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  • Following in the hoofsteps of his prize-winning dad, Kentucky Star is racking up ribbons and awards as one of the nation’s top bulls in his class.

    Kentucky Star, a 14-month-old bull owned by Larry Osborne of Sparta, is competing to be one of top bulls in the nation.

    “He’s still a yearling,” Osborne said. “He’s on track to be the best in the country. He’s the high-points leader in his class in the nation.”

  • Listed below are the Owen County men who served in World War I and World War II who were killed in action, died in service or were missing in action. The Owen County Historical Society would like for their families to bring us a picture to scan so that we can honor them by displaying their pictures in the museum. We want pictures of any Owen County man or woman who has served in the armed forces for our country. Let’s never forget the price they paid for every American to live in freedom in this country.

    World War I:

  • Hwy. 355 is quiet with a hint of fall in the air and beautiful country along the Kentucky River. Then a crowd is gathering, more than a 100 people and they are still coming. Young and old, overalls and dress, everyone is made welcome.

    All this activity is the Sorghum Festival. Jay and Ruth Gibson have been having this festival for 20 years as a party for their employees and it has grown to include many visitors from all over the state.

  • John came home from their trip full of enthusiasm for the Panhandle of Florida. They had beautiful weather. They dropped down through Tennessee and Alabama. Just by happenstance he saw an alternate route that said  “to 10 E.” They were in no hurry so he turned on to it. He said the traffic dropped to a trickle. It was a very nice four-lane road  with lovely scenery and a much easier drive. After they had been on this road for a while, suddenly the U.S.S. Alabama appeared on the horizon. He said it was like a huge whale materializing in front of them.

  • What a beautiful weekend we had for our Monterey Homecoming Fair. There were many people who came out and enjoyed socializing with old friends and family. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. My out-of-town guests made it down for the event.

  • Owen County native Sherri Howard Godfrey has made and donated a quilt to her high school classmates’ Relay for Life team  – The Sisters Act. 

    Team member Kathy Stamper said Godfrey was quick to agree to the project and said she had been considering making a quilt as part of a fund-raiser.

    Although she had considered doing other patterns, Godfrey ultimately decided on incorporating the cancer awareness ribbons into the final design after talking to classmate and breast-cancer survivor Pam Acton Brock.

  • For the past several years, the Owenton water tower located behind the Owen County Extension Office has seen little upkeep and has been deemed unsightly by many due to its chipped paint and rust.

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier said he and the Owenton City Council have received numerous complaints on the tower’s condition, but said there’s nothing they can do about it.

  • Owen County native Sherri Howard Godfrey has made and donated a quilt to her high school classmates’ Relay for Life team  – The Sisters Act. 

    Team member Kathy Stamper said Godfrey was quick to agree to the project and said she had been considering making a quilt as part of a fund-raiser.

    Although she had considered doing other patterns, Godfrey ultimately decided on incorporating the cancer awareness ribbons into the final design after talking to classmate and breast-cancer survivor Pam Acton Brock.

  • With  this year’s “Monterey Homecoming Fair” drawing near, there were several people who made it out last Saturday to take part in helping to clean up our town. I would like to take this time to personally thank each and everyone of them. Besides Colleen and myself, there were Vanessa Wilhiote, Johnny, Robin and Kimmie Gentry, Brett Hall, Lonnie Reed, Jimmy, Tammy and Marcus Powers, Monterey Mayor Dennis Atha, Amanda Hammonds, Rachel Hall, Randy Fitzgerald, Robert (Weiner) and Dylan Gilbert and Christina Loucks.

  • Fall has finally arrived along with the World Equestrian Games extravaganza, the University of Kentucky’s umpteenth loss to Florida and our theater season.

  • The weather was just about as good as it can get last week, pleasant mild days and cool nights, great for golf, mowing and sleeping.

    Bruce and Fay cut hay all week. They did Wanda’s field and then mowed our field across the road and the ones on this side too. I don’t think he got three rolls out of the whole lot of them. It has been so hot and dry here most of July and August that the second cutting just hasn’t grown much. It does look nice and neat now though.

