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Today's News

  • Stewart leaves city council

    John Stewart, who has served as a city council member for three and a half years, has resigned, just shy of finishing his second term. Stewart lived within the city limits for most of his life. He bought a house out in the county, and has been living there for nearly three weeks. His resignation became effective on Aug. 11. “I will miss being a city councilmen,” said Stewart, “It was a good diverse group of people and I enjoyed doing what I could for the people.

  • Owenfest arrives this weekend

    Elk Creek Vineyards is hosting Froggy 104.9 Owenfest on Saturday. Rebekka Siegel is helping organize the event. She said their goal is to provide community and family-friendly events. The day will begin at 9 a.m. with a 5K Run through the Elk Creek property. She said all proceeds from the race will go to Project Graduation and the winner of the event will win two tickets to a Sara Evans concert. Another event is a “catch and release” kids’ fishing tournament at 10 a.m. The first prize will be a fishing rod donated by Bob Risch.

  • Racing into the history books

    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.

  • great tax debate

    A few years back, some of our forefathers decided to establish a new country based largely in part to get away from religious persecution. Things seemed to be going fairly well until some of those same fathers started “losing their religion” due to what they perceived to be too much taxing by ol’ King George without receiving something for such taxation. Even though we had a little rebellion against the King, we still, to this day, don’t care too much for the idea of being taxed by anybody.

  • Practice makes perfect

    The beginning of August can mean only two things. School is about ready to begin and so are the fall sports at Owen County High School. Practice has been under way at the school for over two weeks as each team gets ready for the upcoming season. The football team will be under the direction of a new head coach, Adam Fowler. The Rebels and their new coach will be looking to improve on a 2007 campaign, which saw them win just one game. The team will kick off the season on Aug. 29 against Bishop Brossart in Alexandria. The boys and girls’ soccer teams will begin their season on Aug.

  • Saying goodbye

    “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.

  • looking back

    July 30, 1908 100 years ago The heaviest wind storm of the season accompanied by hail and lightning swept over the city of Frankfort yesterday afternoon damaging nearly every shade tree in the city and snapping off telephone and telegraph polls. The Lexington and Interurban Railway Company, and the local street railway company came in for their share of bad luck, as the traffic between Frankfort and Versailles was tied up for most of the afternoon and night. The storm came up so suddenly that those not aware of its approach were caught out for a thorough drenching.

  • Audit: Official overpaid herself $14K

    Owen County Deputy Judge-Executive Renaee Gaines could face criminal charges after a standard state audit found she increased her salary by more than $14,000 by “manipulating payroll records.” State auditors found the pay discrepancy after examining several canceled checks from the 2006 and 2007 fiscal years. Auditors determined that Gaines, who oversees payroll in the office, posted part of her increase in salary to the county’s ambulance salary account code for five periods.

  • Robert “Bobby” Robbins

    Mr. Robert “Bobby” Robbins, 61, of New Liberty, died at his home July 29, 2008. Funeral arrangements are pending at Graham-Dunn Funeral Home in Carrollton. Friends may call (502)732-4244 for more information.

  • KARE Program Available to Owen Co Farmers

    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.