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Today's News

  • Testing facelift: What parents can expect as testing begins

    Can you believe it’s that time of the year again? That short span of time where students are provided the opportunity to demonstrate what they know and are able to do based on their educational experience this past school year. I’m sure by now you are aware that your child will be participating in the state assessment.
    That’s right, it’s testing time again in the Bluegrass. The state test has changed considerably from what your child has been experiencing in the past. I’d like to devote this column to making you aware of those changes and why they took place.

  • Derby Day means a Kentucky party

    We’ve gotten two good rains and the grass is ready to cut again. I just finished the last section of the yard on Friday. One of the downpours had some wind with it. I didn’t hear it because I sleep like the dead when I go to bed, but Wanda said a tree was dislodged by the storm and fell across part of the road just below her house.

  • April Property Transfers

    Dixie L. Mills to Dixie L. Mills dated Sept. 10, 2010 and Dixie L. Mills Trust Fund Sept. 10, 2010, Elk Lake Shores Subdivision.
    Alan Guyan to Angel Dawn Rene Guyan, lot 3, Crotty Division.
    Alan Guyan to Angel Dawn Rene Guyan, Bethel and Eagle Station.
    Alan Guyan to Angel Dawn Rene Guyan, U.S. Hwy. 227.
    Alan Guyan to Angel Dawn Rene Guyan, U.S. Hwy. 227.
    Angel Dawn Rene Guyan to Alan Guyan.
    Angel Dawn Rene Guyan to Alan Guyan, Ky. Hwy. 607.
    Angel Dawn Rene Guyan to Alan Guyan, Main Street.
    Angel Dawn Rene Guyan to Alan Guyan, Abbott Farm Division, tract 4.

  • Owen County District Court: May 4, 2012

    Justin Blackburn, 1994, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, violation of conditions of release, probable cause established, transferred to grand jury.
    William Dial, 1987, theft by deception, continued to May 11.
    Ashley Ellis, 1987, manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, probable cause established, transferred to grand jury.
    William N. House, 1984, flagrant non-support, continued to June 1.

  • Owen County Historical Society: Sparta was once split into two communites

    “Owen Countians, Then and Now” was the title of a column featured in the News-Herald for several years. In a 1975 and 1976 issue, Herbert G. Gibson and J. L. Samuel shared poignant memories of Sparta in the early 20th century.

  • Two Owen men charged in killing

    Two Owen County men and a third from Grant County have been charged with the murder of a Frankfort man after a passerby noticed a dead body alongside Interstate 64 in Franklin County.
    According to Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton, the victim, Charles Monroe, 30, had met the three men at the Frankfort Walmart on Leonardwood Drive to allegedly purchase prescription pain pills.
    Melton said the incident was a case of an alleged “drug deal gone bad.”

  • Maurice Bowling Middle School honored for getting green

    Maurice Bowling Middle School was recently recognized as the second most energy efficient middle school in the state of Kentucky and district officials are hopeful the rest will follow suit.
    The school held an Energy Star assembly April 27, where the school was presented with an Energy Star plaque, which was donated by Owen Electric.
    Owen County School District Maintenance Supervisor Dan Logan said the award was based on the school’s electric bill statements.

  • After playground, mayor turns attention to budget

    Sidewalk repairs and a new police cruiser could be in the City of Owenton’s future following the Owenton City Council’s first reading of its 2012-13 budget.
    Owenton Mayor Doug West said there were no surprises with the upcoming fiscal year’s budget and that each member of the council received a copy of the budget before the May 1 meeting. West said he met individually with each of the council members to discuss the budget.
    West said the budget will allow for a $100,000 down payment on a new fire truck.

  • Running for the roses ... and the bargains

    With over $10,000 in total sales, the driving force behind the Run for the 227 Yard Sale is calling the event “a huge success.”
    KY 227 resident and Owen County Magistrate Teresa Davis said the success goes beyond how much money her neighbors made during the Derby Day event.
    When the idea for the event began to take shape, Davis said she and her neighbors wanted a way to bring the community together and a massive yard sale seemed to be the ticket.
    “A few weeks ago, a community project began,” Davis said. ‘Everyone got busy. Company was coming.”

  • Two Owen men charged in killing

    Two Owen County men and a third from Grant County have been charged with the murder of a Frankfort man after a passerby noticed a dead body alongside Interstate 64 in Franklin County.
    According to Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton, the victim, Charles Monroe, 30, had met the three men at the Frankfort Walmart on Leonardwood Drive to allegedly purchase prescription pain pills.
    Melton said the incident was a case of an alleged “drug deal gone bad.”