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  • 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.

  • Circuit court will temporarily shut down as office moves to new judicial center

    A chapter of Owen County history will close Friday and a new one will begin when the Owen County Circuit Clerk’s Office relocates to the newly built Owen County Judicial Center.
    The last court date at the office’s courthouse location will be Friday and the office will be closed Aug. 27-Sept. 5.
    Owen County Circuit Clerk Leigh New said the decision to cancel court Aug. 31 was a difficult one, but notices were published in the News-Herald and someone will be in the courthouse office at 100 North Thomas Street throughout the week of closure.

  • Latest 'hot spot' can be found at Owen Co. park

    A new ‘hot spot’ has opened in Owen County.
    Last week, Dave Barker, owner of Broadlinc Wireless, announced his company has wired the Owen County Park for the public at no charge.
    Visitors can now join the Broadlinc wi-fi network while using the park’s facilities.
    “We live here and thought this would be a good way to give back to the community,” Barker said. “We try do as much for the public as we can and this is a good place for people to come and hang out and be able to connect to the internet.”

  • A brand new start

    As students in Owen County returned back to school today, those at Owen County Elementary School had a completely revamped facility to kick the year off in.
    After housing Maurice Bowling Middle School students for nearly 26 years, the building at 1960 Hwy. 22 East will now be home to elementary students after the Owen County Board of Education approved a $1.6 million building and grounds plan in 2011.

  • Owen County sees rise in percentage of college grads

    By Bill Bishop and Roberto Gallardo
    For the News-Herald