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  • City PD suspended from federal program

    During one of the worst snow emergencies faced by Owen County in recent years, one of Owenton’s crucial emergency vehicles sat useless at the side of the road 50 miles away in Burlington, Ky.
    Owenton City Clerk Laura Aldridge was given permission by Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier to take one of the cities two Humvees to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Ky. to pick up her son and his girlfriend.
    While on her way to the airport, the Humvee ran out of gas in Burlington and had to be towed back to Owenton.

  • 39,000 eggs a day

    Jonesville’s newest chicken farm, Egg Innovations, grew in population with the arrival of  25,000 chickens over the last couple of weeks.
    The free range chickens will seek the pastures around May 1,  after a brief period of getting use to the nesting and roosting areas in the over 500 foot long barn.
    After the peak laying of 98 percent, the workers will collect approximately 19,000 eggs a day.
    Local residents will not be able to get the all-organic eggs on site, but they will be sold at local Kroger stores in Kentucky.

  • Traffic woes expected to continue through May

    The first phase of the $900,000 water main replacement project is expected to continue through May 29.
    Kentucky American Water Manager of External and Governmental Affairs said the project was delayed following inclement weather in February.
    The first phase is replacing water mains along South Main Street.
    Lancho said the first phase will likely take the longest.
    Following its completion, the second phase will go from Seminary to Blanton Street.

  • A family tradition

    The Owen County School Board’s newest member may have only attended his first meeting, but serving the school district seems to be in his blood.
    With the swearing in of Craig Bowling, the school board gained it’s third generation of Bowling members. Craig’s father, Stuart, served for 18 years. His grandfather, Dr. Maurice Bowling whom Bowling middle school is named for served approximately 16 years.
    “I believe my father started in 1969 and served until his death in 1985,” Stuart Bowling said.

  • Pair arrested by sheriff's deputy in bank robbery

    A quick reaction by the Owen County Sheriff’s Department led to the arrest of two men only shortly after they allegedly robbed People’s Bank  Friday.
    The incident occurred at the 101 N. Main St. location at approximately 2:20 p.m. Friday.
    Peoples Bank & Trust Company President Todd Marston said a white male entered the bank with a demand letter, which was given to one of the bank’s tellers.

  • Owen grand jury hands down indictments

    The Owen County grand jury recently handed down the following indictments:

    l Eric M. Stivers, 37, on the charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating motor vehicle while license suspended, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, improper registration plate, no Kentucky registration receipt, failure to wear seatbelt .

  • 3-2 Tie-breaking vote approves insurance license fee hike

    A tie-breaking vote approved an ordinance that raises the county’s insurance license fee by two percent at the Owen County Fiscal Court’s March 10 meeting.
    The ordinance sets the fee at 7.5 percent, the rate the fee was set at when originally approved in 1990.
    The original ordinance had been amended twice under two different administrations, once to 6.5 and again to 5.5 percent.

  • The first 90 days

    Editor’s note: The following story is the first of three that will cover the actions of the Owen County Fiscal Court during the first 90 days of  it’s new administration.
    The lead headline of the Nov. 5, 2014 edition of the News-Herald was “Change comes to Owen County.”
    These articles are intended to highlight the changes that have taken place thus far.

    Utilization of BBX Strategies and Consulting

  • Horsepower limit raised on Elmer Davis Lake

    Even though Elmer Davis Lake in Owen County is frozen over, anglers with cabin fever are now getting the fishing fever with the forecast of warmer days to come.
    The Kentucky Dept. of  Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) recently passed a proposal that will raise the horsepower limit on eight state-owned lakes.
    Elmer Davis Lake has always had a 10-horsepower limit, meaning only motors of 10 horsepower and under could run on the lake, larger motored boats could be on the lake but only under the power of their trolling motors.

  • Winter's aftermath...

    Another blast of winter hit Owen County March 4-5, dumping nearly a foot of snow in some areas.
    Following snow, rain and more snow, the Kentucky River was on the rise last week as the snow began to melt.
    As of press time Tuesday, Owen County was under a flood watch, which  is expected to expire at 2 p.m. today.
    Owen County Emergency Management Director David Lilly said Tuesday’s rain was causing small streams to rise.
    Lilly said the river was falling, but water still covered portions of Old Landing Road Tuesday.