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  • Claxon Ridge supporters seek help removing brush

    Although volunteers have worked tirelessly on restoring Claxon Ridge Cemetery, organizers are looking for more ways to preserve and improve the Owen County landmark.
    Christian Rice, the driving force behind the renovations, said volunteers started working in November 2011 but there is plenty of work left to be done.

  • Council to shine spotlight on artists during ‘Evening’

    The Owen County Arts Council is preparing for what they hope will be another successful Evening With the Artists and with more plans to showcase local artwork later this year, coordinators are hopeful community members with show their support.
    The next Evening With the Artists will be held Friday, Aug. 10 from 7-9 p.m. at Owen County Bed and Breakfast, Bruce’s Country Inn.
    Patty Petzinger, a member of the arts council said the council has chosen to hold the events at local bed and breakfasts in order to get the word out on places to stay within the county.

  • School board tax plan faces public hearing

    Members of the community will soon have the opportunity to voice their opinions on proposed general fund taxes for the Owen County School District.
    The Owen County Board of Education will hold a public hearing in the Owen County High School auditorium at 6 p.m., Aug. 24.
    Owen County Schools Finance Officer Sheila Miller said because the board is looking at levying a rate between compensating and 4 percent, a public hearing must be held.

  • Guilty plea in fatal crash

    An Owen County man has pled guilty to a manslaughter charge following a May DUI-related crash.
    The crash took place May 16 when the driver, Lamonte Richardson, 55, was traveling east on Frank Clark Road and he failed to negotiate a curve, police said in an earlier statement.
    The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.
    Both Richardson and a passenger, David Richardson, 59, were trapped in the vehicle.
    The men were brothers.
    Lamonte Richardson was extricated with no injuries.

  • Owenton native could be on the road to the Olympics

    By GREG WADDELL
    For the News-Herald
    More than a decade ago, Steven Lopez etched his name into history as the first American to win gold medals in the two highest divisions of the USA Tae kwon do National Championships.
    In July, Owenton native Kendall Yount joined that club, securing her spot as not only the youngest competitor to achieve the feat, but also the first female.

  • Guilty plea in fatal crash

    An Owen County man has pled guilty to a manslaughter charge following a May DUI-related crash.
    The crash took place May 16 when the driver, Lamonte Richardson, 55, was traveling east on Frank Clark Road and he failed to negotiate a curve, police said in an earlier statement.
    The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.
    Both Richardson and a passenger, David Richardson, 59, were trapped in the vehicle.
    The men were brothers.
    Lamonte Richardson was extricated with no injuries.

  • City council approves zone change for Ford property

    After several months of City of Owenton Planning and Zoning Commission and Owenton City Council meetings, the council held a second reading on the proposed zone change at 311 South Main Street, known as the Ford property, July 27.
    Each council member attending the meeting approved the second reading.
    Members Tim Cammack and Robert Walker were not in attendance.
    The property had been an R-1 lot (residential), but was changed to C-1 (commercial).
    The change will allow a commercial business to be opened on the property.

  • A few ideas for canning or freezing

    Soon, many vegetables and fruits will be ready for harvesting, and many gardeners will have more produce than they can readily eat. Those who want to preserve fresh, summer foods for later consumption will consider either freezing or canning the harvest. But is one way of preservation better than the other? The answer depends on the type of food you want to preserve.
    If proper techniques and correct temperatures are used, frozen foods retain greater amounts of their vitamin content, natural color, flavor, and texture.

  • 2012 Owen County Mother of the Year Nomination Letter

    I would like to nominate my mother, Bonnie Fitzgerald, for the Owen County Mother of the Year.
    My mom was born July 26, 1943, to Porter and Christine Osborne. She was the oldest of seven children. She lost a brother in Vietnam in 1969. This was something the family never quite got over.

  • 127 yard sale returns

    Signs of the world’s longest yard sale are already popping up throughout Owen County and community leaders are hoping the bargain hunters will spend some of their money here.
    The 127 Corridor Sale will kick off Aug. 2 and run through Aug. 5.
    Owen County Chamber of Commerce President Dallas Stafford said the sale is something he doesn’t feel Owen countians have taken full advantage of.