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  • Towles taking part of Owen back to China

    This summer, starting July 18, Kasey and John Randall Towles will be returning to China with Blessing Hands Charity.  This time, they will be joined by Kasey’s son Patrick.
    Blessing Hands is seven years old and has helped over 972  Chinese students stay in school.
    After her first visit, Kasey Towles said it was good to see firsthand the difference that it makes to help these students and their families.
    She was able to meet her sponsored child in person and it was one of the most meaningful experiences in her life, she said.

  • Firefighters urge caution this Fourth

    As fireworks displays are being cancelled across Kentucky due to the sweltering heat and dry conditions, Owen County officials are warning residents about the dangers of fireworks during drought-like conditions.
    A heat advisory was issued for Owen County by the National Weather Service nearly every day last week with temperatures often reaching the triple digits.
    A heat advisory was once again issued Monday.
    Owenton Fire Chief David Lilly said the use of fireworks in dry conditions can be a big headache for firefighters.

  • Fan Fabulous

    Despite temperatures in the triple digits for much of last week, visitors from as far as Japan came out for the second Owen County Fan Fair, and coordinators for the event estimate that approximately 800 attended.
    The event ran from June 26-30 at the Owen County Fairgrounds, with local vendors and artisans setup and a variety of events each day.
    Fan Fair began in 2011 when Kentucky Speedway hosted the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in hopes of reaching  out to race fans traveling through Owen County for the event.

  • Some simple summer food safety tips

    Keep foods at the right temperature
    Keep your foods out of the danger zone.  In warm temperatures, it may only take an hour for food to enter the Danger Zone – the unsafe temperatures between 40 degrees F and 140 degrees F.  When removing food from the refrigerator, either promptly cook it or place it back in the refrigerator or cooler to ensure freshness, quality, and safety.

  • Owen countians now can get emergency alerts on cell phones

    Owen County Emergency Management Director Rick Morgan would like to let residents of Owen County that wireless emergency alerts are available nationally with very limited exceptions.
    Phone services have chosen to offer wireless emergency alerts within portions of its service area as defined by the terms and conditions of its service agreement, on wireless emergency alert capable devices.
    There is no additional charge for these wireless emergency alerts.

  • A dream come true

    Logan Bailey and Colton Matt have been through the wars together.
    Through fund-raisers, countless meetings with city and county officials, planning sessions and of course a penny war, Bailey and Matt have chased their dream of seeing the skate board course at the Sparta City Park expanded.
    Back in 2010, the boys approached the Sparta City Council and the local media in hopes of getting the skate board facilities at the park expanded.
    The boys said there was not enough room for everyone who wanted to use the ramps.

  • New tobacco heritage mural goes up along U.S. 127 in Monterey

    Just in time to welcome NASCAR fans, a new barn mural has been placed on Jobston and Joann Threet’s barn on U.S. Highway 127 South in Monterey. The “Growing Plants and Pulling Plants”  mural is hung as a triptych and features three framed sections.

  • Second Fan Fair to welcome race fans, showcase Owen County

    Second Fan Fair to welcome race fans, showcase Owen County

    BY MOLLY HAINES
    N-H Staff Writer

    With one poker run tour already under their belt, coordinators of the 2012 Fan Fair are already deeming this year’s event a success.
    The event began Tuesday with the vendor mall and artisan row, which will be open each day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Saturday.
    A Miss Golden Triangle pageant was also held Tuesday, with approximately 19 participants.

  • Zoning board agrees to Ford change

    By Molly Haines and John Whitlock
    New-Herald Staff
    The Owenton City Council will meet Thursday to vote on the future of the Ford property on SouthMain Street.
    The city’s planning and zoning commission met Tuesday and approved the zone change from R-1 (residential) to C-1 (commercial).
    The formal request for the change was made by the property’s owner Peggy Ford during an April 31 meeting of the planning and zoning commission.
    The city council has the final say on the zone change.

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