you won’t understand this little story if you’ve never felt different, if you’ve always fit in, if you’ve never felt too fat or too thin, too short or too tall ee" if you’ve never been a teenager or can’t remember being one.

    And maybe you can’t laugh at this silliness if you’ve walked a road so harshly different it rises up to taunt you every morning of your life. I think of those who’ve struggled with racial prejudice or serious physical or mental disabilities.

  • Annual Owen County Fair Week continues

    Monday night, 12 young ladies stood before three out-of-town judges in hopes of becoming the 2009 Miss Owen County Fair.

    After a two-hour contest that included formal wear and swimsuit competitions, the judges’ decision became final, and Shadow Perry was crowned Miss Owen County Fair.

    Perry, who has been participating in Owen County pageants since she was a baby, said she feels at ease now that the pageant is over.

    “I feel awesome and relieved,” Perry said. “I’ve been doing this all my life and it feels great to win.”

  • Middle school students presented with awards

    Rotary Awards

    Sixth Grade

    Michael Ashcraft and Brittany Thornton

    Seventh Grade

    Gabe Osborne and Brittany Schaub

    Eighth Grade

    Corey Cobb and Felicia Neal

    Perfect Attendance

    Ben Allen, Allison Dempsey, Cody Downey, Brady Glacken, Autumn Gover, Willie Johnson, Annie Juett, Hannah McCormick, Charles Moloney, Kristen Mygra, Tiffany Ohmer, Victor Perez, Talmon Shidecker, Kayleigh Shaw, Brandon Slusher, Corby Smith, Brooklyn Smither, Richie Swigert, Tyler True, Sarah Wotier

  • State agency says no to West Perry project funding

    After months of consideration, debate and hope, a final word has been rendered on the Owenton City Council’s grant request for West Perry Street renovation.

    Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier received a letter from the Department of Local Government that stated the renovation project will not be funded.

    The process began last August when Wotier announced that the City of Owenton would be applying for grant funds to spruce up one of Owenton’s streets. East and West Perry were the main targets for the program.

  • Kids help build stepping stones at library

    We were thrilled to see 130 parents and children attend our last summer reading session with Nelstone Stone Carving. With a little help from Penny and Al, we completed four new limestone stepping stones for our landscaping that were made by members of our community.

    They look great, and every time we see them, we’ll remember what a great day we had at the library with all of the program participants. The stones are currently on display at the front desk, so take a look as you check out your favorite books, movies or CDs.

  • Elk Creek wins awards at national competition

    Elk Creek Vineyard recently received two silver medals and a bronze medal in the Third Annual Mid-American Wine Competition held at the Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, Iowa campus.

    “These wines were top notch,” Bob Foster, director of the Mid-American Wine Competition, said. “Consumers ought to track them down and taste them.”

  • Owen County teams prepare for upcoming seasons

    While most are enjoying summer, players and coaches at Owen County High School are starting to practice for the fall.

    Fall sports teams are allowed to begin practice today in preparation for the upcoming seasons.

    Football, volleyball, soccer, cross country and golf will begin practice over the next few days as they looking forward to their first games or matches in August.

    The football team will open the season Aug. 29 at Grant County.

  • Despite flaws, Jackson’s impact will last generations

    On June 11, 1949, Hank Williams Sr. made his first appearance on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. He received an unprecedented six encores and was launched into superstardom at 25.

    He was dead by the age of 29.

    On Sept. 9, 1956, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. His swiveling hips, snarling lip and southern charm turned him into an overnight superstar.

    He died in 1977 at the age of 42.

    On Feb. 9, 1964, The Beatles made their first appearance on the Sullivan show.

  • Historical Society News By Bonnie Strassell

    During the early years,  drinking, gambling, and even dancing were infractions that resulted in exclusion from fellowship at the Poplar Grove Baptist Church; though many of the congregants were reinstated after repenting from their “wayward ways.”

  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series comes to Sparta

    Kentucky Speedway is gearing up for another busy weekend of racing. The track will host the “Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers” and the “Click it or Ticket. Buckle Up! Kentucky 150” Saturday night in Sparta.

    The first race is part of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series while the second is part of the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Both series have been racing at the Speedway since 2000.