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  • County could soon make hiring decisions

    Editor's note: Following the News-Herald's Tuesday press deadline, the Owen County Fiscal Court met and voted to hire Dan Brenyo as community program administrator, pending a background check and drug screening.
    Brenyo worked as a consultant to the Owen County Fiscal Court earlier this year, and also served as Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis' campaign manager during the 2014 election.
    For more on this story, see the Aug. 19 edition of the News-Herald.

  • Cafe owners bet jet boats will propel business boom

    Despite Friday’s cloudy skies, the area around New’s Café, Antiques and Gold Star Bed & Breakfast bustled with excitement as passengers on the Rockin’ Thunder jet boat made a lunch stop at Gratz.
    The Rockin’ Thunder Jet Boat Rides LLC, based in Madison, Ind., offers the two-day Kentucky River Adventure for $199 per person. Cafe owners Earl and Linda New are hopeful the ride will help transform Gratz back into the busy river town it once was.

  • Grand jury hands down four indictments

    Staff report

    - Demetrius Paliobagis, 28, on the charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana.

  • Historical Society News - July 12, 2015

    Although Kentucky’s economy struggled in the years following the Civil War,  the war didn’t have a huge impact on the productivity of the people in Owen County.
    Farmers continued to ship their fine tobacco and produce on numerous steamboats that plied the Kentucky River; by September 1866, Owen Countians had achieved some semblance of normalcy as they celebrated a week of festivities in New Liberty at the Owen County Fair.

  • NKY needle exchange inching forward

    By Terry DeMio
    The Kentucky Enquirer

    Needle-exchange programs could be set up in Boone, Campbell, Kenton and Grant counties – if city and county officials approve them.
    The Population Health and Clinical Services committees of the Northern Kentucky District Board of Health are scheduled to meet Thursday to talk about protocols for syringe-exchange programs at its regional health centers.

  • 2015 Owen County Schools bus routes

    Bus 1: Driver – Robert Miller – Hwy. 227 from Scott County to school, Harmony Road and Teresita Road.
    Bus 2: Driver – Lillian Peace – Sparta, end of 2 Mile, Manley, right on Hwy. 36 to Sanders, backtrack out of Sanders, left on Hwy. 227 through all of New Liberty to Hwy. 127 South to school.
    Bus 3: Driver – Patsy Fitzgerald – Hwy. 22 from the bus garage to Old Sweet Owen Road, Old Sweet Owen to fairgrounds, Green Acres Drive, Horizon Circle, Harris Ridge Road, East Adair, Cardinal Drive, Owen County Judicial Center.

  • Settlement ends deputies' overtime dispute

    The taxpayers of Owen County will ultimately be responsible for $26,000 in unpaid overtime to two Owen County sheriff’s deputies.
    Under the administration of former Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond, sheriff’s deputies were on call for nine hours at a time, but were only paid for eight hours.
    Hammond reportedly gave the deputies one hour for lunch, but under federal law, emergency personnel must be paid for the time they’re on call.

  • Soggy summer could have major impact on local farmers

    The heavy rainfall that slammed much of the state this month could take a toll on Burley tobacco producers locally, according to Owen County Extension Agent For Agriculture and Natural Resources Steve Musen.
    The USDA Census of Agriculture reports nearly 6 million lbs. of tobacco being produced in Owen County on 1,128 acres.
    “We’ve seen fairly significant damage in tobacco from this summer’s weather,” Musen said. “It could potentially impact their future contracts if they’re not able to fulfill their current contracts.”

  • New Liberty fire chief named Owen Countian Of the Year

    During his 41 years as a member of the New Liberty Volunteer Fire Department, Greg Davis is quick to admit that his dedication to the department sometimes comes before prior commitments.
    Such was the case July 20 when he was driving an ambulance to Carrollton and his wife, Dawn, called his cell phone.
    “I came in early that day,” Davis said. “Everything had gone well until about an hour before Dawn wanted me to be at the fairgrounds and the tones drop.”

  • New Columbus resident named Mother Of the Year

    The Owen County 4-H Fair & Horse Show has long been a tradition for Margie York and her family.
    “My daughter’s birthday is July 16,” York said. “We used to always celebrate her birthday at the fair. She would bring a friend and we would all go to the fair and tailgate with a birthday cake.”
    But instead of York’s family celebrating a birthday, this year they were there to celebrate her many years as a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.