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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.”

  • Monterey hopes to find philanthropist to fund community center

    “It feels like the heart has been ripped out of our town.”
    With drug use on the rise and a town full of deteriorating buildings, Doreen McElroy, says the City of Monterey needs a place for the community to come together.
    Some community members, including McElroy, have their eye set on 32 Worth St., the former Monterey location of Peoples Bank.
    “The building needs a lot of work,” McElroy said. “It needs a new roof, electric upgrading, a whole bunch of stuff.”

  • Wotier gives state of the city

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier recently gave his state of the city address, which highlighted the city’s efforts to decrease the budget and crack down on the nuisance properties.
    Since retaking office in January, Wotier said he has tried to familiarize himself with the changes that took place during the four years he was out.

  • Owen County home to 2015 jailer of the year

    A little over 20 years ago, Cindy Walker was given the opportunity to become a deputy jailer.
    “I wasn’t sure about it,” Walker said. “I was skeptical. But once I started I really enjoyed it, its become a part of my life. It’s what I do every day now.”
    Now in her second term as Owen County jailer, Walker was recently named the 2015 Kentucky Jailer Of the Year by the Kentucky Jailer’s Association.

  • Local couple offers historical getaway

    Owen County’s newest historical rental home and event center takes pride in its rich history and encourages you to come and be relaxed while experiencing the simple life.
    Nestled on a 240-acre working cattle farm near the banks of the Kentucky River, Blue Wing Landing is totally secluded from civilization and offers peace and quiet for a relaxing getaway or event.
    After seeing breathtaking pictures of a historical home that was available for purchase, it was a no-brainer for owners Doug and his wife, Kathleen Martin.

  • Montessori school finds home on 127 S.

    Area parents will soon have another option in educating their children.
    Owen County Montessori is scheduled to open this fall and will offer children a way of learning not seen before in the county.
    The school is the brainchild of local mothers Eliza Petzinger and Emily Lofald whom, as the mothers of four small children between them, say they saw a gap in the educational opportunities available to area families.

  • Deep cuts for county budget

    Despite expected cuts of over $100,000 to the general fund, Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis said there will still be room in the 2015-16 county budget for much-needed repairs to the courthouse, as well as other county needs.
    During the months leading up to the budget process, Ellis said the county’s consulting company, BBX Strategies and Consultants, built a spreadsheet which compiled the last 5 years of historical data.

  • High marks for superintendent

    The Owen County School Board recently completed an evaluation of the district’s superintendent in an effort by the Kentucky Department of Education to better gauge the performance of the leader of the school district.
    The evaluation, only in its first year of implementation by the state, will be required of all school districts statewide beginning next school year.
    Superintendent Rob Stafford received high marks according to the evaluation which was submitted and approved on May 27.

  • Upcoming local events hold plenty of fun for all

    The seventh annual Sweet Owen Arts in the Park will kick-off two weekends full of activities for local residents.
    The event will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Owen County Fairgrounds, where local and regional artists will display and sell their work.
    Demonstrations of artwork being created will take place throughout the day. A pottery wheel will be set up for children to try and a wool spinning exhibition and a basket-weaving demonstration will also take place. Wood working and forge work will also be shown.