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  • Holiday lights will go up soon

    Owenton Mayor Doug West found an alternative after Owen Electric said it could no longer install Christmas lights for free.
    West said he called Mike Cobb, the senior vice president of customer service and marketing of Owen Electric Cooperative Monday morning.
    “I gave them a call and talked to (Cobb),” West said. “He informed me that they were going to start charging us $800 to put up the Christmas lights in town.”

  • Faithful to gather at square following parade

    With Christmas right around the corner, Owen County is gearing up for it’s annual holiday events, including a special community-wide church service.
    The community-wide church service, put together by the Owen County Ministerial Association each year, has been held the first Sunday in December for over a decade.
    Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Reverend David “Milkweed” Wotier said a member of the ministerial association came up with the idea, which has been a success every year since.

  • Court may shut down section of Old Sparta Road

    A portion of Old Sparta Road could soon be closed indefinitely to traffic after the Owen County Fiscal Court voted to begin the process and hold a public hearing.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the portion of Old Sparta Road begins when driving down the hill into Sparta. Two double-wide trailers sit on a caving-in hillside, Keith said.
    There are no residents in the section being discussed.

  • Elk group aids Owen shooters

  • Volunteers chip in to honor history of Claxton Ridge

    By Christina Rice
    For the News-Herald
    The over-50 crowd ruled the day Saturday as 18 volunteers came together from as far away as Portsmouth, Ohio to begin the clean-up of the abandoned Claxon Ridge Cemetery. The one-acre site in southern Owen County is the final resting place for more than 200 ancestors of present-day countians and other descendants who have since moved away. Among the latter group, the Smith/Claxon families from southern Ohio and Greenup and Carter counties in Kentucky drove two hours to aid in the clean-up.

  • Christmas Parade Schedule of Events Dec. 4

    1-6 p.m.: Open house at participating merchants
    2 p.m.: Lining up of floats at Southern States parking lot
    2:15 p.m.: Judging of floats
    2:30 p.m.: Other groups in parade start lining up at Southern States
    2:30-3:15 p.m.: Singing at the courthouse square
    3 p.m.: Leave Southern States
    3:30 p.m.: Christmas parade
    4 p.m.: Santa Claus at courthouse
    5 p.m.: Community Christmas Celebration
    6 p.m.: Lighting of Luminaries and Town Square
     

  • Owenton Livestock Report • Nov. 16, 2011

    Nov. 16 receipts: 419 • Nov. 9: 731
    Last year: 686

    Compared to the previous sale: Slaughter cows steady to $2 lower. Slaughter bulls steady. Feeder steers steady to $2 lower. Feeder heifers $4 to $5 higher.
    Slaughter cows 10-percent of the supply; slaughter bulls two percent; replacement cows zero percent; and feeders 88-percent. The feeder supply included 18-percent steers, 49-percent heifers and 20-percent feeder bulls. 45-percent of the supply weighed over 600 lbs.

  • Council bringing exposure to local artists

    The Owen County Arts Council presented its second Evening with the Artist event Oct. 21. 
    The event was held at Pat Pearce’s Ragtime Bed, Barn and Breakfast located on Breck Road.
    Local artists showcased  this time were Kim Hearn, basket maker, the Owen County Rug Hookers, represented by Bettina Somerville and Sharon Lombardo along with Ron Devore, painter and musician.

  • Fun with a purpose

    The first annual Owen County High School carnival was held Saturday to raise money for the 2012 Project Graduation. Owen County students of all ages participated in the different events, which included games, inflatables, a silent auction and a cake walk. Local vendors were set up and kids could have their picture taken with Santa Claus.

  • Chamber announces annual winners

    Following a keynote address by Dr. James Henning at the 11th annual Owen County Chamber of Commerce Dinner Monday, awards were given to outstanding business person of the year, outstanding business of the year and the latest addition to the Owen County Retired Teacher’s Association Wall of Fame.
    Awards were given out by Owen County Chamber of Commerce Board Director Dawn Davis.
    The winner of this year’s outstanding business person of the year award went to Holly and Craig Bowling, owners of seven Halloween Express stores between Lexington and Cincinnati.