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Today's News

  • Owen Historical Society News: Kentucky history linked to waterways

    The presentation of “The Kentucky River: Memories, Myths, and Magic” was cancelled April 9 due to the fact that my husband, Tom Strassell, suffered a heart attack. He is on the road to recovery and we will be presenting the program at a future historical society meeting.

  • Foundation ready to help

    As another school year finally winds down, many high school seniors are looking toward the future with anticipation — and apprehension. The ever-rising cost of post-secondary education makes it difficult for some students to see past graduation night, especially if they are considering a vocation in medicine.

  • Weaving a world with words

    Life, family, love and heritage are explored in a new collection of poetry by Owen County native Sherry Chandler.
    Through the poems in “Weaving a New Eden,” Chandler reveals a slice of long-forgotten Owen County life.
    Chandler, who recently shared her work at a reading at the Owen County Public Library, was born near Sweet Owen along Eagle Creek and the Kentucky River.

  • A new center of town

    Doreen McElroy wants a bench outside the new Monterey Community Center so people in downtown Monterey will have a place to sit down with neighbors and shoot the breeze.
    Her idea was one of several presented Thursday night when more than a dozen concerned Monterey residents gathered to discuss plans for the new center.
    “We had lots of very good ideas,” McElroy said. “It was a very good meeting and I think everyone was happy with the turnout.”
    McElroy said she was impressed with the wide range of ideas and the amount of thought people put into what they want the center to be.

  • Second burglary suspect faces indictment

    A second suspect in an alleged theft that took place in May was recently indicted along with the original suspect.
    Christy L. Gaines, 28, was indicted June 7 along with Larry B. Gaines on the charges of first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, receiving stolen property with a value over $500 and receiving stolen property (firearm).
    The two allegedly broke into the home of Russell Hinkle on Mountain Island Road.

  • History takes spotlight at dedication day

    After almost being forced to shut down because of financial problems, the Owen County Historical Society Museum is back on its feet and planning a day of history appreciation as a way of giving back to the community for its generous donations.
    Owen County Historical Society President Jeannie Williams-Baker said an Owen County History Appreciation and Dedication Day will take place at the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25.

  • Pets die in blaze

    A fire that started in an electrical power box led to the demolition of an Owen County home.
    The fire took place Friday morning at 375 Old Arlon Road, off Mountain Island Road.
    South Owen Fire Chief Brian Perry said those living at the home had problems with the electrical box the night before.
    “The next day they left and had been gone about 20 minutes when their neighbors noticed a fire,” Perry said.
    The South Owen Fire Department received the call a little before lunchtime, Perry said.
    The fire caused a total loss and two dogs and a rabbit died during the fire, Perry said.

  • Church News June 15, 2011

    Cedar Hill Baptist 

    Bro. Craigmyle’s morning message was from Acts 2 on Pentecost. Thanks to Maudie Williams for sharing with us in song in the evening service. Congratulations to our graduates as we celebrated with them Sunday evening.
    Children join us tonight at 6:30 as we honor our fathers with craft, lesson, and game. If you need a ride or have questions call 484-5236 or 514-1594. Bible study/prayer meeting is also at 6:30.
    SonSurf V.B.S. starts at 6 June 26. Make plans now to attend.

  • Wash returns to all-star game

    While most kids are just beginning to enjoy summer break from school, one outstanding Owen County football player will be hitting the gridiron.
    For the second-straight year, Michael Wash will be taking part in the Kentucky versus Tennessee All-Star Football Game. The game features the top middle-school players from both states in a game for bragging rights.
    Wash tried out for the team in April, and once again was placed on the 42-man roster. He will be playing linebacker and wide receiver.

  • Hoosier heroics

    On May 21, three Owen County Judo Team members competed in the 2011 Indiana Open State Judo Championship, which was held at Jay County High School in Portland, Ind. Chelsae Smith, left, brought home second place in the 13-14 girls middle-weight division and second place in the 13-14 girls heavyweight division. Madison Lubbe, right, brought home the first-place award in the 13-14 girls heavyweight division. Doug Tyler (not pictured) captured third place in the senior men brown/black belt division.