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  • Leadership Owen County: Talent and working together creates excellence

    By Susan Hampton and Ginny Cook
    For the News-Herald
    The third session of the Owen County Leadership Program, offered by the Owen County Extension Council, was recently held on Sept. 26.
    We were delighted to have Denise Perkins, a member of the extension council, serve as hostess and emcee for the night.  To begin the class, Perkins asked Glenn Bailey and David Lilly to present what they had found in the media to be strong examples of leadership.    

  • Church to hold remote-control drag races

    The Long Ridge Fall Festival set for Saturday will include remote-controlled drag races and remote-controlled off-road racing for children of all ages.
    The festival, sponsored by Long Ridge Baptist Church, will be held on the church grounds on U.S. 127, about three miles north of Owenton.
    All events are free.
    The festival includes a kiddy Olympics with some unusual competitions, including a frog-jumping contest and turtle racing, as well as some old favorites like sack races, wheelbarrow races, even a bubble-blowing contest.

  • Golden anniversary

    The year was 1963 and the first-ever Owen County High School football team, with coach Guy Patterson at the helm, was set to take on the Carrollton High School Panthers on a temporary field at the Owen County Fairgrounds.
    Fast forward to 2013, 50 years after the inception of the Rebels’ football program, when the Rebels will face-off against Trimble County Friday night on the field named after Patterson.
    Patterson won’t be the only one remembered during a special half-time ceremony at Friday’s homecoming game.

  • Meet and greet

    Although a bid for re-election is years away, Owen County’s new state senator walked the streets of downtown Owenton Thursday.
    Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, who served as Kentucky governor from 1974 to 1979, has taken up the role as Owen County’s state senator from Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown.
    The shift in representation was the result of redrawn state senate districts.
    Thayer is not the only change. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown, will replace State Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, as Owen County’s voice in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

  • City council rejects possible 4-percent tax increase plan

    The Owenton City Council recently rejected a plan to accept a 4-percent tax increase for the compensating rate, but officials say taxes would have gone down either way.
    At its Oct. 1 meeting, the council held a first reading of an ordinance establishing tax rates for 2013.
    In the first reading of the ordinance, tax rates were set at 0.2900 for every $100 of real property; 0.2280 on every $100 worth of personal property and 0.2829 on every $100 worth of vehicles.

  • Hammond named director for sheriff's association

    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond has been selected as a director to the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Association’s board of directors.
    At its annual conference in Bowling Green in September, the announcement was made, according to Jim Wagner, executive director of the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Association.

  • County looks for new way to get food to the hungry

    Owen County is now looking for a new way to distribute commodities to over 40 local families after Northern Kentucky Community Action has chosen to end its participation in an emergency food assistance program.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said items for the emergency food assistance program are purchased through the Northern Kentucky Area Development District, but had been distributed by NKCA.
    Keith said 43 local families participate in the food assistance program, which provides monthly commodities to low-income families.

  • Sweet tradition: Family passes rural tradition of sorghum cooking down to the next generation

    On a farm just outside Wheatley an old-time smell wafted across the fields owned by Steve Malcomb. Friends and family gathered around a wood-fire furnace to take part in what was once a typical scene across Kentucky.
    Though the production of sweet sorghum is a fading memory for many, Malcomb, a fourth-generation sorghum cooker said he’s proud to pass a piece of his history onto his own son.

  • Metal causing problem for couple along U.S. 127

    After several damaged tires and finding metal shards in their yard, an Owen County couple is looking for answers.
    For over two months, Craig and Ann Shouse have been finding metal bits in their lawn, on the road and along their driveway at 4715 U.S. 127. They have lost two tires on their vehicles and a tire on their lawnmower in that time.
    “We’ve seen several cars in front of our house with flat tires,” Craig Shouse said.

  • Bardstown firm wins Owen asphalt contact

    A firm from Bardstown has been awarded three contracts to repair some roads in Owen County.
    Two companies, Eaton Asphalt of Walton and Mago Construction of Bardstown, submitted sealed bids for the work.
    At a special meeting Friday morning of the Owen County Fiscal Court, the magistrates opened and read bids.
    Under the guidelines of the bids, the Harris Ridge will receive 1.518 miles of new asphalt; Slippery Rock, 2.589 miles; and Rockdale will receive 4.005 miles of new asphalt.
    The bids were: