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  • Community Events | February 7, 2017

    Sign-ups for Parks and Rec baseball now open

    Sign-ups for Owen County Parks and Recreation T-ball, baseball and softball have begun. Forms are located at Owen County Schools and at the Owen County Judge-Executive’s Office, and can be dropped off at these locations. The cost is $60 per child or $150 for family. Any questions can be answered on the Parks and Rec website, www.owencountyparksandrec.com

    LEPC meeting rescheduled for Feb. 20

  • New program promotes positive well-being for young girls

    Registration is now open for the newly founded Owen County chapter of Girls on the Run’s spring season.
    Girls on the Run is a 501(c)3  nonprofit organization that inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and to celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Led by trained coaches, girls at the elementary and middle school level will learn to focus on health and fitness while preparing for a celebratory 5K event.

  • Deadline passes to file for county election

    County Judge/Executive:
    Casey Ellis, D (incumbent)
    Franky Fitzgerald, D
    Veronica Gayle, R

    County Attorney:

    Josh Smith, D

    Sheriff:
    Mark Bess, R (incumbent)
    Doug West, D
    Lannis Garnett, D
    Gary Alcorn, D
    Marty Lilly, D
    Larry Osborne, R

    County Clerk:

    Laurel D. Stivers, D (incumbent)

    Circuit Court Clerk
    Margaret Forsee, D (incumbent)

  • Chamber president vying for county’s top post

    Three candidates are now vying for the county’s top-elected position after Owen County Chamber of Commerce President and Adult Learning Director Veronica Gayle filed on the Republican ticket Monday.
    Though a newcomer to politics, Gayle has served in a variety of leadership roles and is an active member of several community organizations.
    Democratic incumbent Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis and Franky L. Fitzgerald, also a Democrat, filed in November and December respectively.

  • ‘That text can wait’

    It’s a common scene across the United States: A teenage driver gives a friend a ride home from school. As the friend talks in the passenger seat, the driver’s cell phone receives a text message.
    The driver picks up the phone to respond, and by the time his or her eyes are back on the road, it’s too late to avoid rear-ending another vehicle. The accident is likely to carry a hefty price in insurance, repairs and possibly a ticket.

  • Fiscal court eyes new vehicles, turns to fleet management service

    Owen County vehicles may be receiving an upgrade as the Owen County Fiscal Court discussed going to a company to help plan the cost of new vehicles, maintenance and the resell of vehicles in the future. The company chosen to help manage this is Enterprise Fleet Management, a branch of Enterprise Holdings that provides automotive fleet services that include fleet sales, financing, leasing, a maintenance program and management systems for companies throughout the United States and Canada.

  • Stories from Sparta’s past sure to delight

    In 1800, several families from Virginia, led by John Carlock, William Swango, Jacob Walters, Sr. and John and David Alcorn settled in the valley near Two Mile and Eagle Creeks. These pioneers built their homes and businesses on the south side of Eagle Creek and called their community Ross’s Mill. A few years later, the growing village was known as Brock’s Station, possibly because a small fort (station) was erected in the area for protection against Indian attacks.

  • Who is it? | January 31, 2018
  • Looking Back | January 31, 2018

    5 years ago
    Jan. 30, 2013
    Academic team takes top honors in district competition

  • Owen District Court | January 31, 2018

    Jan. 23, 2018