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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.

  • Suicide demands our attention and honest, open discussion

    Kentucky Standard
    When a loved one suddenly takes his or her own life, it’s devastating. The first question is always: Why? How could we have missed the warning signs? For reasons that none of us fully understand, some people reach such depths of despair, pain and hopelessness that they see no way out but death.

As a society, we continue to tiptoe around the taboo topic of suicide.

  • Chamber honors longtime Owen Co. businesses

    The 2016 Owen County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year and Businessperson of the Year share a common bond: both have aided in providing local children with a safe place to have fun.
    The Businessperson of the Year award was given to Gilbert England, owner of Fairway Golf Course in Wheatley. The Business of the Year was awarded to Family Billiards.
    Owen County Chamber of Commerce Vice President Carolyn Keith presented this year’s awards.

  • Board discusses possible Narcan use on school grounds

    A discussion to put Narcan in district schools was met with concern from Owen County School Board members at its Nov. 21 meeting.
    Surrounding school districts are discussing keeping the opiate antidote often used to reverse the effects of heroin on school grounds, according to Owen County School Superintendent Rob Stafford.
    In her introduction to the topic, Owen County Director of District-Wide Programs Joretta Crowe mentioned that other districts are leaning toward not keeping the lifesaving drug on campus.

  • Angel Tree gifts due to newspaper office by Dec. 14

    When making your Christmas shopping list this year, don’t forget to add an angel.
    Twenty-nine tags hang on the Angel Tree this year at the News-Herald office, located at 154 W. Bryan St., Owenton, representing Owen County children in need.
    Each tag contains information about a local child, and clothes and shoe sizes. Angel Tree gifts should be wrapped and returned to the News-Herald office by Wednesday, Dec. 14, with the Angel Tree tag attached to the gift.

  • KSP arrest man on sexual abuse charges

    A 26-year-old Owen County man was arrested Nov. 15, after he allegedly sexually abused a 13-year-old boy, according to Kentucky State Police.
    Daniel Raymond Dowdy, 26, is charged with second-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse, and prohibited use of electronic communications to procure a minor or peace officer for sexual abuse. All three charges are felonies, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Joshua Lawson.

  • A century’s worth of history

    It was the third year of World War I. President Woodrow Wilson had secured his re-election. The advent of the internet was still over 50 years away. Electricity had yet to come to New Liberty, Ky.
    Yet in her 100 years of life, Verna Kathryn Kemper Payne insists that she’s hardly noticed the ever-changing ways of the world – everything is gradual, she said. Nothing happens all at once.
    Payne, now residing approximately a mile from where she was born in 1916, will celebrate her 100th birthday Friday.

  • Michels Family Farm gets into Christmas spirit with live trees

    Jeff Michels at Michels Family Farm is getting into the holiday spirit with Christmas trees that have been in the making for more than eight years.
    Michels spends all year prepping and taking care of the trees to get them ready to sell right after Thanksgiving.
    “Of the few places that have live trees, a lot of them just plant them and forget them. I mow around the trees every week, and I usually trim the trees once a year in the spring.”
    Maintaining the trees is a big job, but Michels says it’s worth it.