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Today's News

  • School district approves tax bump

    Citing a reduction in funds due to the federal sequestration, the Owen County Board of Education has voted to raise its tax rate.
    The board voted unanimously to take a 4-percent increase which will amount to an additional $19 per $100,000 of assessed property.
    A public hearing was held Thursday to discuss a possible rate increase with only one member of the community in attendance.

  • County considers pipeline position

    The Owen County Fiscal Court may soon join other county governments in the region and take a position on the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline project.
    A number of Kentucky counties, including neighboring Franklin and Scott counties, have already approved resolutions regarding the project.
    The proposed pipeline was developed by two energy infrastructure companies, Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP, and would transport natural-gas liquids from gas-drilling operations in the Northeast to processing plants on the Gulf of Mexico.

  • New director hopes to add spark to senior center

    With plans to increase participation at the Owen County Senior Center, its new director Stacey Long wants everyone to know that there’s nothing dreadful about getting older.
    Long, who took over the reins at the center Aug. 13, said she fell in love with seniors after working 15 years in a cardiology office and hopes to breathe new excitement into the center.

  • Owen County District Court: Aug. 23, 2013

    Katina Gordon, 1980, flagrant non-support, contempt of court, preliminary hearing set for Aug. 30.
    Larry D. Hammond, 1966, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, continued to Sept. 6.
    Steven Dale Hammond, 1979, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, preliminary hearing set for Sept. 6.
    James F. Kirk, 1976, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, failure to wear seat belts, continued to Aug. 30.

  • Glencoe resident awarded scholarship

    Claire True of Glencoe was one of six college students from Dairy Farmers of America member families who was a recipient of a Mideast Area scholarship for 2013. Each year the Mideast Area selects six college students from members’ farms, who excel in their extracurricular activities, academics and dairy farming work ethic. The recipients of the $750 scholarships represent the future of the dairy industry.

  • Ready to serve

    Keith Miller of the Modern Woodmen of the World, left, stands in front of a new volleyball court at the Owenton Park along with Owenton Parks and Recreation Director Buck Beverly. Miller and the Modern Woodmen of the World donated $4,300 to the parks and rec. Department. Some of the funds were used for a community-wide Easter egg hunt in March. The rest of the money was used to erect the new volleyball court and to replace nets on the park’s soccer goals.
     

  • Owen emergency management says check on elderly during heat

    By David Lilly
    For the News-Herald
    With temperatures moving into the high 90s this week, Owen County Emergency Management reminds everyone to follow safety precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.
    The following tips can help you remain safe during the hot weather:
    • Drink plenty of fluids. You will need to drink more fluids than your thirst level indicates.
    • Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages or drinks with large amounts of sugar.  

  • Teachers continue to give

    Annually, the Owen County Retired Teachers Association and the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association present matching funds of fifty dollars each to local Family Resource Centers. Early in August, Mike Ramsey, treasurer of OCRTA, presented Beverly Marcum, Owen County Schools’ family resource director, with a check to help with costs of school supplies for children in the schools in Owen County. 

  • Rebels drop season opener on road

    The Owen County High School football team hopes Friday night’s loss at Western Hills High School will be a learning experience for a young team.
    For the second year in a row, the Rebels traveled to Frankfort to take on the Wolverines.
    After winning big last year, Owen County mistakes and a solid ground game by Western Hills led to a 33-6 defeat to begin the season.
    It is the second season in a row the Rebels have lost their first game of the season. Owen County began last year with a loss at Lloyd Memorial in Erlanger.

  • Rebel Ramblings: At Grant County • Saturday • 8:00 p.m.

    • Owen County defeated Grant County 44-14 last season in Dry Ridge. It was the third-straight win over the Braves.
    • Grant County is under the direction of second-year head coach Kevin Siple.
    • The Braves finished 3-7 last year and failed to make the playoffs.
    • Grant County will be playing its home opener on Saturday night after losing 48-20 last Saturday at Middlesboro.
    • Since 2000, the Rebels are 3-5 against Grant County.