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  • Spring cleaning

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith and Owenton Mayor Doug West are asking Owen countians to band together in an effort to clean up the area as part of Commonwealth Cleanup Week.
    The event, held each March, is celebrating its 15th anniversary and civic, religious and nonprofit organizations can enter to win six separate $100 prizes in a random drawing.
    Owen County Solid Waste Coordinator Greg Smoot said organizations that wish to participate can help with roadside litter pickup.

  • Oh, the places you’ll go

    Earlier this month, Owen County Elementary School celebrated Read across America Day.
    Shona Gullett, guidance counselor, spearheaded a classroom door decorating contest with 100 percent participation.  
    Each room chose a different Dr. Seuss book as its theme. The winning room chose Fox in Socks and will get lunch in the library.  Several other classrooms got first place votes and will receive ice-cream parties in the library.  

  • Owen woman accused of stealing lottery tickets from station

    Two women have been accused of stealing lottery tickets from a Ghent gas station.
    According to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, Anissa K. Otter, 28, 300 Hwy. 227 in New Liberty, and Wilma R. “Renee” Jones, 32, 307 Lewis Street in Ghent, went to the Ghent Cowboys station on the evening of Feb. 19.
    Police said the pair went into the store to pay for gas.
    Carroll County Deputy Sheriff J.T. Shaw said Otter stayed in the store and the cashier went to the bathroom while Otter was in the store.

  • Lathrem named 2013 Miss Junior Teen Kentucky United States

    After two long days of competing in preliminaries that consisted of private interviews, formal, swimsuit, and on-stage question, a local teenager from Owen County, Marlee Brooke Lathrem was crowned as the 2013 Miss Junior Teen Kentucky United States.  
    Not only did Lathrem win the title she also  won the “Run Way” award that was given out on the first night of preliminaries.
    The pageant was held the weekend of Feb. 15-17 at the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

  • Keegan Johnson named DAR Good Citizen

    By Margaret J. Trinkle
    For the News-Herald
    Each year the various chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) sponsor a DAR Good Citizen contest for high school seniors. The senior selected as “DAR Good Citizen” must have demonstrated the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

  • Three Rivers District gets national accreditation

    By JEFF MOORE
    For the News-Herald

  • Cancer resource center to reopen on Mondays

    The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Resource Center will be available every other Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at New Horizons Medical Center.
    Jodi Dunavan, community representative for Owen County, will staff the room on March 25, April 8, April 22, etc.
     When she is not located at New Horizons, she will be at Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton.  
    The CRC will offer local patients access to American Cancer Society programming, as well as wig, hats, and seatbelt pillows.

  • Relay For Life of Owen County to hold team captain meeting

    The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Owen County invites team captains to the monthly team captain meeting scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Owen County Public Library.
    This monthly meeting will last for one hour and will provide the team captains the opportunity to interact with the event committee, share their fund-raising progress and ask any questions they have concerning the event. The team captains will be updated with any new information regarding the event and will learn where they are on the event planning progress.

  • DAR to host free genealogy workshop

    A genealogical workshop sponsored by the John Guill Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will be held Saturday, March 16, beginning at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Owen County Public Library, 1370 Hwy 22E in Owenton.
     The workshop is open to anyone interested in working on their family tree, especially those interested in becoming members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution or Children of the American Revolution. Participants may bring their own lunch or go out during the lunch break.

  • Morgan offers tips for what to do in case of a tornado

    Rick Morgan, Owen County emergency management director, would like to remind residents to have a family tornado plan in place and practice a family tornado drill at least once a year.  
    Before a tornado
    • Have a predetermined place to meet after a disaster.
    • Learn the signs of a tornado: dark, greenish sky; large hail; dark, low clouds; and loud roaring sounds.
    • When a tornado watch is issued, practice your drill and check your safety supplies.