http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Unknown substance dumped on 127 property http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/unknown-substance-dumped-127-property <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/substance.gif" alt="Officials say this unknown substance was dumped on property owned by Fiat-Lux, LLC., located on Highway 127 North around 6 p.m. Thursday. " title="Officials say this unknown substance was dumped on property owned by Fiat-Lux, LLC., located on Highway 127 North around 6 p.m. Thursday. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> What was believed to be someone sleeping in an 18-wheeler has turned into a big mess for local officials.<br /> Officials say the 18-wheeler dumped an unknown substance on property owned by Fiat Lux, LLC., located at 8350 Highway 127 North.<br /> Officials are now working with the state to figure out what the substance is and if it could pose any danger.<br /> Owen County Emergency Management Director David Lilly said a nearby resident called the sheriff&rsquo;s office Thursday evening to report what they thought was someone sleeping in an 18-wheeler.<br /> Ellis to take over judge's office Jan. 5 http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/ellis-take-over-judges-office-jan-5 <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/casey-swearing-in.gif" alt="Flanked by photos of his grandfather and great-grandfather, both former county judge’s, Casey Ellis, alongside his wife Misty Ellis, was officially sworn into office as Owen County judge-executive by Judge Carolyn Keith Dec. 16. " title="Flanked by photos of his grandfather and great-grandfather, both former county judge’s, Casey Ellis, alongside his wife Misty Ellis, was officially sworn into office as Owen County judge-executive by Judge Carolyn Keith Dec. 16. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> With a family history deeply rooted in Owen County politics and an eye toward the future, second-district magistrate Casey Ellis has spent the past month preparing to officially take over the county&rsquo;s highest elected position Jan. 5.<br /> Ellis, a two-term Owenton City Councilman and one term magistrate, said he has worked closely with Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith to learn the day-to-day operations of the judge&rsquo;s office.<br /> IN HOT WATER: South Owen Fire Department http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/hot-water-south-owen-fire-department <p> After allegedly missing fire runs for months and falsifying reports to the state fire commission, the South Owen Fire Department may be no more.<br /> Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the trouble with the department began approximately a year ago.<br /> &ldquo;They just quit answering fire runs,&rdquo; Keith said. &ldquo;When that began, the Owen County (Volunteer Fire) Department began responding to that area, along with the Corinth Volunteer Fire Department for backup.&rdquo;<br /> Child taken from home after KSP discovers meth lab http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/child-taken-home-after-ksp-discovers-meth-lab <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/amber-rapp.gif" alt="Amber Rapp" title="Amber Rapp" align="left" hspace="6" width="81" height="85" /><p> Two people were arrested Tuesday, Dec. 9 after Kentucky State Police Troopers discovered a meth lab at an Owen County home.<br /> Upon a request for assistance from Owen County Social Services, Troopers went to the home at 125 Dogwood Drive.&nbsp; When they arrived at the home, no contact was made.&nbsp;<br /> However, Troopers smelled a strong chemical odor coming from the residence.&nbsp; A search warrant was obtained and a search of the home led to the discovery of a meth lab.&nbsp;<br /> County, city approve alcohol-related ordinances http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/county-city-approve-alcohol-related-ordinances <p> The maximum fee for an alcohol license from the county judge&rsquo;s office was approved at the Owen County Fiscal Court&rsquo;s Nov. 25 meeting.<br /> The court held a second reading on a regulatory ordinance at its Nov. 25 meeting and set the licensing fee at $1,400 per year.<br /> In a first reading of the ordinance, the fee was set at $800, but first-district magistrate Asa Phillips suggested the fee be set at the maximum amount.<br /> Burglary charge leads to indictment http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/burglary-charge-leads-indictment <p> The Owen County grand jury met Dec. 2 and handed down the following indictment:<br /> Richard Wells III, 31, on the charges of third-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking or disposition of property with a value under $500.<br /> Group hopes churches will join effort to combat drug addiction http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/group-hopes-churches-will-join-effort-combat-drug-addiction <p> A subcommittee of the Owen County Health Collaborative has formed in hopes of keeping local kids in the church and away from drugs.<br /> Shanna Osborne, who has been involved in the effort, said the subcommittee has also received help from the Owen County Health Collaborative, which is led by Three Rivers District Health Department.<br /> As a group, $7,000 has been received in grant money&nbsp; to focus on reaching out to children in an effort to keep them away from drugs.<br /> Chamber honors local business leaders http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/chamber-honors-local-business-leaders <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/david-lyons.gif" alt="David Lyons, president of First Farmers Bank, was named 2014 Business Person Of the Year by the Owen County Chamber of Commerce Nov. 24." title="David Lyons, president of First Farmers Bank, was named 2014 Business Person Of the Year by the Owen County Chamber of Commerce Nov. 24." align="left" hspace="6" width="58" height="85" /><p> The Owen County Chamber of Commerce named its 2014 Business Person and Business Of the Year at its annual dinner meeting Nov. 24.<br /> The chamber named David Lyons, president of First Farmers Bank, Business Person Of the Year.<br /> Lyons, a native of Pleasureville, is a 1972 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. After graduating from EKU on a Sunday, he went to work for Production Credit Association (now known as Farm Credit Services) the very next day.<br /> Lyons served as PCA branch manager for the Owen and Carroll County areas.<br />