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Today's News

  • Gambling is stealing from the poor

    After 43 years of experience in printing and marketing I have no problems spotting a marketing scare tactic when it appears. On May 29, I received a mailer from the Kentucky Equine Education Project stating that the horse industry was struggling and therefore is leaving the state of Kentucky. I ask you, fellow Kentuckians: Who isn’t struggling in these artificially created hard times? This slick promotional piece concluded that the remedy to this problem was to allow slot gambling at the race tracks.

  • Time to start your engines

    The NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to Kentucky Speedway this weekend with the ninth running of the “Meijer 300 Presented by Ritz.” A full house is expected to be on hand Saturday night when the green flag drops at 8:30. p.m. Last year, a crowd of over 73,000 attended the race.

    The weekend will get started Friday night at 5 p.m. when the drivers take to the track for practice. The session will last until 8 p.m.

    Saturday, gates will open at 2 p.m. Qualifying will begin at 5 p.m. Fans who get to the track early can enjoy a prerace concert by Pat Green.

  • With water-line project complete, city looks to spruce up for big event

    The Owenton City Council is looking for ways to spruce up the city before the U.S. Open Sporting Clay Championships comes to town.

    At its Monday meeting, the council discussed several other issues including the completion of the Severn Creek water intake project.

    The water intake restoration project at Severn Creek took three years to complete. During that time, upgrades and/or replacement of lines, equipment, telemetry and pumps took place.

  • Relay organizers looking ahead

    This year’s Relay for Life was a successful event that raised thousands of dollars to go toward finding a cure for cancer. Now, less than two weeks after the event ,it’s time to start looking ahead to next year’s Relay and what can be done year-round to support the American Cancer Society.

    This year’s Relay For Life, held May 29-30 raised $59,000. Owen County is part of the Mid-South Division of Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

  • Take pride in Owen County truck pullers

    In the twilight years of my life, I have discovered the competitive sport of truck pullin’.

    My son and grandson bought a pulling truck, and they have spent hours working on it, getting it ready to pull. Their first pull was in Cloverdale, Ind., and when they went, I packed my bag and headed for Indiana. I have been to two pulls now, found the fans to be enthusiastic, courteous and of all ages. I was pleased to find out how many Owen countians were involved with this sport, and how good they were.

  • Drama class seniors see lights of Broadway

    On May 25, 15 Owen County High School seniors and their three chaperones ventured to the theater district of New York City on the third-annual senior drama class field trip.

    During their stay, students explored Times Square, Rockefeller Plaza, NBC Studios, Madam Tussauds Wax Museum, Fifth Avenue and 34th Street fashion districts, the Empire State Building, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, Ground Zero, Wall Street, Financial District, Little Italy and Chinatown.

  • The $1,000,000,000 question facing Kentucky

    Late last month, Gov. Steve Beshear announced he will call the General Assembly back into session to tackle what is one of the most underappreciated stories in several years.

    While George Bush and Barack Obama were handing out billions and billions of dollars in bank bailouts and economic stimulus packages, somewhere along the way we apparently lost track of exactly how much money we are talking about.

    Kentucky is facing a nearly $1 billion shortfall for the next fiscal year.

    It’s almost an unfathomable amount of money.

  • Make sure to keep your name in the book

    Today, as we begin to look toward the year 2010 and the May Primary Election, it is clear we must continue to improve the management of voter registrations. The State Board of Elections has reported that they have mailed 441,000 voter postcards in the state of Kentucky, and 142,000 were returned as undeliverable. In most situations, the correct address of the voter is not available. These postcards have been returned to the State Board of Elections and the board, in return has mailed the cards to the County Clerk’s Office in the county where the voter was last registered.

  • At 106, former librarian given doctorate

    Most people just call her Miss Della, but after last week she can be called Dr. Jones.

    Della Jones, Grant County’s oldest resident at 105 years young – soon to be 106 in July – was given an honorary doctorate degree from Kentucky State University.

    “Do you want to wear a robe?” she was asked of the traditional graduation attire.

    “Well, of course,” she was quick to reply.

  • Historical Society News By Bonnie Strassell

    Cars lined both sides of Main Street in Owenton. The license plates spoke of homes from Kentucky to California; and as folks climbed from their vehicles, some dependent on the helping hand of a son or daughter, they cradled flowers in their arms. Owen County cemeteries from Monterey and New Liberty to Owenton were crowded Memorial Day weekend.