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  • OCHS Students of The Year

    The following students were named Owen County High School Students of the Year for the 2013-14 school year: Nicole Walker (freshman class); Kirsten Parker (sophomore class); Suzanna Cooke (junior class); and Ashley Smith (senior class).

  • Owen County Senior Citizens Club News: Club planning trip on riverboat

    BY WANDA MORELAND
    For the News-Herald
    The Owen County Senior Citizens Club meeting was called to order by president Wanda Moreland. We said the pledge to the flag.
    Marlene read the scripture from Psalms 104:13-23. The thought for the day was, “How am I tending the good things God has planted in me?”
    We then held the roll call with 14 members present.
    Secretary Ethel Hammond also gave the secretary’s report. The treasurer’s report and card report was also given.

  • Changes to boat motor laws on Elmer Davis Lake to be focus of meeting

    Two public meetings have been rescheduled on a proposal to lift boat motor restrictions at small department-owned lakes in Grant and Owen counties.
    Affected lakes, new dates and meeting locations include:
     • Elmer Davis Lake,  Monday at Owen County Cooperative Extension Service, 265 Ellis Hwy, Owenton, starting at 7 p.m.
    • Corinth Lake, 7 p.m., Aug. 5, Corinth Community Center, 315 Owenton Road in Corinth.

  • Hiatt graduates from air force basic training

    Air Force Airman Bryan R. Hiatt graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Emergency management director injured in crash

    Owen County Emergency Management Director Rick Morgan is listed in fair condition after a two-vehicle crash Thursday.
    A 911 call was dispatched at 8:24 a.m., July 10, to the 3000 block of U.S. Hwy. 127 S., but the incident occurred at 3300 U.S. Hwy. 127 N.
    Owen County Volunteer Fire Department Public Information Officer Jude Canchola said because the wrong address was given, emergency units did not arrive on the scene until 8:37 a.m.

  • A pair of queens: Miss Owen County and Miss Owen County Fair crowned

    Winning the title of Miss Owen County has been a dream six years in the making for Brittany Clark, but with the sash and crown now in her possession, she hopes to be an inspiration for young girls in her hometown.
    This year’s Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show Miss Owen County Fair Pageant was open to young girls from across the state and a total of 30 girls competed in the pageant.

  • Woman faces indictment after allegedly lifting state lottery tickets

    An Owen County woman has been indicted after allegedly stealing over $2,000 in lottery tickets or lottery ticket winnings.
    According to the grand jury indictment, during the period between April 24 and May 14, Betty J. Shearer, 53, allegedly stole $2,277 in lottery tickets or lottery ticket winnings.
    Shearer is charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition of property with a value of $500 or more, but under $10,000.
    If convicted, Shearer could face up to five years in the penitentiary and a fine of up to $10,000.

  • 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.