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  • 2008: Looking back at a landmark year in Owen County history

    Although every year has moments that will be considered historical, 2008 will likely go down as a turning point in American history.

    Whether it be the election of the first African-American president, the financial meltdown or one of the many stories that made headlines in The News-Herald, 2008 should always stand out in the memories of Owen countians.

    To commemorate this important moment in our history, The News-Herald presents a recap of some of the most significant stories of the past year:

    Jan. 2, 2008

  • State seeks public input on project to widen section of KY 22

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is looking for public input concerning the reconstruction and widening of KY 22 from KY 227 to the KY 845 intersection.

    There will be a public meeting Jan. 28 from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Owen County High School.

    The format for the meeting will be informal and visitors can drop by at anytime and stay as long as they like.

  • Community speaks out on West Perry project

    Questions and concerns were abundant at Owenton City Hall Thursday during a public hearing concerning the West Perry renovation project.

    Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier said he felt the meeting had a positive outcome.

    “I think overall the meeting went very well,” Wotier said. “People still had some questions, but by the time they left, they seemed to have a better understanding overall.”

  • Giving the Gift of Life

    Christmas is often called the season of giving.

    But for one Owen County woman, the season of giving was in early October.

    Leeann Foree said the health problems of her father, James Hill, 61, began with a doctor’s diagnosis that he needed a quadruple bypass.

    “We knew something was wrong even before the bypass surgery,” Foree said. “But the five arteries were 95-percent blocked so they went ahead with the surgery.”

  • More missing money

    The Owen County Fiscal Court is searching for over $600 that has apparently disappeared.

    At the December meeting, it was revealed that $629.28 was withheld from a county employee’s paycheck for tax purposes. However, the money never made it to the IRS.

    The magistrates voted to pay  the employee’s missing taxes as well as all interest and penalties due to the IRS. The court also voted to reimburse the same employee for $119.41 in overpayment of taxes.

    However, the main question is still unanswered. Where did the money go?

  • Former official admits guilt in theft case

    The former Owen County deputy judge-executive charged in connection with theft of public money has changed her plea from not guilty to guilty.

    Renaee Gaines admitted her guilt in Owen County Circuit Court Tuesday before Owen County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Bates.

    Gaines was charged with two counts of theft, complicity to theft of services and official misconduct in connection with the misappropriation of public money.

  • Support needy children in Owen County this year by picking a present from the News-Herald Angel Tree. Stop by our office for more details.Help a local child know the joy of Christmas

    The News-Herald Angel Tree helps local children know the joy of Christmas through the generosity of their neighbors.

    Stop by our office at 152 W. Bryant Street in Owenton and pick up an Angel Tree card from the tree. Each card contains information about a local child and what they want for Christmas. The request is usually for an item of clothing, shoes or a small toy.

    The Angel Tree gifts are wrapped and returned to our office for distribution before Christmas.

    For more information about the Angel Tree program, call the News-Herald at 502-484-3431

  • Owen jury will hear case against officials

    A jury comprised of Owen countians will hear the case against three locals officials charged with theft.

    Tuesday, Owen County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Bates heard arguments to decide where Owen County Judge-Executive Billy O’Banion’s trial will be held.

    Bates ruled the trial will remain in Owen County – at least for now.

    “I have looked at this backward and forward, and we have to get back to the law,” Bates said.

  • Christmas comes to downtown

    A swarm of people braved the cold Sunday to watch the Owen County Annual Christmas Parade.

    The parade had 40 groups participate ranging from floats to fire trucks. The floats were decorated in this years theme – There’s No People Like Snow People.

    First Christian Church took the top prize for best church group float, and Hesler Assembly of God Royal Rangers won second place. The Girl Scouts and the Owen County Soccer League won first and second place in the civic youth float contest.

  • Plans move ahead for West Perry renovation

    The renovation of West Perry Street was the main topic of discussion at the Owenton City Council meeting Dec. 2.

    Brian Kirby, president of Community and Economic Development Associates, told the council of several new changes in the project guidelines.

    Under the changes, which were adopted by the council, once the city has obtained the West Perry properties in question, the lots will be cleared and made suitable for building. The lots will then be made available for public sale.