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  • Beshear to headline chamber of commerce event

    Kentucky’s top official, Gov. Steve Beshear, will take the stage at the 11th annual Owen County Chamber of Commerce dinner Monday.

    The meeting will be held at the Owen County Extension Office.

    Owen County Chamber of Commerce President Pam Chappell said there is not a routine procedure to how a speaker is chosen each year, but suggestions are taken from chamber members.

  • Running deer blamed for auto accident involving three kids

    One woman was recently injured and airlifted from a one-vehicle wreck on Pleasant Grove Road.

    The wreck took place Nov. 2 at 9:27 p.m.; three children were also involved.

    Kristalan Molina-Cook, 25, of Corinth was traveling east on Pleasant Grove Road at 55 mph when her vehicle began skidding in the roadway and then went off the east bound edge of the road, striking trees.

    Cook told officers working the scene that a deer ran onto the roadway, causing her to lose control of the vehicle.

  • 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.

  • Thieves using weatherization pretense to steal

    After an elderly Owen County homeowner was recently robbed, Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond is warning Owen countians about the dangers of people posing as “weatherization” workers.

    A woman’s purse was stolen Oct. 26 after she let a man into her home who was posing as a Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission Weatherization worker.

  • 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.

  • With election over, officials look forward

    The dust has settled on the 2010 general election and now the county and city’s top officials are looking toward the future of Owen County.

    The Owen County Fiscal Court will see three new magistrates —  James “Asa” Phillips will fill Jerry Jones’ first-district seat; Robert “Casey” Ellis will take over Bobby Gaines’ seat as second-district magistrate; and after defeating incumbent Ray Smith, Troy Bramblett will become fourth-district magistrate.

  • Owenton voters go West

    With only a slim margin of victory, former Owen County Judge-Executive Horace “Doug” West has defeated incumbent Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier for the city’s top post.

    With 277 votes for West and 263 for Wotier, the race was decided by only 14 votes.

    West said he felt confident throughout his campaign.

    “I figured it would be pretty close,” West said. “I didn’t know it would be this close, but I felt good about it the whole time.”

  • Man uses ‘Bert’ to help teach shoplifter a lesson

    Owen County native Andrew Perry made worldwide news recently while in Charlottesville, Va., as owner of a Halloween Express store.

    It started when a teenager came in and began browsing the store. “He came in and picked up a pair of fangs,” Perry said. “Once he slipped off to the side of the store, he slipped them in his pocket. Virginia’s different from Kentucky; as soon as you try to hide something, even if you’re still in the store, you’ve stolen the merchandise.”

  • Lack of rain sparks state of emergency

    After issuing a no-burn-ban Sept. 24 due to lack of rain, Owen County Judge/Executive Carolyn Keith, has now declared Owen County in a state of emergency.

    According to a declaration that was signed Oct. 26, an agriculture drought to county farm crops, coupled with extreme heat, has been ongoing since June 1.

    “It’s really too late now for fall hay crops,” Keith said. “But if Gov. (Steve) Beshear were to declare the entire state as being in a state of emergency, our local farmers would have the chance to recoup some of their crops.”

  • County cops seek copper-caper culprits

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Office is working to locate a copper thief who vandalized several propane and refrigeration units around Owenton.

    Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Marvin Goodrich said someone vandalized the Odd Fellows Lodge, Eddy Bourne’s office, amd the Owen County Clerk’s Office on Oct. 20. Copper was also stolen from Dr. Joy Arnold’s dental clinic.