Local News

  • Local political leaders react to district shift

    Despite losing the state senator and state representative that Owen countians helped vote into office, local officials and party leaders are mostly positive about their future representation in Frankfort.
    The plan that rewrites Kentucky’s legislative districts and changes Owen County’s representation in Frankfort was recently signed in to law by Gov. Steve Beshear.
    State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, and State Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, will no longer be representing Owen County.

  • County to tighten rules for shelter

    The Owen County Fiscal Court is expected to adopt new operating procedures for Owen County Friends of Animals.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the Kentucky Association of Counties insists the procedures be adopted for insurance purposes.
    The court discussed the issue at its Aug. 27 workshop.
    Keith said the plan would include standard operating hours as well as guidelines for a fire emergency.
    “Most of the things that would be included are already being done at the shelter,” Keith said.

  • Businessman hopes to shoot part of movie in Owen

    By Jamie Baker-Nantz
    For the News-Herald

    Greg Frank is doing something he never dreamed he would.
    Frank, a Grant County businessman, is making a movie and looking for some Owen County residents to portray characters in the script he wrote.

  • Lessons in leading

    By Jessi Williams
    University of Kentucky County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development
    For the News-Herald

  • Local police get Humvee

  • Owen County teen finishes in top 10 at national pageant

    Marlee Lathrem, 2013 Miss Junior Teen Kentucky United States, a freshman at Owen County High School and the daughter of Brian and Rita Lathrem, had the honor of representing Kentucky at the Miss United States National Pageant in Washington D.C. the week of July 2-7.
    Lathrem earned this opportunity after she won her state title in February of this year in Lexington.
    Lathrem spent her week in Washington getting to know girls from all over the United States as well as learning more about the organization on a national level.

  • Extension service news: Celebrating red, white, and blue ... ribbons

    By Jessi Williams

  • Owen gets new lawmakers, enters 62nd district

    A plan that would rewrite Kentucky’s legislative districts and change Owen County’s representation in Frankfort has been approved and signed in to law by Gov. Steve Beshear.
    The fallout of the plan is that State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, and State Rep. Brian Linder will no longer be representing Owen County. State Sen. Jullian Carroll and State Rep. Ryan Quarles will replace them.
    The only question is when.

  • School district approves tax bump

    Citing a reduction in funds due to the federal sequestration, the Owen County Board of Education has voted to raise its tax rate.
    The board voted unanimously to take a 4-percent increase which will amount to an additional $19 per $100,000 of assessed property.
    A public hearing was held Thursday to discuss a possible rate increase with only one member of the community in attendance.

  • County considers pipeline position

    The Owen County Fiscal Court may soon join other county governments in the region and take a position on the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline project.
    A number of Kentucky counties, including neighboring Franklin and Scott counties, have already approved resolutions regarding the project.
    The proposed pipeline was developed by two energy infrastructure companies, Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP, and would transport natural-gas liquids from gas-drilling operations in the Northeast to processing plants on the Gulf of Mexico.