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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.

  • Alleged shooting suspect apprehended in New Mexico

    The suspect in a shooting on Old Columbus Road Friday was apprehended earlier today at a motel in Gallup, New Mexico.
    Derrick Mays Thomas, 23, allegedly opened fire on James Neal, 54, and Amber Neal, 25, around 11:18 p.m., Friday.
    Following the shooting, Thomas fled the scene with 22-year-old Elizabeth Neal and their two children, ages 1 and 3.

  • SHOOTING VICTIM: 'RETURN MY GIRLS'

    UPDATE (Wednesday, Feb. 22 | 2 p.m.): Thomas was apprehended in Gallup, New Mexico. Both children are safe, according to Kentucky State Police.

  • Community support keeps family’s spirits high

    At just 4 months old, Annastasia “Anna” Grubbs has faced more surgeries and beaten more survival odds than most people endure during their adult lives.
    Anna was born with the congenital heart defect (CHD), Coarctation of the Aorta, described as a narrowing of the aorta, restricting proper oxygen and nutrients to the rest of the body.

  • UPDATED: Man and daughter injured in Friday night shooting

     The suspect in a Friday night altercation remains at large after allegedly shooting a man and his daughter at their home on Old Columbus Road.

    Kentucky State Police received a call at 11:18 p.m., after Derrick Mays Thomas, 23, of Mt. Sterling, allegedly arrived at 2060 Old Columbus Rd., where an altercation between he and James Neal, 54, of Owenton, took place. 

  • KKK fliers found outside Owenton residences

    The Owenton Police Department is seeking information after receiving a complaint of Klu Klux Klan fliers left at residences along Roland Avenue. 

    Small packages containing birdseed and a flier reading, “The KKK Wants You,” along with an illustration depicting a hooded klansman and a hotline number for the Confederate White Knights were reportedly left at several residences along the city street.

  • Sunday sales fail to gain traction with city council members

    The ongoing proposal to change the current city alcohol ordinance came to a peak at the Feb. 7 city council meeting, with approximately 25 concerned citizens in attendance. 

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier began the meeting with a caution.

  • Itron moves closer to marketing facility

    In a recent meeting with Owen County officials, Itron focused on the next steps for marketing its Owenton facility.

    The move comes after Itron announced in November that it would shutter its local facility, leaving 450 employees behind.