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  • New firm to college city garbage

    The City of Owenton has contracted Rumpke exclusively to provide residential trash service. All residents should contact Rumpke at (800) 678-6753 by March 30 to set up service.
    Rumpke will begin weekly trash service April 5.
    Trash will be collected on Thursdays and residents should place trash in bags or cans at the curb the night before.
    A recycling drop-off box will be provided at 310 S. Main Street in Owenton. Residents can use the box to recycle plastic bottles and jugs, aluminum cans, glass bottles and jars, steel cans, paper and cardboard.

  • Suspect in burglaries allegedly left ID at crime scene

    A Franklin County man has been indicted by the Owen County grand jury after allegedly being involved in a string of burglaries on U.S. 127 South.
    Andrew J. Oliver, 28, was indicted on the charges of second-degree  burgalry and theft by unlawful taking.
    According to records from the Owen Circuit Clerk’s Office, victims of a burglary that took place on Jan. 20 reported that two doors of their home on U.S. 127 South had been kicked in and jewelry, guns and medication had been stolen.

  • District needs over $600,000 in cuts or new revenue to make budget

    The Owen County Board of Education has a new chairman following the resignation of Brian Young.
    Young announced his resignation to Owen County School District Superintendent David Raleigh and other board members Feb. 28. His resignation was immediately effective.
    In a meeting held March 12, board member Dr. Larry Johnson nominated Stuart Bowling for the board’s chairperson, citing Bowling’s seniority on the board as one reason for the nomination.
    The nomination was seconded by Terry Patterson and unanimously approved.

  • Academic achievement: Timothy E. Burgener

    Timothy E. Burgener, the husband of Nita Malcomb Burgener, of Worthville, is a full-time student at Gateway Community & Technical College in Florence. He has made a 4.0 GPA for the fall semester 2011 and has a 3.71 GPA overall. This past November he was inducted into the National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, and is also the vice president of scholarship in his local honors chapter. He will be graduating in May with an associate degree in industrial maintenance technology.

  • Get prepared for next emergency


    Follow these steps to make sure you and your family have enough safe food and water (for drinking, cooking, bathing, etc.) available in the event of a disaster or emergency.

    Prepare emergency food supply
    Keep foods that:
    • Have a long storage life
    • Require little or no cooking, water, or refrigeration, in case utilities are disrupted
    • Meet the needs of babies or other family members who are on special diets
    • Meet pets' needs

  • Petting partners

    A student technology leadership project group at Maurice Bowling Middle School is helping to educate the community on being a responsible pet owner.
    The group chose to assist Owen County Friends of Animals in fundraising and is comprised of four seventh grade students, including Kaitlyn Gabbard, Ellie Stout, Autumn Maddox and Ashley Dawson.
    The group is called “Animal Allies.”
    The group designed a T-shirt to generate funding for OCFA and sponsored a supply donation drive at MBMS.

  • School board chairman steps down

    The Owen County Board of Education may have one member less following a meeting that is expected to take place March 12.
    Owen County School District Superintendent David Raleigh said Brian Young, who currently serves as the chairman of the school board, notified Raleigh and other board members Feb. 28 that he was resigning.
    In a letter of resignation, Young cited “personal issues” as his reason for stepping down from the board.  The letter didn’t elaborate on the reasons.

  • Owenton gets grant for police gear

    The city of Owenton has been awarded $3,900 from the state Law Enforcement Protection Program to purchase body armor vests and duty weapons for its police department, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear recently announced.
    Under LEPP, administered by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, appropriate agencies can seek financial help for certain defensive items essential in the course of their duties.  

  • Tornado hits Owen County

    By Molly Haines
    and John Whitlock
    News-Herald Staff
    Three people were injured and structural damage occurred to multiple barns and two houses after an EF2 tornado touched down five miles north of Owenton Friday.
    According to preliminary reports from the National Weather Service, the initial touch down occurred near a farm south of Highway 227 at 4:25 p.m. where minor structural damage to a barn and house were observed.

  • Game rescheduled; severe weather expected in region

    Due to severe weather in central Kentucky this afternoon and going into this evening, tonight's Girls 8th Region semi-finals have been postponed.  The semi-finals have been rescheduled for Saturday afternoon. The Lady Rebels will play their semi-final game against Walton-Verona at 4 p.m. at Anderson County High School.

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