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Today's News

  • Cleveland responds to controversies

    Despite a pending complaint against him with the state, critical budget problems and recently being called before a grand jury, Owen County School Superintendent Mark Cleveland said he wants to look ahead and continue to do what is best for the students of the district.

    Earlier this month, Owen County Primary School site-based council member Kitty Cammack filed a formal complaint against Cleveland with the state’s Education Professional Standards Board following a confrontation at the Owen County Board of Education office.

  • Owen track team pays a visit to Carroll County

    The Owen County track team spent May 7 in Carrollton at the Carroll County Invitational.

    The boys had several good performances including a second- and third-place finish in the discus by Dillon Mears and Daniel Cummins. Cory Cannon placed sixth in the 200-meter dash and ninth in the 100-meter dash. Also in the 100-meter dash, Taz Adams ran to a 12th-place finish.

  • Guest Editorial: Despite budget crisis, controversy, school district will continue to raise the bar

    I will not discuss the details of the allegations against me (I am not even sure exactly what they were) as the grand jury has made its findings. I do adamantly disagree with the allegations, assertions and attacks on my character and behavior. My responsibility has been and continues to be what’s best for kids – often that means we have to change how we do business – change is hard and it is human nature to resist change because we all become comfortable in how we do things.

  • County will avoid big budget cuts

    As discussion on the Owen County Fiscal Court budget continues, Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said no major cuts will be seen.

    The fiscal court met for its regularly scheduled workshop April 27 and finished looking over the proposed budget. 

    Some possible changes were discussed during the workshop, including cutting back the park operation by $500.

  • Owen Farmers Market opens new season

    As the summer months quickly approach, some Owen countians may be looking for the perfect homegrown item to complete their warm-weather meals.

    They need not look any further.

    The first Owen County farmers’ market of the season was held Friday on the courthouse lawn.

    Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science Judy Hetterman said 15 vendors have signed up so far, but 25 are expected to set up as warmer weather approaches.

    Hetterman said the market brought with it a variety of items grown by local producers.

  • Letter to the editor: Owen County needs leaders with vision

    May 18 is a critical election for Owen County. With the loss of tobacco contracts and tobacco buyout funds ending with the terms of the leaders we elect, the economy and lifestyle of Owen County is changing. The question is, changing to what?

  • Letter to the editor: Tough times demand action by the people

    Times are tough. Times have always been tough. That’s never changed. For generations we get politicians time and time again telling us how they are going to make things better for us. But when you look at Kentucky’s statistics, it makes you want to pull your hair out. We are bottom of the list in America for education, health care, and wealth.

  • Owen Co. athletes excel off the court

    So many times in basketball, fans get obsessed with the statistic PPG or points per game. There is another number important to basketball coaches everywhere. It is GPA or grade point average.

    Several members from both basketball teams in Owen County have been named to the 2010 Kentucky Academic All-State team.

  • Owen track team competes at Walton-Verona

    The Owen County track team spent last Tuesday in Verona taking part in the Walton-Verona All-Comers Meet. The team had some top notch performances from both the boys and the girls.

    First-place finishes were earned by the girls’ 4x200-meter relay team and by Haley Decandia in the high jump. For the boys, Dillon Mears claimed first place in the discus.

  • Letter to the Editor: Weigh the impact of your vote

    With elections just around the corner, I would like for everyone to think about the significance of every single vote and its impact on the future of our county, state and country. Today, more than ever before, we are pressed to look beyond “party loyalty,” the “good ole boy” system, retaliation, or complacency, when voting. Whether local, state or federal, the consequences are often the same – a bad political landscape with poor policy making.