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  • City council rejects possible 4-percent tax increase plan

    The Owenton City Council recently rejected a plan to accept a 4-percent tax increase for the compensating rate, but officials say taxes would have gone down either way.
    At its Oct. 1 meeting, the council held a first reading of an ordinance establishing tax rates for 2013.
    In the first reading of the ordinance, tax rates were set at 0.2900 for every $100 of real property; 0.2280 on every $100 worth of personal property and 0.2829 on every $100 worth of vehicles.

  • Hammond named director for sheriff's association

    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond has been selected as a director to the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Association’s board of directors.
    At its annual conference in Bowling Green in September, the announcement was made, according to Jim Wagner, executive director of the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Association.

  • County looks for new way to get food to the hungry

    Owen County is now looking for a new way to distribute commodities to over 40 local families after Northern Kentucky Community Action has chosen to end its participation in an emergency food assistance program.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said items for the emergency food assistance program are purchased through the Northern Kentucky Area Development District, but had been distributed by NKCA.
    Keith said 43 local families participate in the food assistance program, which provides monthly commodities to low-income families.

  • Sweet tradition: Family passes rural tradition of sorghum cooking down to the next generation

    On a farm just outside Wheatley an old-time smell wafted across the fields owned by Steve Malcomb. Friends and family gathered around a wood-fire furnace to take part in what was once a typical scene across Kentucky.
    Though the production of sweet sorghum is a fading memory for many, Malcomb, a fourth-generation sorghum cooker said he’s proud to pass a piece of his history onto his own son.

  • Metal causing problem for couple along U.S. 127

    After several damaged tires and finding metal shards in their yard, an Owen County couple is looking for answers.
    For over two months, Craig and Ann Shouse have been finding metal bits in their lawn, on the road and along their driveway at 4715 U.S. 127. They have lost two tires on their vehicles and a tire on their lawnmower in that time.
    “We’ve seen several cars in front of our house with flat tires,” Craig Shouse said.

  • Bardstown firm wins Owen asphalt contact

    A firm from Bardstown has been awarded three contracts to repair some roads in Owen County.
    Two companies, Eaton Asphalt of Walton and Mago Construction of Bardstown, submitted sealed bids for the work.
    At a special meeting Friday morning of the Owen County Fiscal Court, the magistrates opened and read bids.
    Under the guidelines of the bids, the Harris Ridge will receive 1.518 miles of new asphalt; Slippery Rock, 2.589 miles; and Rockdale will receive 4.005 miles of new asphalt.
    The bids were:

  • 4-H shooting sports team wraps up season

    By Mary Wilhoite
    For the News-Herald
    As the year for Owen County 4-H shooting sports comes to an end, we would like to thank everyone who made this year such a success.
    To all the people who donated time, money, and/or supplies, we say thank you.

  • Emergency workers urge Owen countains to be ready

    By David Lilly
    For the News-Herald
    Local firefighters, EMTs and members of the Owen County first responder community are urging local people to be prepared in case of an emergency.
    Here are some tips:
     
    BE INFORMED

  • Owen County 4-H club gets funds from “Ag Tag” program

    In February, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer asked farmers across the Commonwealth to step-up and make the “Ag Tag” donation. For the second time, the proceeds from voluntary donations to the Agricultural Program Trust fund would be divided equally among 4-H, FFA and Kentucky Proud. Farmers had the option to donation $10 when they renewed their license plates in March.

  • OCHS students of the month

    Owen County High School has announced the students of the month for September. From left to right are Elizabeth Gay, senior class; Kaitlyn Gabbard, freshman class; Miranda Mason, junior class; and Quinn Cole, sophomore class.