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  • Pair will share national stage

    The Maurice Bowling Middle School cheerleaders continue to shine.

    In July, the team attended camp at University of Kentucky and came away with lots of new material and more trophies for the school. This year, some of the awards included Superior Squad, first-place Middle School Crowd Cheer; first-place Middle School Extreme Routine; and Top Spirit Squad UK UCA Camp 2010.

    Three of this year’s eighth-graders were awarded top awards at camp also.

  • Group urges leaders to focus on the future

    With an eye set toward the future of Owen County, the Leadership Owen County Alumni members held a Rural Community Renewal event Thursday in hopes of getting more community leaders involved and brainstorming ideas for the revitalization of the county.

    Members of the Owenton and Monterey City Councils and the Sparta and Gratz Commissions were invited to attend the event. Those who won seats in the May primary election, as well as those who are running for positions in the November general election were also invited to the event.

  • West, Wotier to square off for mayor’s office

    For the first time since Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier was appointed to the position of mayor in 2000, the Owenton mayor’s race will be contested in the 2010 November general election.

    Horace “Doug” West, a former Owen County sheriff and former Owen County judge-executive, filed against Wotier only months after running for judge-executive in the May primary.

    West was beaten in May by incumbent Carolyn Keith, who was appointed to the position of Owen County judge-executive in February 2009.

  • And the races are on ...

    The deadline to file for races in the November general election has passed.

    In the coming weeks, the News-Herald will be profiling candidates in the contested races and their positions on the issues facing Owen County.

    The race that will likely generate the most interest will be challenger and former Owen County Judge-Executive Doug West taking on incumbent David “Milkweed” Wotier for mayor of the city of Owenton.

    Here is the list of candidates who have filed papers with Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid.

  • Board names new Owen County High principal

    On Aug. 30,  students will say goodbye to Owen County High School Principal Shannon Treece and hello to their new leader, Danny Osborne.

    Osborne, a 33-year-old principal at Virgie Middle School in Pike County, signed his contract with the Owen County School District Monday.

    Owen County Schools Interim Superintendent Don Martin announced the new hire during Monday evening’s Owen County Board of Education meeting.

  • County holds line on taxes

    Despite talk of the national economy being on the rise, the Owen County Fiscal Court met Aug. 10 and decided to keep last year’s tax rates.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said the court could have taken the 4-percent increase.

    “With the way the economy has been, I just didn’t feel that people could take that increase,” Keith said. “A 4-percent increase would have amounted to about a $2,000 difference in revenue.”

  • Bike mystery solved

    For about week, Owen County’s Greg Estes has been all over the place.

    His picture has been prominently featured on Yahoo News. He’s fielded calls from local, regional and international media organizations.

    All this over a $5 bike.

    Last week, the News-Herald broke the story first of Estes, the custom-made racing bike, and former Tour de France champion Floyd Landis.

  • Sprint Cup gets green flag at Sparta

    One of the nation’s premier sporting events is coming to Kentucky. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run a race at Kentucky Speedway in 2011.

    The much-anticipated announcement came yesterday after a week of speculation and 10 years of hard work.

    Since the track opened in 2000, the goal had been to host a race involving NASCAR’s top series. The dream became a reality when Bruton Smith, the CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI), made the announcement at Tuesday’s press conference at the Kentucky Speedway.

  • Clark takes seat on Owen board

    A seat on the Owen County School Board that has been vacant since early June was filled during a special meeting of the board Thursday.

    Brian N. Clark, 44, was administered the Owen County Board of Education member oath of office, as well as the Kentucky Constitutional oath, by Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith.

    Clark, a 1984 graduate of Dixie High School in Edgewood and a 1989 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, said he decided to pursue the vacant seat after realizing the struggles his daughter, Samantha, faced after leaving Owen County for college.

  • What a big deal

    Everyone has heard the old saying, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”

    A bicycle priced at $5 – assumed to be junk in a 127 yard sale on Roland Avenue – turned out to be the find of a lifetime for Owenton resident Greg Estes.

    Regardless of its two flat tires and what appeared to be broken pedals, Estes said he thought it looked like an expensive sports bike.

    “I thought I could put it back in my sale and maybe get a couple hundred out of it,” Estes said.