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Today's News

  • 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.

  • All I’m saying ... Fan Fair organizers in the winners’ circle

    Despite the fact there was no Fan Fair this year and it faces an uncertain future, the project was far from a failure.
    Everyone knew going in that luring people off U.S. 127 to stop in Owen County on their way to the Kentucky Speedway for the big NASCAR race would be difficult. The highway isn’t the main artery to the Speedway. Most of the traffic coming through Owenton would be people from Lexington and other areas of Kentucky who might not consider stopping for a break so close to the Speedway.

  • 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.

  • Kay’s Branch News: Gardens start to produce along the Branch

    This past week had been the poster child for the Kentucky Bureau of Tourism. It’s been just about as good as it gets.
    John and I (mostly John) got the bridge to the garden lot repaired and back in working order. I got across the creek and got it mowed, then went over the main yard.
    Bro. Croft, owner of the “Dog House” came up from Whitley County and did some more work on his place and mowed.

  • OCHS class of 1963 looking for alumni

    A 50 plus one year reunion for the Owen County High School class of 1963 is planned for Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Owen County Extension Service Building in Owenton.
    Organizers said anyone who was ever a part of this class or an adjacent class – or even liked them a little – is invited to come out for an evening of laughter, conversation and reminiscence.
    “Chat and Mingle” is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.
    Dinner, catered by Sisterly Touch, will be served at 6 p.m.

  • Owen County Youth Baseball team photos

    Here are the teams that make up this year's Owen County youth baseball league.

  • Take part in Owen County Night at Legends’ game

    Tickets can be purchased for Owen County Night at the Lexington Legends baseball game.
    The game will be Friday at 7:05 p.m.
    The Owen County Parks and Recreation Youth Baseball teams will be recognized in a pregame parade and an Owen contain will throw out first pitch. Fireworks will follow the game.
    To purchase tickets and help raise money for OCPR youth sports, call 502-750-3342.
     

  • Meeting the needs of Meeting the Needs

    Sully Runion wasn’t too concerned when Meeting the Needs needed a new home.
    The Owen County charity, which offers food and clothing for the poor, had been operating from Long Ridge Baptist Church and needed more shelves and more space to fulfill its mission.
    Runion said he wasn’t too worried. He said he knew the Lord would provide.
    “We had been looking for a permanent home for a long time,” Runion said. “Lots of people had been praying for us and God provided this place.”

  • McDonald steps down from Owen school board

    The Owen County Board of Education has a vacant seat after vice-chairman Brett McDonald recently resigned.
    McDonald has served on the board of education for 12 years and represented Owen County’s second educational district including Gratz and Monterey.
    McDonald’s resignation became official June 16.
    McDonald cited a state law for the cause of his resignation to avoid potential conflicts of interest.
    His son, Chad McDonald, recently began working for the board preparing computers for the upcoming school year.

  • No spinach required: Owen man powers his way to national strongman competition in Nevada

    Even a guy who can carry 250 pounds in each hand and walk for 240 feet, hoist the equivalent of a  full-sized tree trunk over his head or lift a 900-pound car can use a helping hand every now and again.
    Caleb Perkins, a 2005 graduate of Owen County High School and the son of Jim and Ann Perkins, qualified for the North American Strongman’s National Championship.
    The lineman for the electric division of the Frankfort Plant Board will be competing in Reno, Nevada in October.