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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Spring Clean Week in Owen is March 21-27

    Volunteers will be out in force next week to spring clean Owen County’s highways.

    The Transportation Cabinet announced the Adopt-a-Highway Spring Clean Week will be held March 21-27.

    “The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet appreciates the efforts of our Adopt-a-Highway volunteers who help keep our highways and communities beautiful and litter-free,” Acting Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said.

  • County breaks ground for judicial center

    A new chapter in the history of Owen County began to be written Thursday when ground was broken for a new judicial center.

    At a ceremony and reception held at the Owen County Courthouse, state and local officials looked back at the nearly 150-year-old building and celebrated the past while looking to the future.