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Today's News

  • Stewart-Wagers

    Kevin Stewart and Toni Wagers exchanged vows Feb. 25, 2011, at their home in Owen County. Troy Bramblett performed the ceremony. Many friends and family joined their celebration of love.

  • A message from the past

    The John Guill Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, held its March meeting at the Owen County Public Library March 2 with guests from the Susannah Hart Shelby Chapter, NSDAR of Frankfort.  
    Of the four founders of NSDAR, two had Kentucky roots — Mary DeSha of Lexington and Ellen Hardin Walworth of Saratoga, N.Y.
    Our guest speaker, Bonnie Strassell of Poplar Grove, a storyteller who has portrayed many women in history, spends many hours researching her subjects before writing the script to tell their stories.

  • Owen County Property Transfers for Feb.

    Adkisson Properties to East Kentucky Power Cooperative.
    Glendel and Joyce Dunavent to East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc.
    Timothy and Paulette Tolbert to East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc.
    Sabrina Spaulding to East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc.
    Kyle Jacobs, Danny Jacobs and Judy Jacobs to East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc.
    David Jacobs, Danny Jacobs, Ricky Jacobs, Life Estate of Lucy Jacobs, Judy Jacobs and Andrea C. Jacobs to East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc.
    Delbert and Diana Mason to East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc.

  • Owen County District Court

    March 4, 2011

    Ethan G. James, 1990, speeding 15 mph over the limit, continued to March 18.
    Joshua D. Baker, 1986, first-degree burglary, pleaded not guilty, preliminary hearing set for March 11.
    Ryan L. Baker, 1992, first-degree burglary, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, pleaded not guilty, continued to March 11.
    Harold Begley, 1987, non-payment of fines, in jail, owes $683, $700 cash bond set, show cause hearing set for Aug. 19.

  • Community Events

    GED practice test available at no charge

    The Adult Learning Center is offering the official practice test for the GED free through the month of March. If interested, call 484-0405 for an appointment.

  • Owen County joins cleanup week

     March 20-26, 2011, marks the 13th anniversary of Commonwealth Cleanup Week — an annual week-long event implemented by the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC). This event also kicks off the Great American Cleanup, spanning from March-May. Its purpose is to provide Kentucky communities an opportunity to “spring clean,” recycle and promote personal responsibility across the commonwealth.

  • Cattle drive expands

    Starting Feb. 28, United Producers Inc. began holding a Monday cattle sale. Greg Evans, who works at the stockyard, said the Monday sale is seasonal and will continue through April and start back up in mid-September for the fall season.

  • State official outlines some laws surrounding possible alcohol sales

    If the drive to make Owen County wet is successful, many of the decisions on who, what, when, where and how have already been outlined by state law.
    According to Janet Williams, assistant director for distilled spirits for the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control,  there is no limit to the number of licenses that can be issued for beer and wine by the drink if the business meets the criteria.

  • Wet/dry petition organizers say they want to keep local dollars in Owen Co.

    Editor’s Note: For several weeks, a wet/dry petition has been circulating across the county. The move has sparked controversy, excitement and public interest throughout Owen County.
    Last week, Billy O’Banion, the unofficial spokesman for the group behind the petition drive, agreed to submit a series of questions by the News-Herald to the petition organizers. They declined a face-to-face interview. The following contains their responses:

  • Landowner chases down suspects in burglaries

    Three northern Kentucky men and a 15-year-old juvenile have been arrested following a pair of burglaries in Owen County.
    According to Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond, the suspects were involved in two separate break-ins Feb. 28.
    The first incident happened around 9 a.m., at Hwy. 22E, north of Sweet Owen Road.
    The second break-in happened about an hour later at a home on Hwy. 845.