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  • Loans available for socially disadvantaged Owen farmers

    USDA Farm Service Agency reserves funds each year to make loans to socially disadvantaged applicants to buy and operate family-size farms.

  • A heart-warming story

    2013 marked the third year a local 10 year old, Carsyn Inman, has been able to successfully collect blankets, jackets and other miscellaneous items for the homeless people in Jefferson County.
    Inman receives help in her efforts from her sister Claire, her family, friends and the members of her church.
    In 2011, Carsyn Inman told her mother that she wanted to take blankets to homeless people so they wouldn’t be cold during the winter.  

  • Adult Education Center opens at new location

    After a year of anticipation the Owen County Adult Learning Center moved into their new home on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
    The move to 103 West Perry (the old senior center) is an exciting change for the learning center and came just in time.
    According to the director, Veronica Gayle, the adult learning center program will be making changes to accommodate the new version of the GED test. The move to West Perry will enable the adult learning center to expand its services to include broader use of computers and other technologies.

  • Kids Count: Owen stacks up well against other counties in the region for factors that affect children

    By PHYLLIS McLAUGHLIN
    For the News-Herald

    For the first year, the annual Kentucky Kids Count Data Book, published by Kentucky Youth Advocates, has ranked the counties in the commonwealth according to indicators that show where each county stands in terms of child well-being.

  • Commodity distribution at Long Ridge parsonage begins Jan. 14

    Meeting the Needs hopes to clear up any confusion regarding its move to the Long Ridge Baptist parsonage, as well as spread information to those in need of assistance.
    The faith-based ministry recently took over the Emergency Food Assistance Program, a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income people by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost.

  • Cold snaps: Freezing temperatures trigger waterline break in Owenton

    Kentucky American Water employees had to face bitterly cold temperatures in order to repair a water main break in the City of Owenton Tuesday.
    According to Kentucky American Water Manager of External and Governmental Affairs Susan Lancho, the main break occurred at Blanton and North Main Street at approximately 8 a.m. and was affecting at least 2,000 customers.
    Lancho said much of the City of Owenton was without water or experiencing low water pressure.

  • Fiscal court approves pay hike for deputies

    A recent unanimous vote by the Owen County Fiscal Court will allow Owen County Sheriff’s deputies a 2-percent raise this year.
    The fiscal court approved the annual order setting the maximum amount for deputies and assistants at its Dec. 23 meeting.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said due to the resignation of a sheriff’s office employee in 2013 the office had enough money in its total sum to give its four road deputies a 2-percent raise.
    Keith said none of the sheriff’s office staff would receive a raise.

  • 2013 - looking back

    By Molly Haines and John Whitlock/News-Herald Staff

    As we look back at the year 2013, its clear that many elements of life in Owen County will always stay the same. At the same time, the community is always looking for ways to improve itself while honoring and preserving its history.
    At the beginning of 2014, we take a moment to look back and remember where we have been.

  • Making Christmas bright

    Owen County volunteer firefighters are no stranger to putting their lives on the line to protect local citizens.
    And when it comes to giving back to the community, that sense of commitment doesn’t falter.
    The Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Department, the Jonesville Fire Department and Owen County Search and Rescue recently came together for another successful coat and non-perishable food drive.
    2013 marks the third year for the annual drive that began in 2011 after Daryl Hearne brought the idea to the attention of the fire departments.

  • West looks back at 2013 and ahead to next year

    As 2013 comes to a close, Owenton Mayor Doug West is hopeful the next year will see more business within the City of Owenton.
    The Owenton City Council approved a resolution in 2012 for a three-year tax break from the city for any new businesses in town.
    West said he had hoped other taxing districts would follow suit but there was never any response from the districts.