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  • 2013 - looking back

    By Molly Haines and John Whitlock/News-Herald Staff

    As we look back at the year 2013, its clear that many elements of life in Owen County will always stay the same. At the same time, the community is always looking for ways to improve itself while honoring and preserving its history.
    At the beginning of 2014, we take a moment to look back and remember where we have been.

  • Owen girl wins grant to help feed hungry kids

    Anna Riddle, a third-grade student from Owenton has been awarded a Disney Friends for Change Youth Grant through Youth Service America.
    The grant will support Riddle in leading a community service project for Global Youth Service Day.
    Service activities will take place on Global Youth Service Days - the largest volunteering and service event in the world.
    Riddle is using her grant to purchase food for Owen County Schools’ Power Pack Program – a program that sends food home with hungry children on the weekends, when school meals are not available.

  • Wife of suspect in murder case indicted

    One of the three men allegedly involved in the 2012 murder of a Franklin County man, along with his wife, are charged with tampering with physical evidence.
    According to the State-Journal, Joshua Hammond, 33 and his wife, Louanna Hammond, were charged after testimony from Travis Wright, a witness in the James Simons trial last month.
    Joshua Hammond, Simons, 37 and David Bruce II, 46, allegedly planned to rob Charles Monroe after buying prescription drugs from him May 5, 2012 in the Walmart parking lot on Leonardwood Drive in Frankfort.

  • City council moves ahead with pay hike for next mayor

    An ordinance that would raise the mayor’s salary for the City of Owenton was given a first reading Monday.
    If approved, the ordinance will raise the mayor’s salary from $12,000 to $18,000 per year and would allot for $300 per month in health and life benefits.
    The raise would not become effective until Jan. 1, 2015, following the Owenton mayoral race in November.

  • Owen grand jury hands down four indictments

    The Owen County grand jury handed down four indictments April 8.
    • Autumn L. Darrell, 21, on the charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Extension service celebrates centennial - 1979-1989

    This is the seventh in a series of articles on the history of the extension service in Owen County.
    1979-1989

    BY KIM D. STROHMEIER

  • Maurice Bowling Middle School Honor Rolls

    Fifth Grade Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll
    All “A” Honor Roll
    Allison Bourne; Mercedes Bourne; Madison Brown; Cameron Carter; Cheyenne Coppola; Trinity Craig; Meredith David; Mary Gamm; Carsyn Inman; Tori Lykins; Jorden May; Haylee Neeley; Caitlin Sizemore; Jack Spurgeon; Maddigan Walker; Gregory Webster
    A/B Honor Roll

  • Next Owenton mayor may see salary bump

    When the City of Owenton’s next mayor takes office in Jan. 2015, the seat could come with a $6,000 pay increase.
    The Owenton City Council met for its regular meeting April 1, but the issue was discussed in closed session.
    The issue of the mayor’s salary was originally on the council’s agenda to be discussed in open meeting during new business.
    Owenton Mayor Doug West said the council went into executive session to discuss the mayor’s salary because it pertains to personnel.

  • Bill could pave the way for winery Sunday sales

    A measure passed by the Kentucky General Assembly that would allow wineries to potentially sell their products on Sundays awaits the signature of Gov. Steve Beshear.
    Shanna Osborne, the general manager of Elk Creek Winery, testified before the State Senate Licensing and Operations Committee in support of Senate Bill 213.

  • Saying farewell: Friends and supporters honor 35 years of public service

    A reception for former Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid was held Sunday at the Owen County Extension Service Office. Kincaid served in government for over 35 years before retiring earlier this month.