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  • Adult Education Center opens at new location

    After a year of anticipation the Owen County Adult Learning Center moved into their new home on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
    The move to 103 West Perry (the old senior center) is an exciting change for the learning center and came just in time.
    According to the director, Veronica Gayle, the adult learning center program will be making changes to accommodate the new version of the GED test. The move to West Perry will enable the adult learning center to expand its services to include broader use of computers and other technologies.

  • Kids Count: Owen stacks up well against other counties in the region for factors that affect children

    By PHYLLIS McLAUGHLIN
    For the News-Herald

    For the first year, the annual Kentucky Kids Count Data Book, published by Kentucky Youth Advocates, has ranked the counties in the commonwealth according to indicators that show where each county stands in terms of child well-being.

  • Commodity distribution at Long Ridge parsonage begins Jan. 14

    Meeting the Needs hopes to clear up any confusion regarding its move to the Long Ridge Baptist parsonage, as well as spread information to those in need of assistance.
    The faith-based ministry recently took over the Emergency Food Assistance Program, a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income people by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost.

  • Cold snaps: Freezing temperatures trigger waterline break in Owenton

    Kentucky American Water employees had to face bitterly cold temperatures in order to repair a water main break in the City of Owenton Tuesday.
    According to Kentucky American Water Manager of External and Governmental Affairs Susan Lancho, the main break occurred at Blanton and North Main Street at approximately 8 a.m. and was affecting at least 2,000 customers.
    Lancho said much of the City of Owenton was without water or experiencing low water pressure.

  • Fiscal court approves pay hike for deputies

    A recent unanimous vote by the Owen County Fiscal Court will allow Owen County Sheriff’s deputies a 2-percent raise this year.
    The fiscal court approved the annual order setting the maximum amount for deputies and assistants at its Dec. 23 meeting.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said due to the resignation of a sheriff’s office employee in 2013 the office had enough money in its total sum to give its four road deputies a 2-percent raise.
    Keith said none of the sheriff’s office staff would receive a raise.

  • Making Christmas bright

    Owen County volunteer firefighters are no stranger to putting their lives on the line to protect local citizens.
    And when it comes to giving back to the community, that sense of commitment doesn’t falter.
    The Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Department, the Jonesville Fire Department and Owen County Search and Rescue recently came together for another successful coat and non-perishable food drive.
    2013 marks the third year for the annual drive that began in 2011 after Daryl Hearne brought the idea to the attention of the fire departments.

  • West looks back at 2013 and ahead to next year

    As 2013 comes to a close, Owenton Mayor Doug West is hopeful the next year will see more business within the City of Owenton.
    The Owenton City Council approved a resolution in 2012 for a three-year tax break from the city for any new businesses in town.
    West said he had hoped other taxing districts would follow suit but there was never any response from the districts.

  • Homecoming royalty

    Owen County High School presented the 2013-14 basketball homecoming court during the Rebels’ game Friday against Henry County High School. Pictured are (from left to right) OCHS homecoming prince Ross Ford and princess Ashley Smith; Queen Krissy Swiggert; King Jesse McCracken. The homecoming court also included (front, left to right) Alex Estes, Maison Hedger and Briton Stafford. Not pictured Maylee Bastin.

  • Robots returning to Owen and they need helping hands

    The robots are coming back to Owen County and this time, they need humans.
    The Owen County High School will once again host a VEX robotics event in which teams of students compete against each other using homemade robots to perform tasks as well as battle against each other. On the line is a chance to advance to an international competition in Anaheim, Calif. and a shot at a national championship.
    According to VEX event coordinator Rusty Willhoite, the Owen County event will draw competitors from across Kentucky as well as other states.

  • Sheriff still investigating break-in at local church

    An anonymous reward is still being offered for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the suspect that ransacked a local church earlier this month.
    The break-in took place Dec. 2 at Elk Lick Baptist Church, located at 6095 Claxon Ridge Rd.
    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said a window was broken out of the basement where the suspect or suspects entered.
    “They ransacked through everything in the church,” Hammond said earlier this month.