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  • Damon Thayer awarded Ky. Chamber of Commerce MVP

    State Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) was recently awarded the 2nd Annual Chamber MVP Award from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.  Sen. Thayer was selected, along with 11 other legislators, for his strong support of the business community.
    “This legislative session was perhaps one of the most successful I’ve seen in years, and that was due in no small part to this group of legislators,” said Dave Adkisson, Kentucky Chamber president and CEO.

  • The best in band

    On May 7, the Maurice Bowling Middle School Band and Owen County High School Rebel Band held their annual award banquet for the 2012-2013 school year at the Owen County High School cafeteria.  There was a strong turn out along with a catered meal, door prizes, and awards. Organizers would  like to thank everyone who participated and helped with the banquet.

  • Historical society to offer books on holiday

    In conjunction with the celebration of Memorial Day, the Owen County Historical Society will be selling books at the Owenton Cemetery from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
    Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase two collections of Owen County cemetery records. “Gone But Not Forgotten” ($54) contains records of headstone inscriptions from the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Owenton established in the late 19th century.
    “Eternal Rest” ($18) is a compilation of birth and death dates for 240 church and family graveyards in the county.

  • Kentucky FSA state executive director urges producers to enroll in DCP/ACRE

    USDA Farm Service Agency Kentucky State Executive Director John W. McCauley encouraged farmers and ranchers to enroll for the 2013 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment Program or the Average Crop Revenue Election Program before the deadline.
    Producers who wait until the last minute to sign up could face increased waiting time in FSA county offices.

  • Owenton Livestock Report

    May 15, 2013

    Receipts for the week: 461 • May 8: 523 • Last year: 301
    Compared to the previous sale: Steers below 700 lbs., $1 to $3 lower; above 700 lbs., $3 to $5 lower. Heifers $3 to $5 lower. Slaughter cows $1 higher and bulls $2 lower.
    Feeder Steers Medium & Large #1-#2: 500-600 lbs.  $141-145; 600-700 lbs.  $130-140; 800-900 lbs.  $115; 900-1,000 lbs., 61 head (mixed); 928 lbs.  $115.

  • Gray Grisham named to Transy dean’s list

    Owen County High School graduate and Transylvania University sophomore Gray Grisham has been named to the dean’s list for the 2013 winter term.
    To be named to the dean’s list, a student must achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average during the term.
    Grisham is the son of Glenn and Shawn Grisham of Owenton.
    Transylvania, founded in 1780, is the nation’s sixteenth oldest institution of higher learning and is consistently ranked in national publications as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

  • Benefits will cost county more

    Uncertainty over new federal health-care regulations has Owen County public employees facing a possible 10 to 30 percent increase in the cost of benefits.
    The Owen County Fiscal Court approved its 2013-14 budget at a May 14 meeting.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said county employees are currently receiving their health-care benefits from Anthem. A new provider could be chosen in the second half of the fiscal year.

  • Council amends annexation ordinances

    In the May 22 print edition of the News-Herald, it was reported that the Owenton City Council would repeal five ordinances annexing five roads into the City of Owenton. Shortly after deadline, Owenton Mayor Doug West announced that the council would not repeal the ordinances, but amend them. The following is an updated version of the original story.

  • Fisherman finds old meth lab

    Three Owen County residents are now in jail after a fisherman recently discovered an abandoned meth lab.
    Kentucky State Police Post 5 Public Affairs Officer Brad Arterburn said the lab was discovered May 4 near the intersection of Hwy. 355 and JN Lee Road in Perry Park.
    Arterburn said the fisherman reported the lab to state police and Trooper David Staubach was able to determine who the alleged suspects were after finding receipts and trash in the lab.
    Warrants were issued for the suspects arrests.

  • City limits grow

    A final reading on five ordinances that will annex several roads into the City of Owenton was given May 7 and approved by the Owenton City Council.
    The council held a first round of readings on the ordinances that gave the state, which is considered the property owner, 60 days to oppose the move.
    No objection was raised and the city became free to adopt the measure following the second round of readings.