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  • Council hires new part-time police officer, approves resolution for police backup

    Following an executive session by the Owenton City Council Aug. 2, Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier swore in Jason Jones, the city’s newest part-time police officer.

    Police Chief Terry Gentry said the department needed another officer after being short-staffed following the suspension of officer Rufus Shearer Jr. Out of all the applications the department had on file, Jones was the only one who currently held the Peace Officer Professional Standards certification and had been to the academy.

    “He was the top candidate,” Gentry said.

  • Sheriff warns against potential phone scams

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about phone scams, the most recent one where callers claim to be from the IRS.

    Owen County Sheriff Mark Bess said he has been receiving reports about this type of scam call on an almost weekly basis. One form of the phone call alleges there are legal charges that need resolved.

    “The IRS is never ever going to call,” Bess said.

  • Former teacher takes on district-wide position

    Middle school science teacher, high school guidance counselor and alternative school principal are just a few of the titles Joretta Crowe has held during her 24-year career as an educator. Now, Crowe is beginning her 25th year in Owen County as the new director of districtwide programs.

    Crowe’s life-long pursuit of education is something that started when she was young.

    “I had two siblings that are younger, four and five years younger than I am, and I would sit there and teach them on a blackboard,” Crowe said.

  • Cole brothers bring home 12th at national high school rodeo

    More than 170 high school teams entered the team roping division at the 68th National High School Finals Rodeo last month in Gillette, Wyo. Two Owen County natives were able to bring home 12th place.

    Quinn Cole and Wyatt Cole had a time of 29.81 seconds in the dally team roping, according to the rodeo’s website.

    Greg Cole, Quinn and Wyatt’s father, said the two had a time of just over 7 seconds while qualifying for the “short go.” The top 20 qualifiers moved on to the finals.

  • Perkins still going strong

    BY LAUREN HOLLOWAY
    N-H Intern

    When you see Don Perkins and his wife Nancy in the tomato patch, it’s clear that there’s nothing he values more than family, his work and the outdoors.

    Perkins has been farming for as long as he can remember. Out of five brothers and three sisters, all of the boys grew up to be farmers.

    “Farming is in my family,” he said. “It was the only thing we all knew.”

  • Ky. American demos old Perry Street tank

    The water tower on Perry Street is no more.

    Crews from Kentucky American Water removed the tank in a single day after it was apparent the tank was no longer needed, according to Susan Lancho, external affairs manager for Kentucky American Water.

    “There were various tanks throughout our system that weren’t needed so they went ahead and took those down,” Lancho said.

  • School district discusses dual credit changes

    As the summer draws to a close with school starting in less than a week, students, parents and district staff gathered at the Owen County High School Monday evening to discuss changes made to Kentucky’s dual credit program for high school students.

    “We thought it was important to pull everyone back together. There’s been a lot of information and news out there about dual credit and some of the changes that’s taken place. We did not expect those changes to take place,” Rob Stafford, superintendent of Owen County Schools, said.

  • Battle of the Bluegrass celebrates third year in Owenton

    More than a dozen teams from across the Commonwealth gathered at the Owen County Park Saturday for the Battle of the Bluegrass, a softball tournament of the Grant County Special Olympics.

    Event coordinators reached out to former Owen County Parks and Recreation Director Buck Beverly three years ago in search of a new facility for the event.

  • Garnett celebrated as longtime public servant

    Former coworkers, friends and family celebrated a decades-long career in public service as Lannis Garnett recently retired from Owen County EMS.

    Prior to receiving his EMT training in 1980, Garnett was trained in CPR and first aid. Beginning in 1981, he and his wife Gladys ran Owen County Life Squad from their home until the service came under the rule of the Owen County Fiscal Court in August 1989.

  • Saying goodbye

    It is hard to believe that eight weeks have come and gone and it is time for me to say goodbye to The News-Herald and the Owenton community.

    Throughout the summer, I have learned so much not only from the office but from the community as well. The people of Owenton — from the school system, to the farmers, to the local businesses — have been so welcoming and for that, I am grateful.