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  • Alleged heroin trip leads to indictment of Owen Co. man

    An Owen County man has been indicted after allegedly traveling to northern, Kentucky to purchase heroin with a juvenile.
    Christopher R. Walters, 33, was indicted on the charges of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.
    According to the indictment, on or about Oct. 15 and 16, he knowingly induced, assisted or caused a minor to engage in illegal criminal controlled substance activity.
    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said Walters was travelling to purchase heroin and the minor was with him.

  • A new chapter: Ashcrafts decide to sell Smith House

    If you want to get a sense of the impact the Smith House Restaurant has had on the Owen County, give it a “Google.”
    If you type in “Smith House Owenton” into Google, you’ll find 11,000 mentions in the Internet search engine.
    With its down home menu, warm atmosphere and wonderful pies, Smith House has been a tradition in Owen County since it opened in 1972.
    But a new page in the landmark’s history is about to be written.

  • Going green saves taxpayers’ green

    Owen County Primary School has been recognized by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet for earning the prestigious Energy Star, a national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy performance.  A certificate signed by Gov. Steve Beshear was presented to the school’s principal during a ceremony that included representatives from the Kentucky School Boards Association, teachers, students, and district leaders.

  • Honor Roll

    Fifth Grade First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
    All “A” Honor Roll
    Janelle Aguazul; Mitchell Culbertson; Kelsey Davis; Alli Gill; Connor Jacobs; Cameron Morgan; Ryson Neeley; Samantha Mason; Shelby York
    A/B Honor Roll

  • Recipes for life: Program helps kids learn healthy habits

  • Local author to read from holiday book

    Georgia Green Stamper’s essay, “Shepherds in Bathrobes,” is included in Kentucky’s Twelve Days of Christmas, the latest book offering from Kentucky Monthly.
    Described by critics as a landmark anthology, the book features works from Harriette Arnow, Wendell Berry, Irvin S. Cobb, James B. Goode, Stephen M. Vest, Frank X Walker, Robert Penn Warren, and many others, including Stamper.

  • Tis the season: Extension service hold trimming sessions

    The holiday season is off to a great start with the holiday trimmings program held a the Owen County Extension Office on Nov. 8 with 180 individuals attending from eight different counties. Participants learned new ideas for decorations, gifts and foods for the holidays.

    Judy Hetterman, FCS extension agent, explained how to make a tobacco-stick basket.

  • Honoring service: OCHS students show their respect for veterans

    Friday, Owen County High School had its annual student-led Veteran’s Day program. This year, juniors Hannah Strohmeier and Andi Burford took over planning the program, following the lead of graduates Mattie Cook and Amber Patton from the previous two years, and Mary Kennedy and Lindsay Slayback who started the program in 2008.
    Many students participated in planning the program, decorating, reading poems, singing, interviewing the veterans, and making sure the entire day ran smoothly.

  • Election 2012: Big night locally for Republicans

    By Molly Haines
    and John Whitlock
    N-H Staff
    Nearly 60 percent of Owen County’s registered voters took to the polls Tuesday in a big night for Republican candidates locally.
    Mitt Romney, the Republican Party candidate for president, carried Owen County by over 30 percent.
    Incumbent State Senator for the 17th senatorial district Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, defeated his opponent Democrat David Holcomb and carried Owen County by over a 1,000 votes.

  • Over 150 years in the making

    By John Whitlock
    N-H Editor
    For Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith, the judges who will call it home and countless other state and local officials, the big day had finally arrived.
    Friday, the doors of the new Owen County Judicial Center formally opened to the public.
    Keith said as she was preparing her remarks for the ceremony, she researched the history of the old Owen County Courthouse and found some similarities.
    “In 1857 when the Owen County Courthouse was built, they too were facing tough economic times,” Keith said.