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  • Biennial Monterey Homecoming Fair slated for Oct. 1

    For its 40th-anniversary organizers of the bi-annual Monterey Fair are hoping for a homecoming like no other.
    “Jenny Urie’s mother, Paula, was one of the original founders,” organizer Robin Gentry said. “She owned the candle shop in Monterey. They all started it to bring the community together. Seeing everybody come home – that’s the best part.”

  • Cook joins N-H staff

    Owen County native Mattie Cook became the newest addition to the News-Herald’s staff Sept. 20.
    Cook will serve as a general news reporter for the newspaper.
    She is a 2012 graduate of Owen County High School and a recent graduate of the University of Louisville, holding a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication and a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology.

  • Craft festival expands to 2 day event

    Vendors from across the state and visitors from the surrounding area will file into Owen County this weekend for the second Central Kentucky Craft (CKC) Festival hosted by Greene’s Country Crafts.
    Last year’s festival was attended by over 3,000 people and hosted vendors from five different states.
    “Some vendors sold completely out and packed up early because they had sold everything they had,” Travis Greene of Greene’s Country Crafts said.

  • VOTERS 'JUST SAY NO' TO ALCOHOL

    For the second time in five years, a countywide wet-dry election failed to pass Tuesday.
    A total of 23 votes decided the election, with the ‘no’ vote carrying every precinct except South Owen, Monterey, and Gratz, as well as absentees.
    Dr. Joy Arnold-Morse, a vocal ‘no’ supporter, said she was thankful the children of Owen County would not be exposed to countywide alcohol sales.
    Clint Swigert, another vocal ‘no’ supporter, declined to comment.

  • Forsee carries on centuries old farming tradition

    Each day dozens upon dozens of vehicles pass by a farm located on the edge of Owenton, their drivers likely unaware of its rich family history or the nearly 200 years worth of hard work and dedication put in to keep the farm running.
    Today Brian Forsee, 53, along with his wife Margaret, live on and oversee the day-to-day operations of what was established as Maple Heights Farm in 1825. Raising Southdown sheep, cattle, tobacco, hay, and corn, Brian believes life on a farm in Owen County couldn’t get any better.

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  • Triple overdose leads to heroin bust

    A triple overdose call to the Owenton Village Apartments early Saturday morning led local law enforcement officials to arrest the person they believe to be one of the largest heroin dealers in Owen County.
    Owenton Police Officer Steve Miller received a call of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot at 319 North Main St. from the apartment manager at 12:10 a.m. Saturday. Miller responded to the apartment complex and asked for assistance. Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Tracy responded.

  • Sweet Owen Day set for Saturday

    After rain canceled much of last year’s festivities, Sweet Owen Day organizers are hopeful this year’s event will be better than ever.
    Activities kick off at 7 a.m. Saturday with the annual Owenton Rotary Club pancake breakfast, followed by the 5K run-walk at 8 a.m.

  • 11 overdose calls, 13 days

    Officials believe a batch of heroin that led to 174 overdoses over the course of six days in Cincinnati could be the same batch responsible for a spike in local overdoses.

  • Students look to honor forgotten war hero

    A quick Google search of Owen County native Willis A. Lee turns up pages of results on the Olympic medalist turned war hero. But in Owen County, Lee’s legacy is largely forgotten – a reality the Maurice Bowling Middle School seventh-grade class look to rectify.
    The July 31 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader carried an above the fold story on Lee, born in the Natlee community and raised on Roland Avenue in Owenton.

  • Sheriff wakes up to yard littered with beer cans

    Owen County Sheriff Mark Bess is among the residents of approximately 10 homes who woke up to a yard littered with empty beer cans Sunday morning.
    Bess said each of the residents had vote ‘no’ signs in their yard for the Sept. 20 countywide wet-dry election.
    “I don’t know who’s behind it,” Bess said. “It’s kind of juvenile, kind of immature and in bad taste.”