Today's News

  • Owen students to honor sacrifices on Veterans Day

    Local men and women who sacrificed to serve the nation will see no lack of activities honoring them this Veterans Day.
    Owen County High School will join with the Maurice Bowling Middle School this year to honor veterans Monday, as well as programs at both the Owen County Upper and Lower Elementary School buildings.
    OCHS senior Hannah Strohmeier, who is in charge of this year’s joint program with MBMS, said combining the two schools’ activities would better serve veterans who may have a hard time deciding which program to attend.

  • Owen librarian will learn about space at Kennedy

    Owen County Library Director Jennifer Nippert was one of six public librarians recently accepted into the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Explore! space training program.
    Only 40 applicants were accepted from across the United States and librarians will collaborate with educators from the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Explore! team to learn hands-on science activities designed for engaging families and children ages 8-13.

  • Letter to the editor: Shoe boxes bring Christmas love to needy children

    Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, uses simple gift-filled shoe boxes to let children all over the world know that they are loved and not forgotten.
    Samaritan’s Purse started Operation Christmas Child in 1993, collecting just 23,000 shoe boxes. To date, we’ve collected over 100 million shoe boxes that have been delivered to needy children in more than 130 countries. That represents less than 5 percent of the children currently in the world, which is where you come in.

  • Owen Co. District Court - Nov. 1, 2013

    Christopher Beach, 1981, flagrant non-support, contempt of court, continued to Dec. 13.
    Darrell A. Thomas, 1959, contempt of court, owes $46,712.40 restitution and costs, 10 days.
    Bowling Insurance Agency Inc. vs. Billy Greene, motion to set for trial, bench trial set for Dec. 13.
    Eagle Financial Services Inc. vs. Lee Smith Jr., motion for default judgment, see order.
    Glen Duke vs. Jacob Stivers, forcible detainer continued from Oct. 25, eviction ordered, seven days to vacate.

  • Avoid problems by winterizing your home, Owen official says

    Rick Morgan, Owen County emergency management director, would like to remind residents to take the time now to get your home ready for the winter season by following these tips:
    • Have your heating system checked by a professional annually.  This will ensure that your system is working safely and efficiently which, in turn, will save you money.  If you heat by wood, clean your fireplace or stove.
    • Have your chimney flue checked for any buildup of creosote and then cleaned to lessen the risk of fire.

  • Owen Co. Circuit Court - Oct. 29, 2013

    Norman Bruce, 1994, manufacturing methamphetamine, continued to Nov. 19.
    Kenneth Gabbard, 1974, show cause deferred or installment payment, owes $10,100.79, to pay $100 a month.
    Zachary T. Harrod, 1986, third-degree complicity burglary, first-degree persistent felony offender, pleaded guilty, sentencing set for Nov. 11.
    Benjamin Christopher Hellard, 1979, third-degree complicity burglary, second-degree assault, continued to Nov. 12.
    William Kelley, 1989, manufacturing methamphetamine, continued.

  • Young leaders

    Owen County Elementary School is proud to announce the creation of an upper elementary student council. Student members were nominated by their teachers and selected by a panel of district employees.

  • Extension Service News: Celebrate the holidays with a safe party buffet

    A great way to celebrate the holidays is to invite family and friends to a special party buffet.  Keep your holiday guests safe from foodborne illness by following these buffet safety tips:
    • Always wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds before and after handling food.  Clean kitchen surfaces, dishes, and utensils with hot, soapy water.  Use clean plates to serve cooked food - never the ones that held the raw meat or poultry.

  • Owen County Senior Center activities for Nov. 6-12, 2013

    The Owen County Senior Center provides activities only. The center is not medically staffed. Seniors who attend must be self reliant. Hot meals are served daily at 12 p.m. Please call 24 hours in advance to reserve your hot cooked meal. All seniors are welcome to attend.
    Today (Wednesday): 9 a.m., cards; 1 p.m., games/cornhole tourney.
    Nov. 7: 8:30 a.m., Christmas shopping and eating; 1 p.m., cards.
    Nov. 8: 9 a.m., cards; 1 p.m., Gentiva Bingo.
    Nov. 11: 9 a.m., games; 1 p.m., cards/Thanksgiving craft.

  • Kay’s Branch News: Storm rolls through

    The most exciting thing that has happened on the Branch this week is the high winds and rain we had on Wednesday night and Thursday night last week.
    We had an inch of rain on Wednesday and another on Thursday, but I’m not sure that inch actually hit the ground. The wind was blowing a gale. Luckily there was very little damage here. I had to pick up a lot of small limbs and trash on the yard and one larger limb blew off the tree in the front yard, but it was blown halfway down the yard away from the house.