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  • 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.”

  • Man uses ‘Bert’ to help teach shoplifter a lesson

    Owen County native Andrew Perry made worldwide news recently while in Charlottesville, Va., as owner of a Halloween Express store.

    It started when a teenager came in and began browsing the store. “He came in and picked up a pair of fangs,” Perry said. “Once he slipped off to the side of the store, he slipped them in his pocket. Virginia’s different from Kentucky; as soon as you try to hide something, even if you’re still in the store, you’ve stolen the merchandise.”

  • Lack of rain sparks state of emergency

    After issuing a no-burn-ban Sept. 24 due to lack of rain, Owen County Judge/Executive Carolyn Keith, has now declared Owen County in a state of emergency.

    According to a declaration that was signed Oct. 26, an agriculture drought to county farm crops, coupled with extreme heat, has been ongoing since June 1.

    “It’s really too late now for fall hay crops,” Keith said. “But if Gov. (Steve) Beshear were to declare the entire state as being in a state of emergency, our local farmers would have the chance to recoup some of their crops.”

  • County cops seek copper-caper culprits

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Office is working to locate a copper thief who vandalized several propane and refrigeration units around Owenton.

    Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Marvin Goodrich said someone vandalized the Odd Fellows Lodge, Eddy Bourne’s office, amd the Owen County Clerk’s Office on Oct. 20. Copper was also stolen from Dr. Joy Arnold’s dental clinic.

  • Election Preview 2010 - School Board (fifth district)

    Terry Patterson, 59, candidate for fifth-district school board member

    Occupation and education: Purchasing manager at iTron and part-time farmer; received bachelors degree from Centre college   

    Family: Married to Billie Patterson; two sons, Adam and Kyle; one daughter, Leah; three grandsons, Sam, Houston and Micah

  • Election Preview 2010 - District Four Magistrate

    Troy M. Bramblett, 39, candidate for  fourth-district magistrate.

    Occupation and Education: Farmer, developer, real estate and real estate appraiser. Recieved a bachelor’s degree in social work from Morehead State University.

    Family: Married to Rhonda; father to Taylor, Evan and Colby. Also the son of W.B. and FaDana Bramblett and brother to Tracy Allnut and Stephanie Howard.

  • Election Preview 2010 - Owentown City Council

    Timothy Curtis Cammack, 43, candidate for Owenton City Council

    Occupation and education: Manager of Technical Services at Owen Electric; graduated from Owen County High School, 1985; two year certificate from Northern Kentucky. Vocational Technical School.

    Family: Married to Kitty Stafford for 10 years; two sons, Noah and Nash.

  • Election Preview 2010 - District One Magistrate

    Gary Wayne Minch, 49, candidate for first-district magistrate.

    Occupation and education: Veterinarian; received bachelor’s degree at University of Kentucky and DVM at Auburn University

    Family: Married to Leslie; one son, Andrew; and one daughter, Megan.