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  • A dream come true

    Logan Bailey and Colton Matt have been through the wars together.
    Through fund-raisers, countless meetings with city and county officials, planning sessions and of course a penny war, Bailey and Matt have chased their dream of seeing the skate board course at the Sparta City Park expanded.
    Back in 2010, the boys approached the Sparta City Council and the local media in hopes of getting the skate board facilities at the park expanded.
    The boys said there was not enough room for everyone who wanted to use the ramps.

  • New tobacco heritage mural goes up along U.S. 127 in Monterey

    Just in time to welcome NASCAR fans, a new barn mural has been placed on Jobston and Joann Threet’s barn on U.S. Highway 127 South in Monterey. The “Growing Plants and Pulling Plants”  mural is hung as a triptych and features three framed sections.

  • Second Fan Fair to welcome race fans, showcase Owen County

    Second Fan Fair to welcome race fans, showcase Owen County

    BY MOLLY HAINES
    N-H Staff Writer

    With one poker run tour already under their belt, coordinators of the 2012 Fan Fair are already deeming this year’s event a success.
    The event began Tuesday with the vendor mall and artisan row, which will be open each day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Saturday.
    A Miss Golden Triangle pageant was also held Tuesday, with approximately 19 participants.

  • Zoning board agrees to Ford change

    By Molly Haines and John Whitlock
    New-Herald Staff
    The Owenton City Council will meet Thursday to vote on the future of the Ford property on SouthMain Street.
    The city’s planning and zoning commission met Tuesday and approved the zone change from R-1 (residential) to C-1 (commercial).
    The formal request for the change was made by the property’s owner Peggy Ford during an April 31 meeting of the planning and zoning commission.
    The city council has the final say on the zone change.

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  • A night to celebrate

    Members of the Owen County 4-H took part in the Kentucky State 4-H Teen Conference at the University of Kentucky which was held June 11-14. Pictured are (left to right) Allyson Beverly, Andi Burford, Claire True and Olivia Karsner.

  • Man formally charged in crash that claimed his brother’s life

    An Owen County man is being charged with second-degree manslaughter following an alleged DUI-related crash May 16.
    The crash took place on Frank Clark Road when the driver, Lamonte Richardson, 55, was traveling east on Frank Clark Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, police said in an earlier statement.
    The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.
    Both Richardson and a passenger, David Richardson, 59, were trapped in the vehicle.
    The men were brothers.

  • Walking for Life

    Editor's note: Look for more 2012 Relay for Life photos in multimedia section on the News-Herald's web site home page.

    Dozens of friends, family, and members of the community lined the track at Itron Field to cheer on the survivors during their first lap at Friday’s Relay for Life.
    As the sun rose 12 hours later, a little over $46,000 had been raised and donations continue to pour in this week.

  • UK opts to shut down Owen Co. research farm

    BY MOLLY HAINES and JOHN WHITLOCK
    News-Herald Staff

    The future of Owen County’s 950-acre Eden Shale Research Farm is unknown after the University of Kentucky recently announced it would close the farm and lay off five people employed at the facility.
    The closure comes following cuts in state funding to the university. UK has also announced it will lay off 140 employees.

  • Boys realize dream of expanded Sparta Skate Park

    After several fund-raising events and countless hours of planning and hard work, two Owen County students will see their dedication pay off this week.
    Colton Matt and Logan Bailey have been working since September 2010 to see the Sparta Skate Park expanded and updated. The pair approached the Sparta City Council and secured a pledge to match $10,000 if the boys could raise $10,000 on their own.
    Through festivals, direct donations and a ‘Penny War’ between Owen and Gallatin counties, the boys raised about $8,000 over time, $2,000 short of the goal.