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Local News

  • USDA extends acreage reporting deadline

    USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia has announced an extension of the FSA acreage reporting deadline. Farmers and landowners have an additional 18 calendar days to submit their annual report of acreage to their local FSA county office with the deadline extended from July 15 to Aug. 2. Only the FSA reporting deadline has been extended. The acreage reporting requirement for crop insurance has not changed and remains July 15.

  • Give me a beat

    Health Rhythms Instructor Roberta Schultz teaches rhythm drumming to the seniors at the Owen Senior Activity Center. The sessions are held every Monday at 10 a.m. and guests say it’s a great way to start the week.

  • A metal mess: Crews use magnets to clean up scrap metal after truck overturns in downtown Owenton

    Local emergency crews spent the early evening hours Friday cleaning up South Main Street after a tractor-trailer overturned that forced traffic to be rerouted for approximately five and a half hours.
    The crash took place at approximately 3:35 p.m., in front of Cowboys Market.
    Kentucky State Police Post 5 Public Affairs Trooper Brad Arterburn said the driver, 31-year-old George Whitehead of Crittenden, was hauling scrap metal to a factory in Ghent when the load on his trailer shifted after coming around a curve.

  • Mystery surrounds pot plot in Owenton

    An anonymous tip recently led Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond to a small marijuana growth operation within the city limits of Owenton.
    Hammond said his office received the tip around 8 p.m. July 1.
    “When we got the tip, we went straight on over there,” Hammond said. “There was five plots of it and it averaged three to four plants to a plot.”
    The secluded patches, off West Perry Street, were surrounded by chicken wire in an unmaintained area, Hammond said.

  • Thieves hit New Liberty Post Office

    A burglary that took place last week at the U.S. Post Office in New Liberty is currently being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
    The post office, located at 345 Hwy. 227 N., was burglarized during the morning hours of July 2.
    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said cash money was taken from the post office as well as several money orders.
    Hammond said a post-office employee puts mail out early and leaves a door unlocked so box holders can retrieve their mail. The employee returns later to open the rest of the office.

  • Fair time: Horse show kicks off Saturday with rides cranking up Monday

    By Mary Alford
    N-H Staff Writer
    It is time for Owen County’s tradition of summer fun once again.
    The Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show will kick off Saturday with the annual walking horse show. The rides will be open Monday.
    New Owen County Fair Board President Ashley Young hopes the past couple weeks of gloom will be followed by some sunshine for the fair.
    “We’ve had all this wet the last few weeks, hopefully we’ll have a few dry weeks during July,” Young said.

  • Flooding and high water strike parts of Owen County

    Following heavy rains last week, Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said minor repairs would need to be done on some county roads.
    According to the National Weather Service, some areas of the county received up to six inches of rainfall over the past week.
    Keith said there were no reports of total isolation, but some flash flooding had been reported on Point of Rock Road and Old Landing Road over the weekend.

  • Hamilton honored by CPA organization

    Clint Hamilton was honored at the spring awards banquet of the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants for having the highest scores in the state on both  the regulation and the auditing sections of the CPA exam during  the winter quarter.

    Harry Freibert, the president of the KYCPA, presented the awards. Hamilton received his master in accounting degree from the University of Kentucky in May and will be accepting a position with the accounting firm of CohnReznick in Atlanta, Ga. in October. Hamilton is a 2008 graduate of Owen County High School.

  • Get ready for back to school

    Ninth graders invited to Rebel Rally Aug. 8
    Owen County Youth Services Center would like to invite all incoming ninth-grade students to Rebel Rally on Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Owen County High School.
    Sessions will help students transition smoothly into high school.
    Parent session will be at 9:15 and 1:30. The cost is $6 and lunch is provided.
    Only those who preregister will get a T-shirt Lunch is provided.

  • Area pilot helps kids learn to fly

    An area pilot has now given more than 200 young people a free demonstration airplane ride as part of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program, which is introducing a new generation to the world of flight.
    Among the more than 45,000 pilots around the world who have donated their time and aircraft to the effort is Joseph Sanchez of Jonesville,