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  • 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.

  • Try your hand at building a rain barrel

    Rain barrels are a good way to collect water from your downspouts, allowing you to use this otherwise wasted resource for watering flowers, gardens, and lawns, even during times of drought, lowering your water bill.
    A workshop has been scheduled to demonstrate how to make rain barrels. It will be held June 19 at the Owen County Fairgrounds Exhibit building at 6:30 p.m.  Come prepared to make your own rain barrel and take it home. Tools will be provided, but bring your own drill and jigsaw if you have one.

  • Local DAR welcomes Cook as special speaker

    The Daughters of the American Revolution had a special guest speaker at their June 6 meeting, held at the Owen County Historical Society Museum.
    Mattie Cook, who won the DAR Good Citizenship award was the guest speaker. Cook graduated from OCHS this year.
    Peggy Trinkle, past regent called the meeting to order with Betty Whitehead giving a beautiful devotional and the main topic, “His is a Great Love,” discussed numerous things and ways to make up money for the DAR.

  • County Clerk Corner: Days of insurance dodging will end

    I read that it was in the 1920’s when automobiles began to grow in popularity. During that time a new set of challenges had to be faced and efforts made to resolve the problems. Some examples of the issues back then were the poor conditions of roads, narrow streets, parking, and the reactions of the sounds of vehicles when passing horses, mechanics, parts, and skills needed to repair the vehicles.

  • Relay for Life schedule

    June 15-16
    7 p.m.-7 a.m.

    • 5-6 p.m., Survivor registration (in front of extension building)
    • 5:45-6:45 p.m., Survivor reception at extension building, silent auction begins, and tent judging starts.
    • 7-7:30 p.m., Opening ceremony
    • 7:30-7:45 p.m., Survivor ceremony (Survivor Recognition and Walk of Fame Lap, all friends and family will line the track to cheer on survivors. Care Giver Recognition and Lap and Big Top Goody Bag Lap).
    • 7:45-8 p.m., Parade of Teams (Introduction of teams, sign up for Relay Idol and team photographs).

  • Judicial center enters home stretch

    Construction on the Owen County Judicial Center is nearing completion and employees could be moving in during the latter part of this summer.
    The project initially began in 2006 when the Kentucky General Assembly approved a new judicial center for Owen County.
    Two years later, the General Assembly authorized the approximately $10 million needed to build the 33,000 square foot building, which will house the court system and the circuit clerk’s office.
    The county judge, county attorney and PVA’s offices will remain at the Owen County Courthouse.

  • Alleged theft sparks indictment

    A former United Producers Stockyard manager was indicted on the charge of theft by unlawful taking or disposition of property with a value of $10,000 or more June 5.
    According to the indictment, Gregory A. Evans, 43, unlawfully took or exercised control over movable property of another, namely over $10,000 belonging to United Producers Stockyard with the intent to deprive the owner thereof between April 30, 2007 and October 14, 2011.
    If convicted he is punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years in the penitentiary and a fine of up to $10,000.
    A bench warrant has been set at $10,000.

  • Library’s summer reading program kicks off

    One of the hurdles an educator must always face when school resumes in the fall is getting kids back into the habit of learning.
    But the staff of the Owen County Public Library have been tackling that problem through the summer reading program.
    Jennifer Nippert, director of the Owen County Public Library, said the program helps keep children in the frame of mind of learning and visiting the library while offering them something enjoyable to do during the summer months.

  • Son keeps his father’s legacy alive with Relay

    When Gilbert England lost his father to cancer in 1981, the Owen County man looked for ways to continue his father’s memory.
    England began by supporting the American Cancer Society, which eventually led him to Relay for Life.
    “Supporting the American Cancer Society was easy for me because of my father,” Gilbert said. “Then I visited a Relay for Life in Carrollton and saw what a great event it was and we were able to get one started here in Owen County.”
    Owen County’s Relay for Life began 14 years ago and has been going strong ever since.