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Today's News

  • Owen man killed at triathlon in Louisville

    A Louisville man has pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with the death of an Owen County man during a triathlon Saturday.

    Kenneth Yates, 25, is charged with murder, drunken driving, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, fleeing and resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.

    Yates is accused of hitting John Carr, 47, of Owen County, on Chamberlain Lane in Louisville, while the Owen County man was riding a bicycle as part of a triathlon being held at  E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.

  • Fairview Restaurant and Country Crafts offers variety

    Two weeks ago when Fairview Restaurant and Country Crafts opened for business, owner Jessica Ferguson never thought her new business would become such a hit among the local people.

    The business officially opened July 22. Ferguson, who worked for a staffing company and continues to do so out of her home, said she had always wanted to try something different.

    “We wanted to begin about two years ago,” Ferguson said. “We wanted to do something different and I always wanted to do the primitive and country stuff.”

  • 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