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  • 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.

  • Memories of Morgan: Friends and comrades look back on life of long-time public servant

    “Gentle giant” was a repeated phrase Monday as former and current firefighters and first responders remembered Owen County Emergency Management Director Rick Morgan.
    Morgan, 61, passed away at the University of Kentucky Medical Center Aug. 20.
    Morgan had served as emergency management director since 1994 and had also served as county fire chief.
    In a 2013 interview with The News-Herald, Morgan said it was his dream growing up to become a firefighter.

  • Top chefs: Rebel Cuisine captures state title

    Owen County is home to a new state championship team.
    Friday, the Owen County Cuisine Rebels took top honors at the second annual Kentucky Farm to School Junior Chef State Tournament during the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville.
    The team, made up of Hailey Chappell, Carley Bennett, Kadee Carter, Cannon Goodrich, and Morgan Woodyard, took home top honors for its potato-crusted bacon cheeseburger quiche.

  • Owen County native returns and he’s ready to rock

    For several years, Dan Bourne has only returned to his native Owen County for funerals, reunions and family get-togethers.
    This weekend, Bourne will be back … and he is ready to rock.
    Over the course of the past four decades or so, Bourne has made his living as a musician. He has found success with Caught Red Handed along with band mates Todd Starns, Jimmy Calhoun, John Stinnett and Jack Kennedy.

  • Owen Senior Citizens Club News: Candidate speaks to seniors

    With 12 members and two guests present, the Owen County Senior Citizens Club monthly meeting was called to order on Aug. 20 by president Wanda Moreland.
    Chaplin Marlene Mason provided the monthly scripture reading and the thought for the day, “A few minutes of kindness shown to others, including strangers, can make this world a better place for all.”

  • Community events

    County clerks’ office to be open Saturday
    The Owen County Clerk’s Office will be open from 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday.

    Church to hold Riddle 100th birthday party
    On Aug. 31 at  2 p.m. in the Cedar Hill Baptist Church, a celebration of Mary (Mammy) Riddle’s 100th birthday will be held.
    The public is invited to come and share this special occasion with the family.

  • Sensabaugh named superintendent for Kentucky American in Owen Co.

    Kentucky American Water has announced that Justin Sensabaugh will be taking a new role as operations superintendent for the utility’s Northern Division. In this role, Sensabaugh will oversee the company’s water and wastewater operations in Gallatin, Grant and Owen counties, with his office based in Owenton.

  • Special birthday: Bessie Chowning

    Bessie Chowning of Shelbyville celebrated her 90th birthday. Her picnic was held at her farm in Owen County. Shown here, standing in front of their farm, is Chowning, with her brother Nelson Jones. Family and friends came from three different states. Chowning has three children, Wanda Bailey, Nancy Metts and Mike Chowning and six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

  • 4-H News: Join Owen 4-H in new school year

    A new school year is upon us, and it’s a great time to join 4-H, the nation’s largest youth organization. 4-H offers experiential learning to youth ages 9 to 18 with something for all interests from insects to space to sewing. There are topics for all youths. By participating in 4-H, youths develop many essential life skills including responsibility, leadership and self-esteem.

  • New adult learning session to begin

    The Owen County Adult Learning Center will begin a new session Sept. 3.
    If you are interested in earning your GED, updating your math or reading skills for work or continuing education, this is a great opportunity to increase your skills free of charge. 
    Call 502-750-3088 or come by the Adult Learning Center at 103 West Perry by Aug. 28 for more information.