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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.

  • Owenton police officer arrested, charged with rape

    An Owenton police officer was arrested earlier today and charged with first-degree rape and incest.
    Rufus Shearer, 59, was booked at the Carroll County Detention Center just before 1 p.m. Shearer is a police officer with the City of Owenton.
    Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry declined to comment on the charges or the investigation, but said Shearer turned himself in to Owenton police.
    "He came in on his own free will and surrendered his firearm, badge and cruiser," Gentry said.

  • June road closure detours announced

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s District 6 office has announced its traffic detours for the coming month.

    The decision to close Main Street throughout June came after the office considered the large amount of work that needs to be completed in such a small space, according to District 6 Public Information Officer Nancy Wood.

    The closure will be from Adair Street through the intersection of Seminary Street, beginning June 1 and ending June 30.

  • Federal depts. offer guidance for accommodating trans students

    In recent months, some of the leading national news stories were a North Carolina law that restricted bathroom access based on a person’s sex at birth and Target’s policy that allows transgendered persons to use the restrooms and fitting rooms of their gender identity – a person’s internal sense of gender.

  • Board approves facility plan, primary school addition key necessity

    The Owen County Board of Education took a step toward alleviating some of the overcrowding among the district’s youngest populations by approving a new district facility plan.

    The new facility plan prioritizes the demolition of the old Owen County Elementary School so the space can be used for a 15,000 square foot addition to the Owen County Lower Elementary School.

    “The first priority or priority one projects are those you want to try and complete within this biennium, or the next two years,” said Roland Mueller, from RossTarrant Architects.

  • Pryor remembers service during WWII

    BY MARLENE BROWNING-WAINSCOTT
    Special to the News-Herald

    CF “June” Pryor Jr. served in the United States Army in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) during World War II in the 326th Glider Infantry from October 1942 to February 1946.

    June was born in 1921 in his parent’s home in Owen County.

    “I was named after my father, so they called me Junior, after a while the name June just kind of stuck.”

  • Memorial Day allows family to reunite

    Sunshine, glorious sunshine. I was beginning to think we would never see it again. I have been trying to keep ahead of the yard but it has been a chore. I mow and the grass is so thick, it leaves great piles of clippings that turn into hay. There has been very little actual hay cut this spring. Bruce is hoping he can get some cut this week, but the weatherman says the rain is coming back on Wednesday, but enough about the weather. I did go over most of the yard Saturday and Sunday afternoon. I still have a bit more to do when the grass dries this afternoon.

  • Sanders carries Owen in primary; Clinton takes state

    Bernie Sanders carried Owen County in the state's presidential primary election Tuesday with about 20 percent of the county's registered voters taking to the polls.
    Sanders received a total of 720 votes locally, while Hillary Clinton received 453. Clinton was named the state's winner
    Owen County Clerk Laurel P. Stivers said the county's voter turnout had exceeded her expectations.
    "I guessed we would have about 15 percent turnout, but it looks like we wound up with 20 percent," Stivers said Tuesday night.