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Today's News

  • Spring break stays

    If old man winter can stay out of Owen County, students will enjoy a full week of spring break.

    The Owen County Board of Education met March 3 to amend the 2009-2010 school calendar.

    Since the beginning of the school year, Owen County students have missed 11 instructional days due to inclement weather.

    To make up those days, the school district calendar has been extended to June 4 for students.

    Owen County School Board Superintendent Mark Cleveland said as of Monday spring break is still intact.

  • Win over Gallatin slips away in OT

    The Owen County Rebels in one week felt both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Unfortunately, the latter came Saturday night in the 31st District Championship game.

    On Wednesday night, the Rebels needed a pair of Blake Lewis free throws to take a 34-32 lead with just under five seconds remaining. Then they had to watch as a Henry County three-pointer just missed in order  to advance to the championship game.

  • Snow, ice take toll on mailboxes

    As the snow melted, some Owen countians found that their mailboxes had been damaged by the snow.

    Nancy Wood, a public information officer for Kentucky Department of Transportation, said, “We’ve had a lot of snow this winter. We’ve had a lot of high, drifting snow and in the process of getting roads open or passable sometimes mailboxes are not visible to the driver of snow removal equipment.”

  • Lady Rebels bring home third-straight district title

    If you like the number three, then Gallatin County High School was the place to be Friday night.

    The Owen County Lady Rebels used three-point shooting to beat Carroll County for the third time this season en route to capturing their third straight 31st District Championship.

    For everyone involved, it was the perfect trifecta.

    “Three-peat, baby,” Owen County freshman Hannah Neeley said after the game.

  • Water coming to Teresita Road

    First the water flowed through Harmony Road, then Paytons Ridge Road; and now, residents of Teresita Road will receive the same luxury.

    Water will be provided through the Peaks Mill Water District in Franklin County.

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said funding will come from the Harmony Road project.

    Owen County Magistrate Teresa Davis said once water was brought to Paytons Ridge Road, there was nowhere else to go except Teresita Road.

  • Make sure to get involved in primary

    In the coming days and weeks, the pages of the News-Herald will be filled with election stories, campaign advertisements and letters from you, voicing your concerns on the upcoming May primary election.

    There is no doubt that election time is an exciting time for everyone involved, even the average citizen.

  • Letter to the editor: Sign sends wrong message to kids

    Children learn by watching and listening to adults. They also take notice of store marquees, especially in  our rural town of Owenton. While my husband and I were traveling to church this past Sunday morning, I was appalled when I read what the marquee at Dairy Queen said “Gallatin Sucks.”

    Well, without thought, that immediately told me that Owen County had lost to Gallatin County at Saturday night’s ball game.

  • Judicial center ceremony to be held March 11

    The new Owen County judicial center has taken another step toward ground-breaking.

    Bids for the new judicial center were opened Thursday, and a bid for “general trades” was awarded to Hawkins Construction for $2.8 million.

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said she was told by the project manager that once the bids were totaled, they came in under budget.

    Ground-breaking for the new judicial center was expected to take place in September 2009, but was postponed due to architectural changes.

  • Court, civic group looking to boost tourism

    Members of Leadership Owen County are looking toward the future of tourism within the community.

    Several alumni of Leadership Owen County attended the Feb. 23 Owen County Fiscal Court workshop to discuss a possible transient room tax.

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said this type of tax is charged to people renting rooms on a daily basis – such as motels and hotels. She said it would not affect residents. Keith said the size of the county determines the amount of the tax, and it would be a 3-percent tax in Owen County’s case.

  • Workshop will help shape future

    The beautiful Elk Creek Vineyard and Winery was the setting for the “2010 Leadership Owen County Opening Retreat.” The date was Feb. 5 and 6. The weather was not a deterrent for the future leaders of Owen County. The day started off with a “meet and greet.” Angie Woodward from the Leadership Kentucky had a fun activity to get everyone energized.