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  • Building a strong foundation

    A group of local community and school members have formed a new foundation to help support Owen County schools. The foundation’s official name is Educational Excellence Foundation of Owen County.  Its purpose will be to solicit/collect donations and grants to help enhance educational programs within Owen County schools. The organization is an IRS approved non-profit 501 (c)(3) tax exempt foundation.

  • Local residents join global effort to send Christmas gifts to 10 million needy kids

    Local civic group, church and business leaders will kick off the upcoming collection season with 42,000 gift-filled shoeboxes expected to be packed by Louisville area residents, including Owen County, for children in need overseas through Operation Christmas Child by attending a workshop for those designated as their church, school or community group’s organizer of shoeboxes.

  • Special birthday: Hallie T. Parr

    The family of Hallie T. Parr lured her out of her house and to the New Columbus Baptist Church Sunday afternoon, Aug. 31, to celebrate her 90th birthday.
    Mrs. Parr was the former news correspondent of the New Columbus community for the News-Herald and is widely known and respected in this community.
    Hattie T. wishes to express her thanks and appreciation to everyone for giving her, “Such a complete surprise, and there’s so many people here too,” Parr said.

  • Road department to install culvert replacement on Old Monterey Road

    From Sept. 15 through Oct. 6, KY 3549 (Old Monterey Road) will be closed to thru traffic for a culvert replacement project. 
    The work zone will be 0.80 mile-marker north of KY 845 (Greenup Road).
    Crews will be working during the week and on weekends until the project is complete. There will be no signed detours.

     

  • No break for Labor Day

    Despite the long holiday weekend, the labor for Owen County farmers didn’t take a break.
    As August turns into September, local farmers have been hitting the tobacco fields to bring in this year’s crop.
    Steve Musen, the Owen County extension agent for agriculture  and natural resources, estimated that about 15 percent of the county’s tobacco crop has been cut and housed.
    “It looks like this is going to be a very good crop,” Musen said.

  • No break for Labor Day

    Despite the long holiday weekend, the labor for Owen County farmers didn’t take a break.
    As August turns into September, local farmers have been hitting the tobacco fields to bring in this year’s crop.
    Steve Musen, the Owen County extension agent for agriculture  and natural resources, estimated that about 15 percent of the county’s tobacco crop has been cut and housed.
    “It looks like this is going to be a very good crop,” Musen said.

  • County sets tax rates for 2014

    Taxpayers in Owen County will see only slight changes to their tax bills following the adoption of the 2014 tax rates by the Owen County Fiscal Court.
    The court approved a compensating rate for its 2014 tax year Aug. 26 and only the real property rate will increase, from 12.2 to 12.4 per $100 of assessed value.
    The personal property rate will remain the same as in 2013 at 13.4.
    The watercraft, motor vehicle and aircraft rates will also remain the same at 14.8.

  • Owen Co. EMS to honor AmeriCorps 20th anniversary

    The countdown is on for the epic AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary celebration on Sept. 12.
    In honor of the big event, the Owen county Emergency Management is showcasing AmeriCorps on a special site.
    In honor of the big event, the organization  just launched a special website at AmeriCorps.gov. Check it out.  You can learn about their history.  
    On Sept. 12 at the Capitol building in Frankfort, there will be a ceremony held for the AmeriCorps Anniversary.
    The history of the AmeriCorps

  • Big Read projects kicks off Saturday

    The Owen County Public Library will kick off its “Big Read” Program Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    The Big Read project is designed to encourage everyone in the community to read the same classic book.
    This year’s book is Jack London’s classic tale “Call of the Wild” which takes place during the Yukon gold rush and centers on a dog named Buck who becomes a sled dog.
    For months, the library has been handing out free copies of the novel to students and members of the community.

  • Owenton Center staff takes bucket challenge

    The ice-bucket challenge had a twist at the Owenton Center.
    Thousands of people across the country have been taking part in the challenge to raise money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS research.
    But for the staff of the Owenton Center, the challenge was designed to raise money for a problem common in Owen County - Alzheimer’s disease.
    Pam Smoot, the Owenton Center director of admissions, said combating Alzheimer’s is a cause close to the heart of the hospital and its staff.