http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Soggy summer could have major impact on local farmers http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/soggy-summer-could-have-major-impact-local-farmers <p> The heavy rainfall that slammed much of the state this month could take a toll on Burley tobacco producers locally, according to Owen County Extension Agent For Agriculture and Natural Resources Steve Musen.<br /> The USDA Census of Agriculture reports nearly 6 million lbs. of tobacco being produced in Owen County on 1,128 acres.<br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve seen fairly significant damage in tobacco from this summer&rsquo;s weather,&rdquo; Musen said. &ldquo;It could potentially impact their future contracts if they&rsquo;re not able to fulfill their current contracts.&rdquo;<br /> New Liberty fire chief named Owen Countian Of the Year http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/new-liberty-fire-chief-named-owen-countian-year <p> During his 41 years as a member of the New Liberty Volunteer Fire Department, Greg Davis is quick to admit that his dedication to the department sometimes comes before prior commitments.<br /> Such was the case July 20 when he was driving an ambulance to Carrollton and his wife, Dawn, called his cell phone.<br /> &ldquo;I came in early that day,&rdquo; Davis said. &ldquo;Everything had gone well until about an hour before Dawn wanted me to be at the fairgrounds and the tones drop.&rdquo;<br /> New Columbus resident named Mother Of the Year http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/new-columbus-resident-named-mother-year <p> The Owen County 4-H Fair &amp; Horse Show has long been a tradition for Margie York and her family.<br /> &ldquo;My daughter&rsquo;s birthday is July 16,&rdquo; York said. &ldquo;We used to always celebrate her birthday at the fair. She would bring a friend and we would all go to the fair and tailgate with a birthday cake.&rdquo;<br /> But instead of York&rsquo;s family celebrating a birthday, this year they were there to celebrate her many years as a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.<br /> Busy start to week for local fire departments http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/busy-start-week-local-fire-departments <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/photo-2.gif" alt="A mobile home at 628 Eagle Creek Circle Rd. was a total loss after a Monday fire. " title="A mobile home at 628 Eagle Creek Circle Rd. was a total loss after a Monday fire. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Unlike other parts of the state, the heavy wind and rain that slammed the area Monday and early Tuesday morning had little impact locally.<br /> Owen County Emergency Management Director David Lilly said in the first round of storms Monday afternoon, trees blocked roadways at Hwy. 330, Hwy. 355, Cull Road, Hwy. 227 and Hwy. 127 N.<br /> Local fire departments worked to clear the roadways. Lilly said there were no downed power lines and little flash flooding.<br /> Grand jury hands down five indictments http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/grand-jury-hands-down-five-indictments <p> The Owen County grand jury met July 7 and returned the following indictments:<br /> l Sarah B. Lane, 22, on the charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia.<br /> Battle of the Bluegrass returns http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/battle-bluegrass-returns <p> Owen County will once again host the special Olympics softball tournament, Battle Of the Bluegrass, Saturday at the Owen County Fairgrounds.<br /> 21 teams of 15 players from all over the state will battle it out for a chance to qualify for the regionals in Georgetown next month, with the winners advancing to the state tournament in Bowling Green in September.<br /> The tournament was originally held in Grant County, but according to tournament director Billy Brown, the tournament continued to grow and he contacted the Owen County Parks and Rec. Department.<br /> One airlifted following Monday wreck http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/one-airlifted-following-monday-wreck <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_6056.gif" alt="The New Liberty Volunteer Fire Department, Owen County EMS, Owen County Search and Rescue, Owen County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police worked a single-vehicle accident Monday near 18310 Hwy. 355. New Liberty Volunteer Fire Chief Greg Davis said the accident occurred at approximately 11:23 a.m. after the driver ran off the edge of the road, over-corrected and then overturned. The truck was owned by Paul Kemper Construction out of Carrollton and driven by David Bond, who was flown to the University of Cincinnati. Bond was treated and released. " title="The New Liberty Volunteer Fire Department, Owen County EMS, Owen County Search and Rescue, Owen County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police worked a single-vehicle accident Monday near 18310 Hwy. 355. New Liberty Volunteer Fire Chief Greg Davis said the accident occurred at approximately 11:23 a.m. after the driver ran off the edge of the road, over-corrected and then overturned. The truck was owned by Paul Kemper Construction out of Carrollton and driven by David Bond, who was flown to the University of Cincinnati. Bond was treated and released. " align="left" hspace="6" width="121" height="85" /> No new director for county EMS http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/no-new-director-county-ems <p> Citing a limited amount of money and resources, Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis said, going forward, an EMS director in the traditional sense will no longer be on the county&rsquo;s payroll.<br /> The Owen County Fiscal Court began an assessment of EMS earlier this year.<br /> During the assessment, former Owen County EMS Director Kevin Luther resigned. Since that time there has been an acting director and each and every employee has been carrying out the load of the operations, Ellis said.<br />