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Today's News

  • Owen Electric to hold board election

    Although there will be a contested election Friday evening, not everyone in Owen County can vote.

    For the past few weeks, the election for the Owen Electric Cooperative Board of Directors has been heating up with supporters and candidates reaching out to the public for support.

    For Owen Electric district one, which covers Owen County, the candidates are incumbent Ann Bond, who has served on the board for eight years, and former Kentucky Educational Television Director of Communications Tona Barkley of Monterey.

  • Don Martin named interim superintendent

    The Owen County Board of Education has selected an interim superintendent to lead the way until the position can be filled permanently.

    Don Martin, a retired Grant County School District superintendent, was selected during a special meeting of the Owen County Board of Education Thursday.

    Owen County Board of Education Chairperson Terry Patterson said Martin was found through the help of the Kentucky School Board Association’s superintendent search service.

  • Daughters of the American Revolution News

    The John Guill Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution met June 2 at the Owen County Public Library.

    The guest speaker, Danielle Pray, is a member of the Pawtucket Chapter in Rhode Island but has resided in Walton with her husband and two children for the past 13 years.

    She was accompanied by her daughter, Emily,  a member of the Rhode Island Children of the American Revolution.

  • Delinquent taxes list incorrect

    A mistake by the Owen County clerk led to the accidental publication of several names as being delinquent on property taxes even though their taxes had been paid.

    Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said there have been several changes to the process of printing delinquent tax bills this year that resulted in her mistake.

    “In years past, the sheriff’s office did everything,” Kincaid said. “This year, the laws have changed on how the tax lists were to be handled.”

  • Mennonite family opening store in Owen County

    For many people today, the smell of fresh-made bread and ice cream is either a long-held memory or an unknown experience.

    But in the next few weeks, a family new to Owen County will be helping renew or create those experiences for the community.

    Wilmer Stoltzfus, 39, hopes to open the doors to Countryside Deli and Bakery on U.S. 127, about four miles south of Owenton, in August. Construction on the building began in May.

    The store will feature fresh bread, ice cream, baking supplies, homemade jams and jellies and plenty of pickles.

  • Letter to the Editor: Barkley is best candidate for co-op board

    One of the lessons we all should have been learning through the last couple years is that large corporate enterprises can run extremely askew from the public interest. We have even seen them operate against their own best interests as their executives helped themselves to personal financial rewards while steering their companies into devastating circumstances.

  • Letter to the Editor: Community support of Relay For Life is always appreciated

    I would like to take an opportunity to thank everyone who participated in Relay 2010 for all their hard work. Relay has grown to something that is bigger than a steering committee, bigger than team captains, bigger than participants – it has become a community in and of itself. As a community, we have raised over $71,000, in spite of other events and some weather challenges. What a huge accomplishment for a community our size.

  • Letter to the Editor: Bond seeks to continue to serve on co-op board

    My name is Ann Bond and I have served on the Owen Electric Cooperative Board of Directors for eight years. In that time, our cooperative has increased our renewable energy to 8 percent, more than any other utility in Kentucky. I have always been available for questions and concerns from our members. During my service, I have worked hard to keep the price of electricity to a minimum for you, our members, and I would like the opportunity to continue serving you.

  • Board begins superintendent search

    With a timeline that projects a new school superintendent being named by Aug. 19, the Owen County School Board is moving forward in its search process.

    The board held a special meeting June 8 when members voted to use the Kentucky School Board Association’s superintendent-search service.

    KSBA representative Mike Oder reviewed the selection process with the board and helped it draft a timeline. The timeline began Thursday with advertising the open position. Advertising will continue approximately six weeks.

  • Track team celebrates wonderful run

    The Owen County Track Team recently held its banquet and awards program to honor athletes, reflect on the recent season and to look ahead.

    Dillon Mears said the devotional prayer before a potluck dinner.

    Mears and fellow senior Justin Davis spoke to their soon-to-be former teammates, leaving them with inspiring messages and reminding them to keep grades up, work hard, keep working together as a team, and to continue to keep God first.