http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Police make heroin arrest in grocery parking lot http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/police-make-heroin-arrest-grocery-parking-lot <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/eric-bassham.gif" alt="Eric Bassham" title="Eric Bassham" align="left" hspace="6" width="72" height="85" /><p> An anonymous tip that an Owenton man was wanted in Jefferson County recently led to an arrest by the Owenton Police Department.<br /> Owenton Police Officer Steve Miller said the tipper advised that Eric Bassham, 29, could be located in a red pickup truck.<br /> Officers pulled the pickup over at Save-A-Lot, located on Highway 22.<br /> &ldquo;He was searched and we didn&rsquo;t find anything on him,&rdquo; Miller said. &ldquo;Then we searched his belongings and found a syringe with heroin residue on it.&rdquo;<br /> Drug roundup nets 27 arrests http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/drug-roundup-nets-27-arrests <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/db_5509.gif" alt="Law enforcement officers from six agencies, including the Owen County Sheriff’s Office, recently gathered at the Carrollton Police Department to conduct a drug roundup in the Carroll County Region." title="Law enforcement officers from six agencies, including the Owen County Sheriff’s Office, recently gathered at the Carrollton Police Department to conduct a drug roundup in the Carroll County Region." align="left" hspace="6" width="146" height="85" /><p> BY TIM HENDRICK<br /> Landmark News Service</p> Kentucky's Poet Laureate speaks at annual poetry reading http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/kentuckys-poet-laureate-speaks-annual-poetry-reading <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/imagejpeg_0.gif" alt="Kentucky’s Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker was the speaker at this year’s annual poetry reading. " title="Kentucky’s Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker was the speaker at this year’s annual poetry reading. " align="left" hspace="6" width="141" height="85" /><p> The Owen County Arts Council along with the Owen County Public Library presented a poetry reading which featured Kentucky&rsquo;s Poet Laureate Friday evening at the library.<br /> Frank X. Walker read selections from his four published collections as well as works from upcoming books.<br /> Winter storm "Octavia" comes to Owen; frigid temps expected http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/winter-storm-octavia-comes-owen-frigid-temps-expected <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ella-mills.gif" alt="Ella Mills enjoys the snow early Monday. " title="Ella Mills enjoys the snow early Monday. " align="left" hspace="6" width="88" height="85" /><p> Winter storm Octavia made its way to Owen County early Monday, leaving business closures and long hours for the county&rsquo;s road crew in its wake.<br /> As of press time Tuesday, Owen County remained under a level two snow emergency.<br /> The snow emergency was issued by Owen County Judge-executive Casey Ellis&nbsp; around 10 a.m. Monday.<br /> Under a level two snow emergency, roadways are hazardous with blowing snow and drifting snow.<br /> Only motorists whose travel is absolutely necessary should be on the roadways.<br /> City could become alcohol administrator http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/city-could-become-alcohol-administrator <p> The Owenton City Council is expected to draft an ordinance in the coming weeks that will allow the city to issue liquor licenses.<br /> During a special-called council meeting Feb. 10, a motion was made for the city to stand behind five ordinances that annexed roads into the city and to assume the responsibility of alcohol administrator.<br /> The council had scheduled a meeting for today (Wednesday) to go over sample ordinances from other areas in order to begin drafting its own ordinance to become an alcohol administrator.<br /> Local organization provides hope to those struggling with addiction http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/local-organization-provides-hope-those-struggling-addiction <p> With Owen County seeing a significant upswing in citizens struggling with addiction, a local organization is seeking to offer help and hope to those who seek it.<br /> R.E.A.C.H., which stands for Reaching Every Addict with Christ&rsquo;s Help, provides support to both addicts and their families.<br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re dealing with souls here. The 12 steps deal with the baggage an addict is carrying, but there&rsquo;s much more involved in healing the person.&rdquo; Charles Johnson, director, said.<br /> Blaze destroys home on Highway 227 http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/blaze-destroys-home-highway-227 <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dscf3043.gif" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="100" height="85" /><p> A Feb. 5 fire on Highway 227 is believed to have originated from a wood stove.<br /> The New Liberty and Owen County Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a structure fire at the 8000 block of Highway 227 North to find the home of David Stafford fully engulfed in flames.<br /> According to New Liberty Volunteer Fire Chief Greg Davis, no one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured while on scene.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Former assistant Owen County fire chief passes away http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/former-assistant-owen-county-fire-chief-passes-away <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img-14-49-31.gif" alt="James &quot;Big Jim&quot; Ware is shown repairing an engine in 1975. Ware, a lifelong Owen countian, served as assistant Owen County fire chief and also served on the Owen County Sheriff&#039;s Department. " title="James &quot;Big Jim&quot; Ware is shown repairing an engine in 1975. Ware, a lifelong Owen countian, served as assistant Owen County fire chief and also served on the Owen County Sheriff&#039;s Department. " align="left" hspace="6" width="54" height="85" /><p> Friends and family gathered Saturday to celebrate the life of a former Owenton fire chief<br /> James &ldquo;Big Jim&rdquo; Ware, 76, passed away at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center Jan. 29 following a long illness.<br /> A lifelong resident of Owen County, Ware grew up in the Long Ridge area where, according to friends and family, he enjoyed blessing ones he knew through his cooking.<br /> Those close to Jim became fond of his secret barbecue sauce recipe,<br />