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2013 SEW Year In Review

Kelsie Risk Named Owen County Fair Queen, New Series ‘Porter Ridge’ Highlight July 2013
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Cast members of the Discovery Channel docu-series “Porter Ridge” shoot the breeze one Saturday morning in July around an old BMW at Country Auto Parts. Shown here are, left to right: “Dirty Andy,” Jeff Watson, “Elvis Larry” and Terry Porter. (SEW File Photo) Cast members of the Discovery Channel docu-series “Porter Ridge” shoot the breeze one Saturday morning in July around an old BMW at Country Auto Parts. Shown here are, left to right: “Dirty Andy,” Jeff Watson, “Elvis Larry” and Terry Porter. (SEW File Photo) The month of July started off with a bang as Owen County celebrated the crowning of a new fair queen, Kelsie Risk, just prior to the Fourth of July and the start of the 2013 fair. The animal shows and main arena events of the fair continued to dominate the month’s early headlines.

Owen County Public Library’s ‘Fantastic Fridays’ events delighted area children with a variety of shows.

The Hilltop Restaurant celebrated 65 years of family-style serving in Owen County.

State superintendent of public instruction Glenda Ritz visited Owen County, speaking at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.


Dressed in a gorgeous fitted black beaded formal, Kelsie Risk looked elegant as she was crowned 2013 Miss Owen County Fair Queen in early July. (SEW File Photo) Dressed in a gorgeous fitted black beaded formal, Kelsie Risk looked elegant as she was crowned 2013 Miss Owen County Fair Queen in early July. (SEW File Photo) A new docu-series ‘Porter Ridge’ was set to hit the airwaves on the Discovery Channel with Owen County residents at the center of the show.

More headlines from the month of July were as follows...

July 1 - Kelsie Risk was crowned 2013 Miss Owen County Fair Queen.

•S-OCS Superintendent Greg Linton commented on the proposed students success act.

•Taylor York and Sammy Logsdon where crowned Little Miss and Little Mister of the 2013 Owen County Fair.

•“Our Community’s Moments” photo contest, presented by Our Community Bank and the Spencer Evening World was announced.

July 2 - While Kelsi Risk was crowned 2013 Miss Owen County, Victoria Lucas finished as the first runner-up and Lexie Head, second runner-up.

•The heavyweight horse pull attracted seven teams with the winning duo pulling the 10,500-pound sled over 23 feet at the Owen County Fair.

•A rural Cloverdale area church camp was awaiting a new life after foreclosure.

July 3 - Owen County Board of Commissioners discussed a board appointment and roadways.

•The Town of Spencer kicked off its master parks plan for Cooper Commons.

•The “Owen County People in the Spotlight” column shone on Chelsea Bird and Haley Chapman.

•The Owen County Art Guild was set to host a Sunday afternoon reception for artist Steven Corns.

•Joanne Hannon’s “Heart Treasures” column was entitled, “What America Means To Me...”

July 5 - Handgun permits were on the rise locally and steps were being taken to streamline the application process.

•Pat Harris was the featured OCAG artist saying, ‘I’ve wanted to explore painting.... but I didn’t think I had time.’

•The Spencer Town Council addressed a brief meeting agenda.

•A Thornridge Addition home, belonging to Jesse and Mae Padget was named ‘Sweet Owen Home Of The Month.”

July 8 - Former science teacher and veteran, Al Morrison, was finding serenity among plant life at McCormick’s Creek Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center.

•Thirteen teams competed in the annual Owen County Fair heavyweight horse pull.

•The ‘All Things Historical...’ column by Gosport History Museum Curator Annie Arthur was entitled... “Historic Indiana XFiles.”

July 9 - The Vespers Service collected over $2,000 at the Owen County Fair to aid weekday religious education (WRE).

•The annual county fair once again showcases the hard work of dedicated 4-Hers.

July 10 - The Owen County Council was exploring options to pay for sewer extension work.

•The Owen County Fair held its first-ever 4-H Livestock Skillathon.

•”Owen County People in the Spotlight” shone on local 2013 local college graduates.

•A local man was sentenced for theft and fraudulent use of an ATM card.

July 11 - Emily Watson’s barrow topped the field at the 2013 Owen County Fair Swine Show.

•Unique art was on display at the Owen Valley Winery with a reception scheduled for July 28.

•SES Principal Donnie Carver was moving on as he accepted a new role at Templeton Elementary in Bloomington.

•Owen County Democrats were set to welcome the state’s superintendent of public instruction.

July 12 - Tyler Schenck finished his 4-H career on top with grand champion beef show wins.

•Kendall Hamilton exhibited the 2013 grand champion Boer goat wether.

•Owen County was among 11 counties set to receive a Lilly Endowment Grant.

•Ruth White was set to celebrate her 90th birthday.

•A Spencer man was sentenced in circuit court for forgery and fraud.

July 15 - Prices and bidding stayed strong at the 2013 Owen County 4-H livestock auction.

