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Today's News

  • New taxes threaten livelihood

    Growing up in the 1990s, there were cigarette ads everywhere. I can plainly recall the dazzling young women who showed off the fact that they were smoking a Misty Light on the back of my mother’s endless supply of home and garden magazines. I remember Joe Camel at the pool, playing a mammal who wore sunglasses and was always suavely dressed. And oh, how I remember the Marlboro Man – that handsome guy on horseback who just happened to always have his picture taken in the middle of he desert – firing one up.

  • Boys’ track team excels in field

    After a pair of track meets last week, it is clear the Owen County boys’ track team is ahead of the field.

    The boys spent last week at Shelby County and Western Hills where they had strong performances in the field events.

    In the discus competition, Josh Alford took second place at both Shelby County and Western Hills while Keith Arutoff finished third.

    At Western Hills, it was Daniel Cummins who finished third while Alford came home with 11th place. Alford also shined in the shot put. He finished third at both Shelby County and Western Hills.

  • Despite woes, baseball is back

    I face a conundrum next week. You see I am a baseball fan and I am not sure how I should feel at this time of the year.

    The season opens up next week. It should be a time when I and other fans stop and celebrate what a great game baseball is. There is no question that the game itself is special. It is the only sport that is not timed. It is one of the few sports where the defense has possession of the ball before each play.

  • Performances on track for girls

    When looking at the results from the Owen County girls’ track team, one thing is apparent. Those girls can run and run fast.

    The team took part in a pair of meets last week. One took place at Shelby County March 24 and the other at Western Hills Thursday. In both competitions, the girls performed well.

    In the 100-meter dash, Melina Bress and Evyn White both finished in the top twice last week.

    Bress ran to a second-place finish at Shelby County and a sixth-place finish at Western Hills. White finished seventh at Shelby County and at Western Hills.

  • County reacted quickly to escapees

    When prisoners Bobby Cockerell, Jerry Sargent and Christopher Marshall escaped from an Indiana prison March 20 and made their way to Carroll County, Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond took every precaution to ensure that citizens of the county stayed alert and aware.

    Hammond said he and his deputies worked long hours throughout the county to keep an eye out for the escapees.

    “We stayed on patrol 24 hours a day,” Hammond said. “We had perimeters set up through Wheatley and New Liberty and extra patrol throughout the county.”

  • Lady Rebels Rebound

    The Owen County Lady Rebels opened the 2009 season March 23 as the team hosted Western Hills.

    The Lady Wolverines used a pair of pitchers to hold Owen County to just one hit in a 5-0 defeat.

    Lauren Lowe’s single in the bottom of the seventh was Owen County’s only hit of the game.

    Western Hills got single runs in the second and fourth and then added three more in the sixth to break the game open.

    The Lady Rebels hit the road March 24 as they headed to Warsaw to take on district foe Gallatin County.

  • Strong showing

    The 2009 O.J. Helvey Kentucky State Judo Championship was held Saturday at Greenwood High School in Bowling Green.

    After two years at the top, Owen County slipped to second in the state championship with 43 points. However, numerous players still came home with individual honors.

    Bowling Green Judo Club took first place with 68 points.

    Wakaishu Judo Club, based at Iroquois High School in Louisville, placed third with 40 points.

  • There is a price for failure

    There is a lesson to be learned in the firing of University of Kentucky Basketball Coach Billy Gillispie.

    If you don’t succeed at your job, you will be fired.

    With the failure to reach the NCAA tournament, Gillispie’s fate wasn’t hard to guess. There have been rumblings around the Big Blue faithful for weeks that Gillispie’s time should come to an end.

    Everyone has an expectation of success. Some teams would be excited to make it to the National Invitational Tournament but none of those teams are headquartered in Lexington.

  • Logan takes on new role with district

    Following the disability of Keith Bolen, school board superintendent Mark Cleveland set out to find a replacement for the plant maintenance supervisor.

    Cleveland chose Dan Logan, who had previously served as road supervisor for the Owen County Road Department.

    Bolen had medical problems and received a doctor’s statement that he could not return to work.

    “We advertised that the position was open,” Cleveland said. “We received about 15 applications.”

    Cleveland said he had more than one qualified applicant.

  • Robert C. Haydon

    Robert C. Haydon, 83, died March 30, 2009, at Golden Living Center.

    He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Nelba Bourne Haydon.

    He was a member of Graefenburg Baptist Church since 1972. He retired with 33 years of service as an engineer with Blue Grass Energy.

    He was a World War II Army veteran, serving two tours of duty overseas, and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

    He was preceded in death by his son, Dan Haydon.