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  • Snowball blast

    When forecasters began predicting the first big snowfall of the season, the Owen County Road Department was prepared to work long hours to keep roads safe for traveling.

    Snow began falling early Thursday morning. By Thursday afternoon Owen County Road Supervisor Greg Smoot and Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith set the snow emergency level at two.

  • Well-known minister steps down from First Christian

    Jokes were made, tears were shed and stories were told Dec. 30 at Owenton First Christian Church when pastor Bill Watson and his wife, Brenda, sat before a crowd of friends and well-wishers.

    The church held a dinner and celebration in honor of Watson’s retirement after nine and a half years as pastor.

    Watson, who began preaching at Owenton First Christian Church in June 2000, said the members of the church quickly became family to him.

  • A quiet holiday

    New Year’s Eve is often a busy night for members of law enforcement. However, this year it was smooth sailing in Owen County.

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Office and the Owenton Police Department set up road blocks throughout the county, including one near the former Dairy Queen restaurant and one in New Columbus.

    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said a couple of courtesy citations were issued along with several citations for public intoxication, but his office made no DUI arrests.

  • Perkins pursues research dream

    Dr. Ray Perkins of New Liberty Proteomics spoke at the Owenton Rotary Club meeting held Dec. 14 on the research facility he hopes to build in New Liberty.

    Perkins and his daughter, Sarah Leonard, have worked for 10 years to develop effective and economical methods in the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

    Perkins said these methods will also apply to many forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and other infectious diseases.

  • Year In Review

    2009 may well be remembered as one of the most pivotal years in the long history of Owen County. New businesses opened while some old favorites closed. A new era in county government began following controversy. We said hello to new neighbors and goodbye to many old friends.

    Here is a look back from the pages of the News-Herald.

    Jan. 7, 2009

    The Owen County Fiscal Court held a public hearing regarding a grant application for the extension of the existing walking track surrounding Actaris Field at the Owen County Park.

  • Court will wait on ambulance service increase

    People across the nation are concerned that the pending health-care legislation before Congress could affect the costs of health care in the United States.

    Those concerns filtered down to the Owen County Fiscal Court Monday when Owen County EMS Director Kevin Luther approached the magistrates about a 5-percent increase in the ambulance rates to match new rates that Medicaid allows ambulance services to charge and be reimbursed for under federal policy.

  • Early-morning fire destroys home on 227

    A home at 9905 Hwy. 227 S. was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning.

    Owen County Fire Chief Larry Karsner said the station received a call around 1:30 a.m.

    “Five departments were there,” Karsner said. “It was pretty much fully involved by the time we got there in the left, front center of the house.”

    Fire crews worked until around 5:30 a.m. putting out the flames at the home of Rodney Osbourne.

    Karsner said no one was injured in connection with the fire.

  • Accident took life of Owen man, police say

    An Owen County man was found dead early Monday morning in a creek bed at 3120 Hwy. 1316 near Mosby Creek.

    According to Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond, Jesse Bailey, 66, kept a sump pump in the creek to pump water into his home.

    Police suspect Bailey went to turn the sump pump off Saturday evening and slipped, hitting his head on a rock in the creek bed.

    Hammond said Bailey had suffered with illnesses.

  • Public helps bring Christmas to needy Owen County kids

    With the nation suffering through an economical crisis, many people throughout Owen County became angels to 76 boys and girls on this year’s angel tree.

    The angel tree started out with 54 children but as the weeks passed by, more and more parents went through the Owen County Extension Office to receive assistance for their children.

    The extension office’s support member, Stephanie Howard, said 76 is the highest number of children the records show, which go back to 1994.

  • Holiday heists

    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond is warning all Owen County citizens to keep their vehicles locked up tight.

    Hammond said he received 16 reports of vehicles that had various items stolen from them Sunday night and Monday morning.

    “A lot of people are going out and doing their Christmas shopping,” Hammond said. “They’ll leave $10 or $15 dollars lying in their car and the doors unlocked.”

    Hammond said the reported thief or thieves were not breaking into any vehicles, but instead stealing from vehicles that were not locked.