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Today's News

  • Georgia: On her mind

    “Here in Kentucky … [the] past has always felt close and I’ve always felt connected to it, sprung from it, like it or not. Down the road from my house is an old family graveyard. One of the graves there is for a woman whose first name was America. Even though I live in the middle of nowhere, sometimes it feels like I live in the center of it all.”

    Poet Maurice Manning, Southeast Review, 2008

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  • Owen County teams bring home titles

    Owen County Parks and Recreation sent four teams to the North Central Kentucky Baseball Alliance League Tournament Saturday. The four teams competed in three separate divisions. The Owen County Mudcats and Owen County Sidewinders played in the Cal Ripken 10-and-under division. The Owen County Rebels played in the Cal Ripken 12-and-under division while a second team called the Owen County Rebels played in the Babe Ruth Division for kids between 13 and 15.

    The teams competed against other teams from Carroll, Gallatin, Trimble and Grant counties.

  • Music, arts and shotguns make for busy week

    Despite the heat, citizens of Owen County and those visiting for the 2009 U.S. Open Sporting Clays Championship came out strong for the first annual Sweet Owen Arts in the Park held at the Owen County Fairgrounds Saturday.

    Thirty artists set up at the fairgrounds to display and sell their work. Musical entertainment was provided throughout the day.

    Jennifer Nippert, chairman of the Owen County Arts Council said she felt the event was a success.

  • Fiscal court strips opt-out provision for fees

    After several months of debate, the Owen County Fiscal Court passed an ordinance that makes it mandatory for property owners to pay fire department membership fees. The ordinance was passed during a special June 25 meeting.

    When ordinance 156 was passed during the June 2008 fiscal court meeting, the court agreed that the ordinance would be reviewed annually.

    Upon reviewing the ordinance this year, the court concluded that ordinance 156 was illegal because it gave property owners the option of not paying the fire department membership fees.

  • Storytellers, tour helps make history come alive for visitors

    Visitors from across the country received a glimpse into Owen County history Friday during the guided carriage tour.

    Those on the tour had the opportunity to visit the oldest surviving brick home in Owen County, the Owen County Historical Museum, the Owen County Courthouse and the Stafford House. Local storytellers were stationed at each location. A tea was included in the tour, which included soup, sandwiches and desserts.

  • Letter to the Editor: Arts in the Park is a success

    I would like to applaud the Owen County Arts Council for the wonderful “Arts in the Park” fair last Saturday. It was evident that a lot of planning and hard work made the event a success.

    It was an impressive mix of excellent exhibitions, talented musicians, accomplished artists, and skilled craftsmen.

    Thanks guys for making this happen.

    Debra Gash

    Owen County

  • Owen softball players win post-season honors

    The Owen County softball team recently handed out its awards for the 2009 season.  

    Jensen Wainscott and Courtney Waldrop finished the season with the highest batting averages. Both hit .338 on the year.

    Katelyn Sutherland was the Pitching Ace as she finished the season with an earned run average of 2.02.

    The Most Improved Player was Brittany Tuggle.

    Wainscott led the team in stolen bases with 22 while Courtney Waldrop was the RBI leader with 18 runs batted in for the season.  

  • Fair fun on the horizon

    Summer heat, barbecues and booths selling fireworks are all sure signs that summer is here; and with the start of summer comes the anticipation of the 2009 Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show.

    This year’s fair will be held July 11-18 at the Owen County Fairgrounds. Fair board member Teresa Roberts is looking forward to a fun-filled week.

    Roberts said last year’s fair was a huge success.

  • Kentucky-American may have tax refund coming

    Owen County may soon be sending some hefty checks to Kentucky-American Water.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith has been notified that taxing districts in Owen County could be giving money back to the utility after the company apparently overpaid its tax obligation.

  • Letter to the Editor: Another tea party planned for Fourth

    This July 4 will find people from all over Kentucky converging on the steps of the capitol building in Frankfort. A great many of these folks will be coming on buses from such cities as Elizabethtown, Louisville, Somerset and many others. This will be the second “tea party” conducted this year at the capitol building. The first one was held on April 15.