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Today's News

  • Ohio high school tries to return lost class rings

    Purchasing a class ring is often a monumental time in a high school student’s life. Worn as a symbol of pride for achieving goals in high school, it is a keepsake that provides many with remembrance of youthful days gone by.

    Two years ago, a letter was mailed to Owen County High School along with a 1958 OCHS class ring from McAuley High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    The letter read, “The enclosed ring was found in our old, old lost and found. Hope you can find the owner.”

  • Roo may still be on the loose

    Angela Perkins’ life has not been an easy one since she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis over two years ago.

     But she said that with the help of a unique miniature kangaroo named Cletus Eugene, she became more at ease with her disability – until Cletus went missing.

    Initially Cletus was to be a pet, but upon learning that he could sense MS attacks Cletus transformed into a service pet.

  • Owen youth take pride while ‘litter-bugs’ don’t

    Letter to the Editor

    On May 16, we had the privilege to help in our county by picking up trash on Greenup Road. We had several of our youth help in the clean-up. They worked very hard and vowed not to ever throw trash out of their cars. It was quite a learning experience for each person who helped. Some questions that were asked were, “Where does all this trash come from?” and “Why do people throw trash out on the side of the road?” It is sad to say, but most of the trash is thrown out by people who do not realize the impact it has on our county.

  • Bruton Smith looks to future of track

    Everyone knows what Bruton Smith wants. Those same people know he will eventually get it. The only question left to answer is when.

    Smith, the chairman and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports Inc., addressed the media before Saturday’s race and spoke about the future for the track.

    He said the likelihood of the track getting a Sprint Cup race is not good for next year, but the chances for 2011 look better.

    In order to get ready, Smith said the track is looking to expand by as many as 50,000 seats.

  • Magistrates approve first reading of membership fees with changes

    Some magistrates had mixed feelings when an updated version of a county ordinance that grants the authority for collection of fire department membership fees was given its first reading at the June 9 Owen County Fiscal Court meeting. The first reading of the ordinance passed. The second reading is scheduled for June 25..

    The first version of the ordinance was approved during the June 2008 fiscal court meeting. At that time, members of the court agreed that the ordinance would be reviewed yearly.

  • Logano prevails ... again

    While many 19 year olds probably don’t think too much about history, Joey Logano was making history of his own Saturday night in Sparta.

    A crowd of 70,000 turned out Saturday to take in the “Meijer 300 Presented by Ritz” and were not disappointed.

    Joey Logano passed Kyle Busch with nine laps to go and went on to pick up his second-straight win at the track. With the win, the 19-year-old became the first driver to repeat as the winner of the Nationwide Series race.

    Logano may want to hold every race at the Kentucky Speedway.

  • Back from the past: Sweet Owen store reopens with new owners

    When you walk into the Sweet Owen Store, it’s like taking a step back in time. Rocking chairs circle the potbelly stove, jars filled with old-fashioned candies sit near the cash register, bean soup and cornbread are served and the owners greet you with a smile. With a completely revamped look and new owners, the Sweet Owen Store is back and open for business.

    Owners Tom and Reggie Taggart opened the new Sweet Owen Store June 4. Breakfast and lunch are served daily and basic groceries – such as milk, bread and cold drinks – are sold.

  • Stray dogs are a menace in Monterey

    Letter to the Editor

    You know, sometimes, I’m not proud to live in Monterey.

    When I moved to Monterey, almost 13 years ago, it was the greatest place in the world. People were so nice, yards were kept up, and it was a great place for a family.

    But now, there’s nobody willing to help us uphold the law. Not even people paid to do the job. We have dogs running this town.

    Now I know it could be worse, but I pulled in town last week and before I got home, (I have to drive on two streets before my own) there were four dogs running loose.

  • Woman who helped end last summer’s string of burglaries gets recognition

    During the summer of 2008, 70 burglaries took place in and around Owen County. Now, one year later, the Farmer cousins are behind bars and one woman has received a reward for her effort toward putting them there.

    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said cousins Eric and Matthew Farmer, both of northern Kentucky, could be facing life in prison.

    “The two pled 15 years a piece through federal court,” Hammond said. “Some could be life charges. Once they are sentenced we’ll get them back in our court system.”

  • Stars come out for Sparta race

    The stars were out in Sparta Saturday before the sun went down.

    The Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway always brings out some of the best drivers racing has to offer.

    Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano are some of the best and most well-known drivers on the circuit and seem to enjoy coming to Kentucky.

    While fans enjoy rubbing shoulders with the drivers around the garage and the pits, one never knows who else they may bump into. Saturday night was no exception.