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  • Leadership Owen County: Group explores services for kids

    By Doug Brooks, Joan Kincaid and Meagan Greenlee
    For the News-Herald
    March 5 was our second Leadership Owen County session. We traveled to the schools, day cares, and to the Owen County Library.
    Owen County really loves and takes care of their children.
    After visiting the school system, we found out that they have several different programs helping children.

  • Friday fire ruled arson

    A Friday morning fire on Claxon’s Ridge Road has been ruled arson by the state.
    Monterey Volunteer Fire Chief Larry House said the fire at 645 Claxon Ridge Rd. began around 6 a.m.
    “It was mostly smoke damage,” House said. “It was burnt on the inside real bad, but it didn’t burn all the way down.”
    House said an arson investigator was called to the scene and ruled the blaze arson.
    “The (house door) had been kicked in from the outside and gas had been poured in the hallway next to the furnace,” House said.

  • Owen sheriff seeks pair of suspects for gasoline theft

    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond is hopeful someone can identify one of the two people involved in a drive-off at Smitty’s Gas and Food Sunday.
    Hammond said the incident took place around 6 p.m. when a blue Nissan pulled into the gas station, located at 6035 Hwy. 355 in Gratz.  
    “A man and a woman came out of the car,” Hammond said. “The woman went in and asked where the bathroom was while the man pumped gas.”

  • Classification reform bill expected to pass this session

    A bill in the Kentucky Legislature could bring major changes to the city classification system.
    State Rep. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown, who represents Owen County, said what the bill does is clean up an antiquated system that is overly complex.
    “Basically, what it does is create two classifications - Louisville, because of its size and type of government, and everyone else,” Quarles said.

  • Last day for students set for June 6

    Thanks to the Kentucky Education Commissioner, Owen County students will still get a couple of days of spring break.
    The Owen County Board of Education met Monday and once again adjusted the school calendar for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year.
    Owen County School Superintendent Rob Stafford said the board had applied to the Kentucky Department of Education to have the three days missed due to the waterline breaks in January excused.

  • Officials to answer questions at forum

    The merging of county and city government and the reclassification of the City of Owenton will be the topics of discussion at a public forum hosted by the Owen County Chamber of Commerce March 25.
    Owen County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Frank Downing said although the chamber has no position on the issues, it’s time for citizens to become aware of the facts.

  • Owen fiscal court to receive state aid for bridge project

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently announced that the Owen County Fiscal Court will receive $8,700 in county road aid emergency funds for a bridge repair project on Sawdridge Road.
    The road serves several residences in Owen County and the repairs will make it safer for buses and other vehicles.
    “This project is an example of the cabinet’s commitment to provide a solid infrastructure in Owen County and across the Commonwealth,” Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock said.

  • Restaurant gives back to community

    Owen County Lower and Upper Elementary Schools recently held a Crayons to College Family Night. Students in grades kindergarten through fourth, were given the task of writing and drawing what career they would like to pursue when they graduate from high school. Students also wrote what they are doing to become college and career ready.  During the March 10 event, McDonald’s donated and distributed over 60 gift cards to students for their hard work.

  • 4-H News: Time to apply for membership in the 4-H Performing Arts Troupe

    4-H’ers in grades 10 through 12 and have a fine-arts talent or appreciation may want to apply to be a performer or technical staff member of the 2014-2015 Kentucky 4-H Performing Arts Troupe. Applications are now available at county offices of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.
    The troupe began in 2012 as an offshoot of the popular talent show track at the Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference.

  • In his footsteps: Owen family helps mark 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Frankfort

    Although it was a re-enactment of a moment in history, as he walked in the gathered crowd, Owen County’s Kalem Juett said he felt like he and his family might be making their own piece of personal history.
    On March 5, Juett and his family, along with thousands of others, took part in a retracing of steps civic rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took around the streets of Frankfort.
    “It was good to participate in an event that represented history,” Juett said.