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  • Walking for a cause

    God’s Special Little Hearts, in conjunction with the Owen County Extension Homemakers, will be hosting the Seventh Annual Walk for Awareness of Congenital Heart Defects on Feb. 18  from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Owenton First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
    CHDs are the No. 1 birth defect affecting approximately 40,000 babies each year, and is the leading cause of death in infants under the age of 1.
    If you are interested in forming a team for the walk, contact Katie Columbia at 502-514-1305 and a walk packet can be mailed.

  • City council moves ahead with annexation plans

    Homeowners on several Owen County roads could eventually have the option of becoming Owenton residents after Owenton City Council members recently agreed to add several more roads to an annexation plan.
    The council had voted to begin the annexation process on several stretches of highway, including Hwy. 22 East for 1.9 miles to the new Maurice Bowling Middle School; U.S. 127 South to the ‘Welcome to Owenton’ sign; and U.S. 127 North to Old New Liberty Road.

  • After five years, McBurney steps down at center

    After nearly five years of service, Owen County’s Senior Center director recently said goodbye.
    Lisa McBurney, who served as the center’s director for the past four years and 10 months recently accepted a new job. Her last day at the center was Dec. 9.
    DeDe Grisham will fill McBurney’s spot until a new director can be chosen and Ethel Hammond, a volunteer at the center and McBurney’s backup, will continue to volunteer and assist Grisham.

  • The latest rural mural

    As winter sets in for the next few months, Owen countians and those traveling through the area now have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of summer labor and its history.
    The third Agricultural Heritage Trail Committee tobacco barn mural was installed Dec. 30 on a barn located on U.S. 127 North. The barn is owned by Johnny and Pat Craigmyle.
    The mural depicts the history of setting tobacco. Four vignettes show the progression of setting tobacco from “setting by the season” to setting on a setter pulled by a tractor.

  • Owen County man’s murder trial expected to begin Jan. 17

    The trial of a Corinth man who allegedly murdered a Scott County man in 2010 is set to begin later this month.
    Christopher Dennis Jr., 72, was arrested Nov. 27, 2010 after Kentucky State Police troopers found the body of 30-year-old Ruben J. Eppele shot to death in Dennis’ home at 2430 Cull Pepper Lane.
    Dennis is charged with murder, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and trafficking marijuana over five pounds.
    State police were called to the home around 7:10 p.m. on Nov. 26, 2010 after receiving information on a shooting.

  • Crash claims life of Owen man

    The Kentucky State Police are investigating a fatal collision that killed two people and injured one Friday.
    According to a press release, troopers responded at 6:02 p.m. to 11465 of US Highway 127 near Monterey after receiving information that two vehicles had been involved in a serious injury collision.
    The first vehicle, driven by 54 year-old Larry C. Conway, of Frankfort, apparently crossed the centerline of US 127 and collided with an oncoming vehicle operated by 46 year old Daniel S. Ballard, of Owenton, police said in a statement.

  • Leaders look ahead to what Owen Co. can expect in 2012

    With an eye toward the future, Owen County’s many community leaders are already preparing for the months ahead, with hopes for new business, growth and a better economy.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the fiscal court was able to accomplish many of its goals in 2011, including new job descriptions that each county employee signed off on, a new administrative code and a transient room tax which has already collected $12,000 for tourism.
    Expansion of local tourism is just one of the things Keith said she would like to see in 2012.

  • Three Rivers dragon boat team honored

    Members of the Kentucky Thorough-Breasts “Surviving in Sync” dragon boat racing team attended the Three Rivers District Health Departments Annual Awards Ceremony where State Rep. Tom McKee was on hand to present the team’s non-profit with the pink dragon boat on behalf of Three Rivers.

  • Kentucky American offers help to emergency crews

    Kentucky American Water has awarded more than $5,000 in grants to 10 Kentucky firefighter organizations through the company’s first-ever Firefighting Support Grant Program, established this year.
    The company considered grant applications requesting funds for protective gear, communications  equipment, firefighting tools, water-handling equipment, training and other materials used to support  community fire protection. Most grants awarded were approximately $500.
     Local departments and their respective projects receiving funds are:

  • News-Herald Year in Review

    This year has been one for the records.
    Owen County, still struggling with a weak economy, has seen its sports teams shine as never before and become a source of immense pride for nearly everyone.
    Owen countains faced new challenges and although the winds of change have blown through the community,  the majority preferred to honor traditional and stay the course.
    In the past year, we have seen county divide over issues but still willing to come together in the hour of need or for the betterment of the community.