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  • Pryor remembers service during WWII

    Special to the News-Herald

    CF “June” Pryor Jr. served in the United States Army in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) during World War II in the 326th Glider Infantry from October 1942 to February 1946.

    June was born in 1921 in his parent’s home in Owen County.

    “I was named after my father, so they called me Junior, after a while the name June just kind of stuck.”

  • Memorial Day allows family to reunite

    Sunshine, glorious sunshine. I was beginning to think we would never see it again. I have been trying to keep ahead of the yard but it has been a chore. I mow and the grass is so thick, it leaves great piles of clippings that turn into hay. There has been very little actual hay cut this spring. Bruce is hoping he can get some cut this week, but the weatherman says the rain is coming back on Wednesday, but enough about the weather. I did go over most of the yard Saturday and Sunday afternoon. I still have a bit more to do when the grass dries this afternoon.

  • Sanders carries Owen in primary; Clinton takes state

    Bernie Sanders carried Owen County in the state's presidential primary election Tuesday with about 20 percent of the county's registered voters taking to the polls.
    Sanders received a total of 720 votes locally, while Hillary Clinton received 453. Clinton was named the state's winner
    Owen County Clerk Laurel P. Stivers said the county's voter turnout had exceeded her expectations.
    "I guessed we would have about 15 percent turnout, but it looks like we wound up with 20 percent," Stivers said Tuesday night.

  • Kline named Principal of the Year

    Another prestigious statewide award comes home to Owen County Schools and although athletics has garnered a lot of recognition this year, this award is for academics.

    Owen County High School Principal Duane Kline was named the 2016 “Principal of the Year” by the Kentucky Association of Secondary School Principals.

  • 127 work begins today

    Construction crews will begin a pavement repair project today that will eventually close Main Street for the month of June.

    “The pavement section beginning at Duke Avenue extending north of Ky. 3095 (Ellis Road) will be improved,” Rob Hans, Chief District Engineer for Department of Highways District 6 said. “This section of roadway will be more durable and will provide a safer and smoother ride for all of those who travel along U.S. 127.”

  • Annual Relay for Life festivities set to begin at 6 p.m. Friday

    Break out the tennis shoes and don purple apparel as the 2016 Relay for Life of Owen County takes place this Friday at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Owenton.

    The Relay was originally scheduled to be at Itron Field, but was moved based on Friday’s weather forecast. The theme for this year’s Relay is “Festival of Hope” and will feature different bands and musical acts throughout the night, food vendors and more.

  • Brightening up downtown Owenton

    The sixth installment in the Owen County Agricultural Heritage Trail’s murals is sure to brighten up Main Street and catch the eye of those passing through town.

    Unlike the other murals that focus on the production of tobacco, AHT committee member Joy Morgan said the downtown mural is a collage of what makes Owen County a special place.

    Randy and Kasey Towles own the building next to the Kentucky American Water office on Main Street where the mural was placed.

  • PVA test May 31

    The Kentucky Department of Revenue announced a special examination will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, to qualify prospective candidates for the vacant office of Owen County Property Valuation Administrator (PVA).

    The examination, will be held at the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) Building, 400 Englewood Drive, Frankfort, KY. Identification will be required.

  • Farmers' market open for business

    On May 6, 1988, Kentucky State Police discovered the remains of a young woman – she lie naked in an open field on Highway 330, her face decomposed beyond recognition – the cause of death was determined as strangulation.

    The discovery received little press. A May 12, 1988 edition of the News-Herald reported that an unidentified white female was discovered approximately 18 miles south of Owenton, 27 feet off the roadway.