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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.”

  • Traffic woes expected to continue through May

    The first phase of the $900,000 water main replacement project is expected to continue through May 29.
    Kentucky American Water Manager of External and Governmental Affairs said the project was delayed following inclement weather in February.
    The first phase is replacing water mains along South Main Street.
    Lancho said the first phase will likely take the longest.
    Following its completion, the second phase will go from Seminary to Blanton Street.

  • A family tradition

    The Owen County School Board’s newest member may have only attended his first meeting, but serving the school district seems to be in his blood.
    With the swearing in of Craig Bowling, the school board gained it’s third generation of Bowling members. Craig’s father, Stuart, served for 18 years. His grandfather, Dr. Maurice Bowling whom Bowling middle school is named for served approximately 16 years.
    “I believe my father started in 1969 and served until his death in 1985,” Stuart Bowling said.

  • Pair arrested by sheriff's deputy in bank robbery

    A quick reaction by the Owen County Sheriff’s Department led to the arrest of two men only shortly after they allegedly robbed People’s Bank  Friday.
    The incident occurred at the 101 N. Main St. location at approximately 2:20 p.m. Friday.
    Peoples Bank & Trust Company President Todd Marston said a white male entered the bank with a demand letter, which was given to one of the bank’s tellers.

  • Owen grand jury hands down indictments

    The Owen County grand jury recently handed down the following indictments:

    l Eric M. Stivers, 37, on the charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating motor vehicle while license suspended, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, improper registration plate, no Kentucky registration receipt, failure to wear seatbelt .

  • 3-2 Tie-breaking vote approves insurance license fee hike

    A tie-breaking vote approved an ordinance that raises the county’s insurance license fee by two percent at the Owen County Fiscal Court’s March 10 meeting.
    The ordinance sets the fee at 7.5 percent, the rate the fee was set at when originally approved in 1990.
    The original ordinance had been amended twice under two different administrations, once to 6.5 and again to 5.5 percent.

  • The first 90 days

    Editor’s note: The following story is the first of three that will cover the actions of the Owen County Fiscal Court during the first 90 days of  it’s new administration.
    The lead headline of the Nov. 5, 2014 edition of the News-Herald was “Change comes to Owen County.”
    These articles are intended to highlight the changes that have taken place thus far.

    Utilization of BBX Strategies and Consulting

  • Horsepower limit raised on Elmer Davis Lake

    Even though Elmer Davis Lake in Owen County is frozen over, anglers with cabin fever are now getting the fishing fever with the forecast of warmer days to come.
    The Kentucky Dept. of  Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) recently passed a proposal that will raise the horsepower limit on eight state-owned lakes.
    Elmer Davis Lake has always had a 10-horsepower limit, meaning only motors of 10 horsepower and under could run on the lake, larger motored boats could be on the lake but only under the power of their trolling motors.

  • Winter's aftermath...

    Another blast of winter hit Owen County March 4-5, dumping nearly a foot of snow in some areas.
    Following snow, rain and more snow, the Kentucky River was on the rise last week as the snow began to melt.
    As of press time Tuesday, Owen County was under a flood watch, which  is expected to expire at 2 p.m. today.
    Owen County Emergency Management Director David Lilly said Tuesday’s rain was causing small streams to rise.
    Lilly said the river was falling, but water still covered portions of Old Landing Road Tuesday.