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Today's News

  • Owen County District Court - June 15, 2012

    Greg Glass, 1967, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, probable cause established, transferred to grand jury.
    Hank House, 1960, alcohol intoxication in a public place, second-degree disorderly conduct, third-degree terroristic threatening, continued to June 22.
    Tommy E. Little Jr., 1981, flagrant non-support, in jail, $8,700 cash bond set.
    Lamonte Richardson, 1956, second-degree manslaughter, pleaded not guilty, appointed public attorney, in jail, $25,000 cash bond set, preliminary hearing set for June 22.

  • Man formally charged in crash that claimed his brother’s life

    An Owen County man is being charged with second-degree manslaughter following an alleged DUI-related crash May 16.
    The crash took place on Frank Clark Road when the driver, Lamonte Richardson, 55, was traveling east on Frank Clark Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, police said in an earlier statement.
    The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.
    Both Richardson and a passenger, David Richardson, 59, were trapped in the vehicle.
    The men were brothers.

  • Walking for Life

    Editor's note: Look for more 2012 Relay for Life photos in multimedia section on the News-Herald's web site home page.

    Dozens of friends, family, and members of the community lined the track at Itron Field to cheer on the survivors during their first lap at Friday’s Relay for Life.
    As the sun rose 12 hours later, a little over $46,000 had been raised and donations continue to pour in this week.

  • UK opts to shut down Owen Co. research farm

    BY MOLLY HAINES and JOHN WHITLOCK
    News-Herald Staff

    The future of Owen County’s 950-acre Eden Shale Research Farm is unknown after the University of Kentucky recently announced it would close the farm and lay off five people employed at the facility.
    The closure comes following cuts in state funding to the university. UK has also announced it will lay off 140 employees.

  • Boys realize dream of expanded Sparta Skate Park

    After several fund-raising events and countless hours of planning and hard work, two Owen County students will see their dedication pay off this week.
    Colton Matt and Logan Bailey have been working since September 2010 to see the Sparta Skate Park expanded and updated. The pair approached the Sparta City Council and secured a pledge to match $10,000 if the boys could raise $10,000 on their own.
    Through festivals, direct donations and a ‘Penny War’ between Owen and Gallatin counties, the boys raised about $8,000 over time, $2,000 short of the goal.

  • Runners take off with track awards

    The Owen County High School track teams handed out their awards for the 2012 season. Bobby Mingie and Collin Trammel received the honor for scoring the most points for the boys.
    Haley DeCandia captured the award for the girls.
    Cooper Taylor, Hunter Trenary, Paula Rivera and Emily Allen were named rookies of the year.
    Paul Banks, Daniel Cummins and Darian Polley were given the 110 Percent Award.
    The coaches award was presented to Chris Smith, Willie Johnson, Jessica Willhoite and Veronica Chisholm.

  • So you want to be a Wildcat?

    If you were looking for a last minute gift for Father’s Day this weekend I have an idea for you. I learned this week that University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari is hosting a basketball camp in September for those who want to live out their dream of being a Wildcat.
    For just $7,500 you could send your man to the John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience. The camp includes dinner at Coach Cal’s house, playing games on the floor of Rupp Arena and getting instruction from former and current players. Oh yeah, don’t forget the bag of freebies from Nike.

  • Try your hand at building a rain barrel

    Rain barrels are a good way to collect water from your downspouts, allowing you to use this otherwise wasted resource for watering flowers, gardens, and lawns, even during times of drought, lowering your water bill.
    A workshop has been scheduled to demonstrate how to make rain barrels. It will be held June 19 at the Owen County Fairgrounds Exhibit building at 6:30 p.m.  Come prepared to make your own rain barrel and take it home. Tools will be provided, but bring your own drill and jigsaw if you have one.

  • Local DAR welcomes Cook as special speaker

    The Daughters of the American Revolution had a special guest speaker at their June 6 meeting, held at the Owen County Historical Society Museum.
    Mattie Cook, who won the DAR Good Citizenship award was the guest speaker. Cook graduated from OCHS this year.
    Peggy Trinkle, past regent called the meeting to order with Betty Whitehead giving a beautiful devotional and the main topic, “His is a Great Love,” discussed numerous things and ways to make up money for the DAR.

  • Birth announcement: Ilena Elizabeth Rose Figgins

    Ilena Elizabeth Rose Figgins, daughter of Jonathan Figgins and Jennifer Urie of New Liberty,  was born April 29, 2012 at 8:20 p.m. at Frankfort Regional Medical Center. She weighed 5 lbs 15 oz and was 18.5 inches long.  She was welcomed home by a host of family and friends. Her maternal grandparents are the late Paula Nye and late Tony Urie, and her paternal grandparents are Mike and Mary Rose Figgins.