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  • Friends of Bethany News: Group shares some memories from school

    By Jim Lawrence
    For the News-Herald
    The following are the names of the “Friends of Bethany” who met at Noble Restaurant on July 12. Many events from school days were shared. The group planned to meet again in November.
    Don Crupper, Melvin and Belle Mason, Glenna Lee, Patty Wright, Mr. and Mrs. Durard Glass, Jean Murphy, Mr. and Mrs. “Buck” Smith, “Bulldog” Wright, Fannie Whitton, Lucille Mason, Clay Crupper, Gene and Betty Jo Wynn, Emma Juett and Lois Skirvin.

  • Church’s air conditioner stolen

    On July 27, someone stole from an Owen County church.
    According to Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent Caldwell, someone cut the outside lines to an air-conditioning unit at Mount Zion Baptist Church and hauled the unit off.
    Although the working air conditioner itself has considerable value, Caldwell said that’s not what the thief or thieves were seeking.
    “They just want to steal them for the copper inside,” Caldwell said.

  • Government announces funding to improve rural electric lines

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA is investing $263.3 million to help modernize and improve the reliability of rural electric systems in eight states, including Kentucky.

  • City renovating sidewalks in downtown Owenton

    Two sections of sidewalk are being renovated in downtown Owenton.
    According to Owenton Mayor Doug West, work on a section of sidewalk beside the Owen County Senior Citizens Center has been completed and will offer safer conditions for the people entering and exiting the center.
    A second section is still under repair.
    The corner of Seminary Street and South Madison, in front of the Owenton Clothing Center, is being renovated by city workers. The second project also includes renovating the steps at the corner.
     

  • Huntin’ down a dream

    Brianna Perkins isn’t afraid of taking on big challenges.
    After facing down cancer, Perkins is setting her sights on taking down some big game with the help of a few new friends up north.
    Perkins was surprised with a trip to Wisconsin during Saturday’s fourth annual Beka’s Toppers Sporting and Clay Archery Shoot at Elk Creek Hunt Club, with help from G.O. Heath, a featured guest on the Sportsman Channel’s North American Whitetail.

  • Special election could bring alcohol sales to Owenton

    A special election has been slated for Sept. 16 concerning the possible sale of alcohol at restaurants within the city limits of Owenton but the restaurant owners behind the push said their establishment will continue to be a family-friendly environment.
    The special election will take place in the Owenton Incorporated precinct which includes the Owenton city limits in its entirety.
    Only those registered to vote in the Owenton Inc. precinct can vote in the election.
    The polling place will be the Owen County Courthouse.

  • U.S. 127 Yard Sale set for Aug. 7-10

    The annual U.S. 127 Yard Sale, which bills itself as the world’s longest at 690 miles, is set for Aug. 7-10.
    The yard sale stretches from Addison, Mich. south to Gadsden, Ala. The route enters Kentucky near Cincinnati and stretches south to the Tennessee line.
    The sale is headquartered at the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce in Jamestown, Tenn., according to the sale’s website.
    In all, the sale route covers parts of five states.
     

  • Wilson wins soil conservation scholarship

    The Owen County Soil Conservation District is proud to announce that Clayton Wilson has received the State Soil Conservation of Natural Resources Scholarship.
    He attends Morehead State University.
    Wilson is the  son of Curnie and Muriel Wilson.
    The scholarship was awarded to a student that is enrolled in college who has declared a major in the field of agriculture or conservation of natural resources.  

  • Battle brewing over Sunday sales

    Curtis Sigretto, the owner of Kentucky’s largest winery, said his business could be in jeopardy if a move for Sunday sales fails to gain support from the Owen County Fiscal Court.
    Representatives from Elk Creek Winery were expected to go before the fiscal court Tuesday to ask its members to consider adopting an ordinance that would allow the winery to be open on Sundays.

  • Owen Countian of the Year: At 92, Olds still gives to community

    The lyrics to “Happy Birthday To You” rang out from beneath the pavilion at the Owen County Fairgrounds July 14 as the crowd that gathered sang to this year’s recipient of the Owen Countian of the Year award.
    At 92 years old, Lenora Kelly Olds continues to contribute to the community, whether it be by investing time with Relay For Life or her weekly engagement at Owenton Center.  
    The Owen Countian of the Year award is presented each year during the fair by the Owenton Rotary Club.
    Olds said she had no idea she was receiving the award.