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  • Magistrates approve first reading of cable franchise agreement

    A first reading on an ordinance that would grant Inside Connect Cable, LLC a nonexclusive franchise was held at a recent Owen County Fiscal Court meeting.
    If approved upon a second reading, the ordinance would grant the right to construct and maintain, on any street, all facilities necessary for the operation of the cable system.
    If approved, the franchise would continue for 15 years, unless renewed or revoked or terminated sooner.

  • Keith talks numbers at chamber meeting

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith discussed the county’s fiscal picture with the members of the Owen County Chamber of Commerce at its regular meeting July 10.
    With Keith leaving office in January 2015, this may have been the final time she spoke with chamber members as county judge-executive.
    Keith said some members of the community may not be clear on the duties and responsibilities of different members of local government.

  • Water tank at Owen Fairgrounds to undergo major renovation

    Kentucky American Water has announced that its water storage tank located at the Owen County Fairgrounds will be undergoing refurbishment this summer, to include painting the interior and exterior of the 30-year-old tank, which can hold 400,000 gallons of water. Depending on the weather, the $500,000 project is expected to be completed by early fall.
    Kentucky American Water has contracted with George Kountoupes Painting Company of Lincoln Park, Michigan for the project.

  • Owen students honored by Youth Salute

    Over 760 high-school juniors from 47 high schools in Central Kentucky are being recognized in this year’s Youth Salute.
    The 34th Annual Awards Ceremony was held in their honor on May 4 at Eastern Kentucky University.  A top youth leader was named for each high school as well as “Youth Leaders of the Year.”

  • Smoot to celebrate 102nd birthday with dinner and dancing

    Lucy Smoot Hall was born on July 31, 1912.
    She was the oldest girl of 12 Smoot children.  
    She, along with her baby sister, Eula Smoot Stephenson, are the only surviving Smoot siblings.
    Hall will celebrate her 102nd birthday at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, at the Owen County Extension Office with dinner and dancing.
    All family, friends and neighbors are invited to bring a covered dish and help her celebrate this milestone occasion.

  • Fair time: Annual Owen County Fair and Horse Show kicks off Saturday

    With changes in store for this year’s Owen County 4-H Fair & Horse Show, members of the Owen County fair board are looking forward to a week full of summertime fun.
    This year’s fair will kickoff Saturday with several of the week’s beauty pageants.
    Pageants will begin at 10 a.m. with the baby pageants; the miss teen and miss preteen at 3 p.m. and the Miss Owen County Fair at 6 p.m.
    A walking horse show will also be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
    The gate fee for Saturday will be $5.

  • Kentucky American supports Operation Clear, Preserve, and Reclaim

    A $10,000 grant was recently awarded to the Owen County Fair Board. The money will be used to help spruce up four acres of park land.
    “Operation Clear, Preserve and Reclaim” was coordinated by the Owen County Fair Board in partnership with the parks and recreation department, the Owen County Fiscal Court, Owen County Soil Conservation District and community volunteers.

  • Library staffer decides it’s time to check out

    One of the fixtures of the Owen County Public Library will be moving on.
    Jennifer Chancery, the adult services librarian, has accepted a new job with ATT&T in Frankfort.
    “This is pretty bittersweet for me,” Chancery said. “I have loved working at the library but this is just too good an opportunity to pass up.”
    Chancery, who holds a degree in art from Bluegrass Community and Technical College, has worked at the library for nearly nine years.

  • Special Olympics softball coming to Owen County

    On July 26, Owen County will host the Battle in the Bluegrass, a Grant County Special Olympics Invitational softball tournament at the Owen County Park.
    The event is one of many competitions, such as track and field, soccer, bowling, flag football, basketball and cheerleading that make up the Special Olympics.

  • Leadership Owen County: Group finds entrepreneurial spirt in Owen

    By Ginny Cook
    For the News-Herald
    As many of you may have read, Leadership Owen County 2014 is well underway.
    Each month, our session focuses on a different aspect of community leadership development, and we are given the opportunity to converse with current community leaders in order to learn from them, as well as discuss the potential of Owen County.
    The focus of June’s session was entrepreneurship.