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  • New library inches closer to reality

    Anticipation continues to grow after federal money was secured for construction of the new Owen County Public Library.
    The Community Facilities loan will come from the United States Department of Agriculture.
    According to its website, the USDA provides assistance to rural communities with a population of up to 20,000. Small communities receive a higher percentage of grants.
    Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert said the loan is for $2,163,000 and will cover  construction of the new facility.

  • Statewide candidates will be focus of primary

    Owen countians will vote on several state offices in May. But despite rumors that a wet-dry vote could show up on the ballot, no local-option election will be held during the primary.
    According to state law, a local-option election cannot be held on the same day that a primary or general election is held.
    If the date of the local-option election is not included in the petition for election, it is to be decided by the county judge-executive.
    A local-option election cannot be held 30 days prior to a primary or general election or 30 days after.

  • More roads to get makeover

    A discretionary road fund could lead to a total of 7.17 miles of maintenance on Owen County roads.
    The roads could include Calendar Road, from the Grant County line to Brush Creek, a total of 1.4 miles; Agee Road, from Hwy. 845 to Garnetts Lane, a total of 1.24 miles; New Liberty-Sparta Road, from the last paving, a distance of 1.5 miles; Pleasant Grove Road, from last paving to Hwy. 607, a distance of 1 mile; and Eagle Station Road, from Hwy. 227 to Eagle Valley Road, a distance of 2.103 miles.

  • Super Solvers

    Got a problem? Just ask the five students who participated in the Governor’s Cup. They competed in the area of Future Problem Solvers.
    Grace Chilton, Laura Duke, Adam Dunavent, Noah Malcomb and Adrian von Hellens dedicated every Tuesday and Thursday after school to practicing and learning the format of how to construct their answer.
    The students spent lots of hours outside of practice researching topics so they would be prepared to tackle any question.

  • Hunting down a dream

    Pat Pearce spent 20 years of her life fox hunting in Metamora, Mich., but she said that these days she’s content welcoming guests to her newly-opened Ragtime Bed and Breakfast in Owen County.
    It was fox hunting that brought Pearce, 55, to Owen County 10 years ago — when her fox hunting club, the Metamora Hunt, had a joint meet with the Camargo Hunt, which rides in northern and central Kentucky.
    Pearce said her late husband, Dick, became interested in the farm on Breck Road during the meet.

  • Duvall becomes latest Owen educator to be honored

    Kim Duvall, a lifetime resident of Owen County, was recognized at a state technology conference recently for her work with education technology.
    Duvall joins Naomi Cornette, CIO for Owen County Schools, in being recognized for her outstanding work in education technology.
    Duvall received the “Making IT Happen” Award, an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools.

  • A survivor’s tail

    Back in August 2007, the future for dogs like Biggie didn’t look bright.
    There was no animal shelter in Owen County and the euthanasia rate was high. Several dogs died yearly due to contagious illnesses such as parvo and coccidia. 
     The Owen County Friends of Animals worked diligently to find rescues, fosters or adopters for the dogs taken into the county’s custody.
    When Karen Powell agreed to foster two tiny puppies that were in dire need, she had little idea what would be in store for the animals or herself.

  • County employees will begin carrying identification badges

    Owen County employees will soon receive identification badges to help citizens of the county become better acquainted with officials.
    Owen County is one of the last counties in the state that doesn’t issue badges, Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said.
    Keith said she mainly wanted the badges for road department and ambulance service employees, as well as the dog warden and jailer.

  • Over a dozen cattle die in truck accident

    By Charlie Pearl and Molly Haines
    Kentucky News Content Service, News-Herald staff
    About 15 cattle died and 75 were rescued in a double-decker tractor-trailer accident on U.S. 127 North in Franklin County near the Peaks Mill Road intersection Wednesday night.
    The driver, David Evans, 48, of Burnside, sustained minor injuries but refused medical treatment, said Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton.
    “He had some minor scrapes and bruises,” Melton said.

  • County lags nation, state in physical activity

    Adults in Owen County get less exercise in their leisure time than adults nationwide or statewide, putting them at greater risk for obesity and related problems such as diabetes.
    Surveys done by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2006 through 2008 estimate that 31 percent of Owen County adults got no exercise in the previous month, other than what they may have gotten while at work.