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  • Carter looks ahead as private attorney

    Long-time Owen County Attorney Charlie Carter will soon leave his post, but Owen countians can expect to continue seeing Carter active in law.
    Carter said when his term ends at the end of this month, it will end a near 25-year tenure.
    Prior to becoming county attorney, Carter’s private practice had been in operation for 25 years.
    Carter said his private practice will remain open, with his son, Charles Carter Jr., as an associate.
    As county attorney, Carter said he enjoyed district court the most.

  • Bruce wraps up his time at jail

    Even after retirement, sleep is not always an option.
    Owen County Jailer David Bruce learned this after retiring from the post office and becoming jailer 17 years ago.
    Now Bruce’s last term as jailer ends Dec. 31.
    He’ll be replaced by his daughter, Cindy Bruce-Walker, who defeated her opponent in the May primary to take the empty seat.
    Bruce said that over the years, the best part of his job has been helping others in a bad situation.

  • Hard times for Owen County Historical Society Museum

    Faces of Owen County’s past line the walls at the Owen County Historical Society Museum. Family snapshots, wedding photographs and pictures of local veterans are only a glimpse of Owen County’s rich past.

    Owen County Historical Society President Jeannie Williams-Baker said despite the history that awaits visitors at the museum, if more Owen countians don’t begin taking an interest, the museum could soon shut down.

  • Public defender appointed for suspect in shooting

    A Corinth man remains behind bars after allegedly shooting a Georgetown man Nov. 26.

    Christopher Dennis Jr., 71, was arrested Nov. 27 after Kentucky State Police troopers found the body of 30-year-old Ruben J. Eppele shot to death in Dennis’ home at 2430 Cull Pepper Lane.

    During a preliminary hearing Friday, a public defender was appointed for Dennis.

    According to a citation made by the Kentucky State Police, Dennis admitted taking Eppele’s life and eliminated self-defense as a motive.

  • Return of Santa highlights Christmas Parade

    Despite cold temperatures and snow flurries throughout the afternoon, dozens of families braved the cold Sunday for Owen County’s annual Christmas parade.

    The parade began at Southern States and made its way downtown, where children and adults alike lined the streets in anticipation.

    This year’s theme was “A Christmas Wish for You.”

    Eight floats led the way for Santa Claus.

  • Owen County District Court

    Editor’s note: The News-Herald reports all misdemeanors, felonies and small claims judgments in district court, except for juvenile court proceedings, which are confidential; however, traffic offenses by juveniles are reported because they are public record. All civil suits in circuit court are reported. Claims made in a lawsuit present only one side of a case. Charges or citations reported to the News-Herald do not imply guilt. That is determined by the court. Information on this page is public record. Names will not be withheld by request.

  • Owen County District Court News

    Dec. 10, 2010

    Razor Capital vs. John Cochran, motion for default judgment.

    Cach LLC vs. Doris J. Delaney, motion for default judgment.

    Deborah Rose vs. Randy Hammitt, eviction hearing, eviction granted, seven days to vacate.

    American General Financial Services, Inc. vs. Walter Pat Lawrence, motion for default judgment, see order.

    Midland Funding LLC vs. Alex Magee, motion for default judgment, see order.

    Asset Acceptance LLC vs. Yvonne Rieskamp, motion for default judgment, see order.

  • Police subdue man after confrontation

    An Owenton man was arrested after allegedly threatening to kill family members and several law-enforcement officers Dec. 3

    Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry and Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Marvin Goodrich confronted Ura W. “Moochie” Wright, 58, about 1:40 p.m. outside a home on Davis Lake Road where Lanny Wright, Moochie Wright’s cousin, lives.

    “He (Moochie) had been making threats against his cousins and the police all day,” Gentry said.

  • A year ends, change begins for local government

    Owenton Mayor-elect Doug West is expected to take the oath of office Friday at Owenton City Hall.

    The date was announced at Owenton City Council’s regular monthly meeting Dec. 7.

    West will be sworn in at 4 p.m. and a reception will take place afterward.

    West said the entire community is invited to attend.

    One newly elected magistrate was sworn into office Dec. 6 at the Owen County Courthouse.

    Troy Bramblett, who ran against and defeated fourth-district magistrate Ray Smith, was sworn in as well as others in various county positions.

  • Man charged with shooting cats in Owenton

    A 76-year-old Owenton man has been charged with two counts of second-degree cruelty to animals and two counts of third-degree criminal mischief after a criminal complaint was filed in October.

    According to the complaint, Samuel H. Riley, subjected two cats to “injurious mistreatment” by shooting them with a .22 rifle on two separate dates.

    The cats were the property of Diana and Ted Seaman.

    The shooting caused one of the cats to have its leg amputated and the other suffered a shattered jaw.