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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.

  • Search and rescue seeks funding from city council

    The Owenton City Council heard a request for additional funding to the Owen County Search and Rescue at its meeting last Tuesday.

    Greg Estes, now chief of Owen County Search and Rescue, addressed the council after the fiscal court allocated less money to the search and rescue program in its 2015-2016 budget than in previous years.

    “The county used to give us $8,800,” Estes said. “They actually started giving rescue money back in ’94. And it kind of got up and went down.

  • Republican caucus coming to Ky. March 5

    The race for the White House is heating up following the Feb. 2 Iowa Caucus, and in a few short weeks Kentucky will take the national spotlight in its first Republican Caucus.

    Only registered Republican voters, registered by Dec. 31, 2015, may participate in the caucus, to be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, March 5.

    For most counties, there will be only one polling location. Owen County’s location will be the Lighthouse Church, located at 5405 U.S. 127.

  • Civil Air Patrol turns youngsters into leaders


    The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Frankfort Composite Squadron is celebrating the promotion of 12 of its cadet members. The second of two ceremonies for promotion of eight cadets was conducted on February 4, 2016 during its weekly meeting at Maurice Bowling Middle School. Cadet Spencer Blair, Noven Harris, Laura Patterson, and Breanna Schadler received their first stripe as a cadet. Liz Ashcraft, Emma Ashcraft, Ashley Buffin, and Kameron Kelly received their fifth stripe promoting them to Cadet Technical Sergeants.

  • Another shot at county going ‘wet’

    A wet-dry petition is once again making the rounds in Owen County.

    The petition reads, “We the undersigned registered voters hereby petition for election the following question: Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in Owen County?”

    A yes or no option is not given on the petition; therefore, it is only asking those in favor to sign.

    The petitions have been spotted in several locations, including Smoker Friendly on North Main Street.

  • 2 polling locations to change

    Registered voters in the South Owenton and Lubsy’s Mill precincts will find themselves at a new polling location beginning with the March 8 special election.

    The two precincts will now vote at the Owen County Extension Office, located at 265 Ellis Highway.

    Owen County Clerk Laurel Stivers said the two precincts have been voting at Owen County High School, located on Highway 22.

  • Red Cross assists family following Hwy. 330 blaze

    About 60 percent of Michael and Angela Varner’s home was engulfed in flames when local fire departments arrived on scene Jan. 27.

    No one was home when emergency personnel was dispatched to 8515 Hwy. 330, at 9:18 a.m., after a passerby called in the fire.

    Firefighters arrived on scene at 9:32 a.m. and found the roof was already beginning to cave in.

  • Open for business: HealthPoint begins operations in Owen County

    The sign by the highway may say New Horizons, but Healthpoint Family Care opened for patients Monday morning at 120 Progress Way.

    The clinic is still providing family medicine and pediatric care services just as the space did under the former New Horizons administration, said Chris Goddard, chief executive officer of HealthPoint.

    “We’re anxious to pick up where the doctors left off and the beauty of it all is patients shouldn’t (be able to) tell the difference,” Goddard said.