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  • Population at Owen shelter worries officials

    The Owen County Fiscal Court is looking for options to reduce the amount of dogs at the Owen County Friends of Animals Shelter after each magistrate recently visited the shelter and found it in what some feel is an overcrowded state.
    The shelter currently has about 20 dogs, with some in crates in the shelter’s office and bathroom, but Owen County Friends of Animals Director Hilari Gentry said the dogs are not being crated inhumanely.

  • Bethany High alumni enjoy special meeting

    Twenty-one former students and friends of Bethany High School had a delightful day at Smith House Restaurant for their holiday meal. Up-to-date news as well as reflection (with laughter and/or tears) were shared. Congratulations to Duard and Ann Glass, who were recently married.
    A variety of lunch meals were served with almost everyone partaking of homemade dessert. And then it was “good-bye, happy holidays, see you in July.”

  • Third-grade class gives from heart

  • Santa's little helpers

    Christy Ricketts and Judy Hetterman of Owen County Extension Service dropped by the News-Herald office Tuesday to pick up some of the presents that have been dropped off for this year’s Angel Tree project. The gifts will be distributed to needy children in Owen County during a Christmas party Thursday.

  • Santa's little helpers

    Christy Ricketts and Judy Hetterman of Owen County Extension Service dropped by the News-Herald office Tuesday to pick up some of the presents that have been dropped off for this year’s Angel Tree project. The gifts will be distributed to needy children in Owen County during a Christmas party Thursday.

  • Make a joyful noise

    The Owen County Primary School hosted a Christmas concert Monday evening. The kindergarten students performed “Must Be Santa,” first grade students, “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” and second-grade students “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” A Christmas sing-a-long was also held, led by the Owen County Elementary School and Owen County Primary School.
     

  • Homeless animals will get a little Christmas cheer

    With Christmas right around the corner, the Owen County Animal Clinic is hoping to give the homeless dogs and cats a gift of their own.
    The clinic is sponsoring an angel tree through the end of January, located in its lobby.
    Angela Wainscott, a veterinary assistant at the clinic, said the tree will benefit the Owen County Friends of Animals, the Owen County Animal Clinic and Purr ‘n Fur Feline Rescue of Kentucky.

  • New city fees for rental property sparks complaint

    The second reading of an amendment to an Owenton City Council ordinance that would require landlords renting or leasing property to pay a licensing fee became a topic of debate at the council’s Dec. 6 meeting.
    A first reading of the ordinance was held Nov. 1.
    According to the amended ordinance at its first reading, all landlords renting or leasing property would be assessed by the number of units owned as of Jan. 1 each year.

  • Drunken driving charge dropped against official

    A driving under the influence charge against Owen County Fourth District Magistrate Troy Bramblett was recently amended to a reckless driving charge in Franklin District Court.
    Bramblett, 40, was charged with first-degree driving under the influence and speeding 15 mph over the limit after a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy observed him traveling at a high rate of speed on U.S. 127 in Franklin County, near Shadrick Ferry Road.

  • Broken headlight leads to indictment

    A routine traffic stop for one headlight led to the indictment of an Owen County man after a sheriff’s deputy found methamphetamine in the man’s vehicle.
    Ricky D. Helton, 34, was arrested Nov. 3 and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, operating a motor vehicle while license revoked or suspended and one headlight.
    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said he often assigns his deputies to different areas for traffic stops.