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  • Memory of lost friend will help others live

    Saying goodbye to a friend hasn’t been easy for many Owen County High School students, but they are determined to keep her memory alive in all school activities.
    The Owen County High School National Honor Society, in partnership with the Kentucky Blood Center, will hold its second blood drive of the school year Monday, in memory of senior Rebekah Gaines who died Oct. 16.
    “Rebekah donated blood last year before she got cancer,” Owen County High School senior Rianna Gayheart said. “And she was a recipient of blood during her treatments.”

  • Emergency workers ready to help again

    Across Owen County, volunteer  firefighters are ready to risk their lives to help and protect their communities.
    This sense of duty is a full-time commitment.
    The Christmas season is no different.
    The Owen County volunteer fire departments and the Owen County Search and Rescue are holding their first-annual food and coat drive to give back to the community that is always supportive of its volunteers.
    Owen County Volunteer Firefighters Jeff Wright and Daryl Hearne are spearheading the drive, which continues through Dec. 17.

  • Guilty plea entered in stabbing incident

    An Owenton man has been sentenced to four months behind bars after pleading guilty to cutting a man with a pocket knife Nov. 6.
    Daryl Andre Thomas, 52, pleaded guilty to the charges of fourth-degree assault and second-degree wanton endangerment in Owen District Court Friday.
    Thomas was originally charged with first-degree assault but the charge was amended to fourth-degree Friday.
    He was sentenced to one year for each charge, but could serve only 120 days. He will be conditionally discharged for the balance.

  • Police arrest two in several area burglaries

    Two Owen County men were recently arrested by Owen County sheriff’s deputies following separate alleged burglaries.
    Bradford L. Wilhoite, 30, of Owenton, allegedly broke into the home of Ricky and Judy Williams on Cull Road.
    The alleged incident took place Nov. 21.
    “(Williams) had a bunch of jewelry and a shotgun taken,” Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said. “We were able to recover some of the stuff.”

  • County official charged with DUI, speeding

    An Owen County magistrate was recently arrested on the charges of first-degree driving under the influence and speeding 15 mph over the limit.
    Fourth-District Magistrate Troy Bramblett, 40, was arrested at approximately 11:58 p.m. Nov. 26.
    According to police records, Bramblett was traveling north on U.S. 127 in Franklin County, near Shadrick Ferry Road when a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy allegedly observed him traveling at a high rate of speed.

  • Agricultural News By Kim Strohmeier

    The heavy rains over the last few days, along with the predictions of some colder weather, remind us that it’s probably time to start thinking about strategies for winter feeding of livestock, since it is a necessary part of nearly all operations.

  • Winter-weather warning

    By Rick Morgan
    For the News-Herald

    It’s “winter-weather awareness” time again in the commonwealth. As the winter weather season is approaching, Owen County Emergency Management, Kentucky Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and the Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee would like to remind the public to “be aware - be prepared – have a plan.”
    Don’t be caught unprepared as thousands were due to an early snowstorm that paralyzed much of the northeast and left millions without power.

  • Company will study geographical data and take inventory for Owen Electric

    Owen Electric Cooperative will be performing geographical information system field verification and inventory of its facilities in northern Owen County, southern Gallatin County, western Grant County and northern Boone County from December 2011 through March of 2012.

  • Farm Services News By Claudia Baney: Application deadline nears

    Currently applications for Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program are being taken for the 2010 crop year.  A signup deadline has not been announced.  SURE provides benefits for farm revenue losses due to natural disaster that were incurred starting in the crop year 2008 through Sept. 30, 2011.  
    To qualify for a SURE payment, the producer’s operation must be located in a county that was declared a disaster, either as a primary or contiguous county, for 2010 and have at least a 10-percent production loss that affects one crop of economic significance.

  • Cattlemen’s Association enjoys “a taste of beef”

    The Owen County Cattlemen’s Association held its annual meeting Nov. 15 at the Owen County Extension Building in Owenton.
    The attendance was one of the best ever with 92 people present.  
    The theme for this years’ meeting was “A Taste of Beef.”  
    The Owen County Homemakers prepared the meal consisting of nine different recipes made with different cuts of beef.
    Officers were elected during the meeting for the 2012 year.