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  • Next forum to focus on citywide candidates

    The last in a series of three candidate-forums will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Owen County Courthouse. This forum will be for Owenton mayoral candidates, as well as Owenton city council candidates.

    Leadership Owen County alumni David Morgan said both current Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier and his opponent, Horace “Doug” West, have agreed to attend the forum. Five city council candidates have said they will also attend.

  • Doors will open to new water plant

    After years of construction and planning, local residents will get a chance to look inside the new water-treatment plant near the Owen/Franklin County line.

    Kentucky American Water has announced it will hold an open house Friday for the community to get a peek.

    The plant, located on U.S. 127, became operational in September after two years of construction.

    Nick Rowe, president of Kentucky American Water, said  the plant will help provide needed water to many people in the region.

  • Troubling trend

    After a decline in drug-related arrests over the past three years in the city of Owenton, the 2010 rate has been steadily climbing, with 45 arrests so far.

    Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry reported the rise in drug-related arrests during the Oct. 5 Owenton City Council meeting.

    Gentry said in 2007 the number of drug-related arrests peaked at 36, but by 2009 the amount had dropped to 23 arrests.

  • 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.

  • Farmers to get new marketplace

    The Owen County Farm Bureau recently received a $82,419 grant to construct a permanent facility for the Owen County Farmers’ Market.

    According to a recent press release from the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy, the goal of the project is to increase farmers’ participation in the market, as well as provide better access for consumers.

    The farmers’ market, which began in 2003, has been located on the Owen Country Courthouse lawn for six of its seven years.

  • Burning ban still in place

    A no-outdoor-burning restriction that took effect Sept. 24 continues to be in place.

    Several grass fires have occurred since the ban went into effect.

    However, Owen County Judge/Executive Carolyn Keith said to her knowledge no one has been cited for illegal burning since the ban was announced. According to the Kentucky Division of Forestry, the agency responsible for citing violators, anyone caught maintaining an outside fire could  be fined.

  • Bramblett, Smith to square off Thursday

    The second of three candidate forums will be held Thursday at the Monterey Fire Department.

    The series, which will spotlight individual races, turns its attention to the race for Owen County Fourth District magistrate featuring Democrat incumbent Ray Smith and Republican challenger Troy Bramblett

    Both Smith and Bramblett have confirmed their intention to attend the forum.

  • Agency helps feed 200 local families

    As the local and national economy continues to struggle, the strain on free food banks has never been greater.

    Rhonda Young, manager of the Owen County Community Action organization, said the need continues to escalate as more people struggle to get enough to eat.

    Recently, Young with the help of volunteers from the Hesler Assembly of God Church, handed out thousands of pounds of food to 200 needy families in Owen County at the Owen County Fairgrounds.

    Young said she could see a significant increase in the amount of assistance needed in just a few months.

  • Candidates vie for support at forum

    Owen County’s district one magistrate candidates took the spotlight Thursday during the first of three local candidate forums for the November election.

    Asa Philips, who beat out Daniel Humphries in the May Democratic primary election, and Republican candidate Gary W. Minch participated in the forum.

    Despite light attendance, each candidate spoke at length on their views and what they hope to see happen within the county over the next four years.

  • County takes bids for road repair projects

    Eagle Hill Road and Pleasant Grove Road can each expect resurfacing in their future.

    The Owen County Fiscal Court held a special meeting Sept. 28 and opened bids for the Eagle Hill and Pleasant Grove roads project. The renovation projects will affect about 4.62 miles of roadway.

    A total of three bids were submitted, with the court accepting Mago Construction’s bid at $145,500.