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Today's News

  • Beshear honors five Owen County Governor’s Scholars

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear recently congratulated the 1,073 outstanding Kentucky high school juniors who attended this year’s Governor’s Scholars Program for five weeks in June and July.
    “The Governor’s Scholars Program is an outstanding educational experience for Kentucky, and one I’m proud to say both of my sons had the opportunity to enjoy years ago,” Beshear said. “My congratulations go out to those young Kentuckians who had the great opportunity to share in this exciting program.”

  • Kay’s Branch News: Some good crops still grow despite drought

    The weekend was great for outdoor sports, projects and just sitting and admiring it. The barn martins have flown. My two humming birds are still here, but evidently they didn’t reproduce because there has been no new birds at the feeder.
    I saw a field of tobacco that had been cut as I was going to Owenton last week.
    Fay brought me corn and tomatoes at midweek. I processed it and froze it for John’s birthday supper. When I was talking to her this morning she said all their corn was gone but she still had green beans and tomatoes.

  • Owen County District Court: Aug. 17, 2012

    Patrick Boothe, 1985, flagrant non-support, pleaded not guilty, preliminary hearing set for Sept. 14.
    Teresa C. Buckner, 1958, theft of controlled substance, preliminary hearing set for Sept. 7.
    James Brandon Hill, 1979, two counts of contempt of court, show cause hearing set for Sept. 14.
    Stephanie Renee Watts vs. Hank House, motion for show cause, continued to Sept. 14.
    Hank W. House, 1960, violation of Kentucky E.P.O./D.V.O., pleaded not guilty, appointed public attorney, continued to Sept. 14.

  • Owen receives grant to preserve local records

    Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid has received a grant totaling $17,280 from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives to preserve and manage local government records. KDLA is an agency of the Twenty-six grants have been awarded for a total of $345,756 from fiscal year 2013 Local Records Grant Program funds. During the program’s 27-year history, a total of more than $19 million has been distributed across Kentucky and included grants to all 120 counties.

  • Owen Historical Society News: What role did your family play in Owen history?

    I never knew you. Your name has always eluded me. Mama and Papa never mentioned you, but perhaps they were too busy making a living on the farm in Owen county. I’m sure you knew how much work it was to put in a crop of tobacco. In March or April seed was sown in the burned plant beds. Transplanting was done in May or June and the whole family worked together as the kids carefully dropped plants in rows and the adults set them. Work continued as the fragile plants were carefully cultivated with plows, hoes, and by hand.

  • From the superintendent: School boards and property tax: Drastic times call for drastic measures

    Throughout these difficult economic times, school boards are forced to take drastic measures to reduce deficits caused by a lack of federal and state funding. When trying to balance the budget, a school system really only has two options, either reduce the amount of expenditures or produce additional revenue.
    Across the commonwealth, many school boards are considering the possibility of a property-tax increase as a way to provide additional revenue to meet the educational needs of its students. For districts like Owen County without much industry, this is the only recourse.

  • Local plant gets national exposure during drought

    As some parts of the country continue to suffer through the drought of 2012, Owen County received some national attention through Kentucky American Water.
    The Kentucky River Station II at Hardin’s Landing played host to CNBC reporter Jackie DeAngelis and crew on Aug. 15 as part of the network’s coverage on drought conditions in the nation.
    Live shots from the plant occurred throughout the day and an interview with American Water CEO Jeff Sterba, conducted elsewhere, was also part of the day’s coverage.

  • Helping the hungry

    The First Christian Church of Owenton presented the Freestore Foodbank with a check for $1,075 Aug. 18 following a 5K run/walk in support of the foodbank. Presenting the check was Mitzi Riddle, Jennifer Ebelhar accepted the check on behalf of the foodbank. The Freestore Foodbank Mobile Pantry comes to First Christian Church frequently and offers free food to those in need. The foodbank is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • The search continues

    Everyone in Owen County seems to know the story of Cletus Eugene, the miniature kangaroo that served as a service animal to Angela Perkins. Nearly four years have passed since Cletus first went missing and Perkins has decided to reach out to the public for help one last time.
    Cletus first came into Perkins’ life through a friend, who was a fellow kangaroo owner, in 2008. There is normally a two-year waiting list for kangaroos, but Cletus’ birth was a surprise to his mother’s caretaker and he had not been spoken for. He was soon flown in from New Zealand.

  • 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.