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Today's News

  • Art for the river

    Kentucky American Water congratulates the winners of its recent Kentucky River Art Contest coordinated by Pam Michels, art teacher at Owen County Elementary School, and Pat Banks, an artist herself and director of the Kentucky RiverKeeper program. Kentucky RiverKeeper helps to highlight the
    Kentucky River and the protection of the Kentucky River watershed.

  • Summer with the sheriffs

    The Kentucky Sheriffs’ Boys and Girls Ranch opened for its 36th year of reaching Kentucky’s youth June 5, with boys in attendance. The 2011 camping season will run for eight weeks, serving both boys and girls, alternately, through the end of July.

  • Kay’s Branch News: Summer starts with car troubles

    Summer arrived last week and I am still waiting for Spring.
    It was 67 degrees when I got home from church Sunday morning. I changed into sweats and socks and curled up with a book all afternoon.

  • Owen County District Court 6-29-11

    June 24, 2011

    Seth Allan Keith, 1980, fourth-degree assault, pleaded not guilty, appointed public attorney, continued to July 8.
    Harold Begley, 1987, non-payment of fines, continued to June 22.
    Zachary C. Cope, 1985, first-degree possession of heroin, second-degree narcotics, drug paraphernalia, pleaded not guilty, preliminary hearing set for July 1, in jail, $10,000 cash bond set.
    Robert W. Gibson, 1955, second-degree disorderly conduct, pleaded not guilty, bench trial set for July 8.

  • Company’s coming ... hide the deer

    A few weeks ago, I had a conservation with David Morgan and Holly Bowling about the upcoming Fan Fair and some other projects they are undertaking to promote Owen County.
    The Visioneers group, to which they belong, has worked tirelessly to organize this event and it should be pretty amazing.
    One issue that we discussed is the need to clean up some parts of the county that visitors will see on their way to the Sprint Cup race in Sparta or to our own Fan Fair.

  • Owen County Historical Society News: Plenty of changes at Owen Co. museum

    Even the younger crowd would have found it difficult to keep up with our “senior” builders as they erected a large picnic pavilion in the backyard of the historical society museum. Under the guidance of foreman Darrel Baker, the expert craftsmen — consisting of Jarl Lee Harris, Jim Acton, Bobby Gibson, Oscar Jacobs, R.C. (Pete) Dawson, and Arthur Kinman — dodged rain and thunderstorms as they erected the structure in a little over a week.

  • Writing a new page

    Dozens of local citizens had the opportunity to take a glimpse into Owen County’s past during the first Owen County History Appreciation and Dedication Day Saturday.
    Owen County Historical Society President Jeannie Williams-Baker said 99 people attended the event and each toured the museum.
    The event was held following the passing of former Owen County resident Scott Hardin, who died in March. In lieu of flowers, donations in Hardin’s memory were sent to the Owen County History Museum.

  • Paying back

    When friends of the Columbia family found out that Isaiah Columbia had taken a turn for the worse and needed a heart transplant, they jumped at the chance to give back to a family that had offered so much to others.
    Isaiah’s mother, Katie Columbia, has been instrumental in the annual Walk for Awareness of CHDs which raises money and awareness of the struggle families and children go through when facing life-threatening cardiac problems.

  • Market on the move

    For six of its seven years in operation, the Owen County Farmers’ Market has been held on the courthouse lawn. But starting Friday, the market will have a new location.
    The Owen County Farm Bureau received an $82,419-grant for construction of a permanent structure for the market.
    According to a 2010 press release from the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy, the goal of the project is to increase farmers’ participation in the market, as well as provide better access for consumers.

  • California pair charged in killing of Owen man

    San Bernardino, Calif., police have arrested a man in connection with the homicide of Lafe Humble, who firefighters found dead in a burning truck June 17.
    According to a police news release, officers arrested Gerald Nance, 39, of San Bernardino, on suspicion of murder.
    He was arrested at about 5 a.m. at his home Friday.
    According to the San Bernardino Sun, police are not releasing many details on why they believe Nance killed Humble. The department said in a statement its homicide unit investigated the killing and determined that Nance was the suspect.