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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.

  • Hospital hearing continued to today

    A U.S. bankruptcy court judge questioned procedures taken by New Horizons Medical Systems, Inc. in a court hearing Nov. 19, leaving the future of Owen County’s healthcare up in the air once again.  
    The court heard a motion that would allow St. Elizabeth Healthcare and HealthPoint Family Care, Inc. to purchase New Horizons and its assets for $650,000.


    An estimated 175 meals will be delivered to Owen County residents with the help of volunteers from the Owenton First Baptist Church on Thanksgiving Day.
    “It’s a ministry that was started several years ago to make sure that our seniors, shut-ins and families didn’t go without a meal for Thanksgiving,” Bro. Brad Banks said.
    Banks said around 30 volunteers will show up to the church around 7 or 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day and will work until around noon to prepare the meals. The meals will then be delivered for lunchtime.

  • Auditor: OCPS has $3.16 mil liability

    The Owen County Board of Education listened to an auditor Monday night as he ran through his report of the school district’s budget for 2014. While he had many positive notes, including revenues being greater than the district’s expenses, much of the positivity was mired by the liability of the retirement systems.

  • Tourism commission hires new director

    The Owen County Tourism Commission has selected a local businesswoman to be the driving force behind bringing visitors to the area.
    Joyce DuVall, owner of Sweet Owen Pics, will serve as director and coordinator for the commission.
    DuVall served on the commission after being appointed by former Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith and was recently selected for the director’s position out of a total of 12 applicants.
    The commission’s purpose is to promote and develop tourism and convention activity in Owen County.

  • UPDATED: Hospital’s fate could be decided Thurs.

    UPDATE (Thursday, Nov. 19): No decisions were made at today's bankruptcy court hearing. The hearing has been continued to 9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25. For more details, see the Nov. 25 edition of the News-Herald. We will be posting updates to this story as they become available.

  • TRDHD discusses needle exchange

    Owen County may soon have a syringe access exchange program available if the Owen Fiscal Court were to pass a resolution allowing the Three Rivers Health Department to start one.
    A last-minute deal reached on Senate Bill 192 at the end of this year’s legislative session in Frankfort included a provision for regional health departments to oversee needle exchanges, but before an exchange can start, they have to receive approval from city and county governments.

  • Louisville man dies in Ky. 368 crash

    A Louisville man was pronounced dead after an accident Saturday afternoon on Cedar Creek Road.
    David Neace, 28, from Louisville, was driving in a Buick Century westbound on Ky. 368 around 2 p.m. when his vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree head on.
    “It was a very bad impact,” Owen County Deputy Sheriff Marvin Goodrich said.
    The Owen County Search and Rescue worked to extricate him from the vehicle, but Neace succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.