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  • Heroin use up from 2014

    Communities across Kentucky have dealt with the issue of increasing heroin use throughout the past several years and Owen County is no different.

    Law enforcement agencies, healthcare organizations and the state legislature are all taking various approaches to curtail the spread of heroin and prevent more people from becoming addicted to the substance.

    Law enforcement

  • Garbage concerns discussed by city council

    BY JACOB BLAIR
    N-H Reporter

    Owenton residents and city council members talked about parking along city roadways as well as residents letting trash collect on their properties at the city council meeting last Tuesday.

    Don Bishop and Danny Williams attended Tuesday’s meeting to raise concern about Cubbage Avenue and how residents were leaving trash on their properties and also told the council several cars were parked on the one-lane road and traffic was cutting through their yards to access properties further down the street.

  • Maiden grew up 'a plain ol' country girl' on the farm

    Editor’s note: This story appeared in The News-Democrat feature series “Back in my day,” which highlights Carroll County residents who are 75 years and older.

    BY TIM HENDRICK
    Landmark News Service

    A self-described farm girl Daphna Maiden said she lived a good life.

  • Fires claim homes Saturday, Monday

    BY MOLLY HAINES & JACOB BLAIR
    N-H Staff

    Fire recently claimed two Owen County homes, one on Payne’s Run Saturday and one on Divided Ridge Road Monday.

    Fire departments were dispatched to 690 Divided Ridge Road, the residence of Kenny and Berna Tanksley, at 12:03 p.m. Monday.

    When members of the Monterey Volunteer Fire Department arrived on scene at 12:18 p.m., Captain Rex Miller said one entire end of the structure was fully involved.

  • Kentucky American Water: Prevent pipes from freezing in cold temps

    With colder, winter weather now here, Kentucky American Water is reminding customers of ways to prevent water pipes from freezing.

    Frozen water lines typically occur in areas such as crawl spaces or along the outside walls where unprotected plumbing tends to be more vulnerable to the elements. Implementing the following winterization tips now can help avoid headaches later:

  • Special House election set for March 8

    BY MOLLY HAINES
    N-H Editor

    A special election will be held Tuesday, March 8, to fill the vacancy in Kentucky’s 62nd House District after Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles was officially sworn into office Monday.

    The 62nd District includes Owen County, as well as part of Fayette and Scott counties.

    Quarles, 32, won the statewide seat in November by a landslide, making him the youngest statewide elected official in the nation.

  • New year, new you

    BY JACOB BLAIR
    N-H Reporter

    It’s a new year and one of the popular resolutions made every year is to have a healthier lifestyle. There are several resources in Owen County that can help with achieving that goal.

    Owen County Public Library

  • County employment lower now than during recession

    BY JACOB BLAIR
    N-H Reporter

    In the past six years since the bottom of the last recession, Owen County was one of 56 Kentucky counties where there was a net loss of employment.

    Owen County was home to 1,909 jobs in June of 2009. The number of jobs declined to 1,796 in June this year, a decrease of almost 6 percent, according to “The Current Economic Expansion,” a report of Kentucky’s economy published by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

  • Fee offices now have more control over their budgets

    BY MOLLY HAINES
    N-H Editor

    The Owen County Fiscal Court approved the county clerk and sheriff’s office budgets Monday, with changes that will give the offices more control over their own spending.

    Unlike the fiscal court budget, the county clerk and sheriff’s office budgets run from Jan. 1-Dec. 31 and must be approved in early January, according to state law.

    At the beginning of each year, the offices begin with a zero balance.

  • 127 N. fire claims life of 61 year old

    A trailer fire that broke out some time before noon Monday claimed the life of a 61-year-old man.
    Charles Seniours was home alone at 7745 Hwy. 127 North, likely sitting in a chair near the front end of the house, where those that knew him said he spent much of his time.
    Passersby told firefighters, who arrived on scene at 12:11 p.m., that’s where the fire began.
    “When we arrived it was at the peak of being inflamed,” New Liberty Fire Chief Greg Davis said. “There was no putting it out.”