Today's News

  • Boys realize dream of expanded Sparta Skate Park

    After several fund-raising events and countless hours of planning and hard work, two Owen County students will see their dedication pay off this week.
    Colton Matt and Logan Bailey have been working since September 2010 to see the Sparta Skate Park expanded and updated. The pair approached the Sparta City Council and secured a pledge to match $10,000 if the boys could raise $10,000 on their own.
    Through festivals, direct donations and a ‘Penny War’ between Owen and Gallatin counties, the boys raised about $8,000 over time, $2,000 short of the goal.

  • Runners take off with track awards

    The Owen County High School track teams handed out their awards for the 2012 season. Bobby Mingie and Collin Trammel received the honor for scoring the most points for the boys.
    Haley DeCandia captured the award for the girls.
    Cooper Taylor, Hunter Trenary, Paula Rivera and Emily Allen were named rookies of the year.
    Paul Banks, Daniel Cummins and Darian Polley were given the 110 Percent Award.
    The coaches award was presented to Chris Smith, Willie Johnson, Jessica Willhoite and Veronica Chisholm.

  • 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.