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  • 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.

  • Company to hold public meeting

    National Co-Products, LLC would like to invite the public for a question and answer meeting at the Owen County Courthouse beginning at 7 p.m., Monday. National Co-Products, LLC processes used vegetable oil, vegetable oil and glycerin for the livestock feed business as well as the biodiesel industries.
     

  • Owen gets grant to help control pet population

    A limited number of Owen countians could soon receive assistance in having their pets spayed and neutered after the Owen County Fiscal Court was awarded a $2,000 grant.
    The grant was received from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, which awarded the court the maximum amount that could be received to fund participation in the Kentucky Animal Control Board spay-neuter program for 2011-12.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the grant is directed at low-income pet owners to help them meet legal requirement.

  • Holiday lights will go up soon

    Owenton Mayor Doug West found an alternative after Owen Electric said it could no longer install Christmas lights for free.
    West said he called Mike Cobb, the senior vice president of customer service and marketing of Owen Electric Cooperative Monday morning.
    “I gave them a call and talked to (Cobb),” West said. “He informed me that they were going to start charging us $800 to put up the Christmas lights in town.”

  • Faithful to gather at square following parade

    With Christmas right around the corner, Owen County is gearing up for it’s annual holiday events, including a special community-wide church service.
    The community-wide church service, put together by the Owen County Ministerial Association each year, has been held the first Sunday in December for over a decade.
    Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Reverend David “Milkweed” Wotier said a member of the ministerial association came up with the idea, which has been a success every year since.

  • Court may shut down section of Old Sparta Road

    A portion of Old Sparta Road could soon be closed indefinitely to traffic after the Owen County Fiscal Court voted to begin the process and hold a public hearing.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the portion of Old Sparta Road begins when driving down the hill into Sparta. Two double-wide trailers sit on a caving-in hillside, Keith said.
    There are no residents in the section being discussed.

  • Elk group aids Owen shooters

  • Volunteers chip in to honor history of Claxton Ridge

    By Christina Rice
    For the News-Herald
    The over-50 crowd ruled the day Saturday as 18 volunteers came together from as far away as Portsmouth, Ohio to begin the clean-up of the abandoned Claxon Ridge Cemetery. The one-acre site in southern Owen County is the final resting place for more than 200 ancestors of present-day countians and other descendants who have since moved away. Among the latter group, the Smith/Claxon families from southern Ohio and Greenup and Carter counties in Kentucky drove two hours to aid in the clean-up.

  • Christmas Parade Schedule of Events Dec. 4

    1-6 p.m.: Open house at participating merchants
    2 p.m.: Lining up of floats at Southern States parking lot
    2:15 p.m.: Judging of floats
    2:30 p.m.: Other groups in parade start lining up at Southern States
    2:30-3:15 p.m.: Singing at the courthouse square
    3 p.m.: Leave Southern States
    3:30 p.m.: Christmas parade
    4 p.m.: Santa Claus at courthouse
    5 p.m.: Community Christmas Celebration
    6 p.m.: Lighting of Luminaries and Town Square