•A competitive nature led local fisherman Matt Beckwith to hand paint his own fishing lures.

•The 4-H Fishing Team added a UH-1 Huey to the opening ceremonies of ‘The Moving Wall.’

•The Gosport Town Council agreed to proceed with a proposed beautification grant.

July 16 - Cloverdale golfer Chad Collins tied for third place at the Web.Com Utah Championship.

•Big hits didn’t disappoint the capacity crowd on hand for the annual Owen County Fair Demolition Derby.

•Plain & Simple Primitives opened along State Road 67 in Freedom.

•The ‘Hometown Heroes’ column focused on Army Private Christian T. Costakis as he graduated from basic combat training.

July 17 - The Owen Commissioners approved a plan for bridge 174 approach work.

•Local ladies dominated the mud pit during hog wrestling fun at the Owen County Fair.

•So much to do and see... Alyssa Crum was featured in photos from the Owen County Fair.

•’Hometown Heroes’ column featured Air Force Airman Kyle R. Chambers as he graduated from basic military training.

July 18 - The Spencer Town Council discussed a variety of old and new business during a routine meeting.

•Coleman Feltner won grand champion market lamb honors at the Owen County Fair.

•A Spencer man pleaded guilty to a class B felony charge of dealing methamphetamine.

•An important Junior Patriot Basketball League community meeting was set to be held.

•A young Spencer boy was recovering at Riley Hospital after being struck by a vehicle.

•A Spencer man was charged with multiple counts following an incident.

July 19 - ISI work on a sewer extension was set to begin on River Road. •A Gosport man received a maximum sentence for two felony charges.

•The Owen County Public Library’s Fantastic Friday shows continued to the delight of area children.

•Caring Canine Animal Rescue was set to host a hog roast fund-raising event.

•An afternoon accident led to minor injuries in Cunot.

July 22 - State Road 46W construction expanded to entrance approaches and sidewalks.

•Hilltop Restaurant celebrated 65 years of family-style serving in Owen County.

•Cloverdale Community Schools announced back-to-school registration at the Putnam County Fair.

•Camping enthusiasts were preparing to help fight kids’ cancer with a lemonade stand.

July 23 - Heavy rains resulted in new drainage pipe resurfacing along Taylor Street.

•OV grad Casey Bybee was playing professionally for an ultimate disc league team.

•A morning crash resulted in minor injuries for the driver and children.

•The Owen County Art Guild’s featured artist was Steve Corns saying, ‘It keeps me right, it keeps me going every day... doing my art.’

July 24 - A Wabash Valley man was sentenced for his role in a local theft case.

•A Spencer woman was sentenced for possession of stolen property.

•The upcoming weekend was set to be chock-full of family fun at the Owen County Farmers’ Market.

•The Owen County Democratic Party was set to host the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

•’Amazon John’ took local kids on a fun-filled ‘Silly Safari.’

July 25 - A man was jailed for domestic battery and also charged in connection with a fire that injured a Coal City woman.

•Personnel requests were set to highlight a meeting of the Spencer-Owen School Board.

•Owen voting numbers were drastically reduced by ‘canceled’ residents.

•A reception was planned for the newly-remodeled 4-H building.

•“Owen County People in the Spotlight” shone on more area college students making the dean’s list at their respective universities.

•Owen residents were set to benefit from a Precision Health Network fund.

•“Never Ending Honeymoon...” - Pete and Teleatha Withem were featured in a photograph taken at Niagara Falls while they celebrated their 50th anniversary.

July 26 - A joint investigation between the Spencer Police Department and the Indiana State Police yielded a meth lab bust.

•A citizen’s tip led authorities to a marijuana grow north of Spencer.

•A project was underway to extend sewer service from Spencer to S.R. 43 South.

•The old Gosport Nursing Home was razed to make way for a future Habitat home.

July 29 - Set in rural Owen County, ‘Porter Ridge’ was set to feature a colorful cast of characters.

•An Arkansas crash killed a mule team and injured a traveling Vietnam veteran who had made their way through Owen County earlier in the year.

•Betty Blaker celebrated 75 years of exhibiting at the Owen County Fair.

July 30 - The ‘Porter Ridge’ cast hoped its new docu-series was a success, both personally and for the community.

•The S-OCS Safety Team was set to host a safe school/active shooter training session.

•A statewide audit indicated significant fraud in the free school lunch program.

•McCormick’s Creek was set to host the 13th annual ‘Wild About Wildlife’ event on August 3.

•A Spencer man was fatally injured in a Knox County traffic accident.

•A ‘Hometown Values, World Class Vision’ column by Denise Shaw was entitled ‘Chamber Of Commerce Membership.’

July 31 - Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, shared a vision for the future of public education for Indiana’s children.

•Adoption rates were up in 2013 at the Owen County Humane Society.

•Another success story emerged from OCPL’s adult education program.

•Clover Meadows Golf Course celebrated 25 years with special rates and a money scramble.

•Indiana Governor Mike Pence planned to withdraw Indiana from a multi-state standardized test.

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