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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.”

  • Unknown substance dumped on 127 property

    What was believed to be someone sleeping in an 18-wheeler has turned into a big mess for local officials.
    Officials say the 18-wheeler dumped an unknown substance on property owned by Fiat Lux, LLC., located at 8350 Highway 127 North.
    Officials are now working with the state to figure out what the substance is and if it could pose any danger.
    Owen County Emergency Management Director David Lilly said a nearby resident called the sheriff’s office Thursday evening to report what they thought was someone sleeping in an 18-wheeler.

  • Ellis to take over judge's office Jan. 5

    With a family history deeply rooted in Owen County politics and an eye toward the future, second-district magistrate Casey Ellis has spent the past month preparing to officially take over the county’s highest elected position Jan. 5.
    Ellis, a two-term Owenton City Councilman and one term magistrate, said he has worked closely with Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith to learn the day-to-day operations of the judge’s office.

  • Moving forward
  • Child taken from home after KSP discovers meth lab

    Two people were arrested Tuesday, Dec. 9 after Kentucky State Police Troopers discovered a meth lab at an Owen County home.
    Upon a request for assistance from Owen County Social Services, Troopers went to the home at 125 Dogwood Drive.  When they arrived at the home, no contact was made. 
    However, Troopers smelled a strong chemical odor coming from the residence.  A search warrant was obtained and a search of the home led to the discovery of a meth lab. 

  • Group hopes churches will join effort to combat drug addiction

    A subcommittee of the Owen County Health Collaborative has formed in hopes of keeping local kids in the church and away from drugs.
    Shanna Osborne, who has been involved in the effort, said the subcommittee has also received help from the Owen County Health Collaborative, which is led by Three Rivers District Health Department.
    As a group, $7,000 has been received in grant money  to focus on reaching out to children in an effort to keep them away from drugs.

  • Burglary charge leads to indictment

    The Owen County grand jury met Dec. 2 and handed down the following indictment:
    Richard Wells III, 31, on the charges of third-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking or disposition of property with a value under $500.

  • County, city approve alcohol-related ordinances

    The maximum fee for an alcohol license from the county judge’s office was approved at the Owen County Fiscal Court’s Nov. 25 meeting.
    The court held a second reading on a regulatory ordinance at its Nov. 25 meeting and set the licensing fee at $1,400 per year.
    In a first reading of the ordinance, the fee was set at $800, but first-district magistrate Asa Phillips suggested the fee be set at the maximum amount.

  • Be an angel this holiday season

    The holiday season has arrived and with it comes the opportunity to become an angel to a child in need.
    Over 50 tags have been placed on this year’s angel tree, located at the News-Herald office.
    “We try to do this as a community effort,” Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences Judy Hetterman said. “We want to serve the families that need help and make sure that they don’t get double sponsored, or not sponsored at all.”
    The tag lists the child’s most needed item, which is typically clothing.