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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Owen arrest linked to robbery

    Two people have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at an elderly woman’s home in Glencoe.

    Kentucky State Police troopers were called to the home of 81-year-old Juanita Clark on May 26.

    Clark said she was robbed at knifepoint by a member of her family and an accomplice. The suspects allegedly stole prescription medication from Clark.

    Donna Glore, 34, a member of Clark’s family, was arrested May 27 in Owen County by trooper Brandon Maupin. The Sparta resident is charged with complicity to commit first-degree robbery.

  • County approves $4.9 million budget

    After several months of discussion, the Owen County Fiscal Court recently passed a budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

    The court held several workshops throughout the spring to discuss the budget, only making minor changes.

    With all expenditures combined, the budget has a total of $4,995,743.

    The court held a second reading on budget ordinance 169 at its June 8 regularly scheduled meeting.

    The court also approved a resolution for developing the Kentucky River.

  • Owen track season comes to a close

    The 2010 track season wrapped up for Owen County Saturday when two Rebels competed at the Class A State Track Meet in Louisville.

    Bobby Mingie took part in the 300-meter hurdles and Dillon Mears participated in the discus.

    Mingie finished 22nd and Mears 19th in their respective events.

    For the season, the Rebels set six team records.

    Darian Polley took over the top spot in school history with a time of 19.32 in the 110-meter hurdles at the NCTKC Meet.

  • Two Owen County projects included in next state road plan

    Two Owen County projects have been included in the next Kentucky Road Plan for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

    State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said the first project will replace a bridge on Hwy. 355 over Little Twin Creek.

    More than $130,000 has been allotted for right of way acquisition and utilities relocation in 2011 and over $935,000 has been designated for the construction in 2012,

    Thayer said the money will come from the Federal Bridge Replacement Program.

  • Owenton to review nuisance ordinance

    After several months of revising an outdated ordinance, the Owenton City Council is on its way toward a cleaner city.

    The nuisance ordinance, which hasn’t been updated since the late 1960s or early 1970s, has recently been a main topic during the council’s meetings.

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier said complaints from citizens have motivated the council to revise the ordinance.