https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Treasurer’s office: Owen countians still owed thousands https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/treasurer%E2%80%99s-office-owen-countians-still-owed-thousands <img src="https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/allisonball.jpg" alt="Allison Ball " title="Allison Ball " align="left" hspace="6" width="59" height="85" /><p> The Kentucky State Treasurer&rsquo;s office announced last week another record year for unclaimed property, including thousands owed to Owen countians.<br /> To date, the office has returned more than $70 million to Kentuckians, including more than $41,000 to residents of Owen County.<br /> Still, the treasurer&rsquo;s office says it has $491,902 of unclaimed property waiting to be claimed by county residents.<br /> A family tradition continued https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/family-tradition-continued <img src="https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/smithhouse.jpg" alt="Shelby and Nicholas Carter stand behind the counter at the Smith House Restaurant, a local favorite in business since 1952. Shelby, a descendant of the Smith family, grew up working alongside her mother and grandmother at the establishment. After the family was recently faced with the decision to close the restaurant or continue the tradition, Shelby said she and Nicholas decided it was their “turn.”" title="Shelby and Nicholas Carter stand behind the counter at the Smith House Restaurant, a local favorite in business since 1952. Shelby, a descendant of the Smith family, grew up working alongside her mother and grandmother at the establishment. After the family was recently faced with the decision to close the restaurant or continue the tradition, Shelby said she and Nicholas decided it was their “turn.”" align="left" hspace="6" width="97" height="85" /><p> Before ever reaching the age of 10, Shelby Carter had already joined the family business. In third grade, she began waiting tables at the Smith House Restaurant on roller-skates. Prior to that, much of Shelby&rsquo;s life had been lived inside the decades-old establishment.<br /> Fast-forward to earlier this month, and Shelby and her husband, Nicholas, are now keeping up a family tradition that began with Shelby&rsquo;s great-grandparents in 1952.<br /> Substance abuse to be topic of discussion at Jan. 23 meeting https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/substance-abuse-be-topic-discussion-jan-23-meeting <p> The Owen County Collaborative Addiction Treatment Initiative is inviting concerned members of the community to discuss Substance Abuse in Owen County from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Owen County Public Library located at 1370 Ky. 22 E.<br /> Supper and childcare will be provided.<br /> At the Library | Jan. 16, 2019 https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/library-jan-16-2019 <p> <strong>January 16</strong><br /> <strong>11 a.m., Age-Reversing Exercise:</strong> Stretch and strengthen all of your 650 muscles while following the &ldquo;Classical Stretch&rdquo; DVD. Complete the gentle workout with dynamic exercises that are safe while challenging for every fitness level.<br /> <strong>January 17</strong><br /> <strong>10:30 a.m., Storytime:</strong> Join us for great stories, fun activities and nifty crafts. For preschoolers and their caregivers. All are welcome every Thursday when school is in session.<br /> County’s 200th anniversary celebration begins with unveiling of traveling ‘torch’ https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/county%E2%80%99s-200th-anniversary-celebration-begins-unveiling-traveling-%E2%80%98torch%E2%80%99-0 <img src="https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_9257_0.jpg" alt="Rebekka Seigel, Steve Petzinger, Donald Duvall and Becky Duvall discuss the making of the Owen County Bicentennial torch that will travel to the county’s 11 voter precincts throughout 2019. Petzinger, along with Keith Clifton, created the solar-powered torch using chicken wire to replicate a flame." title="Rebekka Seigel, Steve Petzinger, Donald Duvall and Becky Duvall discuss the making of the Owen County Bicentennial torch that will travel to the county’s 11 voter precincts throughout 2019. Petzinger, along with Keith Clifton, created the solar-powered torch using chicken wire to replicate a flame." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> The unveiling of a traveling torch created by local artisans Jan. 6 signified Owen County&rsquo;s Bicentennial, an anniversary that is set to be celebrated throughout the entirety of 2019.<br /> Despite being delayed a week due to inclement weather, the unseasonably warm temperatures brought several dozen members of the community out to take in the Bicentennial opening ceremony, as well as a number of county officials.<br /> Fiscal court approves addition of road to county maintenance list https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/fiscal-court-approves-addition-road-county-maintenance-list <p> In its last meeting of 2018, the Owen County Fiscal Court approved the addition of J. Pruett Lane to the county road maintenance list Dec. 28, a move that has been long awaited by the road&rsquo;s residents.<br /> Under the county&rsquo;s current road plan, Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis said to be considered for the county road maintenance list, a road must have been passable for at least 15 years, have an adequate number of residents.<br /> Northern Kentucky Community Action awarded $2.5 million https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/northern-kentucky-community-action-awarded-25-million <p> Just as Owen countians are expected to see a dramatic decrease in temperature, the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission (NKCAC) announced Monday that it would begin distributing funds from a $2.5 million federal grant that will assist eligible households with their winter energy costs.<br /> The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Crisis Program, known as LIHEAP, is the main federal program that helps low-income households and seniors with their energy bills, providing vital assistance during both the cold winter and hot summer months, according to a press release.<br /> Stuck semi ties up Hwy. 127 traffic Jan. 2 https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/stuck-semi-ties-hwy-127-traffic-jan-2 <img src="https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0356.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> In an attempt to turn around near the 4000 block of&nbsp; Hwy. 127 S. a semi truck became stuck at about 2:30 p.m., Jan. 2. Owen County Emergency Management Director Larry Karsner said the truck had an Alabama license plate and was not local. The incident blocked both lanes of traffic in the area for about 30 minutes. Along with emergency management, the Owen County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office responded, as well as one member of the Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Department to direct traffic.</p>