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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.

  • Dry forces begin organizing in an effort to defeat wet-dry election

    In a meeting that sometimes turned emotional Thursday night, a group of about 55 citizens filled the pews at Owenton First Baptist Church to begin organizing against the upcoming countywide wet-dry vote.
    Joshua Gibson, president of R.E.A.C.H. of Northern Kentucky, bowed his head as he expressed his disappointment in names he found on a petition of 656 signatures in support of the local-option election.

  • Petition, executive orders questioned at dry meeting

    During its first public meeting, members of Citizens For A Dry Owen County questioned the certification of a petition of 656 names filed last month for a countywide wet-dry election.
    Dave Jones, a realtor with Golden Triangle Realty and president of the Owen County Chamber of Commerce, said he recently met with Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis, Owen County Clerk Laurel P. Stivers, and Owen County Attorney Josh Smith and presented what he believed were ineligible names and names signed on inappropriate dates to the elected officials.

  • Massie shares legislative update over coffee

    A small but enthusiastic crowd recently gathered at Bird Dog’s Coffee to express their concerns on nationwide issues, from the Internal Revenue Service to the
    The opportunity came in the form of Fourth District Congressional Rep. Thomas Massie’s (R), Coffee With Your Congressman initiative. Massie said he prefers sitting down over coffee with his constituents as opposed to a town hall meeting, noting that the informal setting makes it easier for people to speak. Of the 20 counties Massie represents, his event at Bird Dog’s Coffee was his 19th of 2016.

  • Local brothers win brick laying competition

    Brick mason Cole Stamper and mason tender Forest Stamper competed as a team Aug. 13 in the 2016 SPEC MIX Ohio Regional Bricklayer 500 contest in Cincinnati.
    Cole took first place as fastest bricklayer with 496 adjusted brick count. He also won the Craftsman Award.
    As winners, this Owen County team of brothers earned a trip to the 2017 World Championship in Las Vegas to compete for the title of “World’s Best Bricklayer” with the returning 2016 champion and other regional winners.

  • Child, 20 months old, killed in ATV accident

    Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of a 20-month-old male involved in an ATV accident Sunday.
    KSP received a call of a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Greenup Road and Georgetown Road in Hesler at approximately 7:30 p.m.
    A side-by-side off-road vehicle operated by Spencer Lawson, 27, of Owenton, overturned in the roadway. Cheyanne Fredrick, 24, of Corinth, was a passenger in the vehicle, along with the 20-month-old child.
    The child, identified as Braxton Trigg Cooke, was the son of Matthew and Brook Cooke.

  • Farming in the Bond family lifeblood

    To say farming runs in the family lifeblood for Danny Bond would almost be an understatement.
    “My family has farmed all their life,” Bond said. “…We had a farm that was in our family for 200 years, and I still farm that farm. A man bought it when my father passed away, but I still farm it for him.”
    Sparta resident Bond, 63, grew up on that same farm, owned at the time by his father James Carroll Bond and his uncle, Ralph Bond.
    His interest in the farm began when the young Danny Bond was already learning the art of agriculture.

  • Eight file for city council as general election takes shape

    While much of the buzz surrounding the Nov. 8 General Election focuses on the United States Presidential candidates, voters in the City of Owenton will make their selection of six city council members.
    The filing deadline for the Nov. 8 election passed Aug. 9, with all current city council members returning to the ballot: Adam Gaines, Robert Osborne, Larry Dale Perry, Milford Sipple, Jimmy Marston and Bobby Walker. Former Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid and Patty Sue Miller will also vie for a seat at city hall.