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  • New Owen transient tax passes fiscal court

    After over a year since the first discussion on a transient room tax, the Owen County Fiscal Court recently held a second reading on an ordinance and put the tax into place.
    The passing of the ordinance means a 3-percent tax will be charged for anyone renting a place to sleep in Owen County.
    According to the ordinance, the tax would include motor courts, motels, hotels, inns or similar accommodations. Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the ordinance would also include campgrounds.

  • Take action to learn diabetes risk

    In observance of Diabetes Alert Day (March 22), the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and Three Rivers District Health Department are encouraging people to take NDEP’s Diabetes Risk Test, which can be found at http://ndep.nih.gov/resources/ResourceDetail.aspx?ResId=252 — available in English and Spanish — to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

  • Owen County joins cleanup week

     March 20-26, 2011, marks the 13th anniversary of Commonwealth Cleanup Week — an annual week-long event implemented by the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC). This event also kicks off the Great American Cleanup, spanning from March-May. Its purpose is to provide Kentucky communities an opportunity to “spring clean,” recycle and promote personal responsibility across the commonwealth.

  • Cattle drive expands

    Starting Feb. 28, United Producers Inc. began holding a Monday cattle sale. Greg Evans, who works at the stockyard, said the Monday sale is seasonal and will continue through April and start back up in mid-September for the fall season.

  • State official outlines some laws surrounding possible alcohol sales

    If the drive to make Owen County wet is successful, many of the decisions on who, what, when, where and how have already been outlined by state law.
    According to Janet Williams, assistant director for distilled spirits for the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control,  there is no limit to the number of licenses that can be issued for beer and wine by the drink if the business meets the criteria.

  • Wet/dry petition organizers say they want to keep local dollars in Owen Co.

    Editor’s Note: For several weeks, a wet/dry petition has been circulating across the county. The move has sparked controversy, excitement and public interest throughout Owen County.
    Last week, Billy O’Banion, the unofficial spokesman for the group behind the petition drive, agreed to submit a series of questions by the News-Herald to the petition organizers. They declined a face-to-face interview. The following contains their responses:

  • Landowner chases down suspects in burglaries

    Three northern Kentucky men and a 15-year-old juvenile have been arrested following a pair of burglaries in Owen County.
    According to Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond, the suspects were involved in two separate break-ins Feb. 28.
    The first incident happened around 9 a.m., at Hwy. 22E, north of Sweet Owen Road.
    The second break-in happened about an hour later at a home on Hwy. 845.

  • Home in Perry Park explodes

    Officials are still trying to contact an Erlanger man after his house in Perry Park reportedly exploded in a liquid propane gas explosion.
    New Liberty Fire Chief Greg Davis said the New Liberty Fire Department received the call at 12:26 a.m. March 3.
    Firefighters arrived at 115 Tanglewood Dr. at 12:41 a.m.
    Davis said the explosion blew 50 to 60 feet in all directions.

  • City council accepts mayor’s recommendation

    After two months without a city attorney, the Owenton City Council recently voted to appoint Mitzy Evans to the vacant position.
    Owenton Mayor Doug West chose to not reappoint long-time city attorney Mark Cobb in January and recommended Evans to the council.
    No motion to appoint Evans was made during the council’s January meeting.
    Councilman Larry Dale Perry made a motion to appoint Evans during the council’s Feb. 1 meeting and Gerald Powell seconded the motion.
    Bob Osborne, Robert Walker and Tim Cammack voted against the appointment.

  • Tuesday crash claims life of Owen County man

    An automoblie accident late Tuesday afternoon has claimed the life of an Owen County man.