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  • Murder trial may be delayed

    Nearly two years have passed since James Monroe’s body was found dumped on the side of Interstate 64 in Frankfort, and a trial for an Owen County man charged with the murder could be delayed once again.
    Joshua Hammond, 32, of Owen County, and James Simons, 37, of Grant County, are charged with murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and tampering with physical evidence following the alleged murder of Monroe on May 5, 2012.

  • Owenton sewer study set to begin this month

    News-Herald
    Staff Report
    Kentucky American Water will soon launch a comprehensive assessment of its sanitary sewer system in Owenton.
    The company, which has been in the planning stages of the sanitary sewer system study for the past few months, said in a release that the 10-month project is scheduled to begin in mid-February

  • A lifetime of Owen County farming

    Kim D. Strohmeier
    For the News-Herald
    Last Tuesday afternoon, I cleaned out the last bit of personal items from my office.  It was a strange feeling walking out the door of the Extension Office for the last time. It has been an eventful, enjoyable career as agricultural agent for Owen County, and I thought it might be appropriate to have one last column reflecting on that career.

  • Not so special delivery

    A mother and son were placed behind bars last week after what Owenton Police called the biggest drug bust in the city’s recent history.
    The bust came after the Owenton Police Department received a tip on a large quantity of marijuana being delivered to the apartment building at 315 North Main Street.
    The tip came from a United States postal inspector.
    Jackie L. Gibson, 36, of Sparta, and Linda K. McKinney, 52, of Owenton, were arrested Jan. 29 and both charged with trafficking in marijuana, 5 lbs. or more.

  • Family finds friends when confronting child’s congenital heart defect

    It was better than the biggest box of chocolates.
    It was better than the most heartfelt Hallmark card.
    On Mother’s Day 2013, Becky Mefford found out her son will live and have a shot at a normal life.
    Nearly a year ago, Ezekiel Mefford, the son of Becky and Byron Mefford, underwent open-heart surgery to close a large hole in his heart.
    “There was a very big hole and it would have been impossible to close without surgery,” Becky Mefford said. “It was a never-ending concern for us.”

  • Fiscal court fires animal control officer

    After a series of complaints, the Owen County Fiscal Court has decided to fire Owen County Animal-Control Officer Deanna Wolfe.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said she had received several complaints that calls to Wolfe about stray animals had gone unanswered. Keith also said she had issues with Wolfe’s availability to pick up animals in a timely manner.
    During the Jan. 28 fiscal court meeting, the magistrates unanimously approved terminating Wolfe as the animal-control officer.

  • Primary deadline passes with 40 seeking Owen County offices

    With the deadline to file for candidacy in the May primary passed, over three dozen Owen countians have filed for office including nine men seeking to wear the badge of Owen County sheriff.
    The most heavily contested of all offices up for election, the sheriff’s race will include five Democrats and four Republicans.

  • May Primary Candidates

    County Judge-Executive:
    Doug West (D)
    Casey Ellis (D)
    Fred Evans (D)
    Gary W. Minch (R)

    Sheriff:
    Steve Miller (R)
    Zemer Hammond (D)
    Gary W. Alcorn (D)
    Greg Estes (D)
    Kristopher Lang (D)
    Mark Alan Cochran (D)
    Mark Bess (R)
    Richard “Rick” Poe Sr. (R)
    Larry Osborne (R)

    Magistrate, District 1:
    Asa Phillips (D)
    Todd M. Spurgeon (D)

    Magistrate, District 2:
    Stuart Bowling (D)

  • Family celebrates service, promotion

    Lt. Colonel James M. “Mike” Yocum was recently promoted to full colonel in the U.S. Army. Yocum was joined at the promotion ceremony by his family and special guests including (from left to right) Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Gwendolyn Defillippi; Maria Yocum; Kaylee Yocum; Col. Mike Yocum; Shelby Duvall Yocum; Jim Yocum; Betty Ritter; and Scott Yocum.

  • Rotarians support Owen County Park

    Owenton Rotary President Mike Cobb, right, presents Owen Co. Parks Director Buck Beverly, left,  a check for $2,000.  “We are fortunate to have such a wonderful park available for our community to enjoy,” Cobb said. “The Owenton Rotary club is pleased to support the efforts of the Owen County Park (staff).”