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Local News

  • Local educators will see decrease in paycheck

    Financial strife for Owen County Schools continued at the December board of education meeting, as new legislation passed will cause employees to see a slight decrease in their paycheck.

  • City of Gratz wet-dry vote set for Tuesday

    N-H Staff report
    Voters in the City of Gratz are expected to head to the polls Tuesday, Jan. 10, to vote on the question, “Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in the City of Gratz?”
    The voting will take place at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, located at 5825 Gratz Rd. Only those who are registered voters in the City of Gratz will be allowed to vote. The polls will be open from 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
    The City of Gratz is home to approximately 70 registered voters, according to the Owen County Clerk’s Office.

  • Toyota sets plans for Erlanger departure

    By Melissa Reinert
    The Kentucky Enquirer    
    ERLANGER – Workforce reduction began Jan. 3 for Toyota’s headquarters in Erlanger and will continue through the end of 2018.
    In April 2014, Toyota announced that it would close its Erlanger facility and relocate workers to Texas, Michigan or its manufacturing facility in Georgetown, Kentucky.
    By the time the Erlanger facility is closed, Toyota will have moved about 1,600 jobs out of Northern Kentucky as part of a nationwide consolidation of the company’s operations.

  • Another historic year in the books

    This year has been one for the records.
    Owen County has seen the Runnin’ Rebels shine as never before and become a source of immense pride for nearly everyone.
    Owen countians faced new challenges, and although the winds of change have blown through the community, the majority preferred to honor tradition and stay the course.
    In the past year, we have seen the county divide over issues but still willing to come together in the hour of need or for the betterment of the community.

  • Electoral College worked as the Founders intended

    By Jim Paxton
    The Paducah Sun
    The Electoral College system performed just as the Founders intended in the 2016 presidential election.
    The institution has taken a lot of criticism in recent years. It has been referred to as archaic, particularly after elections in which the successful candidate won both the electoral and popular votes.
    This year was different. Disappointed Hillary Clinton voters raised a hue and cry about the fact that she lost the presidency in the Electoral College despite receiving more of the popular vote than Donald Trump did.

  • Long Ridge Baptist live nativity a holiday tradition

    Thirteen people in costume, three camels, two donkeys, goats, sheep, two baby lambs, builders, hay haulers, animal movers, volunteers, and hot chocolate servers — that’s what goes into making Long Ridge Baptist Church’s two live nativity performances a success every year.
    Church member and program coordinator Rita Ann Richardson said the program is a group effort that takes the whole church, not just the people in costume.

  • Blanket ministry started by local teen continues to grow each year

    While many teenagers concern themselves with the latest fads and trends, 13-year-old Carsyn Inman has found a different way to spend her spare time.
    At the age of 8, Inman became concerned at school and while visiting Cincinnati with her family, when she noticed some of her peers and adults were lacking warm clothes during the winter months.
    With the help of her mom and the members of Hesler Assembly of God, Inman can now rest a little easier knowing she’s had a hand in providing extra warmth for those in need.

  • Fire claims local EMT, firefighter’s home

    Owen County EMT and Monterey Volunteer Firefighter Glenn Rucker has spent the last five years of his life training for the worst – that training may have saved his and his family’s lives Saturday morning.
    Rucker and his wife, along with their youngest daughter, were asleep in their bedroom between 3-4 a.m., Saturday morning, when Rucker woke up coughing. He then heard smoke alarms.

  • Council may discuss changes to alcohol ordinance

    Changes to Kentucky’s alcohol laws led a local businessman to approach the Owenton City Council at its Dec. 6 meeting.
    Jason Wainscott, a part owner of Full Service Auto, presented the council with a packet of information regarding the changes, which make it possible for city councils to adopt alcohol sales for establishments seating 50, with 70 percent gross sales from food. However, these establishments would require a food purchase with alcohol.

  • Students receive lesson in giving

    Since her first year of teaching in 2001, third-grade teacher Mary Inman has shared the gift of responsibility and compassion with her students.
    Through hard work and dedication, the students sponsor a family in need and give them a special Christmas through the Owen County Extension Office.
    When Inman announces the project around Nov. 1 each year, students learn that they must work and do chores around their family’s homes to raise money to sponsor the family. The goal this year was $450.
    The students exceeded their goal by $100.