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  • No break for Labor Day

    Despite the long holiday weekend, the labor for Owen County farmers didn’t take a break.
    As August turns into September, local farmers have been hitting the tobacco fields to bring in this year’s crop.
    Steve Musen, the Owen County extension agent for agriculture  and natural resources, estimated that about 15 percent of the county’s tobacco crop has been cut and housed.
    “It looks like this is going to be a very good crop,” Musen said.

  • County sets tax rates for 2014

    Taxpayers in Owen County will see only slight changes to their tax bills following the adoption of the 2014 tax rates by the Owen County Fiscal Court.
    The court approved a compensating rate for its 2014 tax year Aug. 26 and only the real property rate will increase, from 12.2 to 12.4 per $100 of assessed value.
    The personal property rate will remain the same as in 2013 at 13.4.
    The watercraft, motor vehicle and aircraft rates will also remain the same at 14.8.

  • Owen Co. EMS to honor AmeriCorps 20th anniversary

    The countdown is on for the epic AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary celebration on Sept. 12.
    In honor of the big event, the Owen county Emergency Management is showcasing AmeriCorps on a special site.
    In honor of the big event, the organization  just launched a special website at AmeriCorps.gov. Check it out.  You can learn about their history.  
    On Sept. 12 at the Capitol building in Frankfort, there will be a ceremony held for the AmeriCorps Anniversary.
    The history of the AmeriCorps

  • Big Read projects kicks off Saturday

    The Owen County Public Library will kick off its “Big Read” Program Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    The Big Read project is designed to encourage everyone in the community to read the same classic book.
    This year’s book is Jack London’s classic tale “Call of the Wild” which takes place during the Yukon gold rush and centers on a dog named Buck who becomes a sled dog.
    For months, the library has been handing out free copies of the novel to students and members of the community.

  • Owenton Center staff takes bucket challenge

    The ice-bucket challenge had a twist at the Owenton Center.
    Thousands of people across the country have been taking part in the challenge to raise money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS research.
    But for the staff of the Owenton Center, the challenge was designed to raise money for a problem common in Owen County - Alzheimer’s disease.
    Pam Smoot, the Owenton Center director of admissions, said combating Alzheimer’s is a cause close to the heart of the hospital and its staff.

  • Christmas in August

    Despite the weather, approximately 80 bikes took to the road Aug. 17 for the Christmas In August Poker Run.
    The event helps raise money to purchase Christmas gifts for children.
    Despite the wet conditions, the group of riders faired well with the weather and was able to complete the 106-mile route.

  • Story Time with Miss Susan returns to library

    It’s time to register for the fall sessions of Story Time with Miss Susan at the Owen County Public Library. The first story time will be held Sept. 4.
    These sessions are for preschoolers and their parents or caregivers, ages 3-5, and will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays.
    In this program we will be reading easy picture books, learning songs, making easy crafts and many other fun activities.
    All programs and supplies are free, but registration is required to ensure enough supplies.

  • Memories of Morgan: Friends and comrades look back on life of long-time public servant

    “Gentle giant” was a repeated phrase Monday as former and current firefighters and first responders remembered Owen County Emergency Management Director Rick Morgan.
    Morgan, 61, passed away at the University of Kentucky Medical Center Aug. 20.
    Morgan had served as emergency management director since 1994 and had also served as county fire chief.
    In a 2013 interview with The News-Herald, Morgan said it was his dream growing up to become a firefighter.

  • Top chefs: Rebel Cuisine captures state title

    Owen County is home to a new state championship team.
    Friday, the Owen County Cuisine Rebels took top honors at the second annual Kentucky Farm to School Junior Chef State Tournament during the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville.
    The team, made up of Hailey Chappell, Carley Bennett, Kadee Carter, Cannon Goodrich, and Morgan Woodyard, took home top honors for its potato-crusted bacon cheeseburger quiche.

  • Owen County native returns and he’s ready to rock

    For several years, Dan Bourne has only returned to his native Owen County for funerals, reunions and family get-togethers.
    This weekend, Bourne will be back … and he is ready to rock.
    Over the course of the past four decades or so, Bourne has made his living as a musician. He has found success with Caught Red Handed along with band mates Todd Starns, Jimmy Calhoun, John Stinnett and Jack Kennedy.