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Today's News

  • Bruton Smith looks to future of track

    Everyone knows what Bruton Smith wants. Those same people know he will eventually get it. The only question left to answer is when.

    Smith, the chairman and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports Inc., addressed the media before Saturday’s race and spoke about the future for the track.

    He said the likelihood of the track getting a Sprint Cup race is not good for next year, but the chances for 2011 look better.

    In order to get ready, Smith said the track is looking to expand by as many as 50,000 seats.

  • Magistrates approve first reading of membership fees with changes

    Some magistrates had mixed feelings when an updated version of a county ordinance that grants the authority for collection of fire department membership fees was given its first reading at the June 9 Owen County Fiscal Court meeting. The first reading of the ordinance passed. The second reading is scheduled for June 25..

    The first version of the ordinance was approved during the June 2008 fiscal court meeting. At that time, members of the court agreed that the ordinance would be reviewed yearly.

  • Logano prevails ... again

    While many 19 year olds probably don’t think too much about history, Joey Logano was making history of his own Saturday night in Sparta.

    A crowd of 70,000 turned out Saturday to take in the “Meijer 300 Presented by Ritz” and were not disappointed.

    Joey Logano passed Kyle Busch with nine laps to go and went on to pick up his second-straight win at the track. With the win, the 19-year-old became the first driver to repeat as the winner of the Nationwide Series race.

    Logano may want to hold every race at the Kentucky Speedway.

  • Back from the past: Sweet Owen store reopens with new owners

    When you walk into the Sweet Owen Store, it’s like taking a step back in time. Rocking chairs circle the potbelly stove, jars filled with old-fashioned candies sit near the cash register, bean soup and cornbread are served and the owners greet you with a smile. With a completely revamped look and new owners, the Sweet Owen Store is back and open for business.

    Owners Tom and Reggie Taggart opened the new Sweet Owen Store June 4. Breakfast and lunch are served daily and basic groceries – such as milk, bread and cold drinks – are sold.

  • Stray dogs are a menace in Monterey

    Letter to the Editor

    You know, sometimes, I’m not proud to live in Monterey.

    When I moved to Monterey, almost 13 years ago, it was the greatest place in the world. People were so nice, yards were kept up, and it was a great place for a family.

    But now, there’s nobody willing to help us uphold the law. Not even people paid to do the job. We have dogs running this town.

    Now I know it could be worse, but I pulled in town last week and before I got home, (I have to drive on two streets before my own) there were four dogs running loose.

  • Woman who helped end last summer’s string of burglaries gets recognition

    During the summer of 2008, 70 burglaries took place in and around Owen County. Now, one year later, the Farmer cousins are behind bars and one woman has received a reward for her effort toward putting them there.

    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said cousins Eric and Matthew Farmer, both of northern Kentucky, could be facing life in prison.

    “The two pled 15 years a piece through federal court,” Hammond said. “Some could be life charges. Once they are sentenced we’ll get them back in our court system.”

  • Stars come out for Sparta race

    The stars were out in Sparta Saturday before the sun went down.

    The Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway always brings out some of the best drivers racing has to offer.

    Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano are some of the best and most well-known drivers on the circuit and seem to enjoy coming to Kentucky.

    While fans enjoy rubbing shoulders with the drivers around the garage and the pits, one never knows who else they may bump into. Saturday night was no exception.

  • Junior Olympic skills competition to be held

    Local youngsters between the ages of 8 and 13 have the opportunity to participate in the Jr. Olympic Skills Competition. This free grassroots youth participation program allows boys and girls, competing separately, the opportunity to showcase their athletic abilities,  while promoting sportsmanship.

    The basketball portionwill be hosted by Owen County Parks & Recreation on June 17 at the OCES gym beginning at 6 p.m. Participants may register the day of the event.

  • Gambling is stealing from the poor

    After 43 years of experience in printing and marketing I have no problems spotting a marketing scare tactic when it appears. On May 29, I received a mailer from the Kentucky Equine Education Project stating that the horse industry was struggling and therefore is leaving the state of Kentucky. I ask you, fellow Kentuckians: Who isn’t struggling in these artificially created hard times? This slick promotional piece concluded that the remedy to this problem was to allow slot gambling at the race tracks.

  • Time to start your engines

    The NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to Kentucky Speedway this weekend with the ninth running of the “Meijer 300 Presented by Ritz.” A full house is expected to be on hand Saturday night when the green flag drops at 8:30. p.m. Last year, a crowd of over 73,000 attended the race.

    The weekend will get started Friday night at 5 p.m. when the drivers take to the track for practice. The session will last until 8 p.m.

    Saturday, gates will open at 2 p.m. Qualifying will begin at 5 p.m. Fans who get to the track early can enjoy a prerace concert by Pat Green.