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  • A year ends, change begins for local government

    Owenton Mayor-elect Doug West is expected to take the oath of office Friday at Owenton City Hall.

    The date was announced at Owenton City Council’s regular monthly meeting Dec. 7.

    West will be sworn in at 4 p.m. and a reception will take place afterward.

    West said the entire community is invited to attend.

    One newly elected magistrate was sworn into office Dec. 6 at the Owen County Courthouse.

    Troy Bramblett, who ran against and defeated fourth-district magistrate Ray Smith, was sworn in as well as others in various county positions.

  • Man charged with shooting cats in Owenton

    A 76-year-old Owenton man has been charged with two counts of second-degree cruelty to animals and two counts of third-degree criminal mischief after a criminal complaint was filed in October.

    According to the complaint, Samuel H. Riley, subjected two cats to “injurious mistreatment” by shooting them with a .22 rifle on two separate dates.

    The cats were the property of Diana and Ted Seaman.

    The shooting caused one of the cats to have its leg amputated and the other suffered a shattered jaw.

  • Bad weather in the area? It’s snow problem

    County road crews stayed busy earlier this week as several inches of snow fell across Owen County and temperatures plummeted into the teens.

    Owen County Road Supervisor and Solid Waste Coordinator Greg Smoot said although one truck wasn’t operating, no major problems occurred.

  • Shooting leaves one dead

    A 71-year-old Corinth man has been charged with murder after what Kentucky State Police say may have been a drug-related meeting.

    Christopher Dennis Jr. was arrested Saturday morning after KSP troopers found the body of 30-year-old Ruben J. Eppele, of Georgetown, shot to death in Dennis’ home at 2430 Cull Pepper Lane Friday.

    More than five pounds of marijuana were discovered at the home.

    Dennis is also charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and trafficking in marijuana (over five pounds), charge enhanced by possession of a firearm.

  • Santa comes to town Sunday

    The annual Owen County Christmas parade will roll through town Sunday, kicking off the Christmas season once more.

    This year’s theme will be “A Christmas Wish for You.”

    Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science Judy Hetterman said this theme was chosen from last year’s leftovers.

    “We still had some good suggestions left from last year so we decided to choose one of those,” Hetterman said.

  • Meeting the Needs could fall short

    As children across the world prepare letters of their special wants to send to the North Pole, one organization in Owen County is seeking basic needs to continue helping local families.

    Meeting the Needs, a ministry that started in 2005, is a faith-based, nonprofit organization. Volunteers from local churches help families who are in crisis with food, clothing and other emergency situations.

  • Angel Tree begins to shine again

    This year, 36 children across Owen County are looking to have their Christmas made special by those who take a name from the angel tree, put together by the Owen County Extension Office.

    The extension office’s support member, Stephanie Howard, said each year families throughout Owen County request assistance through their office.

    Those who request help can get full sponsorship by attending the “Small Steps to Health and Wellness” class or participating in 16 hours of community service.

  • Middle school students will go to new building after holiday break

    Despite not having a completion date set in stone, Owen County School District Superintendent David Raleigh said students will be moving into the new Maurice Bowling Middle School following winter break.

    The school was expected to be completed in October, but due to harsh winter weather earlier this year, contractors were unable to complete construction in early fall.

  • 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.

    Nov. 19, 2010

  • Keith lifts burn ban

    Following a serious drought and a nearly two-month long ban on outdoor burning, Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith has lifted ban but warned it could go back into effect if conditions warrant.

    The ban went into effect Sept. 24 and was lifted early Friday.

    A state of emergency relating to the drought was officially declared Oct. 26.

    According to the declaration, the drought created considerable hardships for Owen County farmers.

    Keith said the burn ban and the state of emergency were two separate proclamations.