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  • Angel Tree gifts due to newspaper office by Dec. 14

    When making your Christmas shopping list this year, don’t forget to add an angel.
    Twenty-nine tags hang on the Angel Tree this year at the News-Herald office, located at 154 W. Bryan St., Owenton, representing Owen County children in need.
    Each tag contains information about a local child, and clothes and shoe sizes. Angel Tree gifts should be wrapped and returned to the News-Herald office by Wednesday, Dec. 14, with the Angel Tree tag attached to the gift.

  • KSP arrest man on sexual abuse charges

    A 26-year-old Owen County man was arrested Nov. 15, after he allegedly sexually abused a 13-year-old boy, according to Kentucky State Police.
    Daniel Raymond Dowdy, 26, is charged with second-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse, and prohibited use of electronic communications to procure a minor or peace officer for sexual abuse. All three charges are felonies, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Joshua Lawson.

  • A century’s worth of history

    It was the third year of World War I. President Woodrow Wilson had secured his re-election. The advent of the internet was still over 50 years away. Electricity had yet to come to New Liberty, Ky.
    Yet in her 100 years of life, Verna Kathryn Kemper Payne insists that she’s hardly noticed the ever-changing ways of the world – everything is gradual, she said. Nothing happens all at once.
    Payne, now residing approximately a mile from where she was born in 1916, will celebrate her 100th birthday Friday.

  • Michels Family Farm gets into Christmas spirit with live trees

    Jeff Michels at Michels Family Farm is getting into the holiday spirit with Christmas trees that have been in the making for more than eight years.
    Michels spends all year prepping and taking care of the trees to get them ready to sell right after Thanksgiving.
    “Of the few places that have live trees, a lot of them just plant them and forget them. I mow around the trees every week, and I usually trim the trees once a year in the spring.”
    Maintaining the trees is a big job, but Michels says it’s worth it.

  • Man arrested for allegedly sexually abusing 13 year old

    A 26-year-old Owen County man was arrested yesterday evening after he allegedly sexually abused a 13-year-old boy, according to Kentucky State Police.
    Daniel Raymond Dowdy, 26, is charged with second-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse, and prohibited use of electronic communications to procure a minor or peace officer for sexual abuse. All three charges are felonies, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Joshua Lawson.

  • First Farmers Bank set to merge with Citizens Union

    Citizens Union Bancorp (CUB) of Shelbyville announced today its plans to merge its two wholly subsidiary banks, First Farmers Bank of Owenton, and Citizens Union Bank of Shelbyville.
    “Strategically we concluded that we want to bring the two organizations together in order to further grow and prosper and better serve our customers,” Citizens Union Bancorp Chairman of the Board Steven Barker said.
    The merger transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017, according to a press release.

  • Quarles tapped to address chamber members

    The 17th annual Owen County Chamber of Commerce dinner meeting will feature guest speaker Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles.
    Quarles is no stranger to Owen County, having been elected to the Kentucky General Assembly in 2010, where he represented Owen, Scott, and part of Fayette counties.  Later, he served as vice-chairman of the House of Judiciary Committee, on the Agriculture and Small Business Committee, the Tobacco Master Settlement Oversight Committee, and the Banking and Insurance Committee.

  • Washburns encourage ‘wandering’ local with new shop

    Jessica and Jon Washburn are bringing local artisans and crafters together in their Owenton store, Wanderland.
    The store name, inspired by Alice in Wonderland, comes from store owner Jessica who combined the popular movie title with the wandering ways of shoppers.
    Jon is an Owen County native and said he always knew he wanted to come back and settle down here. With their four children, the Washburns love the small town feel of Owenton and are excited to help enhance what the community has to offer.

  • 2016 General Election precinct by precinct results
  • Trends, Trump helped Republicans take state House

    By James Mayse
    The Messenger-Inquirer
    Democrats, who were the majority party in the state House of Representative for more than 90 years, suffered a decisive defeat Tuesday night when Republicans captured 23 House seats to become the new House majority.
    The change gives the GOP control of the governor’s office and both the Senate and House. Democrats — who had a 53-seat majority — were reduced to 36 House seats while Republicans control 64 seats.