Local News

  • Court News

    Property Transfers

    for July

    Barry Marston to Joseph Gibson, Elmer Davis Lake Road, $5,000.

    Robert L. Marvin and Mark R. Cobb to Pamela J. Yeary and Wayne Yeary, lots 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34, Eagle Creek Subdivision.

    Phillip and Rudi Megowen to Jeffery B. Megowen, lot 6A, David Lake Subdivision No. 2.

    Robert M. and Patricia Brumback Twedt to Jason W. and Trina M. Shryock, tract 2, Harrisburgh Estates Subdivision, $39,000.

  • Gaines investigation continues

    Only after a proper investigation will an Owen County Grand Jury consider the evidence against county official Renaee Gaines, the deputy judge-executive who state auditors say overpaid herself more than $14,000 by manipulating payroll records.

    Gaines was placed on paid administrative leave Aug. 7 pending a criminal investigation, after a state audit found she increased her salary from $35,000 to $49,000 by diverting money from the county’s ambulance fund over a span of two fiscal years. Gaines was the primary payroll supervisor for her office.

  • Pavement pains

    There are few signs that point to Owen County Metal Recycling, Inc., located a few miles from Monterey off Ky. 607. But if you follow the trail of aluminum cans, old car parts and other scrap metal that sometimes lines the roadway, you’ll have no trouble finding the scrap yard. Drivers around there –– mostly residents –– say it is not unusual to blow a tire from scattered nails and metal along the road. Most of those objects likely fall from the trucks and wagons of those looking to make a quick buck selling scrap to the recycling plant.

  • Stamper recalls tales from the Eagle Creek

    Georgia Green Stamper is not only a writer, but an avid storyteller. In her book, “You Can Go Anywhere From the Center of the World,” she makes it clear that the stories have great value to her and that these aren’t just fables passed down from generation to generation – but true sincere stories that have a lesson to learn.

    Most of Stamper’s stories are centered around Owen County and its people.

  • Final Plea for Owen County Area Host Families

    Final Plea for Owen County Area Host Families Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester homestay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more local host families. The students are anxiously awaiting news of their new families. These young ambassadors are looking forward to fulfilling their life-long dreams.

  • Willoughby joins city council

    When city councilman John Stewart’s resignation became effective on Aug. 11, Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier took on the task of finding someone to fill Stewart’s position. The decision became final at this month’s city council meeting.

    Joshua Willoughby, 23, is the newest city councilman. Willoughby works full-time with the Carroll County EMS and part-time with Owen County EMS. He and his wife, Melinda, have been living in Owenton for a little over a year.

  • Crime Wave

    Sometime Monday morning, the alley between the Owen County County Clerk’s office and The News-Herald office, and the Owen County Post Office were painted with racially-charged graffiti. Police officer Tony Stigers said the paint primer used in the graffiti was stolen from supplies used to repair the courthouse.

  • Preserve and Protect

    OWEN COUNTY – More than half the streams and rivers here pose high risks for swimming and fish consumption, and even more remained “threatened,” according to federal water quality standards. Buck Creek and Moesby Branch Creek in the northern region are the most degraded, environmental reports show. Those creeks are not suitable for humans or wildlife. Leading water pollutants for those sites include siltation and metals, which likely flow downstream from more urban areas. But the most surprising culprit for the county’s water supplies? Cows.

  • What lurks underground?

    Beneath the ground hides an infrastructure of wires, pipes, tunnels and concrete that makes modern life possible. But for Owenton, the ground hides something much more dangerous –– oil. An environmental study recently surfaced that shows the existence of “severe” petroleum contamination below a former downtown gas station. It’s believed the petroleum leaked from underground storage tanks buried there in the 1980s and ’90s.

  • Stewart leaves city council

    John Stewart, who has served as a city council member for three and a half years, has resigned, just shy of finishing his second term.

    Stewart lived within the city limits for most of his life. He bought a house out in the county, and has been living there for nearly three weeks. His resignation became effective on Aug. 11.