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  • Fiscal court toughens drug, alcohol rules for new hires

    A drug and alcohol free workplace policy that had been tabled by the Owen County Fiscal Court was passed at its Nov. 8 meeting with a change that will affect all new hires.
    Under the new policy, anyone who is hired to work for the county must take a drug test during the same business day they are hired.
    The policy originally gave new hires 24 hours to submit to testing, but after magistrate concerns at the Oct. 25 court meeting, the period of time was changed.
    Second District Magistrate Casey Ellis suggested the time be changed to the same business day.

  • KSP uncover pair of meth labs in Owen

    Kentucky State Police troopers discovered two meth labs Nov. 10resulting from investigative efforts conducted in Owen County, one near Gratz and one in New Liberty.
    Justin Rapp, 25, of Owenton, and Amber Rapp, 25, of Owenton, were arrested resulting from a lab discovered outside the home located at 2145 Highway 355 near Gratz. 
    Three children who live in the home were reportedly unharmed and not exposed to the lab.

  • Beshear carries Owen County by wide margin

    On his way to a sweeping victory Tuesday night, incumbent Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear captured victory in Owen County by a margin of 472 over Republican challenger David Williams and 866 votes over independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith.
    Owen County voters followed the statewide results with victories by Democratic candidates in five of the six races.
    In Owen County, the results were:
    Secretary of State
    Bill Johnson (Rep.) - 936
    Allison Lundergan Grimes (Dem) - 1500
    Attorney General

  • Rebel Ramblings Nov. 9, 2011

    Rebel Ramblings
    Playoff Edition
    (Round Two)

    • Covington Holy Cross will come to Owenton with a record of 8-3. The Indians had an easy win over Carroll County last week in the first round, 68-0.
    • The Indians’ three losses this season came against Cooper, Beechwood and Newport Central Catholic.
    • Indians Head Coach Bruce Kozerski spent 12 seasons as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. Kozerski was the starting center for the Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII in Miami against the San Francisco 49ers.

  • Poe picked to take over Owen Farm Bureau

    Harold Poe, LUTCF, has been appointed the new agency manager with Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance at the Owen County Agency.
    Poe’s appointment was announced in Louisville by John Sparrow, vice president of agency support and marketing for Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance.
     Poe, a Magoffin County native, is a master agent for Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance and was honored as the 2010 District Five Agent of the Year. He became an agent in January 2001 after graduating from Magoffin County High School and Prestonsburg Community College.

  • Strohmeier awarded scholarship to business, entrepreneurship forum

    Kim David Strohmeier of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service was awarded a full scholarship to attend the 29th Annual Entrepreneurship Education forum that was held Nov. 4-7 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
    This scholarship was awarded for Strohmeier’s leadership and creativity in bringing entrepreneurship education to the schools.
    The Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education is a national membership association of 95 organizations.

  • Local students try to become budget hero

    By Kevin Webster
    For the News-Herald
    How difficult is it to balance the federal budget? Kevin Webster’s AP Government class and Mr. McMillen’s U.S. History class took a trip to the McConnell Center Sept. 30 to find out.
    Forty students and teachers from Kentucky high schools played the new web-based simulation game, “Budget Hero,” to try to solve fiscal problems. The game required the students to attempt to solve the current budget crisis, which proved to be extremely difficult.

  • Boehner offers Owen County students insight into politics

    By Allison Dempsey
    For the News-Herald

    On Oct. 31, 26 Owen County High School students attended the University of Louisville to hear U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner.
    Boehner discussed the issues of jobs, the current economy, and the institution of the House. In company with Boehner were Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, U of L President James R. Ramsey, McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg, and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-KY.

  • Haunted house training

    The Owen County Search and Rescue’s haunted house took on a new function Wednesday when representatives of every fire department in Owen County took part in a training exercise designed to help firefighters find their way through a dark home filled with smoke. Fog machines were used to duplicate some of conditions that could be found in a burning home.

  • Perry Park honors vets

    Saturday, the Perry Park Resort Owner’s Association and the Perry Park Ladies Association co-hosted its first Veterans Day Celebration at the newly constructed Glenwood Hall Community Center.  
    Perry Park military, both those who have served and who have currently serving in the armed forces, were honored with a certificate of appreciation and personal recognition.  
    At the beginning of the ceremony, a blessing was conducted to dedicate the Serenity Garden Military area.