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  • Court appoints members to new tourism board

    In March, the Owen County Fiscal Court approved a 3-percent transient room tax (lodging tax). Owen countians could soon see the effects of the tax placed on those traveling through the county.
    According to the lodging tax ordinance, it includes motor courts, motels, hotels, inns or similar accommodations. The ordinance also includes campgrounds.
    The fiscal court recently approved the appointment of seven local citizens to a tourism commission, which was required by the ordinance.

  • And now for some good news ... coupons come back to News-Herald

    Few products offer individuals the opportunity to save more than they spend. Starting in this edition, the News-Herald will give readers this opportunity with the return of SmartSource coupons.
    Inside the News-Herald each week, readers will find a coupon package regularly valued at more than $100 in savings through manufacturer, retail and restaurant coupons. Subscribers will usually find they can recoup the cost of a News-Herald subscription in just one week of coupon savings.

  • Office getting ready for tax-bill sale and local-option election

    The sun is bright and it is a beautiful day here in the clerk’s office. We are preparing for both the special election on July 26 and for the delinquent real estate tax bill sale July 25.
    On July 26, voters will go to the polls to vote on the question: “Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in Owen County?”

  • Pleasant Ridge to celebrate milestone

    On a typical Sunday morning, the pews at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church are filled with about 200 people, some who are descendants of those who founded the church in 1836.
    This Sunday, the church will relive 175 years worth of memories through stories, pictures and videos.

  • First Fan Fair finale

    The Owen County Visioneers have deemed the first Owen County Fan Fair a “huge” success.
    The event took place July 6-10 at Owen County’s industrial park. Its goal was to introduce those attending the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway to the many things Owen County has to offer.
    Visitors who attended Fan Fair came from 24 different states and Canada. States ranged from Maine to Kansas, from Texas to California, as well as Florida to Wisconsin.

  • County fair time again

    As the annual Owen County 4-H Fair & Horse Show got into full swing Monday, another Miss Owen County was crowned.
    Madison Gamble, the 16-year-old daughter of Kelley and Teena Gamble, received the crown over 10 other contestants.
    Gamble was also named Miss Photogenic.
    Brittany Clark was the third runner-up, Danielle Hoop was second runner-up and Christina Johnson was first runner-up.
    Christina Ueltschi was named Miss Congeniality.
    Unlike many girls who compete for years in pageants, Gamble said this was her first pageant.

  • A new hello

    In an effort to welcome visitors to Owen County, three new signs have been posted along the major highways into the community. Working together, the Owen County Extension Service, the Owen County Fiscal Court and the Owen County Visioneers designed and placed the signs. The front of the signs contains a welcome message, a county logo and the slogan, “Where Community Matters.” On the back of the signs, one of the quilt patterns that adorns an area barn is reproduced along with the pattern’s name and the words “Come Back Soon.”

  • Reading, rewards and a ‘roo too

    Nearly 300 people turned out Wednesday to a sneak at peek at some of the unique animals of Australia that have found a home at Kentucky Down Under, a privately-owned park in Horse Cave.
    The animals that stopped by included Mirrhi, a baby kangaroo; Merlin, a cockatoo; Hunter, a blue-tounged skink; and Forrest, a python from the Australian rain forest.
    The show was part of the rewards for taking part in this year’s Owen County Public Library Summer Reading program. Following the program, guests were treated to snow cones and cotton candy.

  • Pennycuff shares learning

    Shelby Pennycuff recently helped organize the donation of nearly 700 books that will be used to restock the shelves of libraries and schools that were devastated by recent natural disasters across the south. Pennycuff said over 100 children’s books were also collected by the Owen County Homemakers who will place the books in hospital waiting rooms and other locations.

  • Police say robbery was motivation in death of Owen man in California

    A recent encounter at a Rialto, Calif., restaurant resulted in the death of a former Owen County man, Lafe Humble, according to a California newspaper, the Daily Bulletin.
    Relatives in Owen County said Humble, 46, had been living in southern California for about three months and had moved there in hopes of finding a job.
    The Daily Bulletin quoted a policeman, Sgt. Gary Robertson, who said Humble became intoxicated at the El Toro Grill on June 17.
    Humble’s life came to an end shortly afterward in a field in San Bernardino.