Local News

  • Audit finds problems still linger for government

    The latest audit of the Owen County Fiscal Court has determined that some of the county’s money management problems lingered in 2008.

    The audit revealed seven problems during the 2008 fiscal year. Many of the problems mirror the money management issues discovered during the 2007 audit.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Billy O’Banion said many of the problems discovered during the 2007 audit are in the process of being fixed. He said the duplication of the 2007 and 2008 audits is because the two were held so close together.

  • Walking track will be focus of public hearing

    The Owen County Fiscal Court will hold a public hearing regarding a grant application for the extension of the existing walking track surrounding Actaris Field at the Owen County Park. 

    The meeting will take place during the Owen County Fiscal Court meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Owen County Courthouse.

    All members of the public are invited to attend and written responses will be accepted at the Owen County judge-executive’s office.

  • Time well spent: Inmates help paint parts of Owen High

    Tis the season to give back to the community; at least it is for inmates at the Frankfort Career Development Center who volunteered to paint the cafeteria and three hallways at the Owen County High School this past weekend. Principal Shannon Treece wanted to paint several areas of the school in preparation for the upcoming Class A Basketball Tournament, which will be held at the high school, in January.

  • New arrivals in 2008

    The following births were recorded in the pages of The News-Herald during 2008:

    October 2007

    Luke Austin Rice, Oct. 16

    November 2007

    Taryn Louise Alcorn, Nov. 5

    Carson Carter, Nov. 15

    Audrey Star Gaines, Nov. 24

    December 2007

    Braydon Tindle, Dec. 11

    Kylee Grace O’Banion, Dec. 12

    Matthew Carmack, Dec. 12

    Pyper Jensen Keith, Dec. 12

    Michael Wagers, Dec. 18

    Austin Blackwell, Dec. 22

    Bindi Gail Hudson, Dec. 22

    Bryson Shane Tirey, Dec. 27

  • 2008: Saying goodbye

    These deaths were recorded in the pages of The News-Herald during 2008.

    December 2007

    Charles Joseph Taylor, 63

    Irene Thompson Craigmyle Bilyeu, 93

    Robert C. Florey, 82

    Florene Bishop, 85

    William B. “Webie” Scruggs, 81

    Alta Fay Carver, 71

    Ida Lee Johnson, 70

    Arvel Shelton, 81

    Robert W. Cohorn, 87

    Irene Bilyeu, 93

    Glenn Allen Johnson Jr., 33

    Kendra Nicole “Kelly” Johnson, 26

    Sevin Zyrin Johnson, 5

    Mekenzie K-Lynn Johnson, 2

  • 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?