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Today's News

  • Next forum to focus on citywide candidates

    The last in a series of three candidate-forums will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Owen County Courthouse. This forum will be for Owenton mayoral candidates, as well as Owenton city council candidates.

    Leadership Owen County alumni David Morgan said both current Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier and his opponent, Horace “Doug” West, have agreed to attend the forum. Five city council candidates have said they will also attend.

  • Doors will open to new water plant

    After years of construction and planning, local residents will get a chance to look inside the new water-treatment plant near the Owen/Franklin County line.

    Kentucky American Water has announced it will hold an open house Friday for the community to get a peek.

    The plant, located on U.S. 127, became operational in September after two years of construction.

    Nick Rowe, president of Kentucky American Water, said  the plant will help provide needed water to many people in the region.

  • Reaching for the stars and ending in a puddle

    Annelise wants to be a spaceman, she told me, so that she and I can fly to the moon.

    “What will we do when we get there?” I asked, not telling her that the astronauts had found the moon to be a cold, dark place.  I sank deeper into my easy chair, though, in case she had any ill-timed illusions of leaving the earth’s atmosphere that afternoon. My bones have been achy lately, and I wasn’t sure I was up to spur of the moment space travel.

  • Fun-filled Sorghum Festival gives offers glimpse into past

    Hwy. 355 is quiet with a hint of fall in the air and beautiful country along the Kentucky River. Then a crowd is gathering, more than a 100 people and they are still coming. Young and old, overalls and dress, everyone is made welcome.

    All this activity is the Sorghum Festival. Jay and Ruth Gibson have been having this festival for 20 years as a party for their employees and it has grown to include many visitors from all over the state.

  • Troubling trend

    After a decline in drug-related arrests over the past three years in the city of Owenton, the 2010 rate has been steadily climbing, with 45 arrests so far.

    Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry reported the rise in drug-related arrests during the Oct. 5 Owenton City Council meeting.

    Gentry said in 2007 the number of drug-related arrests peaked at 36, but by 2009 the amount had dropped to 23 arrests.

  • Owen County District Court

    Editor’s note: The News-Herald reports all misdemeanors, felonies and small claims judgments in district court, except for juvenile court proceedings, which are confidential; however, traffic offenses by juveniles are reported because they are public record. All civil suits in circuit court are reported. Claims made in a lawsuit present only one side of a case. Charges or citations reported to the News-Herald do not imply guilt. That is determined by the court. Information on this page is public record. Names will not be withheld by request.

  • Playoff bound

    After beginning the season with back-to-back losses, the playoffs may not have been on the minds of the Bowling Middle School Rebels.

    After six-straight wins to finish the season, they can think about them now.

    The Rebels will host Henry County at 5  p.m. Saturday at Patterson Field in the first round of the middle school playoffs.

    The game will be a rematch of the second game of the season when the Wildcats defeated the Rebels 44-8. The boys from Bowling Middle School are looking forward to the rematch.

  • Rebel Ramblings

    Next Game: At Carroll County

    Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

     

    Carroll County lost its district opener Friday night at Christian Academy-Louisville. The Centurions (4-3) defeated the Panthers (5-2), 69-12.

    A year ago in Owenton, the Rebels defeated the Panthers 27-6. Joey Wood scored twice as Owen County defeated Carroll County for the first time since 2002.

    During the first six games of the season, the Panthers allowed a total of 63 points. On Friday night against CAL, they allowed 69 points.

  • Historical Society News By Bonnie Strassell

    At the beginning of time — so the stories went — my people decided to leave the faraway land of Virginia, and made a great pilgrimage across the mountains, and through the gap, seeking our “Promised Land.” It was the singular most extraordinary event in our history. Our people became legends, our stories myths, our places hallowed.

    With these words, columnist and Kentucky author Georgia Green Stamper, who will be the special guest of the historical society Thursday evening, describes her forefathers’ journey from Virginia to Owen County, Kentucky.

  • Letter to the editor: Volunteers made fair memorable

    Once again, the city of Monterey became a small river town brought alive by the past and present people of Owen County for the homecoming fair. The week before the fair, the town was full of volunteers, painting, mowing and trimming weeds. They really cleaned the city up beautifully.

    Amanda Hammonds and Emma Thornton did a great job on the parade this year.