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  • One final push

    Thursday evening, Leadership Owen County hosted the third and final candidate forum for the upcoming general election.

    Both mayoral candidates, incumbent David “Milkweed” Wotier and Horace “Doug” West, participated as well as eight of the nine candidates for Owenton City Council including Tim Cammack, Darrell Hearn, Rita Osborne, Robbie Osborne, Robert “Bob” Osborne, Larry Dale Perry, Doris Riley, and Robert Walker. Gerald M. Powell did not attend.

  • Election Preview 2010 - School Board (fourth district)

    Brian Neal Clark, 44 , candidate for Fourth-district school board member

    Employment and education: Production Team Member at Toyota Motor Manufacturing and co-owner of Convergence Communications LLC; Eastern Kentucky University 1989 - BBA in Administrative Management and Transportation/Physical Distribution Management

    Family: Married to Patti M. Clark.; two daughters, Samantha Rae and Emily Katelyn

  • Candidate misses political forum

    About 60 people filed into the Monterey firehouse Thursday where Republican magistrate candidate Troy Bramblett participated in Leadership Owen County’s second forum for the general election.

    Bramblett’s opponent and current fourth district magistrate, Ray Smith, was unable to attend the forum due to sickness.

  • Owen County Circuit 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.

  • Next forum to focus on citywide candidates

    The last in a series of three candidate-forums will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Owen County Courthouse. This forum will be for Owenton mayoral candidates, as well as Owenton city council candidates.

    Leadership Owen County alumni David Morgan said both current Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier and his opponent, Horace “Doug” West, have agreed to attend the forum. Five city council candidates have said they will also attend.

  • Doors will open to new water plant

    After years of construction and planning, local residents will get a chance to look inside the new water-treatment plant near the Owen/Franklin County line.

    Kentucky American Water has announced it will hold an open house Friday for the community to get a peek.

    The plant, located on U.S. 127, became operational in September after two years of construction.

    Nick Rowe, president of Kentucky American Water, said  the plant will help provide needed water to many people in the region.

  • Troubling trend

    After a decline in drug-related arrests over the past three years in the city of Owenton, the 2010 rate has been steadily climbing, with 45 arrests so far.

    Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry reported the rise in drug-related arrests during the Oct. 5 Owenton City Council meeting.

    Gentry said in 2007 the number of drug-related arrests peaked at 36, but by 2009 the amount had dropped to 23 arrests.

  • 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.

  • Farmers to get new marketplace

    The Owen County Farm Bureau recently received a $82,419 grant to construct a permanent facility for the Owen County Farmers’ Market.

    According to a recent press release from the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy, the goal of the project is to increase farmers’ participation in the market, as well as provide better access for consumers.

    The farmers’ market, which began in 2003, has been located on the Owen Country Courthouse lawn for six of its seven years.

  • Burning ban still in place

    A no-outdoor-burning restriction that took effect Sept. 24 continues to be in place.

    Several grass fires have occurred since the ban went into effect.

    However, Owen County Judge/Executive Carolyn Keith said to her knowledge no one has been cited for illegal burning since the ban was announced. According to the Kentucky Division of Forestry, the agency responsible for citing violators, anyone caught maintaining an outside fire could  be fined.