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  • ANOTHER SHOT

    A wet-dry petition that had been making the rounds in Owen County since earlier this year was officially filed at the county clerk’s office Thursday, July 14.

    The petition required signatures from 25 percent of voters in the last election. A total of 656 signatures were certified by Monday morning and a local option election is slated for Sept. 20.

  • For Duvall, farming has been a near lifelong adventure

    In the late 1940s, a young boy from Wheatley would cash in the contents of his piggy bank to purchase two sheep. He wasn’t quite old enough to begin grade school, but already Billy Duvall had recognized his passion.

    “I never wanted to do anything else,” Duvall said of farming. “By the time I got out of high school I already had several different crops, equipment and livestock.”

  • Chisholm crowned Miss Owen

    Nineteen contestants had entered Saturday’s Miss Owen County Fair Pageant. The runner ups were announced and then it was down to two contestants. Master of Ceremonies Billy O’Banion paused before announcing the first runner-up, when shouts of “Go ‘Queen V!’” came from the quiet crowd.

    The shout signaled support for hometown girl Veronica Chisholm, who would walk away with the sash and crown. Chisholm was only one of two Owen County residents competing in the pageant.

  • Robertson, Johnson vie for PVA’s office

    Last week, Owen County’s Democratic and Republican parties selected their nominees for the property valuation administrator position, which is on the ballot in this year’s general election in November.

    The Owen County Republican Committee selected Blake Robertson, who is currently serving in the county property valuation administrator role. Robertson was appointed June 10 by Gov. Matt Bevin after the death of James “Jimmy” Coyle in April.

  • Ellis addresses council's concerns

    Owenton City Council’s monthly meeting started a little different than normal as Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis talked about the city and county’s relationship.

    “It seems that a lot of people in the community continue to try and pit the county and the city against each other,” Ellis said. “I’ve been here and addressed it before. We’ve had some issues, we’ve worked through those, and I think we’re better for it, to be quite honest.”

  • Annual county fair set to begin Saturday; carnival opens Monday

    The Owen County Fairgrounds may be quiet now but starting Saturday throughout all of next week, patrons will fill the venue for the 85th annual Owen County Fair.

    Owen County Fair Board Director Ashley Young said it seems many communities don’t value the county fair as much these days, but he doesn’t believe that pertains to Owen countians.

    “To most people it is like an old time tradition,” Young said. “People look forward to it here.”

  • THE ARK HAS ARRIVED

    By LINDA LAWRENCE
    Landmark News Service

    Thousands of people descended on Grant County for the official Ark Encounter ribbon-cutting and media day held on July 5 and the grand opening to the public, which took place as planned on July 7.

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup driver visits Elk Creek

    A good-size crowd was on hand for the 2016 NAPA Ultimate Shootout Thursday at Elk Creek Hunt Club. During a lunch break for the shootout, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, answered questions from the crowd.

  • Back to the Bluegrass: NASCAR teams gear up for race weekend

    Forty 725-horsepower cars will take to the track at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night as part of NASCAR’s annual trip to the Bluegrass State for the Sprint Cup series drivers.

    The race weekend consists of three NASCAR races: the Camping World Truck Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at 8:30 p.m. Thursday night, the Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at 8:30 p.m. Friday night and the weekend’s cornerstone with the Sprint Cup Series race, the Quaker State 400 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.

  • David Smith's roots grounded in agriculture

    BY LAUREN HOLLOWAY
    N-H Intern

    Editor’s Note: Over the next 12 weeks the staff of the News-Herald will be interviewing and photographing Owen County’s seasoned farmers for six different “Have You Been Farmin’ Long” stories, set to run every other week through Sept. 14.