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  • Owen County District Court Oct. 31, 2008

    Angela M. Blackwell, 1971, regulations necessary to implement KRS 150 purpose, pleaded guilty, continued to Nov. 14.

    Russell W. Echaves, 1966, no operator’s license, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of unspecified controlled substance or drug, speeding 11 mph over the limit, transferred to grand jury, $10,000 cash bond set.

    Lynn Hatfield, 1970, first-degree possession of cocaine, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, transfered to grand jury, continued to Nov. 14.

  • Strong turnout in Owen

    Voting precincts were swarmed with voters as Owen County chose its leaders.

    The Owenton voters as requested a change as Robert “Casey” Ellis, Bobby Walker, Rita Osborne, and Larry Dale Perry were elected to the Owenton City Council.

    The Owen County School Board will be Brian Young, Stuart Bowling, and Magaret Forsee,

    In the state elections, Owen County voted for Damon Thayer for the Kentucky Senate and Royce Adams for the Kentucky House of Representatives.

  • Board selects site for new judicial center

    After months of negotiation, the Project Development Board announced the new Owen County Judicial Center will be built on five acres owned by the Ford family trust.

    The land is on Hwy. 127, one-tenth of a mile south from the current courthouse. The property is mostly farm land and will not require high demolition costs.

    Owen County Judge-executive Billy O’Banion, the only member of the fiscal court to vote against the proposal, said he wanted to keep the judicial center as close to downtown as possible.

  • Clerk expects strong voter turnout in Owen County

    It looks like more Owen countians could be casting ballots this year than the last presidential election.

    Back when there were nine days left before the absentee ballot deadline, 198 Owen countians had already cast ballots.

    For the November 2004 election, 285 Owen County residents voted absentee. Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said there is usually a flurry close to the deadline and expects the total number of absentee ballots cast to exceed the previous presidential election total.

  • Architects present several different versions of new middle school

    The new Owen County Middle School is one step closer to becoming a reality.

    Ron Murall Architects presented the Owen County Board of Education with four plans in an attempt to balance the administration’s wish list and the hard realities of the budget.

    Each plan highlights one of four alternate features that will be built only if the budget allows. The options are two flex classrooms, an auditorium, a rooftop courtyard and extra locker rooms.

  • Sheriff warns of mail scam

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Department is warning citizens about a new scam that is hitting some area mailboxes.

    A letter from the Reader’s Digest Corporate Claims in Spokie, Ill. announces “you are a grand prize winner of $100,000.”

    The letter includes a check from Compass Bank of Houston, Texas for $3,047.75 with a promise the prize will be released once the check is deposited in a bank account.

  • Court News

    Circuit Court

    Oct. 21, 2008

    Brian K. Bobbitt, 1970, probation violation, continued to Dec. 9.

    Richard William Buchanan, 1969, receiving stolen property, persistent felony offender, bench warrant set for $15,000.

    Anthony Tyler Fulton, 1988, failure to comply with sex offender registration, pleaded guilty.

    Kenneth Gabbard, 1974, failure to report change in order to receive benefits, continued to Dec. 18.

    Kenneth William Gabbard, 1974, probation violation, see order.

  • A million dollar rescue

    West Perry Street won the battle for a facelift. The city is applying for a $1 million grant to rehabilitate a section of the street.

    Brian Kirby, president of Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA), is spearheading the project. CEDA representatives went door-to-door to assess the needs of the each home on both West and East Perry.

  • Whitlock joins The News-Herald

    With county officials facing indictment and a major election just around the corner, it looks like I picked a good time to jump on board at The News-Herald.

    My name is John Whitlock and I’ve assumed the role as news editor here at the paper.

    First a little bit about my history.

    I was born in Cynthiana in 1965. Although I am a child of the 1960s, no one would accuse me of being a hippie. My father worked for the Harrison County Rural Electric Association. My mother was a nurse at Harrison Memorial Hospital for many years before retiring.

  • Judge rejects calls for resignation

    Several concerned citizens came to the Oct. 14 Owen County Fiscal Court meeting looking for answers and explanations regarding the charges brought by an Owen County grand jury against three local officials.

    Last month, former Owen County Deputy Judge-Executive Renaee Gaines, Owen County Judge-Executive Billy O’Banion and Owen County Treasurer Gayla Lewis were indicted for allegedly misappropriating money and charges of official misconduct.

    Local attorney Gerald Kemper said the Owen County Code of Ethics Committee should take up the matter.