  • Linda Smith said everyone has something nice to say about Owen County – and that’s exactly why she decided to bring her consignment shop from Warsaw to Owenton.

    YOUniquely-U recently opened on the corner of West Seminary and Main streets; and Smith said with a new location and more room, she hopes her business will soon take off with Owen countians.

  • For Humberto and Amber Moran, opening a business in Owen County means staying close to family – including their church family at Beechwood Assembly of God.

     

    Humberto, also known as Chino, and Amber have been living in Owen County for three years. He was doing construction work on power plants, but to continue the job he would have had to move to Alabama.

     

    “We just didn’t want to leave our church family. They’ve been great for us,” Amber said.

     

  • The descendants of the Rev. Silas Alexander Hudson (1819-1907) will meet Sept. 5 for the 79th consecutive year. The Hudson-Jones Reunion will convene at 1 p.m. for a potluck lunch at the old New Columbus Schoolhouse, now the private residence of Bill and Faye Prewitt, at 16065 New Columbus Road/KY Rt. 607.

    Family memories and genealogy will be shared, and organizers are hopeful that representatives from each of Hudson’s nine descending families will attend. All descendants, and others interested in the history of the Hudson family, are invited.

  • This coming Sept. 11 will mark a day of remembrance across the country.

    But a special event in Owen County will mark and honor a treasured part of Owen County’s agricultural history.

    A special tractor parade will wind its way across Owen County starting at 10 am. Sept. 11.

    Johnny Stewart, who is organizing the parade, said he hosted a tractor show in May as a fund-raiser for Relay for Life and the success of that event sparked the idea for the parade.

  • As you are all well aware of by now, the 127 yard sales were off and running this past weekend.

    I ended up stopping at a few on my way in on Friday. My first stop was at Colleen’s house. There I saw several familiar faces, some of which I hadn’t seen in quite awhile, including Linda Alexander.

  • The Owen Electric Cooperative is getting “smart.”

    The cooperative is receiving over $1.5 million in matching funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act from the U.S. Department of Energy.

    With help from the cooperative research network and 19 other cooperatives, the funds will be used to evaluate the benefits of “smart” technologies for consumer members.

  • July 27, 2010

    James D. Baynum, 1960, theft of services, continued to Aug. 10.

    Jennifer A. Bishop, 1974, show cause deferred, $130 costs.

    Jessica N. Boyce, 1979, owes $295, continued to Aug. 10.

    Richard William Buchanan, 1969, show cause deferred, bench warrant set for $700.

    Ashley M. Darrell, 1991, first-degree complicity criminal mischief, two counts of second-degree complicity burglary, jury trial set for Sept. 23.

    Linda Mae Diaz-Sturgeon, 1962, dismissed/diverted.

  • Class One, Stick Horse Class: Miss Minnie, ridden/owned by Morgan Shipp of Dry Ridge; Buddy Chocolate Bliss, ridden/owned by Audrey Roberts of Worthville; Bumpy, ridden/owned by Malaki Mefford of Owenton; Slim Pickens, ridden/owned by Judah Mefford of Owenton; Chatter Box, ridden/owned by Conner Blackburn; Woody, ridden/owned by Chasen Mills; Midnight Star ridden by Clayton Clifton and owned by Bob Clifton; Smoke, ridden by Cayden Clifton, owned by Bobby Clifton.

    All eight entries were blue ribbon winners.

  • Below is a list of some of the winners from this year’s Owen County Fair and Horse Show.

    Exhibit Winners

    Culinary: First place, Christina Stivers; best of show, Scott Johnson

    Canned Fruits and Vegetables: First place, Scott Johnson; best of show, Jesse Brandenburg; youth, Blake Wolford

    Garden Crops: First place, Benjamin Hart; best of show, Joel Wilson

    Flowers: First place, Holly Brandenburg; best of show, Brenda Bruce

    Knitting and Crocheting: First place, Kathy Spaulding; best of show, Alice Ducker