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Today's News

  • Planning urged in case of a national emergency

    The upcoming fall and winter months may be particularly difficult for rural communities (as well as urban) across the nation. The persistence of an economic recession, combined with a potentially devastating flu season sets the stage for a time of unprecedented need. I strongly encourage communities nationwide to unite within their community and develop a cooperative strategy of survival in times of disaster. Take note of those in your community with special needs, such as the elderly, disabled and fatherless homes.

  • Owen County Elementary awards

    OCES Rotary Award Winners  2008-09

    Third-grade – Angelica Marcum and Clayton Hensley

    Fourth-grade –  Morgan Woodyard and Austin Fitzgerald

    Fifth-grade – Jarrod Henderson and Megan Wilhoite

    Conservation Poster Winners

    First place: Makenzie Davis; second place: John Randall Towles; third place: Allissa Tackett

    Duke Talent Search

    Baylee Keeton, Jordan Prather, David Gray, Brandi Mears, Daisy Stamper and Chad McDonald

    Kentucky Junior Historical Society

  • The past can feel so close

    Writing is a solitary avocation. I’m reminded of the wonderful old movie where Jimmy Stewart rambles on and on to an invisible giant white rabbit named Harvey. Writing is like that – a one-sided conversation, with the author doing all the talking, while the reader, as invisible as Harvey, may or may not be listening or even be in the same room.

  • Cleveland says new school is on schedule

    After some problems in the initial process, the new Owen County middle school is starting to come together.

    At the July 20 meeting of the Owen County School Board,  Ron Murrell, a representative of construction firm D.W. Wilburn Inc., offered an update on the new middle school.

    Owen County School District Superintendent Mark Cleveland said the project is right on schedule.

  • Letter to the Editor: Those who work with youth deserve community praise

    I would like to ask other Owen countians to join me in offering a word of praise and thanks to a remarkable group of youth and their leaders. I regret that I do not have a list of all their names.

  • Season wraps up this weekend at Sparta

    The curtain will come down on the 2009 racing season at Kentucky Speedway this weekend.

    The season concludes with the “Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Red Baron and Edy’s” taking to the track at 8:30 Saturday night.

    Helio Castroneves, Danica Patrick, Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan are all expected to take part in the race.

  • Letter to the Editor: Has sheriff’s office plan been thought through?

    I just finished reading the story in this week’s paper about the magistrates rejecting the plan to spend $5,000 to clean the second floor of the old jail building but voted to spend the money to temporarily move the Sheriff’s office and rent another building for $1,000 a month.

    The building will still need to be cleaned and repaired to keep birds from getting in, so that money will still need to be spent, plus it will cost money for the move both ways not to mention the cost to set up the new building for the everyday business of the sheriff’s office.

  • Elementary school honor rolls

    Fourth-grade Super Honor Roll

    Hailey Chappell, Alex Cobb, Austin Fitzgerald, Molly Gamble, David Gray, Audrey Hager, Autumn Hunter, Baileigh McGuire, Riley Montague, Jordan Prather, Rebecca Rollins, Josh Spaulding, Ellie Stout, Ashley Willis and Destiny Young

    Regular Honor Roll

  • Work continues on replacing Gratz icon

    With an eye on completing the project in late 2010, work continues on replacing the old steel truss bridge that connects Owen and Henry counties at Gratz.

    The iconic Gratz bridge on KY 22, with its distinctive appearance, has become a landmark in the community since it opened in 1931. Officials with Kentucky Department of Transportation said the “Warren through truss” construction of the bridge was based on a 1848 design.

    Given the age of the old bridge, a replacement project was added to the Kentucky State Highway Road Plan in 2000.

  • ‘Ralphburger’ will continue to thrill public

    When Shawna Arrowood began working at Family Billiards Restaurant in 1985, she never dreamed that after 24 years of hard work she would own the establishment.

    Ralph and Patsy Toole opened Family Billiards and Restaurant in September of 1974. When the two recently decided to retire, Shawna, and her husband, Alfred, decided to carry on what they feel is an Owen County tradition.

    Shawna said she began working at Family Billiards when she was only a teenager and the restaurant soon became like a second home.