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  • Brittany Schaub of Owen County will compete in the Kentucky State Spelling Bee Saturday at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville.

    Schaub is one of approximately 60 Kentucky and Southern Indiana youngsters who will participate in one of the major events of the Kentucky Derby Festival.

    The state winner will receive a U.S. Savings Bond valued at $10,000 upon maturity, a trophy, the latest edition of the Merriam Webster collegiate dictionary and a $25 amazon.com gift card.

  • The 48th annual Owen County Sweetheart ceremony will take place Feb. 11. Members of the girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball teams and the football players vote on their favorite cheerleader. Friday night between the girls’ and boys’ doubleheader games, one cheerleader will be crowned the 2009 OCHS Sweetheart.

  • On Dec. 31, Cindy Wright will enter the courthouse for the last time as the Owen County Circuit Clerk. After serving the county for 30 years, Wright is retiring.

    “I will miss her extremely. I worked with her for 20 years and she was always there for me. She was far more than just a boss, she was and is family. We shared a lot of laughs and we also cried. I can speak for everybody in our office to say we love her and wish her the best,” said Leigh New, Chief Deputy Clerk.

  • The Owen County fifth-grade leadership group had 20 participating students this year.

    Since late September, these students have worked diligently to identify community leaders and interview them.

    The first task of this outstanding group of students was to define leadership and what it means to them.

    After this first step, they commenced to identify someone in the community who portrayed leadership qualities.

    Conducting the interview proved to be a challenge to some students, but they all came through with flying colors.

  • What do you get when you combine: giggling babies, pumpkins, rubber ducks, good food, and lots of sunshine – a perfect fall celebration.

  • There are two kinds of people in the world. Well, there are a lot more than that, but for the purposes of telling this story, there are only two, personified by Pat and me. Pat was impulsive and gregarious. Give her five minutes’ notice and a pound of baloney, and she’d whip up a party. I was deliberate, more at ease with a good book in those days than in a room full of people. And when I hosted a party it took days of preparation to meet my self-imposed standards of perfection.

  • My 2008 tomato trials

    I have finally made it back to the garden after all the desiccation, drought and damage that resulted from the Ike winds. It was just too depressing. I neglected the garden for about a week and half which was clear from the looks of some plants; but not all.

    Most of the tomatoes were still doing what they do regardless of my attention. Some where lying on the ground with fruit chewed on by four-legged pests or pecked by birds but most were still producing and ripening.

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  • It’s a dream three years in the making that Camp Kysoc director Jim Ebert hopes will come true the week of Oct. 6.

    Early that morning, a group of Carroll County residents led by Ebert will hit the road for Arizona and the Grand Canyon. The mission: To help Sarah Service become the first paraplegic to descend to the bottom of the canyon on the seven-mile South Kaibab Trail.

    Service, who lives in Owen County, is a Carroll County High School graduate who was left paralyzed from the waist down in a July 2003 car accident.

  • Iraq will take a back seat to the economy, while promises of “political change” will ultimately drive Kentucky voters this November. That’s according to a sampling of elected leaders and political professors across the state, who expect the outcomes of this year’s 2008 general election to be revealing – if not that surprising – in Kentucky.

    Pollsters and political analysts predict the state will again be “red” this November.

  • Wines bottled by Owen County’s Elk Creek Vineyard could reach mores shelves if state lawmakers approve the sale of wine in grocery stores next year.

     

  • I just saw the biggest stinging caterpillar I have ever seen. I had never seen a stinging caterpillar until about five years ago. More accurately, I had never really looked for them until I read an article by University of Kentucky entomologist Ric Bessin back in 2003. He wrote that we should to be wary of stinging caterpillars this time of the year.

  • You Social Security Statement is an important document that can help you plan for your retirement. Whether you’re a young worker just starting a career or a seasoned employee ready to retire, the Statement is designed to help you.

    The Social Security Statement includes a message from the Commissioner and a record of your earnings each year. It provides you with retirement benefit estimates using different retirement scenarios. The Statement also provides estimates of disability and survivors benefits for you and your family in the event that you become disabled or die.

  • Owenton Livestock Exchange August 20, 2008 Compared to last week: Feeder steers 1.00-2.00 higher. Feeder heifers steady. Slaughter cows 3.00-4.00 lower. Slaughter bulls steady, light supply. Slaughter cows: Breaker: 75-80 percent lean, 1,225-1,685, 48.00-54.00; 56.00-57.50, high-dress; 45.50-47.50, low-dress. Boner: 80-85 percent lean, 810-1,370, 47.50-51.50; 54.50, high-dress; 45.00-47.00, low-dress. Lean: 85-90, 820-1,360, 44.50-48.50; 620-760, 39.00. Slaugher Bulls #1: 1,495-1,785, 80-82 carcass boning percent, 74.00-78.50.

  • All in all it has been a very forgiving season. Plenty of spring and early summer rain has, however, turned into a dry late summer. We are not in the throes of a severe drought but we are in the midst of some unfavorable conditions for newly planted trees, shrubs and perennials.

  • On Sept. 27, adults and students alike will gather together to clean up Owen County.

    Trent Holbert, pastor of Long Ridge Baptist Church, came up with the idea for a “servolution” that focuses on middle and high school students. The group will start the day off by taking a tour of the community to see which areas need help, and from there doing various community services such as painting curbs and painting over graffiti.

  • When Morgan Chandler started building cars in Owen County in 1965, he never imagined that his hobby would take him in to the record books. Chandler will be inducted into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame at the Florence Speedway on Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. Bill Holder is the Executive Director for the Hall of Fame. He said racing fans nominate the Hall of Fame members. The list of nominees is handed over to a 40-member voting board. Holder said nine people were chosen to join the Hall of Fame this year. He said the new hall of fame members will receive a plaque and a jacket.

  • “Bubby passed away at 5:30 a.m. – “ Verna wrote in her e-mail. I stopped reading, and sat quiet for a while nursing memories. Time enough to learn about “arrangements” later. But I had to smile. We both thought of this gentle giant – this man whose life had impacted thousands, perhaps indirectly millions – as “Bubby.” Certainly, Bubby was no Bubba. I never asked anyone how he got his nickname. It’s just what we called him all through school even as he grew very tall and handsome and his voice deepened into a booming resonance.

  • KARE Program Available to Owen Co Farmers The Kentucky Agricultural Relief Effort (KARE) Cost-Share Program will soon be available for Owen Co. farmers. Applications will be available between August 7 and August 26 at the Owen Co Extension Office. The deadline for turning them in is Aug 26. The KARE program is a special state Phase I program that allowed for extra funds to be placed in each county for efforts to help farmers recover from last year’s drought.