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Today's News

  • Owen County property transfers

    March 2011

    Stinnett 4T’s Corporation to Toby and Treva Lyke, $200,000.
    Halle T. Parr to Wallace E. and Kasie R. Boian, New Columbus Road (KY 607).
    James and Rochelle D. Topmiller to Mark D. Kuntz, Johnson and Phelps Land Division, $98,000.
    Owen County Industrial Development to Reimer Investments LLC, U.S. Hwy. 127.
    Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Brent and Allison Craigmyle, Owenton and Sparta Pike.
    Lucas and Marie Dunn to Herman Wayne Dunn, Swope-Natlee Road.

  • Democrats should help override vetoes

    During the special session last week, the Senate created a responsible approach to solving the Medicaid budget shortfall. The House of Representatives agreed with the Senate plan and the bill was sent to Gov. Steve Beshear’s desk. However, late Friday, March 25, the governor vetoed all of the important accountability provisions and is now left with an unrestricted checkbook combined with an unlimited credit card funded with your tax dollars.

  • Loss of a family member would touch community

    A few weeks ago, family and friends gathered around a historical society member, Joyce Hill Smith Hardin, to mourn the loss of her husband, Scott Hardin. Pictures of Scott were on display, and those images conveyed a celebration of a life filled with unforgettable memories.

  • Helping the cause

    Debbie Whobrey of Petals on the Square took time to decorate her shop in anticipation of this year’s Owen County Relay for Life.

  • Crop for a cure

    On March 26, Memory Makers Homemakers Club hosted its seventh “Crop for the Cure” at the Owen County Extension Building.
    This is an all-day scrapbooking event where all proceeds raised are donated to Relay for Life. The event this year raised more than $2,000.
    The festivities began at 9 a.m. and continued into the wee hours of the morning. The 62 scrapbookers were treated to a brunch with café sliders and desserts donated by and prepared from scratch by the Owen County Homemakers organization.

  • New library inches closer to reality

    Anticipation continues to grow after federal money was secured for construction of the new Owen County Public Library.
    The Community Facilities loan will come from the United States Department of Agriculture.
    According to its website, the USDA provides assistance to rural communities with a population of up to 20,000. Small communities receive a higher percentage of grants.
    Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert said the loan is for $2,163,000 and will cover  construction of the new facility.

  • Statewide candidates will be focus of primary

    Owen countians will vote on several state offices in May. But despite rumors that a wet-dry vote could show up on the ballot, no local-option election will be held during the primary.
    According to state law, a local-option election cannot be held on the same day that a primary or general election is held.
    If the date of the local-option election is not included in the petition for election, it is to be decided by the county judge-executive.
    A local-option election cannot be held 30 days prior to a primary or general election or 30 days after.

  • More roads to get makeover

    A discretionary road fund could lead to a total of 7.17 miles of maintenance on Owen County roads.
    The roads could include Calendar Road, from the Grant County line to Brush Creek, a total of 1.4 miles; Agee Road, from Hwy. 845 to Garnetts Lane, a total of 1.24 miles; New Liberty-Sparta Road, from the last paving, a distance of 1.5 miles; Pleasant Grove Road, from last paving to Hwy. 607, a distance of 1 mile; and Eagle Station Road, from Hwy. 227 to Eagle Valley Road, a distance of 2.103 miles.

  • Parks to offer free youth tennis lessons

    The Owen County Parks Department will offer free tennis lessons for kids ages 11–18 beginning April 11 at the Owen County Fairgrounds.
    “We’ve seen a sudden surge in interest in tennis here, so we thought we’d offer classes and give kids something new to do this summer,” Owen County Parks Director Larry Harrod said. “We’re always looking for fun things to keep local kids active and healthy. Plus, we’ve got a good coach who’s really pumped up to get a regular program started here.”

  • OCYSL kicks off new season

    The spring 2011 Owen County Youth Soccer League began play Saturday.
    Here are some of the results:

    U-10 Mixed
    OC Galaxy – 5
    Anderson County 100M – 3

    OC Galaxy came prepared to dominate their first game of the spring 2011 season. Scoring two goals each for OC Galaxy were Emma Herdman and Isabella Herdman. Cody Brummley finished with one goal.
     
    U-10 GIRLS
    Lady Rebels – 2  
    Franklin County Stoppers – 0