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  • Elk Creek wins awards at national competition

    Elk Creek Vineyard recently received two silver medals and a bronze medal in the Third Annual Mid-American Wine Competition held at the Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, Iowa campus.

    “These wines were top notch,” Bob Foster, director of the Mid-American Wine Competition, said. “Consumers ought to track them down and taste them.”

  • Owen County Court Records

    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.

    June 23, 2009

  • Cornerstone Edging adds touch of beauty to local properties

    When Dave Williams began his business, Cornerstone Edging, in 2007 it was with the intent to save enough money to send his children to college. Two years later, he’s not only helping build his children’s  future, but he’s also teaching them that hard work can be rewarding.

    Cornerstone Edging offers a variety of landscape trim as well as patio walkways in many different patterns and colors.

    Williams said landscape trim is popular in Florida and that’s where he and his 16-year-old son, Trevor, were trained.

  • Servolution project helps community, young people

    Last week, 65 young people asked what they could do to help.

    Patti Clark, coordinator of the Owen County Teen Alcohol Prevention Project, said this is the third year local youth have volunteered their muscles and sweat to improve the lives of others through the Servolution Program

    In its first year, youth volunteers traveled to New Orleans to help the residents rebuild their city.

  • Impact of U.S. Open felt across Owen

    Two weeks have passed since thousands of people visited Owen County for the 2009 U.S. Open Sporting Clays Championship, but the event is still a popular topic among many and its success will be remembered for years to come.

    The event took place during the week of June 23-28 at Elk Creek Hunt Club. Shooters from all over the continental United States, as well as some from Canada, participated in the event.

    Elk Creek Hunt Club manager Gary Kathman said the event turned out to be a complete success.

  • PSC grants rate adjustment to Owen Electric Coop

    The Kentucky Public Service Commission has issued an order granting Owen Electric Cooperative Inc. a rate adjustment that will increase its annual revenue by $3.84 million, or about 3.1 percent.

    With the increase, Owen Electric’s annual revenue will be $129.8 million.

    Owen Electric applied to the PSC for the rate increase in Aug. 2008. A public hearing on the application was held March 25.

  • Music, arts and shotguns make for busy week

    Despite the heat, citizens of Owen County and those visiting for the 2009 U.S. Open Sporting Clays Championship came out strong for the first annual Sweet Owen Arts in the Park held at the Owen County Fairgrounds Saturday.

    Thirty artists set up at the fairgrounds to display and sell their work. Musical entertainment was provided throughout the day.

    Jennifer Nippert, chairman of the Owen County Arts Council said she felt the event was a success.

  • Fiscal court strips opt-out provision for fees

    After several months of debate, the Owen County Fiscal Court passed an ordinance that makes it mandatory for property owners to pay fire department membership fees. The ordinance was passed during a special June 25 meeting.

    When ordinance 156 was passed during the June 2008 fiscal court meeting, the court agreed that the ordinance would be reviewed annually.

    Upon reviewing the ordinance this year, the court concluded that ordinance 156 was illegal because it gave property owners the option of not paying the fire department membership fees.

  • Storytellers, tour helps make history come alive for visitors

    Visitors from across the country received a glimpse into Owen County history Friday during the guided carriage tour.

    Those on the tour had the opportunity to visit the oldest surviving brick home in Owen County, the Owen County Historical Museum, the Owen County Courthouse and the Stafford House. Local storytellers were stationed at each location. A tea was included in the tour, which included soup, sandwiches and desserts.

  • Fair fun on the horizon

    Summer heat, barbecues and booths selling fireworks are all sure signs that summer is here; and with the start of summer comes the anticipation of the 2009 Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show.

    This year’s fair will be held July 11-18 at the Owen County Fairgrounds. Fair board member Teresa Roberts is looking forward to a fun-filled week.

    Roberts said last year’s fair was a huge success.