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Today's News

  • Letter to the editor: Owen County needs leaders with vision

    May 18 is a critical election for Owen County. With the loss of tobacco contracts and tobacco buyout funds ending with the terms of the leaders we elect, the economy and lifestyle of Owen County is changing. The question is, changing to what?

  • Letter to the editor: Tough times demand action by the people

    Times are tough. Times have always been tough. That’s never changed. For generations we get politicians time and time again telling us how they are going to make things better for us. But when you look at Kentucky’s statistics, it makes you want to pull your hair out. We are bottom of the list in America for education, health care, and wealth.

  • Owen Co. athletes excel off the court

    So many times in basketball, fans get obsessed with the statistic PPG or points per game. There is another number important to basketball coaches everywhere. It is GPA or grade point average.

    Several members from both basketball teams in Owen County have been named to the 2010 Kentucky Academic All-State team.

  • Owen track team competes at Walton-Verona

    The Owen County track team spent last Tuesday in Verona taking part in the Walton-Verona All-Comers Meet. The team had some top notch performances from both the boys and the girls.

    First-place finishes were earned by the girls’ 4x200-meter relay team and by Haley Decandia in the high jump. For the boys, Dillon Mears claimed first place in the discus.

  • Letter to the Editor: Weigh the impact of your vote

    With elections just around the corner, I would like for everyone to think about the significance of every single vote and its impact on the future of our county, state and country. Today, more than ever before, we are pressed to look beyond “party loyalty,” the “good ole boy” system, retaliation, or complacency, when voting. Whether local, state or federal, the consequences are often the same – a bad political landscape with poor policy making.

  • Letter to the Editor: Take part in National Day of Prayer

    Thursday, May 6, is the National Day of Prayer. Bro. Franklin Graham is asking every Christ follower to assemble somewhere to pray.

    I’ll be at the flagpole at the (Owen County) Courthouse. See you at the pole.

    Dr. Joy Arnold-Morse

    Owenton

     

  • Woman issues complaint against Cleveland

    An Owen County woman who is a member of the primary school site-based decision-making council has issued a formal complaint to the state concerning Owen County School District Superintendent Mark Cleveland.

    Kitty Cammack filed the complaint April 29 with the Education Professional Standards Board, the agency in charge of issuing teaching certificates in the commonwealth of Kentucky.

    In a copy of her complaint released to the News-Herald, Cammack outlined an alleged confrontation between her and Cleveland.

  • High water triggers evacuations

    Despite Tuesday’s sunny weather, some areas of Monterey and Gratz were still experiencing the fallout from the wet weekend.

    As the waters of the Kentucky River continued to rise above the 40-foot mark Tuesday morning, some Owen County roads were flooded.

    Hwy. 355 between Monterey and Gratz and Gratz and Perry Park were blocked, along with Old Landing Road, Point of Rock Road and the lower end of Big Twin Creek Road.

    Owen County Road Supervisor Greg Smoot said a temporary bypass had opened up Tuesday on Hwy. 22 above Gratz.

  • Candidates will take center stage at political forum

    With the primary election only 13 days away, members of Leadership Owen County are trying to help voters make informed decisions on May 18.

    Leadership Owen County will hold a county candidate forum  at 7 p.m. May 13 in the Owen County High School auditorium.

    Co-chairman of Leadership Owen County Dave Jones said the group wants to give Owen countians the opportunity to ask their own questions of candidates.

  • Board looking for ways to save

    As the time to adopt a 2010-2011 Owen County School District budget narrows down, the lack of a state budget and possible position cuts are still major concerns.

    The Owen County School Board held a working budget session Thursday.

    Terry Patterson, chairman of the school board, said the budget issues facing the board are not unlike those facing other districts throughout the state.