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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Conference helps hundreds of Owen County families

    Hundreds of individuals made their way through Owen County High School Saturday for an education in how to make Owen County a healthy, happier place.

    The Catalyst for Hope Conference, sponsored by Hope’s Hands Community Partnership and NorthKey along with Northern Kentucky Community Action and the Owen County School System, was deemed a successful event by Patti Clark, executive director of Hope’s Hands and coordinator of the Owen County Teen Alcohol Prevention Project.

  • Teams wrap up strong seasons

    The 2009-2010 basketball season has come to and end. Both the boys and the girls again had a successful year.

    The Lady Rebels finished the season with a record of 17-10 and captured their third straight 31st District Championship.

    Overall, it was the fifth-straight appearance for Owen County in the championship game. It was also the fourth year in a row Owen County Head Girls Basketball Coach Robert Osborne’s team won 15 games or more. The Lady Rebels had a six-game winning streak starting Dec. 29 and running through Jan. 13.

  • Kay’s Branch News By Bee Spicer

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t decorate or give parties on this day but it always gives me a good feeling to know the Irish are being recognized for their contribution to the settling of this country.

  • Help make Owen County a bit cleaner next week

    March 21 through 27, 2010, marks the 12th anniversary of Commonwealth Cleanup Week. Commonwealth Cleanup Week is an annual week-long event implemented by the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC), and it also kicks off the Great American Cleanup, spanning from March-May. Its purpose is to provide Kentucky communities an opportunity to “spring clean,” recycle and promote personal responsibility across the Commonwealth.