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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.

  • Owen sheriff switches to fee-pooling

    Following months of discussion, the Owen County Fiscal Court approved an ordinance for fee-pooling at the Owen County Sheriff’s Office.
    Under a fee-pooling system, the operating budget for the sheriff’s department will be run through the county treasurer in the judge- executive’s office.

  • Walls come tumbling down

    The scenery on Highway 22 East has recently seen drastic changes due to the demolition of the former Owen County Elementary School.
    The facility is currently being demolished by a construction company based out of Lexington to make way for renovations to the Owen County Lower Elementary School, which houses students in kindergarten through second grade.
    The demolition is nearly 70 percent complete, according to Owen County School Superintendent Rob Stafford.

  • County declared a ‘Work Force Ready in Progress’ community

    Owen County was declared a “Work Ready in Progress” community by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, a panel of experts representing each of ten stakeholder groups that reviews each application for Work Ready and Work Ready in Progress status.
    Over the past several years, a committee has worked together using previously-collected data and narratives to outline a working plan to reach Work Ready status.

  • Veterans, police, first responders to be honored at fair

    Towns of all sizes are full of people who go beyond what they have been asked to do. Whether it is helping a stranger or protecting the city as a whole, there are many hometown heroes that people can constantly rely on.
    Owen County’s hometown heroes will be honored at the Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, July 16.

  • At the Library | June 21, 2017

    Summer reading is in full swing this week, so grab your library card and come in for some good books to pass away the long summer days. As always, there will be special programming every Wednesday in June and we have great fun planned for you this year. We are so excited to bring Silly Safaris back this week for some silly summer fun. Once again kids can win fair tickets if they turn in their completed reading log by June 30. It’s all happening at the library this summer.

  • Community Events | June 21, 2017

    On May 13, 2017, Courtney Carol Waldrop graduated from Eastern Kentucky University, earning her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology pre-med. She completed her last semester being named to the President’s List for a perfect grade point average. Courtney will be attending the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy this fall. She is the daughter of Kevin and Trudy Waldrop.

  • Owen native turns dream to reality

    Droids that might have once been found roaming the moisture farms of the fictional Star Wars world of Tatooine are now available in Disney Parks locations thanks in part to a merchandise developer with Owen County ties.

    Cody Hampton, 33, has been involved with developing Star Wars and other Disney merchandise since 2007. Cody, along with a project team of artists, technical design engineers and others recently rolled out a limited release boxed set of four droid action figures inspired by characters from the animated release, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”