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Today's News

  • Show business is Stewart's business

    On a hot Friday morning in Pleasant Home, Gene Ray Stewart chats about his formative years. The roar of a tractor can be overheard as his father, Woody, enters the barn to hook to a wagon stacked high with square bales of hay.
    The scene is not unlike that of many Owen County farms – except the barn is also a horse arena, joined by 23 stalls filled with western horses. The hay will be used to feed those horses.
    It’s the same farm Stewart, 41, grew up on.  

  • Wet supporters look for chance to compete

    The driving force behind the Sept. 20 countywide wet-dry election is a group of citizens calling themselves “Give Owen County A Chance.”
    Its core members: Holly Bowling, Jason Wainscott, and Mike Haines.
    If successful, the three individuals are hopeful the sale of alcohol will give Owen County a chance to compete with surrounding counties, all of which are wet except for Scott County.

  • County holds line on taxes, discusses solid waste maintenance

    County taxpayers will see a slight decrease in their real property tax bills this October.
    The Owen County Fiscal Court approved a real property tax rate of 12.2 cents per $100 of assessed value during its Aug. 23 meeting, a slight decrease from 12.4 in 2015.
    Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis recommended the court take the compensating rate.
    A motion was made by third-district magistrate Teresa Davis to approve the rate. Fourth-district magistrate Travis Fitzgerald seconded the motion.

  • State sporting clay event brings hundreds to hunt club

    BY MARLENE BROWNING-WAINSCOTT

    Special to the News-Herald

  • Livestock Market Report | Aug. 24, 2016

    Aug. 24, 2016

    Cattle Receipts: 401
    Aug. 17: 290
    Last year: 242

    Compared to last week: Feeder steers and heifers sold steady to $2 higher, slaughter cows and bulls steady.

    Feeders: 354
    Slaughter: 46
    Replacements: 1

    Slaughter cows made up 9 percent of the offering, slaughter bulls 3 percent, replacement cows 0 percent and feeders 88 percent. The feeder supply included 45 percent steers, 33 percent heifers and 22 percent bulls. Near 37 percent of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

  • Dry forces begin organizing in an effort to defeat wet-dry election

    In a meeting that sometimes turned emotional Thursday night, a group of about 55 citizens filled the pews at Owenton First Baptist Church to begin organizing against the upcoming countywide wet-dry vote.
    Joshua Gibson, president of R.E.A.C.H. of Northern Kentucky, bowed his head as he expressed his disappointment in names he found on a petition of 656 signatures in support of the local-option election.

  • Petition, executive orders questioned at dry meeting

    During its first public meeting, members of Citizens For A Dry Owen County questioned the certification of a petition of 656 names filed last month for a countywide wet-dry election.
    Dave Jones, a realtor with Golden Triangle Realty and president of the Owen County Chamber of Commerce, said he recently met with Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis, Owen County Clerk Laurel P. Stivers, and Owen County Attorney Josh Smith and presented what he believed were ineligible names and names signed on inappropriate dates to the elected officials.

  • Massie shares legislative update over coffee

    A small but enthusiastic crowd recently gathered at Bird Dog’s Coffee to express their concerns on nationwide issues, from the Internal Revenue Service to the
    The opportunity came in the form of Fourth District Congressional Rep. Thomas Massie’s (R), Coffee With Your Congressman initiative. Massie said he prefers sitting down over coffee with his constituents as opposed to a town hall meeting, noting that the informal setting makes it easier for people to speak. Of the 20 counties Massie represents, his event at Bird Dog’s Coffee was his 19th of 2016.

  • Local brothers win brick laying competition

    Brick mason Cole Stamper and mason tender Forest Stamper competed as a team Aug. 13 in the 2016 SPEC MIX Ohio Regional Bricklayer 500 contest in Cincinnati.
    Cole took first place as fastest bricklayer with 496 adjusted brick count. He also won the Craftsman Award.
    As winners, this Owen County team of brothers earned a trip to the 2017 World Championship in Las Vegas to compete for the title of “World’s Best Bricklayer” with the returning 2016 champion and other regional winners.

  • Child, 20 months old, killed in ATV accident

    Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of a 20-month-old male involved in an ATV accident Sunday.
    KSP received a call of a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Greenup Road and Georgetown Road in Hesler at approximately 7:30 p.m.
    A side-by-side off-road vehicle operated by Spencer Lawson, 27, of Owenton, overturned in the roadway. Cheyanne Fredrick, 24, of Corinth, was a passenger in the vehicle, along with the 20-month-old child.
    The child, identified as Braxton Trigg Cooke, was the son of Matthew and Brook Cooke.