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Today's News

  • Board rejects request

    The Owen County School Board may be looking for ways to take a school bus down Big Twin Creek Road after a concerned parent approached the board during its March 15 meeting.

    Natasha Culver of Big Twin Creek Road approached the board asking for consideration of bus transportation for her child.

    Owen County School Board Superintendent Mark Cleveland said taking a bus down Big Twin Creek Road would be dangerous.

  • County receives KACo dividend

    The 2010-2011 county budget will receive an extra boost in the amount of $11,183.

    The money is a dividend distributed by the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) and will be officially given to the county July 1.

    Larry Denney, agent for the KACo All Lines Fund, presented Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith with notice of the upcoming dividend payment Friday.

  • Post-season honors
  • Owen County Spring Clean Week continues

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced the Adopt-a-Highway Spring Clean Week will be held through Friday across the commonwealth.

    About 1,100 groups participate in Kentucky’s Adopt-a-Highway program, which was established in 1988. Volunteers clean approximately 8,800 miles of roadside annually, setting an example of responsible environmental stewardship.

    Currently, only about 6 percent of eligible Owen County highways are adopted.

  • Letter to the Editor: Manor seeks help with Easter celebration

    On Saturday, the Owenton Manor Rehab and Nursing will be hosting an annual community Easter bash. We hope to have several thousand eggs to hide and lots of prizes. We would like to invite you to take part in the event. We are in need of candy and items to put into the eggs. If you or your business would like to be a part of this event, please contact Teresa Perry at Owenton Manor. We will be announcing all sponsors throughout the day and they will be listed on the calendar of events.

  • A second chance at one shining moment

    There have been some colossal mistakes throughout history – the British wearing bright red coats during the Revolutionary War; the captain of the Titanic giving the order for full-speed ahead; and Rick Pitino not guarding the inbounds pass against Duke with 2.1 seconds left.

    Another major blunder took place last Sunday night when yours truly put pen to paper for the 2010 NCAA Tournament bracket and then decided to make my picks public by putting them in the newspaper.

  • Former judge-executive to challenge for county’s top office

    Former Owen County Judge-executive Horace “Doug” West has announced he will be a candidate in the May Democratic primary to run once more for the office he held for three consecutive terms.

    West, who served as county judge-executive from 1982 to 1994, also served seven years as an Owenton policeman and one term as Owen County sheriff from 1978 to 1982.

    Originally a native of Scott County, West moved to Owen County in 1968.

  • Road work ahead

    County roads in need of maintenance could see improvements during the 2010-2011 fiscal year thanks to a state-road “flex fund.”

    During its March 9 meeting, the Owen County Fiscal Court voted to approve recommendations from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for state road projects.

    Projects included Hammond School Road and Claxon Ridge Road.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said the fiscal court voted to take flex funds from the projects recommended by the cabinet to go toward maintenance of county roads.

  • What does an education cost?

    Recently my mother got an invitation from Lincoln Institute to attend her high school reunion. It was the secondary school in Shelbyville area where black people sent their children “back in the day” because there was no high school available to them in the county.

    I mention this for a couple of reasons.

  • Keeton to compete in the Kentucky State Spelling Bee

    Hunter Keeton of Owen County will compete in the Kentucky State Spelling Bee Saturday at the Frazier International History Museum in Louisville.

    Keeton is one of approximately 60 Kentucky and Southern Indiana youngsters who will compete in one of the major events of the Kentucky Derby Festival.

    The state winner will receive a U.S. Savings Bond valued at $10,000 upon maturity, a trophy, the latest edition of the Merriam Webster collegiate dictionary and a $25 Amazon.com gift card.