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  • Owenton Livestock Report

    May 15, 2013

    Receipts for the week: 461 • May 8: 523 • Last year: 301
    Compared to the previous sale: Steers below 700 lbs., $1 to $3 lower; above 700 lbs., $3 to $5 lower. Heifers $3 to $5 lower. Slaughter cows $1 higher and bulls $2 lower.
    Feeder Steers Medium & Large #1-#2: 500-600 lbs.  $141-145; 600-700 lbs.  $130-140; 800-900 lbs.  $115; 900-1,000 lbs., 61 head (mixed); 928 lbs.  $115.

  • Gray Grisham named to Transy dean’s list

    Owen County High School graduate and Transylvania University sophomore Gray Grisham has been named to the dean’s list for the 2013 winter term.
    To be named to the dean’s list, a student must achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average during the term.
    Grisham is the son of Glenn and Shawn Grisham of Owenton.
    Transylvania, founded in 1780, is the nation’s sixteenth oldest institution of higher learning and is consistently ranked in national publications as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

  • Benefits will cost county more

    Uncertainty over new federal health-care regulations has Owen County public employees facing a possible 10 to 30 percent increase in the cost of benefits.
    The Owen County Fiscal Court approved its 2013-14 budget at a May 14 meeting.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said county employees are currently receiving their health-care benefits from Anthem. A new provider could be chosen in the second half of the fiscal year.

  • Council amends annexation ordinances

    In the May 22 print edition of the News-Herald, it was reported that the Owenton City Council would repeal five ordinances annexing five roads into the City of Owenton. Shortly after deadline, Owenton Mayor Doug West announced that the council would not repeal the ordinances, but amend them. The following is an updated version of the original story.

  • Fisherman finds old meth lab

    Three Owen County residents are now in jail after a fisherman recently discovered an abandoned meth lab.
    Kentucky State Police Post 5 Public Affairs Officer Brad Arterburn said the lab was discovered May 4 near the intersection of Hwy. 355 and JN Lee Road in Perry Park.
    Arterburn said the fisherman reported the lab to state police and Trooper David Staubach was able to determine who the alleged suspects were after finding receipts and trash in the lab.
    Warrants were issued for the suspects arrests.

  • City limits grow

    A final reading on five ordinances that will annex several roads into the City of Owenton was given May 7 and approved by the Owenton City Council.
    The council held a first round of readings on the ordinances that gave the state, which is considered the property owner, 60 days to oppose the move.
    No objection was raised and the city became free to adopt the measure following the second round of readings.

  • Suffering for their art
  • Rookie and veteran look back at landmark session

    A rookie and a veteran of the Kentucky General Assembly looked back at this year’s regular session.
    At a meeting of the Owen County Chamber of Commerce Thursday, State Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, and State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, reflected on a session that will be memorable for each man.
    Linder was entering his first year in the Kentucky House of Representatives after succeeding long-time Owen County representative Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, while Thayer became majority floor leader in the Kentucky State Senate.

  • Owen Co. man found guilty of cooking meth

    An Owen County man is expected to be sentenced in Owen County Circuit Court next month after he was found guilty of multiple drug charges May 1.
    James R. Thomas, 53, was found guilty of manufacturing methamphetamine; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of marijuana; and first-degree persistent felony offender.
    According to court documents, Thomas was ordered to vacate the home he shared with his wife Brenda Thomas at 1675 Hwy. 35 on April 20 by Owen County District Court Judge Thomas Funk.

  • Owen County Farmers' Market returns