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  • Owen County teen finishes in top 10 at national pageant

    Marlee Lathrem, 2013 Miss Junior Teen Kentucky United States, a freshman at Owen County High School and the daughter of Brian and Rita Lathrem, had the honor of representing Kentucky at the Miss United States National Pageant in Washington D.C. the week of July 2-7.
    Lathrem earned this opportunity after she won her state title in February of this year in Lexington.
    Lathrem spent her week in Washington getting to know girls from all over the United States as well as learning more about the organization on a national level.

  • Extension service news: Celebrating red, white, and blue ... ribbons

    By Jessi Williams

  • Owen gets new lawmakers, enters 62nd district

    A plan that would rewrite Kentucky’s legislative districts and change Owen County’s representation in Frankfort has been approved and signed in to law by Gov. Steve Beshear.
    The fallout of the plan is that State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, and State Rep. Brian Linder will no longer be representing Owen County. State Sen. Jullian Carroll and State Rep. Ryan Quarles will replace them.
    The only question is when.

  • School district approves tax bump

    Citing a reduction in funds due to the federal sequestration, the Owen County Board of Education has voted to raise its tax rate.
    The board voted unanimously to take a 4-percent increase which will amount to an additional $19 per $100,000 of assessed property.
    A public hearing was held Thursday to discuss a possible rate increase with only one member of the community in attendance.

  • County considers pipeline position

    The Owen County Fiscal Court may soon join other county governments in the region and take a position on the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline project.
    A number of Kentucky counties, including neighboring Franklin and Scott counties, have already approved resolutions regarding the project.
    The proposed pipeline was developed by two energy infrastructure companies, Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP, and would transport natural-gas liquids from gas-drilling operations in the Northeast to processing plants on the Gulf of Mexico.

  • New director hopes to add spark to senior center

    With plans to increase participation at the Owen County Senior Center, its new director Stacey Long wants everyone to know that there’s nothing dreadful about getting older.
    Long, who took over the reins at the center Aug. 13, said she fell in love with seniors after working 15 years in a cardiology office and hopes to breathe new excitement into the center.

  • Glencoe resident awarded scholarship

    Claire True of Glencoe was one of six college students from Dairy Farmers of America member families who was a recipient of a Mideast Area scholarship for 2013. Each year the Mideast Area selects six college students from members’ farms, who excel in their extracurricular activities, academics and dairy farming work ethic. The recipients of the $750 scholarships represent the future of the dairy industry.

  • Ready to serve

    Keith Miller of the Modern Woodmen of the World, left, stands in front of a new volleyball court at the Owenton Park along with Owenton Parks and Recreation Director Buck Beverly. Miller and the Modern Woodmen of the World donated $4,300 to the parks and rec. Department. Some of the funds were used for a community-wide Easter egg hunt in March. The rest of the money was used to erect the new volleyball court and to replace nets on the park’s soccer goals.
     

  • Owen emergency management says check on elderly during heat

    By David Lilly
    For the News-Herald
    With temperatures moving into the high 90s this week, Owen County Emergency Management reminds everyone to follow safety precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.
    The following tips can help you remain safe during the hot weather:
    • Drink plenty of fluids. You will need to drink more fluids than your thirst level indicates.
    • Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages or drinks with large amounts of sugar.  

  • Teachers continue to give

    Annually, the Owen County Retired Teachers Association and the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association present matching funds of fifty dollars each to local Family Resource Centers. Early in August, Mike Ramsey, treasurer of OCRTA, presented Beverly Marcum, Owen County Schools’ family resource director, with a check to help with costs of school supplies for children in the schools in Owen County.