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Today's News

  • Brothers build their dream in Gratz

    Nearly a year and a half after opening, two brothers’ dream of making life a little easier for their neighbors in Gratz is going strong.
    Smitty’s Gas and Food opened in April 2012 and has continued to grow ever since.
    Co-owners Larry and David Smith, who live near the store off KY 355, had the idea of opening a store for several years before they decided to do it.
    “(Larry) always wanted a store around here,” his brother David Smith said. “He owned the property and we just decided one day we were going to do it.”

  • Local political landscape changes as more candidates file

    Major changes will likely come to Owen County’s political landscape beginning in 2015, as candidates for the May 2014 primary election have already begun filing.
    The first day to file nomination papers for the primary election was Nov. 6 and potential candidates will have until Jan. 28, 2014 to continue filing.
    One candidate has already filed and another announced intentions to file for judge-executive, Owen County’s highest elected position.

  • Better business: Owen Co. Chamber of Commerce honors local business leaders and teacher at annual banquet

    The Owen County Chamber of Commerce held its 13th annual meeting Monday, with awards given to an outstanding business and businessperson.
    Owen Electric Cooperative, Inc., whose business began in 1937 as Owen County Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation (RECC) was awarded this year’s Outstanding Business of the Year.
    Owen Electric President and CEO Mark Stallons accepted the award.

  • Letter to the editor: Mayor gives update on city

    It has been almost three years since I took office as mayor of Owenton.
    I would like to report on what has been done to help make our city streets better to drive on, sidewalks better to walk on and to help make Owenton a cleaner city.

  • Banschbach honored

    Jennifer Banschbach, an LPN at  Owenton Center  in Owenton, received the 2013 Kentucky Health Care Foundation Scholarship at the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities Annual Quality Awards Banquet Nov. 14.
    Administrator Lisa Romans said, “It is an honor to have Jennifer as part of our staff providing quality care every day. This recognition serves as a testament to her dedication to delivering that quality care to our residents.”

  • Owen County District Court - Nov. 22, 2013

    Rodney W. Rabourn, 1985, first-degree narcotics, drug paraphernalia, probable cause established, transferred to grand jury, continued to Dec. 6.
    Anthony Rice, 1980, possession of heroin, drug paraphernalia, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, probable cause established, transferred to grand jury, $5,000 cash bond set.
    Thomas C. Stark, 1984, theft by deception, pleaded guilty, fined $349 restitution,
    Crystal Turner, 1985, possession of heroin, drug paraphernalia, probable cause established, transferred to grand jury, $5,000 cash bond set.

  • Owen County Circuit Court - Nov. 19, 2013

    Regina Brackin, 1990, show cause deferred, owes $1,881 total, to pay $50 a month, bench warrant set for $1,900.
    Jesse F. Brown, 1989, receiving stolen property, pleaded guilty, sentencing set for Dec. 17.
    Norman Bruce, 1994, manufacturing methamphetamine, adopted plea agreement, to pay $50 a month, first payment due in 90 days.
    Stacey Copeland, 1981, probation violation, owes $2,094 total, to pay $50 a month.
    Steven Dale Hammond, 1979, five counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, pleaded guilty, sentencing set for Dec. 17.

  • Expressing themselves

    These students in Ms. Wooten’s fifth-grade class gained public speaking experience at the fifth-grade poetry reading event Nov. 19. They read several types of original poems to a large group of supportive family members and friends. All of the MBMS fifth-grade poems will be available for the public to read at the Owen County Public Library after the first of the year.

  • Leadership Owen County: Planning, managing effective meetings is focus of meeting

    BY DAVID B. LILLY
    For the News-Herald
    The seventh session of the Owen County Leadership Program, offered by the Owen County Extension Council, was held Oct. 21.
    Joy Morgan served as the hostess and emcee for the night. She introduced our presenters for the night.
    The participants wish to thank Joy for the snacks.
    Ron Glenn and Ginny Cook began the class by talking about power and leadership in communities.

  • Kay’s Branch News: Hunters find success down on the Branch

    Winter is definitely here, 18-degrees yesterday morning and a balmy 22 degrees this morning, but all is well on the Branch.
    Deer season is over and the hunters have gone back to their real life.
    Wanda said she talked to some of the guys at the hunting shack and the unofficial count was 31 or 32. After a slow start, they did pretty well. That was just the count on Cedar Creek Road and the Branch.
    I forgot to mention the Kentucky Book Fair and/or I didn’t know about the Kentucky Voices, held at the old state capitol on Nov. 15.