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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.

  • Second Dollar General location on the rise

    A second Dollar General Store could open locally by late winter, just a few miles down the road from the company’s existing Owenton location.
    Groundwork has already begun on the new location, which will be located at 20 Sweet Owen Road, the former site of Hunter’s Greenhouse off Highway 127 North, according to Dollar General spokeswoman Laura Somerville.
    The company purchased the land from Gary and Darlene Hunter for $225,000 earlier this year, according to Owen County Clerk Laurel Stivers.

  • City hall to charge fee for in-office water payments

    By Molly Haines and Elisabeth Moore
    N-H Staff
    For over a decade, Kentucky American Water has offered customers the convenience of in-office bill pay from its Main Street location. The company recently announced its decision to shutter its Owenton facility following damages sustained to the building earlier this year, leading to a lengthy discussion by the Owenton City Council on future bill-pay options.

  • Sweet Owen Day returns Saturday with over 60 vendors

    As the weather begins to cool down, fall festival season is starting to heat up across Kentucky. In Owen County, locals are preparing for Sweet Owen Day, a 16-year-old annual festival that takes place each September on the Owen County courthouse square.
    Set for 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday, Sweet Owen Day will be a day full of fun for the whole family, according to event organizers.

  • Owen County Public Transit receives federal award

    Public transportation is a common privilege for many major cities, allowing travelers to shuttle from one area to the next without having to worry about the stress of a daily commute.
    While many smaller areas lack a steady public transportation system, Owen County Public Transit (OCPT) continues to grow, having recently received the statewide Outstanding Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Achievements award.

  • Noise complaint leads to drug arrest

    A noise complaint on Shady Lane eventually led to the arrest of a 50-year-old man Thursday, after a sheriff’s deputy discovered drugs and a handgun inside the man’s residence.
    Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent Caldwell was called to 55 Shady Lane on a noise complaint just before 10 p.m. Once on scene, Caldwell was given consent to search Wesley Roberts’ residence, where he discovered over eight ounces of marijuana, controlled substances believed to be crystal meth and a handgun.

  • With 4-H running through her veins, local girl wins big at state fair

    Once a year the people of Kentucky gather in Louisville to take part in music, shopping, exhibitions and more at the Kentucky State Fair.
    While many fairgoers view the two-week event as a farewell to summer, one local girl attended to showcase her hard work and dedication as a member of Owen County 4-H.
    Owen County High School 10th-grader Kelsey Davis won multiple ribbons at this year’s state fair and went as far as receiving Class Champion and Reserve Grand Champion in Upcycle Container Garden in the 4-H Horticulture Division.

  • Mother, son team up for Owenton’s newest boutique

    For 30-year-old Clark Roberts, entrepreneurship just comes naturally.
    The Owen County native first began his landscaping business, 4 Seasons Landscaping, after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University nine years ago.
    On Aug. 25, Roberts began a new business venture, partnering with his mother, Joy Roberts, a retired Owen County family and consumer sciences teacher, to open Owenton’s newest boutique, Dots on Main.
    Dots on Main offers various gifts, accessories and home decor that locals may have otherwise had to travel outside the county to find.