http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en 2015-16 draft budget presented to school board http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/2015-16-draft-budget-presented-school-board <p> <strong>BY CARRIE ASHCRAFT-SUTTON<br /> </strong></p> <p> <strong>N-H News Correspondent<br /> </strong></p> Knitting for a cause: Local woman hopes to aid area children http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/knitting-cause-local-woman-hopes-aid-area-children <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/debbie-king-scarves.gif" alt="Debbie King poses with some of the scarves she has recently knitted. King is looking for volunteers to knit scarves for needy Owen County children. " title="Debbie King poses with some of the scarves she has recently knitted. King is looking for volunteers to knit scarves for needy Owen County children. " align="left" hspace="6" width="78" height="85" /><p> Knitting since she was in the fifth grade, Debbie King has decided to use her near-lifelong passion to help Owen County children.<br /> King, who moved to Owen County from Boone County in Sept. 2013, said she was involved in a program called &ldquo;Scarf It Up Boone County.&rdquo;<br /> Those involved in the program come together to knit scarves for children who are less fortunate. &nbsp;<br /> Coburn joins News-Herald staff http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/coburn-joins-news-herald-staff <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/maria.gif" alt="Maria Coburn joined the staff of the News-Herald Jan. 20. Coburn will serve as an office/sales assistant. She is a 2007 graduate of Owen County High School. " title="Maria Coburn joined the staff of the News-Herald Jan. 20. Coburn will serve as an office/sales assistant. She is a 2007 graduate of Owen County High School. " align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> With a background in sales and a love for small town atmospheres, Maria Coburn joined the staff of the News-Herald Jan. 20.<br /> A 2007 graduate of Owen County High School, Coburn originally hails from Independence, but moved to Owenton with her family in Jan. 2007.<br /> Coburn will serve as an sales/office assistant for the News-Herald.<br /> News-Herald Publisher Jeff Moore said he is excited to have Coburn on board.<br /> Fire damages home on Stewart's Ridge Road http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/fire-damages-home-stewarts-ridge-road <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_4825.gif" alt="Neighbors and friends console Angie Gay, middle, who along with her husband Daniel, were renting the home damaged by fire on Stewart’s Ridge Road Jan. 14. " title="Neighbors and friends console Angie Gay, middle, who along with her husband Daniel, were renting the home damaged by fire on Stewart’s Ridge Road Jan. 14. " align="left" hspace="6" width="94" height="85" /><p> A faulty wire was the cause of heavy smoke and fire damage to a home at 4330 Stewart&rsquo;s Ridge Road Jan. 14.<br /> Jonesville Volunteer Fire Chief Chase Duvall said the faulty wire was found on an exhaust stand that caught the floor on fire behind a wood stove located in the kitchen of the home.<br /> &ldquo;The structure wasn&rsquo;t a total loss,&rdquo; Duvall said. &ldquo;It just did a lot of heat and smoke damage to the kitchen. That was the main room that suffered the most damage.&rdquo;<br /> The&nbsp; fire took place around 2:15 p.m.<br /> Regional law enforcement teaming up http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/regional-law-enforcement-teaming <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_4792.gif" alt="Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry, Owen County Sheriff Mark Bess and Owen County Sheriff&#039;s Deputy Brent Caldwell attended a press conference at the state capitol in Frankfort Jan. 14. " title="Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry, Owen County Sheriff Mark Bess and Owen County Sheriff&#039;s Deputy Brent Caldwell attended a press conference at the state capitol in Frankfort Jan. 14. " align="left" hspace="6" width="126" height="85" /><p> <strong>BY BRAD BOWMAN<br /> </strong></p> <p> <em><strong>Courtesey of the State-Journal<br /> </strong></em></p> Volunteers hopeful giveaway leads to food pantry http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/volunteers-hopeful-giveaway-leads-food-pantry <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dscf1384.gif" alt="Adam Dunavent, Hunter Mason and Timmy Flood load food into the Owen County Public Transit van for delivery during Saturday’s food giveaway. " title="Adam Dunavent, Hunter Mason and Timmy Flood load food into the Owen County Public Transit van for delivery during Saturday’s food giveaway. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <strong>BY BRIAN RIDDLE/N-H News Correspondent</strong></p> 28,000 chickens to descend on Jonesville http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/28000-chickens-descend-jonesville <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dscf1391.gif" alt="A 525 by 50 foot building has been erected in Jonesville to hold approximately 28,000 chickens at the first location in Owen County for Egg Innovations. " title="A 525 by 50 foot building has been erected in Jonesville to hold approximately 28,000 chickens at the first location in Owen County for Egg Innovations. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Egg Innovations, which was started by John Brunquell in 1989, is the largest free-range and pasturing company in the United States and is structured around three core values, &ldquo;letting chickens be chickens,&rdquo; food safety and family farming.<br /> The chickens are expected to arrive around March 2.<br /> An open house will be announced in the near future.<br /> A second building is in the planning stages, which will be 1,175 by 50 feet.<br /> 2013 annexation called into question http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/2013-annexation-called-question <p> The annexation of several roads into the City of Owenton has been called into question by local officials.<br /> The annexation, which was given a second reading by the Owenton City Council in June 2013, was discussed at the Jan. 6 council meeting.<br /> Owenton Mayor David &ldquo;Milkweed&rdquo; Wotier said procedurally the annexation was done correctly, but the issue lies within just how far the city can go.<br />