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Today's News

  • Unusual burial sparks police investigation

    Rumors have been flying around Owen County since last week about a mysterious body found in the Monterey Cemetery.
    The story, as told to News-Herald staff, was that a body, wrapped only in a sheet, had been found by police in the Monterey Cemetery.
    There is some truth to the story.
    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said his department investigated the report and, although unusual, everything is in order and legal.
    The body of David Lee Taylor, 67, of Frankfort, was laid to rest in the Monterey Cemetery after his death Aug. 7.

  • Field set for November election

    As election day draws closer, the field of formal candidates has been set.
    Owen County voters will have the opportunity to cast ballots Nov. 6 for United States president and vice president, U.S. representative from Kentucky’s fourth district and state representative from the 61st district, along with several local contests.
    Leigh New, who has served as Owen County Circuit Clerk since 2009, will retire in December.
    Deputy Circuit Clerk Margaret Forsee has filed for the seat. Forsee was the only one to file.

  • Circuit court will temporarily shut down as office moves to new judicial center

    A chapter of Owen County history will close Friday and a new one will begin when the Owen County Circuit Clerk’s Office relocates to the newly built Owen County Judicial Center.
    The last court date at the office’s courthouse location will be Friday and the office will be closed Aug. 27-Sept. 5.
    Owen County Circuit Clerk Leigh New said the decision to cancel court Aug. 31 was a difficult one, but notices were published in the News-Herald and someone will be in the courthouse office at 100 North Thomas Street throughout the week of closure.

  • Courting perfection

    How does a team improve upon perfection? That is the question the Owen County High School football team is asking as they get ready to kickoff the 2012 season Friday night.
    The Rebels are coming off their first ever perfect regular season in 2011. They would finish 11-1 overall after losing to the eventual 2A State Champion Holy Cross Indians in the second round of the playoffs. The year also included a district championship as they swept through Gallatin County, Walton-Verona, Trimble County and Carroll County.
    Repeating, as Owen County will find out is never easy.

  • Owen County Circuit Court: Aug. 7, 2012

    Joann (Blackmore) Adams, 1974, owes $23,469.94 total.
    Nora Charlene Bishop, 1965, show cause deferred, owes $6,999.66 total, to pay $200 a month.
    Brittany Nicole Bitzer, show cause deferred, remand; owes $1,263.13 total, to pay $50 a month.
    Tony C. Broughton, 1975, show cause deferred, owes $1,477.72 total, to pay $100 a month.

  • Owen County District Court: Aug. 10, 2012

    Teresa C. Buckner, 1958, theft of controlled substance, preliminary hearing set for Aug. 7.
    Adam Edward Killion, 1982, unauthorized use of motor vehicle, appointed public attorney, continued to Aug. 24.
    Michael G. Minch, 1974, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, no or expired registration plate, pleaded not guilty, continued to Aug. 24.
    Robert Parker, 1986, flagrant non-support, contempt of court, continued to Aug. 17.

  • Monterey Matters: Plans forming for Monterey Fair

    Thank you all for expressing your thoughts and concerns to me and my family over the last week in regards to my brother, Ray Jesse.
    Ray has been in the hospital since last Saturday. He had been having some issues with his stomach and has been in some tremendous pain. Gina had taken him to the Frankfort Regional Medical Center Saturday morning where they transported him to Central Baptist that afternoon.
    He ended up having to have surgery last Monday. He is feeling a little better and got to come home on Saturday.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Sharing stories of our agricultural heritage

     The tall grasses of Kentucky gave way to the mighty bison. These great shaggy beasts created trails leading to the salt licks and rivers that dotted the land. Trails that were further defined by the moccasin feet of the American Indian.
    In 1775, Daniel Boone and 30 men completed the first trail through the Cumberland Mountains. It moved through the Alleghenies at Cumberland Gap, at what is now the junction of the state boundaries of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. Heading northwest, it split at Hazel Patch, one route creating Boonesborough, the other Frankfort.

  • Latest 'hot spot' can be found at Owen Co. park

    A new ‘hot spot’ has opened in Owen County.
    Last week, Dave Barker, owner of Broadlinc Wireless, announced his company has wired the Owen County Park for the public at no charge.
    Visitors can now join the Broadlinc wi-fi network while using the park’s facilities.
    “We live here and thought this would be a good way to give back to the community,” Barker said. “We try do as much for the public as we can and this is a good place for people to come and hang out and be able to connect to the internet.”

  • A brand new start

    As students in Owen County returned back to school today, those at Owen County Elementary School had a completely revamped facility to kick the year off in.
    After housing Maurice Bowling Middle School students for nearly 26 years, the building at 1960 Hwy. 22 East will now be home to elementary students after the Owen County Board of Education approved a $1.6 million building and grounds plan in 2011.