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  • Johnson takes seat on school board

    Only weeks after the general election, Dr. Larry Johnson took his seat on the board of education Monday.

    Johnson took the oath of a school board member and the Kentucky constitutional oath during the board’s regular monthly meeting.

    Johnson defeated Brian Clark and Deedi Dunavent by several hundred votes for the position of fourth district school board earlier this month.

  • Students say thank you to Owen County military

    Continuing a Veterans Day tradition started by Owen County High School alumnus Mary Kennedy, junior Mattie Cook coordinated the lunch and assembly program that recognized local veterans.

    Cook said she was proud to accept responsibility for the program because she is passionate about showing appreciation to veterans and helping other students better understand why veterans should be appreciated every day of the year.

  • Owen public library moves ahead with relocation plans

    With the purchase of land and exterior designs being approved, the ball is rolling for the Owen County Public Library’s new facility.

    The library board purchased 4.3 acres on Hwy. 22 East near the Hi-Y-Inn.

    The property was owned by Blue Moon Investors and was sold to the library for $175,000.

    Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert said buying property and having some paperwork signed is a huge relief.

    The library board held a public meeting Oct. 23 when architect Monica Sumner presented an exterior design for the library.

  • 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.”