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  • A remarkable anniversary

    It all started with a phone call.
    On Jan. 11, 2011, a phone call was received at the Owen County High School. The caller was searching for family members of Robert (Bobby) Osborne. The schools seemed like a logical place to start.
    The caller, Mike Harris, was looking for Bobby Osborne, the son of Porter and Christine Osborne.
    After a conversation, an email outlining Harris’ request was sent to the staff, teachers and administrators of the Owen County School District to see if anyone knew Bobby Osborne and that someone was seeking this information.

  • Owen On-Line

    Anyone with a computer and Internet access can now find out everything there is to know about Owen County after a new website recently went live.
    The website was created by Holly Bowling, a member of the Owen County Visioneers, Shanna Osborne and Brad Allnut.
    Bowling said she was ask to join the Visioneers last spring and that a website had been in their plans in an effort to promote tourism in Owen County.

  • Rolling out in style

    The Owen County Volunteer Fire Department has a new addition to its team that chief Robb Chaney said will better help protect the people and property of Owen County.
    The department unveiled its new fire truck, a 2011 International, March 22.
    Chaney said the truck committee met for four months, five nights a week, in order to choose the truck they felt was best for their department.
    The truck committee was made up of Chaney, Greg Estes, Jeff Wright, Marlin Webster, Jackie Webster, Darrel Hearn, David Lilly, Rick Morgan and Josh Willobuy.

  • Owen district forced to cut nine certified positions

    As school districts nationwide continue to struggle with budget issues, the Owen County School Board recently approved a staffing allocation that will leave the district short nine certified positions.
    The pool of certified positions mainly consists of classroom teachers.
    The board met March 22 for further budget discussion and also approved for the Owen County primary and elementary schools to share a media specialist and guidance counselor as part of the staffing allocation.

  • Owen district forced to cut nine certified positions

    As school districts nationwide continue to struggle with budget issues, the Owen County School Board recently approved a staffing allocation that will leave the district short nine certified positions.
    The pool of certified positions mainly consists of classroom teachers.
    The board met March 22 for further budget discussion and also approved for the Owen County primary and elementary schools to share a media specialist and guidance counselor as part of the staffing allocation.

  • Operation preparation

    Each eighth- and 10th-grade student in Owen County recently had the opportunity to meet with a member of the community in a statewide effort to better prepare students for post-graduation life.
    The effort, called Operation Preparation, was announced in August 2011 by Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday.
    The week of college and career readiness advising was held March 12-16 and was not mandatory, but advised.

  • Judge urges caution

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith is asking citizens during the Commonwealth Cleanup Week and Owen County and City of Owenton Cleanup week to be on the lookout for roadside meth labs.
    Keith said the roadside labs are often green bottles with granulated material inside as the “cooking” vessel. The labs become very unstable and may explode on contact, Keith said.

  • Cleaning up the county

    In an effort to clean up Owen County, the Owen County Fiscal Court and Owenton City Council have joined forces for a first annual cleanup week.
    The county and city are asking for volunteers and property owners to help make Owen County a cleaner place. Communities are being ask to help clean up roads, properties and homes.
    Owen County Solid Waste Coordinator Greg Smoot said anyone can participate in the cleanup week.

  • Budget issues intensify for board of education

    Looking to avoid going on the state’s watch list, the Owen County Board of Education continued its budget discussion during a regularly scheduled meeting Monday.
    Owen County Schools Finance Officer Sheila Miller said in order for the district’s budget to be balanced and to meet a 2 percent contingency $350,000 is needed.
    According to Miller, $635,000 is needed in increased revenue or decreased expenditures to meet the $350,000.

  • Sell sails into sales, graphics position at News-Herald

    The News-Herald would like to welcome a new member to the team.
    Roberta Sell, a native of Indiana, joined the newspaper staff earlier this year and is excited about learning about Owen County.
    “Owen County is a beautiful and unique place,” Sell said. “There are so many thriving businesses nestled within such a serene country setting. I liked it upon first sight.”
    Sell replaces Nicole Guest who accepted a position at another company in northern Kentucky.