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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.

  • Hensley looks to future as new county road foreman

    With only a few weeks under his belt as newly-appointed county road foreman and solid waste supervisor, Dustin Hensley is already making significant changes within the county department.
    Hensley, 40, spent the last 10 years as an employee of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District Six. During that time, he received his Road Master and Road Scholar certifications through the University of Kentucky. He also completed nearly 300 hours of auxiliary training.

  • New program will assist single fathers

    Feb. 18 will mark the beginning of Owen County’s partnership with the 4 Your Child Program, a grant-funded program coordinated by the University of Louisville serving non-custodial fathers.
    “Our project is an attempt to help fathers increase their capacity for taking active roles in their children’s lives,” Dr. Armon Perry, University of Louisville Associate Professor and Project Director said.

  • How Kentucky’s non-compliance with Real ID licenses may cause you real problems

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader
    FRANKFORT - Kentucky’s decision to ignore federal security regulations for driver’s licenses will begin inconveniencing residents in coming weeks, and the pain is expected to become widespread by early next year.

  • Three to be inducted into local athletics hall of fame this weekend

    The newest class of the Owen County Athletics Hall of Fame will be inducted this weekend.
    Willis Lee, C.W. Ware, and Danielle Hoop will all be honored before the Rebels take on Woodford County on Saturday evening. The ceremony will take place between the junior varsity and varsity contests.
    Lee, who was born in Natlee, Kentucky in 1888, won seven medals in the 1920 Olympic Games. He was also the Vice Admiral of the United States Navy during World War II.

  • Early exit for Runnin’ Rebels from All ‘A’ Tournament

    The Owen County Rebels are not used to losing early in the 8th Region All ‘A’ Classic.
    The Rebels entered the tournament as the two-time defending champions and having won four of the last five events. The only time they did not win during that span was in 2013 when they lost in the championship game to Carroll County in Eminence.
    Jan. 10, Owen County traveled to Walton-Verona where they took on Eminence in the first round. The last time the Rebels lost in the first round was in 2010, also at Walton-Verona.

  • Tensions rise around alcohol ordinance debate

    In a discussion that at times turned tense, the Owenton City Council once again considered potential changes to the city’s alcohol ordinance.
    At its December meeting, community member Jason Wainscott approached the council asking for consideration to amend the city’s alcohol ordinance to include new Kentucky legislation that would allow businesses seating at least 50 people to sell alcohol with the purchase of a meal as long as 70 percent of their gross sales comes from food. Wainscott also requested the council consider legalizing Sunday sales.

  • Traffic stop leads to heroin arrest

    A traffic stop led to heroin-related arrests for Owenton Police Jan. 2.
    Owenton Police Officer Steve Miller stopped a vehicle driven by Ethan Bradford, 24, of Grant County, in the Family Dollar parking lot on Main Street. According to Miller, Bradford was arrested for operating on a suspended operator’s license, expired registration plates, and no insurance.