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  • 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. 

  • Clark honored
  • Clark honored

  • Thayer, Linder could be out; Quarles, Carroll in

    If a proposed legislative redistricting plan is approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear, Owen County’s representation in state government will dramatically change.
    The Kentucky General Assembly was called into special session Monday to address the need for the 2010 U.S. Census dictated legislative redistricting.
    Under the plan that will be addressed by the General Assembly this week, Owen County would lose its current State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, and State Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge.  

  • Raving on the river

    Showboats and calliopes may seem like a thing of the past, but the past was alive and well during Kentucky River Day held Saturday.
    Special guests included authors William Grier and William Ellis, who told stories of life on the Kentucky River.
    The Owen County Historical Society and Kentucky-American Water sponsored the event.
    Owenton Mayor Doug West, who remembered sand barges traveling along the Kentucky River from his days as a Monterey resident, made opening remarks.

  • School tax rate to be focus of meeting

    Taxpayers will have the opportunity to speak their minds on a proposed 2014 fiscal year tax increase for the Owen County School District Thursday.
    A public hearing on the proposed increase will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium at Owen County High School.
    Owen County School Superintendent Rob Stafford said due to less federal money coming in and the impact the loss will have on the district, he’s recommending the board opt for a 4-percent increase.

  • Man found safe after Golden Alert

    A Golden Alert issued for a 70-year-old Owen County man was called off Sunday after the man was found on Hwy. 127.
    Owen County Search and Rescue received notification of a missing man around 3:50 p.m. Sunday.
    Dewey Cook had last been seen on Hwy. 127 South and Greenup Road.
    Owen County Search and Rescue Capt. Jackie Webster said Cook had gone out hunting ginseng which he had done numerous times before.
    Cook had been out Sunday morning, but the exact time the alert was issued wasn’t available.

  • Timber from district’s farm structures to preserved

    Timber from approximately three structures on the Owen County School District’s farm, some of it dating back to the 19th century, is expected to be preserved following an Owen County Board of Education meeting Monday.
    The board voted to give Owen County School Superintendent Rob Stafford authority to advertise and manage the demolition of the structures after Stafford said a demolition proposal from Ross Tarrant Architects came in much higher than expected.

  • Linder named to public pension oversight board

    House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, has announced the appointment of Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge (61st District) to represent the Kentucky House Republican Caucus on the newly created Public Pension Oversight Board.
    “Rep. Linder has proven to be a valuable member of our caucus, and an outstanding legislator since being elected to serve the people of the 61st District,” said Leader Hoover.  “It’s why I selected him to represent House Republicans and help provide legislative oversight and guidance on this new board.”