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From the editor

Welcome to the winter edition of Sweet Owen Magazine, a publication that has become as much a part of Owen County as the rolling hills and winding river that define our landscape. As we celebrate our second anniversary, this issue is a tribute to the enduring spirit of our community, a collection of stories and memories that resonate with the heart of Owen County in the winter.

Our journey through these pages begins under the twinkling lights of the Santa’s Castle event, a festive tradition that brings the magic of the holiday season to life in Owen County. This feature captures the joy and wonder of this beloved event, a place where children’s laughter mingles with the jingle of sleigh bells and the air is filled with the spirit of Christmas. We take you behind the scenes, showcasing the tireless efforts of local volunteers who transform the Owen County Cooperative Extension Office into a winter wonderland each year.

In keeping with our tradition of giving voice to local talent, we are honored to include an essay from Georgia Green Stamper, a beloved figure and a profound storyteller in our community. Her words, steeped in wisdom and warmth, offer a reflective pause in our busy lives, reminding us of the simple joys and deep-rooted values that make Owen County not just a place on the map, but a home.

A highlight of this issue is our feature article on Owen County’s book clubs. These clubs are not just gatherings for literary discussions; they are vibrant communities where friendships are forged, ideas are shared, and the love for literature is celebrated. We explore how these clubs have become integral to our cultural fabric, bringing together diverse voices and fostering a shared passion for reading.

As winter sets in, hunting season takes center stage in Owen County. Our article on recipes for deer hunting is more than just a culinary guide; it’s a homage to a tradition that has been passed down through generations. These recipes, rich in flavor and history, are a testament to the skill and respect our hunters have for the land and its bounty. We share some of the most cherished recipes from a local hunting family, dishes that warm the body and soul after a day in the woods.

As we mark two years of Sweet Owen Magazine, we reflect on the stories we’ve told and the connections we’ve fostered. This magazine has become a tapestry of our community’s life, woven with the threads of your stories, your achievements, and your dreams.

So, as winter sets in, we invite you to curl up with this edition of Sweet Owen. Let the stories within these pages warm your heart and remind you of the beauty and strength of our community.

Happy reading, and happy second anniversary to all of us at Sweet Owen Magazine! 


Molly Haines Riddle


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