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Today's News

  • Kay’s Branch News by Bee Spicer

    I played bridge last week and got home about 5 p.m., just in time to get the car into the garage and close the garage door before the lights went out.

    The electricity flicked on and off several times before giving up the ghost and going off completely. I scrounged around in cabinets and closets and found all the candles and placed them strategically around the house in case the power didn’t come back till after dark. I have a gas range, so heating soup for supper was no problem.

  • 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.

    Nov. 19, 2010

  • Keith lifts burn ban

    Following a serious drought and a nearly two-month long ban on outdoor burning, Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith has lifted ban but warned it could go back into effect if conditions warrant.

    The ban went into effect Sept. 24 and was lifted early Friday.

    A state of emergency relating to the drought was officially declared Oct. 26.

    According to the declaration, the drought created considerable hardships for Owen County farmers.

    Keith said the burn ban and the state of emergency were two separate proclamations.

  • Letter to the editor: Pumping station honors county's history

    It’s Margaret A. (Kasner) Murphy again.

    My thanks and appreciation to the Kentucky American Water Pumping Station II at “Hardin’s Landing” for our invitation to share in this very special celebration. More water to the people.

    Lela M. Karsner Hawkins, 93, Margaret A. (Karsner) Murphy, 91, and Christina Rice all are included with the Hardin cousins.

    Thanks to our friend Bro. David Wotier for remembering us on this day.

  • Showcasing success

    Following a keynote address by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear at the 10th annual Owen County Chamber of Commerce Banquet Monday, awards were given to outstanding business person of the year, outstanding business of the year and the latest addition to the Owen County Retired Teacher’s Association Wall of Fame.

    Awards were handed out by Owen County Chamber of Commerce Vice President Dallas Stafford.

    The winner of this year’s outstanding business person of the year award went to Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science Judy Hetterman.

  • Johnson takes seat on school board

    Only weeks after the general election, Dr. Larry Johnson took his seat on the board of education Monday.

    Johnson took the oath of a school board member and the Kentucky constitutional oath during the board’s regular monthly meeting.

    Johnson defeated Brian Clark and Deedi Dunavent by several hundred votes for the position of fourth district school board earlier this month.

  • Students say thank you to Owen County military

    Continuing a Veterans Day tradition started by Owen County High School alumnus Mary Kennedy, junior Mattie Cook coordinated the lunch and assembly program that recognized local veterans.

    Cook said she was proud to accept responsibility for the program because she is passionate about showing appreciation to veterans and helping other students better understand why veterans should be appreciated every day of the year.

  • Owen public library moves ahead with relocation plans

    With the purchase of land and exterior designs being approved, the ball is rolling for the Owen County Public Library’s new facility.

    The library board purchased 4.3 acres on Hwy. 22 East near the Hi-Y-Inn.

    The property was owned by Blue Moon Investors and was sold to the library for $175,000.

    Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert said buying property and having some paperwork signed is a huge relief.

    The library board held a public meeting Oct. 23 when architect Monica Sumner presented an exterior design for the library.

  • Crossing the finish line

    A brilliant high school career is over.

    Owen County High School senior Danielle Hoop ran the final race of her high school career Saturday. It was only fitting her final race came at the Class A State Cross Country Meet. In her fifth all-time appearance at the state meet, Hoop ran to a sixth-place finish.

    For the second year in a row, Maddox Patterson from Sayre School in Lexington won the race. She was followed by Kaitlin Snapp from Danville High School and Ann Eason, who is also a student at Sayre.

  • Letter to the Editor: Bingham praises Owen County High’s Veterans Day ceremony

    On Nov. 11, 2010 I had the privilege to address the students at Owen County High School about the importance of Veterans Day. Also in attendance were several Veterans and family members as well as many Owen County faculty and staff. Before the assembly, the Veterans and their family members were treated to a very delicious meal and a tour of the facility if they so desired.