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  • Owen County goes dry

    The water shortage that shut down businesses, schools and industry across Owen County for nearly six days is over.
    The trouble began Jan. 6 when a main waterline along Main Street in Owenton ruptured. With temperatures near zero for nearly 48 hours, frozen water inside the pipes is considered the culprit behind the break.
    As other lines across the county began to freeze and break, water tanks across the county began to drain. Without adequate pressure, customers with Kentucky American saw their faucets run dry.

  • Boil water advisory lifted for portions of Owen County

    UPDATE: Boil water advisory lifted for portions of Owen County

    The Kentucky Division of Water has lifted a boil water advisory for customers in a large portion of Owen County as of 10:35 a.m.

  • UPDATED: Kentucky American Water working to restore service

    Kentucky American Water crews are working to address the water service outages in Owen County due to a water main break complicated by the extreme cold.
    According to a press release from Kentucky American Water, water tanks and lines are being refilled to restore service as quickly as possible, but the process could take several hours.
    Customers may experience temporary restoration of water service as the service re-pressurizes and stabilizes. This condition may continue intermittently until water service is fully restored.

  • 4-H News: Owen Co. 4-H helps build character through dairy and livestock programs

    Participating in livestock programs are one of the most recognized aspects of 4-H, but along with learning about animals young people can develop positive character traits to become the leaders of tomorrow.
    There are many ways youths can be involved in livestock programs through 4-H. Programs offered through 4-H include quiz competitions, skillathons, livestock judging, projects and shows. Owning an animal is not a requirement for participation.

  • Loans available for socially disadvantaged Owen farmers

    USDA Farm Service Agency reserves funds each year to make loans to socially disadvantaged applicants to buy and operate family-size farms.

  • A heart-warming story

    2013 marked the third year a local 10 year old, Carsyn Inman, has been able to successfully collect blankets, jackets and other miscellaneous items for the homeless people in Jefferson County.
    Inman receives help in her efforts from her sister Claire, her family, friends and the members of her church.
    In 2011, Carsyn Inman told her mother that she wanted to take blankets to homeless people so they wouldn’t be cold during the winter.  

  • Adult Education Center opens at new location

    After a year of anticipation the Owen County Adult Learning Center moved into their new home on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
    The move to 103 West Perry (the old senior center) is an exciting change for the learning center and came just in time.
    According to the director, Veronica Gayle, the adult learning center program will be making changes to accommodate the new version of the GED test. The move to West Perry will enable the adult learning center to expand its services to include broader use of computers and other technologies.

  • Kids Count: Owen stacks up well against other counties in the region for factors that affect children

    By PHYLLIS McLAUGHLIN
    For the News-Herald

    For the first year, the annual Kentucky Kids Count Data Book, published by Kentucky Youth Advocates, has ranked the counties in the commonwealth according to indicators that show where each county stands in terms of child well-being.

  • Commodity distribution at Long Ridge parsonage begins Jan. 14

    Meeting the Needs hopes to clear up any confusion regarding its move to the Long Ridge Baptist parsonage, as well as spread information to those in need of assistance.
    The faith-based ministry recently took over the Emergency Food Assistance Program, a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income people by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost.

  • Cold snaps: Freezing temperatures trigger waterline break in Owenton

    Kentucky American Water employees had to face bitterly cold temperatures in order to repair a water main break in the City of Owenton Tuesday.
    According to Kentucky American Water Manager of External and Governmental Affairs Susan Lancho, the main break occurred at Blanton and North Main Street at approximately 8 a.m. and was affecting at least 2,000 customers.
    Lancho said much of the City of Owenton was without water or experiencing low water pressure.