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  • Second Fan Fair to welcome race fans, showcase Owen County

    Second Fan Fair to welcome race fans, showcase Owen County

    N-H Staff Writer

    With one poker run tour already under their belt, coordinators of the 2012 Fan Fair are already deeming this year’s event a success.
    The event began Tuesday with the vendor mall and artisan row, which will be open each day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Saturday.
    A Miss Golden Triangle pageant was also held Tuesday, with approximately 19 participants.

  • Zoning board agrees to Ford change

    By Molly Haines and John Whitlock
    New-Herald Staff
    The Owenton City Council will meet Thursday to vote on the future of the Ford property on SouthMain Street.
    The city’s planning and zoning commission met Tuesday and approved the zone change from R-1 (residential) to C-1 (commercial).
    The formal request for the change was made by the property’s owner Peggy Ford during an April 31 meeting of the planning and zoning commission.
    The city council has the final say on the zone change.

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  • A night to celebrate

    Members of the Owen County 4-H took part in the Kentucky State 4-H Teen Conference at the University of Kentucky which was held June 11-14. Pictured are (left to right) Allyson Beverly, Andi Burford, Claire True and Olivia Karsner.

  • Man formally charged in crash that claimed his brother’s life

    An Owen County man is being charged with second-degree manslaughter following an alleged DUI-related crash May 16.
    The crash took place on Frank Clark Road when the driver, Lamonte Richardson, 55, was traveling east on Frank Clark Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, police said in an earlier statement.
    The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.
    Both Richardson and a passenger, David Richardson, 59, were trapped in the vehicle.
    The men were brothers.

  • Walking for Life

    Editor's note: Look for more 2012 Relay for Life photos in multimedia section on the News-Herald's web site home page.

    Dozens of friends, family, and members of the community lined the track at Itron Field to cheer on the survivors during their first lap at Friday’s Relay for Life.
    As the sun rose 12 hours later, a little over $46,000 had been raised and donations continue to pour in this week.

  • UK opts to shut down Owen Co. research farm

    News-Herald Staff

    The future of Owen County’s 950-acre Eden Shale Research Farm is unknown after the University of Kentucky recently announced it would close the farm and lay off five people employed at the facility.
    The closure comes following cuts in state funding to the university. UK has also announced it will lay off 140 employees.

  • Boys realize dream of expanded Sparta Skate Park

    After several fund-raising events and countless hours of planning and hard work, two Owen County students will see their dedication pay off this week.
    Colton Matt and Logan Bailey have been working since September 2010 to see the Sparta Skate Park expanded and updated. The pair approached the Sparta City Council and secured a pledge to match $10,000 if the boys could raise $10,000 on their own.
    Through festivals, direct donations and a ‘Penny War’ between Owen and Gallatin counties, the boys raised about $8,000 over time, $2,000 short of the goal.

  • Try your hand at building a rain barrel

    Rain barrels are a good way to collect water from your downspouts, allowing you to use this otherwise wasted resource for watering flowers, gardens, and lawns, even during times of drought, lowering your water bill.
    A workshop has been scheduled to demonstrate how to make rain barrels. It will be held June 19 at the Owen County Fairgrounds Exhibit building at 6:30 p.m.  Come prepared to make your own rain barrel and take it home. Tools will be provided, but bring your own drill and jigsaw if you have one.

  • Local DAR welcomes Cook as special speaker

    The Daughters of the American Revolution had a special guest speaker at their June 6 meeting, held at the Owen County Historical Society Museum.
    Mattie Cook, who won the DAR Good Citizenship award was the guest speaker. Cook graduated from OCHS this year.
    Peggy Trinkle, past regent called the meeting to order with Betty Whitehead giving a beautiful devotional and the main topic, “His is a Great Love,” discussed numerous things and ways to make up money for the DAR.