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Today's News

  • Five memorable months

    This Thursday evening, I will be reading at The Carnegie Center in Lexington in their “New Books by Great Writers” series. The Carnegie folks have billed me as a memoirist, and I’m relieved to have a label. I’m hard pressed to describe what I write when people ask. So I like being called a memoirist – it sounds literary and implies I know what I’m doing. Truth be told, if I’ve written a memoir, it happened by accident as I was jotting down glimpses I caught from the train window.

  • Friday is ACT deadline

    The next ACT test will be administrated on Oct. 25. Students who wish to take the college admission and placement exam must register by Friday. Late registrations, with an additional fee, will be accepted until the final postmark deadline of Oct. 3. Students can register online at www.actsutdent.org, or pick up registration packets from high school counseling offices.

    The cost is $31 for the traditional ACT and $46 for the ACT Plus Writing. ACT scores are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States.

  • Elk Creek: Uncorked

    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.

     

  • Court News

    Circuit Court

    Sept. 9, 2008

    Richard William Buchanan, 1969, receiving stolen property, persistent felony offender, jury trial set for Oct. 16.

    Phillip Edmondson, 1965, flagrant non-support, continued to Nov. 30.

    William T. Foster Jr., 1982, motion to revoke probation, bench warrant, no bond.

    Jeremy Wayne Hunter, 1975, two counts of probation violation, continued to Sept. 23.

  • Top officials face criminal charges

    The Owen County grand jury met yesterday and heard evidence into the conduct of the Owen County government. They handed down charges against former Deputy Judge-Executive Renaee Gaines, Judge-Executive Billy O’Banion and Treasurer Gayla Lewis.

    Commonwealth Attorney Jim Crawford recommended the court issue a criminal summons for all three to be present at the Oct. 7 district court meeting.

  • Be on lookout for stinging caterpillars

    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.

  • Gaines’ manipulation of payroll

    After reading the Kentucky Auditor Crit Luallen’s audit report dated May 8, 2008, and several news articles that have been published in the past weeks by your newspaper regarding the Gaines issue, I am compelled to write this letter.

  • MBMS remains undefeated

    It was another night and another easy win for the Bowling Middle School football team. The Rebels defeated Frankfort 48-2 last week to run their record to 5-0 on the season.

    Bowling Middle scored in all facets of the game. The Rebels scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams.

  • VVDS names new president

    VVDS – a company that provides wireless Internet in Owen County – is undergoing major changes this week. The VVDS board of directors asked Russell E. Preston to step down as president and named Doug Smith to take his place.

    Smith said that Preston made poor business decisions and did not consult or advise the board about his actions; therefore, the board of directors has taken control of the company.

  • Lady Rebels Soccer notches win

    To say Devin Jouett is playing well would be a bit of an understatement. In the last five games, she has nine goals. Her last four goals came in a 5-0 win over Ludlow last week. Jerusha Toole scored the other Lady Rebels’ goal in the win.

    The win also saw Owen County produce a fine defensive effort. Coach Mike Haines credited the defensive line of Evyn White, Ciara McDaniel and Christina Johnson for playing a good game. Haines also complimented the defensive play of Mary Kennedy and Rachel Herring.