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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.

  • IN HOT WATER: South Owen Fire Department

    After allegedly missing fire runs for months and falsifying reports to the state fire commission, the South Owen Fire Department may be no more.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the trouble with the department began approximately a year ago.
    “They just quit answering fire runs,” Keith said. “When that began, the Owen County (Volunteer Fire) Department began responding to that area, along with the Corinth Volunteer Fire Department for backup.”

  • Mobile home fire claims lives of two children

    Two children, a 2 year old and a 4 year old, died in a mobile home fire at 900 Gaines Village Dr., lot 7, this morning.
    According to Owenton Assistant Fire Chief/Public Information Officer Jude Canchola, the department was dispatched to the scene at 9:44 a.m. and was on scene at 9:47 a.m.
    Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy smoke from the mobile home, with 50 percent involvement.
    At that time, Owen County Emergency Medical Services reported that two children were trapped inside the front area of the structure.

  • Court approves further EMS reorganization

    For the second time under Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis’ administration, local EMS will experience further reorganization, a move Ellis said is “imperative” to the future of the county’s healthcare.
    The court voted Aug. 8 to dissolve the EMS shift supervisor positions, created in 2015 under the department’s initial reorganization.
    Two new positions were approved during the meeting.
    Paramedic Autumn Becknell and EMT Allen Cammack were assigned the roles of assistant administrator and operations director, respectively.

  • Free breakfast, lunch program extended to OCHS

    Parents will no longer have to dole out lunch money for their children returning to school today after the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) has now expanded to all grade levels.
    Over the past few years, the Owen County Lower and Upper Elementary schools and Maurice Bowling Middle School have participated in the CEP, which provides free meals to those who are enrolled in the school system. The CEP offers a free breakfast and lunch to students every school day, though certain extra items like anything a la carte cost money.

  • Meet the ‘Butterfly Lady’

    Recycled lunch meat containers fill the desks and windowsills of the Owen County Soil Conservation Office located on West Perry Street.  Inside those containers, a metamorphosis is taking place.
    What started out as a few caterpillars six years ago has turned into an ever growing project to rescue and release monarch butterflies, a species that many researchers believe to be headed for extinction.

  • Fire started by neighbor’s extension cord claims West Adair house

    A faulty extension cord sent a West Adair Street house up in flames during the early morning hours Friday.
    Firefighters and other emergency personnel were dispatched to 112 W. Adair St. at approximately 4:58 a.m., where they found the house completely engulfed, according to Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Department Public Information Officer Jude Canchola.
    Neighbors who spotted the flames and dialed 911 were unsure if anyone was inside the house. Once on scene, firefighters determined there was no one inside and no one currently living in the house.

  • Gov. Bevin launches ‘Message of Hope’ Campaign

    FRANKFORT — Governor Matt Bevin’s office began placing painted rocks around Kentucky Thursday afternoon in order to raise awareness for Kentucky's opioid epidemic and the “Don’t Let Them Die” (DLTD) initiative.

  • At the Library | August 16, 2017

    Don’t forget the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.
     
    Third Thursday hang out for middle schoolers

    Are you a middle-schooler looking for a place to hang out with your friends? Snacks, games and a space is yours at the library.  For grades 5-8 only, 3:15-4:30 p.m., Thursday.
    Grilling with Caleb
    Caleb continues to unravel grilling mysteries. This month’s class is devoted to grilling seafood properly and tastily at 6 p.m., Thursday.

    Walk Away the Pounds

  • Kentucky’s circuit clerks celebrate 25 years of saving lives through donation

    The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life, Kentucky’s Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Program, will soon celebrate its 25th anniversary.
    On Aug. 10, 1992, the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks created the Trust For Life (TFL) to educate Kentuckians about the life-saving mission of organ donation.