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Today's News

  • Staying on target: Perry named to state sporting clay team

    A sharp-shooting Owen County woman continues to rack up statewide honors as she pursues her dream.
    Shadoe Perry was recently named to the Kentucky Sporting Clays team. She has received the designation several times before but is pleased by the honor.
    Perry said the team doesn’t actually meet or compete against other teams.
    Points are accrued by how a shooter ranks during competition. The top points winners are named to the team.

  • Youth soccer league

    The Owen County U10 Gray Team was made up of (front row, left to right) Corey Wright, Ben Chilton, Shane Goodrich, Joe Hamilton, Joshua Mason, Blake Fitzgerald, Parker Cunningham. (back row, left to right) Head Coach Brock Ward, Wyatt Traylor, Spencer Blair, Luke Vinyl, Hunter Richardson, Brax Ward, Preston Cunningham, Coach Josh Mason.

  • Smoot to celebrate 102nd birthday with dinner and dancing

    Lucy Smoot Hall was born on July 31, 1912.
    She was the oldest girl of 12 Smoot children.  
    She, along with her baby sister, Eula Smoot Stephenson, are the only surviving Smoot siblings.
    Hall will celebrate her 102nd birthday at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, at the Owen County Extension Office with dinner and dancing.
    All family, friends and neighbors are invited to bring a covered dish and help her celebrate this milestone occasion.

  • Fair time: Annual Owen County Fair and Horse Show kicks off Saturday

    With changes in store for this year’s Owen County 4-H Fair & Horse Show, members of the Owen County fair board are looking forward to a week full of summertime fun.
    This year’s fair will kickoff Saturday with several of the week’s beauty pageants.
    Pageants will begin at 10 a.m. with the baby pageants; the miss teen and miss preteen at 3 p.m. and the Miss Owen County Fair at 6 p.m.
    A walking horse show will also be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
    The gate fee for Saturday will be $5.

  • Kentucky American supports Operation Clear, Preserve, and Reclaim

    A $10,000 grant was recently awarded to the Owen County Fair Board. The money will be used to help spruce up four acres of park land.
    “Operation Clear, Preserve and Reclaim” was coordinated by the Owen County Fair Board in partnership with the parks and recreation department, the Owen County Fiscal Court, Owen County Soil Conservation District and community volunteers.

  • Library staffer decides it’s time to check out

    One of the fixtures of the Owen County Public Library will be moving on.
    Jennifer Chancery, the adult services librarian, has accepted a new job with ATT&T in Frankfort.
    “This is pretty bittersweet for me,” Chancery said. “I have loved working at the library but this is just too good an opportunity to pass up.”
    Chancery, who holds a degree in art from Bluegrass Community and Technical College, has worked at the library for nearly nine years.

  • Special Olympics softball coming to Owen County

    On July 26, Owen County will host the Battle in the Bluegrass, a Grant County Special Olympics Invitational softball tournament at the Owen County Park.
    The event is one of many competitions, such as track and field, soccer, bowling, flag football, basketball and cheerleading that make up the Special Olympics.

  • All I’m saying ... Fan Fair organizers in the winners’ circle

    Despite the fact there was no Fan Fair this year and it faces an uncertain future, the project was far from a failure.
    Everyone knew going in that luring people off U.S. 127 to stop in Owen County on their way to the Kentucky Speedway for the big NASCAR race would be difficult. The highway isn’t the main artery to the Speedway. Most of the traffic coming through Owenton would be people from Lexington and other areas of Kentucky who might not consider stopping for a break so close to the Speedway.

  • Leadership Owen County: Group finds entrepreneurial spirt in Owen

    By Ginny Cook
    For the News-Herald
    As many of you may have read, Leadership Owen County 2014 is well underway.
    Each month, our session focuses on a different aspect of community leadership development, and we are given the opportunity to converse with current community leaders in order to learn from them, as well as discuss the potential of Owen County.
    The focus of June’s session was entrepreneurship.

  • Kay’s Branch News: Gardens start to produce along the Branch

    This past week had been the poster child for the Kentucky Bureau of Tourism. It’s been just about as good as it gets.
    John and I (mostly John) got the bridge to the garden lot repaired and back in working order. I got across the creek and got it mowed, then went over the main yard.
    Bro. Croft, owner of the “Dog House” came up from Whitley County and did some more work on his place and mowed.