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  • Owen County’s McIntosh on the job at state fair

    For more than a decade at this very time, Lee McIntosh has been preparing for one of the Commonwealth’s great traditions: the Kentucky State Fair.
    McIntosh is one of about 80 employees at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture who work around the clock in the mid-August heat to put on the fair. This year, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is honoring career employees such as McIntosh who work behind the scenes for the event but rarely get the recognition they deserve.

  • Leadership lessons: Group examines area utilities

    Whitney Duvall, Josh Hearn & Wayne Herrington
    For the News-Herald
    “Industries and utilities” was the theme of the August gathering of the Leadership Owen County program, as the group was able to visit a few key examples of these producers and service providers in our home area, including Owen Electric Cooperative, Itron, and Kentucky-American Water Company.

  • Beshear honors five Owen County Governor’s Scholars

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear recently congratulated the 1,073 outstanding Kentucky high school juniors who attended this year’s Governor’s Scholars Program for five weeks in June and July.
    “The Governor’s Scholars Program is an outstanding educational experience for Kentucky, and one I’m proud to say both of my sons had the opportunity to enjoy years ago,” Beshear said. “My congratulations go out to those young Kentuckians who had the great opportunity to share in this exciting program.”

  • Owen receives grant to preserve local records

    Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid has received a grant totaling $17,280 from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives to preserve and manage local government records. KDLA is an agency of the Twenty-six grants have been awarded for a total of $345,756 from fiscal year 2013 Local Records Grant Program funds. During the program’s 27-year history, a total of more than $19 million has been distributed across Kentucky and included grants to all 120 counties.

  • Local plant gets national exposure during drought

    As some parts of the country continue to suffer through the drought of 2012, Owen County received some national attention through Kentucky American Water.
    The Kentucky River Station II at Hardin’s Landing played host to CNBC reporter Jackie DeAngelis and crew on Aug. 15 as part of the network’s coverage on drought conditions in the nation.
    Live shots from the plant occurred throughout the day and an interview with American Water CEO Jeff Sterba, conducted elsewhere, was also part of the day’s coverage.

  • Helping the hungry

    The First Christian Church of Owenton presented the Freestore Foodbank with a check for $1,075 Aug. 18 following a 5K run/walk in support of the foodbank. Presenting the check was Mitzi Riddle, Jennifer Ebelhar accepted the check on behalf of the foodbank. The Freestore Foodbank Mobile Pantry comes to First Christian Church frequently and offers free food to those in need. The foodbank is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • The search continues

    Everyone in Owen County seems to know the story of Cletus Eugene, the miniature kangaroo that served as a service animal to Angela Perkins. Nearly four years have passed since Cletus first went missing and Perkins has decided to reach out to the public for help one last time.
    Cletus first came into Perkins’ life through a friend, who was a fellow kangaroo owner, in 2008. There is normally a two-year waiting list for kangaroos, but Cletus’ birth was a surprise to his mother’s caretaker and he had not been spoken for. He was soon flown in from New Zealand.

  • Unusual burial sparks police investigation

    Rumors have been flying around Owen County since last week about a mysterious body found in the Monterey Cemetery.
    The story, as told to News-Herald staff, was that a body, wrapped only in a sheet, had been found by police in the Monterey Cemetery.
    There is some truth to the story.
    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said his department investigated the report and, although unusual, everything is in order and legal.
    The body of David Lee Taylor, 67, of Frankfort, was laid to rest in the Monterey Cemetery after his death Aug. 7.

  • Field set for November election

    As election day draws closer, the field of formal candidates has been set.
    Owen County voters will have the opportunity to cast ballots Nov. 6 for United States president and vice president, U.S. representative from Kentucky’s fourth district and state representative from the 61st district, along with several local contests.
    Leigh New, who has served as Owen County Circuit Clerk since 2009, will retire in December.
    Deputy Circuit Clerk Margaret Forsee has filed for the seat. Forsee was the only one to file.