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Today's News

  • Owen County Fair Board to present truck, tractor pull

    The Owen County Fair Board will hold its first annual fall truck and tractor pull fund-raiser Oct. 10.

    Fair board member Ashley Young said many people have requested a better carnival for the Owen County fair, which is held every July.

    “People want a bigger carnival and they want to see new things at the fair each year,” Young said. “There are a lot of people in the county that pull trucks and it’s a popular event around here, so it will be a good way to raise money for the fair.”

  • Owen schools escaping flu bug bite for now

    While some school districts across the state of Kentucky have shut down due to H1N1 virus and other illnesses, Owen County students remain healthy.

    Owen County School District Director of Pupil Personnel Charlotte Elkins said the attendance rate for the year remains high.

    “We’ve been in good shape so far,” Elkins said. “The rate for the year so far for the district is 95 percent. That’s from the beginning of the year up to last Friday.”

    Elkins said there have been no confirmed cases of H1N1 in the district.

  • A challenge to the Rebels to show they care

    Football players are supposed to be tough. They play a game where the object is to hit your opponent as hard as you can. They play despite injuries or sickness. They wear orange, black, silver and gold. They are called Steelers and Raiders. The last thing you would expect to see any of them wearing would be … pink.

    Yet on Sunday, that is exactly what many of them did.

    That’s right, players in the National Football League wearing pink cleats, pink sweatbands and pink towels. Why?

  • District opener preview

    Opponent: DeSales Colts

    Place: DuPont Manual High School

    Time: 7:30 p.m.

    • After starting the season 3-1, the Colts have lost their last two games to Seneca and Fern Creek.

    • DeSales enter the game with a high-powered offense. In the six games the Colts have played this season ,they are averaging just over 31 points a game.

    • The Rebels are 0-3 against DeSales. They lost twice to the Colts in 2007 and once in 2008.

  • Community mourning local leader

    Owen County lost one of its most recognizable citizens – Dr. Charles Calvin “C.C.” Arnold died Monday.

    Dr. Arnold, who was born in Squiresville, served as a dentist in Owen County for more than 50 years. He also served as mayor of Owenton from 1969 to 1973, president of the Owen County Parent Teachers Association and chairman of the Owen County Hospital Board.

    Janetta Keith, who went to work for Arnold as a dental assistant in 1977, said Dr. Arnold was a devoted dentist.

  • Former resident accused of sexual abuse in Owen

    A former Owen County resident has been charged with sexually abuse a child under 12 years old.

    According to the Kentucky State Police, Robert Allen Stiver, 55, of  Louisville, was arrested Sept. 25 on 10 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, a class C felony.

     The Owen County case opened Sept. 3, when the family of the victim contacted KSP.

     The events for which Stiver is charged allegedly took place between 1994 and 1998.

  • Health care and a daily dose of Fox News

    I received some good feedback this week from my column concerning health-care reform.

    Although not every person agreed with me, (it was 50 percent in favor of what I said and 50 percent against) every response was polite, well-meaning and intelligent. I’m pretty happy about that. It shows that a good dialog can exist even when some people say we are entering an age where civility is an outdated concept.

  • Words from the Owen County Public Library

    October is National Book Month, and we’re celebrating here at your public library with lots of new books and a whole lot more.

    Last week, I shared with you a sampling of all of the different services your library offers to the community. Whether you’re a parent, student, jobseeker, professional, historian or senior, we have something to offer you. And we’re so happy to report that you are taking advantage of the library. Here are just a few quick facts about library use this year:

  • Assistant superindent speaks in Louisville

    Leslie Robertson, assistant superintendent of Owen County schools, made a presentation at the Kentucky Association of School Councils’  Annual Conference Sept.22-23 at the downtown Louisville Marriott.

    Robertson presented a three-hour preconference session on formative assessment for KASC members only and then hosted a one-hour follow-up session during the conference to answer participants’ questions.

    Robertson shared practical approaches to assessing students that help classroom teachers determine instructional needs.

  • Downtown sound

    Friday night, the five young members of the Downtown County Band will have the opportunity to share the stage with one of the biggest known acts in bluegrass music – Ricky Skaggs.

    The local group, which consists of Wes Petzinger, Dave Hawkins, Sam McWilliams, John Atha and Keith  Clifton, will be the opening act for Skaggs as he takes the stage during the outdoor concert series at Elk Creek Winery.

     The Downtown County Band has shared the stage with other big names. It once opened for bluegrass musician Sam Bush.