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Today's News

  • So you want to be a Wildcat?

    If you were looking for a last minute gift for Father’s Day this weekend I have an idea for you. I learned this week that University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari is hosting a basketball camp in September for those who want to live out their dream of being a Wildcat.
    For just $7,500 you could send your man to the John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience. The camp includes dinner at Coach Cal’s house, playing games on the floor of Rupp Arena and getting instruction from former and current players. Oh yeah, don’t forget the bag of freebies from Nike.

  • Try your hand at building a rain barrel

    Rain barrels are a good way to collect water from your downspouts, allowing you to use this otherwise wasted resource for watering flowers, gardens, and lawns, even during times of drought, lowering your water bill.
    A workshop has been scheduled to demonstrate how to make rain barrels. It will be held June 19 at the Owen County Fairgrounds Exhibit building at 6:30 p.m.  Come prepared to make your own rain barrel and take it home. Tools will be provided, but bring your own drill and jigsaw if you have one.

  • Local DAR welcomes Cook as special speaker

    The Daughters of the American Revolution had a special guest speaker at their June 6 meeting, held at the Owen County Historical Society Museum.
    Mattie Cook, who won the DAR Good Citizenship award was the guest speaker. Cook graduated from OCHS this year.
    Peggy Trinkle, past regent called the meeting to order with Betty Whitehead giving a beautiful devotional and the main topic, “His is a Great Love,” discussed numerous things and ways to make up money for the DAR.

  • Birth announcement: Ilena Elizabeth Rose Figgins

    Ilena Elizabeth Rose Figgins, daughter of Jonathan Figgins and Jennifer Urie of New Liberty,  was born April 29, 2012 at 8:20 p.m. at Frankfort Regional Medical Center. She weighed 5 lbs 15 oz and was 18.5 inches long.  She was welcomed home by a host of family and friends. Her maternal grandparents are the late Paula Nye and late Tony Urie, and her paternal grandparents are Mike and Mary Rose Figgins. 

  • Owen County Circuit Court - June 5, 2012

    Thomas K. Blackburn, 1983, four counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, pleaded guilty, diversion.
    Derrick R. Dempsey, 1989, first-degree complicity narcotics, second-degree burglary, motion to void pre-trial diversion, continued to June 19.
    Taylor A. Fox, 1975, probation violation, motion to revoke probation, continued to Aug. 21.
    Jeremy Wayne Hunter, 1975, shock probation, motion for shock probation, denied.
    Jeremy Wayne Hunter, 1975, shock probation in felony convictions, motion for shock probation, denied.

  • County Clerk Corner: Days of insurance dodging will end

    I read that it was in the 1920’s when automobiles began to grow in popularity. During that time a new set of challenges had to be faced and efforts made to resolve the problems. Some examples of the issues back then were the poor conditions of roads, narrow streets, parking, and the reactions of the sounds of vehicles when passing horses, mechanics, parts, and skills needed to repair the vehicles.

  • Don’t let scam stop woman from chasing dream

    Starting up a small business is hard enough.
    Countless hours of planning and many sleepless nights will be spent when a person decides to chase their dream and build something out of nothing.
    It’s part of the American dream.
    It doesn’t help when people are our to take advantage of you.

  • Georgia: On my mind - My memories of the world’s longest creek

    It was one mile short of being a river, folks said when I was a child, and I believed them. Eagle Creek was our Nile, sustaining our livelihood, nurturing our culture. Its winding path had carved out our place on earth a million years before the mighty Ohio was born, mapping where the hearts of my people would rest. Even the edge of the sky stopped at a wall of tall, boney sycamore trees that grew along its banks.

  • Relay for Life schedule

    June 15-16
    7 p.m.-7 a.m.

    • 5-6 p.m., Survivor registration (in front of extension building)
    • 5:45-6:45 p.m., Survivor reception at extension building, silent auction begins, and tent judging starts.
    • 7-7:30 p.m., Opening ceremony
    • 7:30-7:45 p.m., Survivor ceremony (Survivor Recognition and Walk of Fame Lap, all friends and family will line the track to cheer on survivors. Care Giver Recognition and Lap and Big Top Goody Bag Lap).
    • 7:45-8 p.m., Parade of Teams (Introduction of teams, sign up for Relay Idol and team photographs).

  • Judicial center enters home stretch

    Construction on the Owen County Judicial Center is nearing completion and employees could be moving in during the latter part of this summer.
    The project initially began in 2006 when the Kentucky General Assembly approved a new judicial center for Owen County.
    Two years later, the General Assembly authorized the approximately $10 million needed to build the 33,000 square foot building, which will house the court system and the circuit clerk’s office.
    The county judge, county attorney and PVA’s offices will remain at the Owen County Courthouse.