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Local News

  • Owen senator to lead state pension funds task force

    A new state task force charged with recommending ways to improve the financial health of the state’s public pension funds will held its first meeting Monday.

  • On Vacation: Olivia Alexander

    Olivia Alexander took the News-Herald on vacation with her and her family at Pensacola Beach, Fla.
    Editor’s note: Submit your vacation pictures featuring the News-Herald to jwhitlock@owentonnewsherald.com
     

  • Special Honor: Emily Cammack

    Emily Cammack competed in the 4-H District 3 horse show at Lakeside Arena in Frankfort June 2. She competed in western pleasure horsemanship, western pleasure and showmanship.  She earned the title of District 3 Western I champion.  Cammack rides Ima Zipsteaser also known as “Sis” and is coached by Paula Gatewood of Gatewood Arena in Jonesville.  Cammack is the daughter of Melissa and Allen Cammack of Jonesville and the granddaughter of Debbie Primeau of Corinth and James and Barbara Cammack of Jonesville.
     

  • Hot spell continues

    With temperatures moving into the high 90s this week and the region is placed in another heat advisory, the Three Rivers District Health Department reminds everyone to follow safety precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.
    The following tips can help you remain safe during the hot weather:
    • Drink plenty of fluids. You will need to drink more fluids than your thirst level indicates. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages or drinks with large amounts of sugar.

  • County gets KACO cash back

    The Owen County Fiscal Court has received a check for $4,888 from the Kentucky Association of Counties.
    The check represents a dividend payment to the county from the KACo Workers Compensation Fund, which provides workers compensation insurance coverage to county governments and other political subdivisions across Kentucky.  KACo insures 113 of Kentucky’s 120 counties through the Workers Compensation Fund.
    In 2010, Owen County also received a dividend payment of $11,183 from the KACo All Lines Fund which provides property and liability insurance.

  • Towles taking part of Owen back to China

    This summer, starting July 18, Kasey and John Randall Towles will be returning to China with Blessing Hands Charity.  This time, they will be joined by Kasey’s son Patrick.
    Blessing Hands is seven years old and has helped over 972  Chinese students stay in school.
    After her first visit, Kasey Towles said it was good to see firsthand the difference that it makes to help these students and their families.
    She was able to meet her sponsored child in person and it was one of the most meaningful experiences in her life, she said.

  • Firefighters urge caution this Fourth

    As fireworks displays are being cancelled across Kentucky due to the sweltering heat and dry conditions, Owen County officials are warning residents about the dangers of fireworks during drought-like conditions.
    A heat advisory was issued for Owen County by the National Weather Service nearly every day last week with temperatures often reaching the triple digits.
    A heat advisory was once again issued Monday.
    Owenton Fire Chief David Lilly said the use of fireworks in dry conditions can be a big headache for firefighters.

  • Fan Fabulous

    Despite temperatures in the triple digits for much of last week, visitors from as far as Japan came out for the second Owen County Fan Fair, and coordinators for the event estimate that approximately 800 attended.
    The event ran from June 26-30 at the Owen County Fairgrounds, with local vendors and artisans setup and a variety of events each day.
    Fan Fair began in 2011 when Kentucky Speedway hosted the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in hopes of reaching  out to race fans traveling through Owen County for the event.

  • Some simple summer food safety tips

    Keep foods at the right temperature
    Keep your foods out of the danger zone.  In warm temperatures, it may only take an hour for food to enter the Danger Zone – the unsafe temperatures between 40 degrees F and 140 degrees F.  When removing food from the refrigerator, either promptly cook it or place it back in the refrigerator or cooler to ensure freshness, quality, and safety.

  • Owen countians now can get emergency alerts on cell phones

    Owen County Emergency Management Director Rick Morgan would like to let residents of Owen County that wireless emergency alerts are available nationally with very limited exceptions.
    Phone services have chosen to offer wireless emergency alerts within portions of its service area as defined by the terms and conditions of its service agreement, on wireless emergency alert capable devices.
    There is no additional charge for these wireless emergency alerts.