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Today's News

  • Agricultural board taking applications for programs

    The Owen County Agricultural Development (Phase I) Board will begin taking applications for the County Agricultural Investment Program, beginning Aug. 19. Applications will not be available until this date. They may be picked up at the Owen County Extension Office. Deadline for applications will be Sept. 11.

    The CAIP program offers farmers the opportunity for 50-percent cost share with a maximum of $5,000 in the following areas:

  • The journey starts on first day

    It’s back.

    Today is a day dreaded by some and looked forward to by others. That’s right. Today is the first day of school in Owen County.

    It is hard to believe, but school is in session. The buses hit the roads this morning to pick up the kids, the cafeteria fired up the ovens to prepare lunch and somewhere parents silently breathed a huge sigh of relief.

    Summer vacation ...  we barely knew you.

  • Fair continues to bring fun to Owen County

    Another successful year at the fair. The reason: So many people giving of their time and effort. Lots of people don’t realize that so many of these people take their vacation time to have a successful fair for the people of Owen County and a lot of children that can’t go somewhere else for fun.

    And a special thanks for the memorial to Charles Wright. A special thanks to all that remembered him in every event. He was not there in body but I am sure he was there in spirit.

    Betty Wright

  • Treasure hunters invade Owen

    Despite the threat of rain, bargain hunters came out strong for the world’s longest yard sale.

    The event, also known as the Highway 127 Yard Sale or the 127 Corridor Sale, is a 654-mile event that runs from West Unity, Ohio, to Gadsden, Ala.

    The annual yard sale began in 1987 and took place this year Aug. 6-9.

    Kathy Wainscott, a local vendor who set up shop in front of Hudnall’s Garage, said despite the rain on Thursday, followed by the heat, business was booming.

  • Historical Society News

    Most of us remember the rhymes and doggerels of our childhood and growing up in Owen County brings memories of the games played with  friends long ago. We played jump rope, hopscotch, kick the can, and marbles. Counting out rhymes like “one potato, two potato” designated which child would be “it” in a game of tag or hide-and-seek.

  • Staying downtown

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Office will be staying put after all.

    After several weeks of debate, the Owen County Fiscal Court rejected a proposal that would temporarily move the department to a rented building on U.S. 22E.

    The plan to move the department was sparked by concerns of employees’ health. It was reported that several staff members had suffered from upper-respiratory problems.

  • Looking back at our first vacation

    Editor’s Note: Georgia Green Stamper is on vacation. This column first appeared in August 2008.

    In August of 1956, Daddy observed that his tobacco crop needed another couple of weeks to yellow in the fields before cutting. If my mother and I wanted, he allowed as how he could slip away from the farm work for a few days, and we could join his sisters and their families on a short vacation trip to the Smokey Mountains.

  • Owen Property Transfers

    Steven W. and Karen M. Aulbach to Brian Haddox, Edwin R. Haddox and Elaina Haddox, lot 14, Roberts Farm Land Division, $47,500.

    Rondell H. and Sheila Baker to Brandon Baker, lot 16, Hide-A-Way Hills Subdivison, $60,000.

    James W. and Donna Raye Dunavent to Jill Dunavent, lot 10, Sunset Drive, A.E. Rose Subdivision, $120,000.

    James W. and Virginia F. Beckham to Louella Bibb.

    Leonard K. and Linda L. Nave to Stephen and Teresa Wood, lot 37, Riverlake Subdivision, $14,000.

  • Owen County TAPP recognized with state award

    To a standing ovation from substance abuse and addiction treatment specialists across the state, the Owen County Teen Alcohol Prevention Project Youth Task Force was honored July 21 with the Robert Straus Award for outstanding contributions for substance abuse prevention and treatment practices in Kentucky.

    “Ladies and gentlemen, these are your future colleagues,” said Donna Hillman, state director of the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, under which prevention efforts in the Commonwealth of Kentucky fall.

  • Looking for a victory

    In the game of football, it often takes three years before a wide receiver has a breakout season.

    The Owen County volleyball team is hoping the same holds true for them.

    Owen County High School Volleyball Coach Amanda Borchers and the rest of the team are entering year number three looking for win number one. If you ask some of those around the program, they will tell you that all of that is about to change.

    The Lady Rebels opened the season Monday night at home against Trimble County. But victory once again eluded Owen County as the Lady Rebels fell, 0-2.