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Today's News

  • A week at the races

    A year after heavy traffic forced several thousand fans from reaching Kentucky Speedway the track gets a second chance to host the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The opportunity comes this week as the track hosts three races in three days culminating in the Quaker State 400 on Saturday night.

  • Wedding: Stewart-Manns

    Jackie Manns of Frankfort and Billy Jo Stewart of Monterey are happy to announce their upcoming wedding.
    The ceremony will be held on Friday, July 13, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. and will take place at Switzer Bridge in Frankfort.
    All family and friends are welcome to attend. A wedding reception will follow at Roses Pub in Frankfort behind Farmer’s Bank on East Main.

  • Some simple summer food safety tips

    Keep foods at the right temperature
    Keep your foods out of the danger zone.  In warm temperatures, it may only take an hour for food to enter the Danger Zone – the unsafe temperatures between 40 degrees F and 140 degrees F.  When removing food from the refrigerator, either promptly cook it or place it back in the refrigerator or cooler to ensure freshness, quality, and safety.

  • Kays Branch News: Weather seems to be getting everyone down

    I have been helping John with the underpinning of his back porch. Charity went to Indiana on Friday to visit her parents. Saturday was her mother’s birthday. I went to church Sunday and did the usual things to keep busy, mostly reading. The mowing has come to a screeching halt. The grass has quit growing and is turning an ugly tan. The creek has dried up. I awoke to news that “Debby” had hit the coast of Florida with 10 inches of rain, high winds and spawned tornados. I’d just like to see a couple inches of rain.

  • Owen County Circuit Court: June 19, 2012

    Joann Adams (Blackmore), 1974, show cause deferred, owes $23,469.94 total, to pay $100 a month, bench warrant set for $2,400.
    Geraldine Fraley Cuneo, 1967, diversion completion.
    William Anderson Currans II, 1984, show cause deferred, owes $1,080 total, to pay $50 a month, bench warrant set for $1,100.
    Ashley M. Darrell, 1991, show cause deferred, owes $1,280, to pay $50 a month, bench warrant set for $1,300.
    Derrick R. Dempsey, 1989, first-degree complicity narcotics, second-degree burglary, motion to void pretrial diversion.

  • Owen County District Court: June 22, 2012

    Todd Eugene Beck, 1959, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, continued to June 29.
    Christopher Hardy, 1984, receiving stolen property under $10,000, preliminary hearing set for June 29.
    Lamonte Richardson, 1956, second-degree manslaughter, probable cause established, transferred to grand jury.
    Brandon L. Shuck, 1985, contempt of court, continued to June 21.
    Stephanie M. Grebe, 1985, non-payment of fines, $210 cash bond set.
    Heights Finance Corporation vs. Gregory Estes, motion for default judgment, see order.

  • Letter to the editor: Morgan urges public to safely celebrate Fourth

    June and July are National Fireworks Safety Month.  
    Rick Morgan, Owen County EM Director, would like to advise the public on the safe and responsible use of consumer fireworks so as to eliminate injuries.  
    Review these safety tips:
    • Use fireworks outdoors only.  
    • Obey local laws.  
    • If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
    • Always have water handy (a hose or buckets of water).  

  • Owen Historical Society News: Farming history is linked to these machines

    Displaying a variety of colors and sizes they proudly lined up side by side. Some quite obviously showed their age, and although they certainly had more experience, nevertheless they didn’t seem to mind sharing the limelight with the younger set. They boasted names such as Minneapolis Moline, Farmall, Allis-Chalmers, Power King, Massey-Ferguson, and Ford 8N.

  • Owen countians now can get emergency alerts on cell phones

    Owen County Emergency Management Director Rick Morgan would like to let residents of Owen County that wireless emergency alerts are available nationally with very limited exceptions.
    Phone services have chosen to offer wireless emergency alerts within portions of its service area as defined by the terms and conditions of its service agreement, on wireless emergency alert capable devices.
    There is no additional charge for these wireless emergency alerts.

  • A dream come true

    Logan Bailey and Colton Matt have been through the wars together.
    Through fund-raisers, countless meetings with city and county officials, planning sessions and of course a penny war, Bailey and Matt have chased their dream of seeing the skate board course at the Sparta City Park expanded.
    Back in 2010, the boys approached the Sparta City Council and the local media in hopes of getting the skate board facilities at the park expanded.
    The boys said there was not enough room for everyone who wanted to use the ramps.