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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.

  • Flash flood claims life of Teresita man

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Office identified 49-year-old Paul Switzer as the man who was swept away in the swollen waters of Indian Creek Sunday evening.

    Numerous emergency responders, law enforcement officials and others searched for Switzer for hours after the area around Teresita Road received 2 inches of rain in about 45 minutes, according to officials.

    Newly appointed Owen County Emergency Management Director Larry Karsner said the initial call came in at 5:38 p.m. Sunday.

  • Off to... NATIONALS

    Eight students will have the opportunity to represent Owen County at the International Society of Technology Education this June in Denver.

    Carrie Wilhoite, director of technology for Owen County Schools, said the students recently took home top honors at the state’s Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) showcase April 22 at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington.

  • Interim PVA appointed; examination for Governor’s appointment will be May 31

    An interim Owen County Property Valuation Administrator has been appointed – but the process of filling the seat doesn’t stop there.

    The Kentucky Department of Revenue officially appointed Chris Cross of Dry Ridge to the office as an interim PVA following the death of Jimmy Coyle April 21.

    Cross will serve as PVA until a special examination can be held. Following the examination, Gov. Matt Bevin will make an official appointment to serve until the Nov. 8 General Election.

  • Steepleview Farm joins Farm Bureau's roadside market program

    Owen County is home to three of the 88 certified farm markets across the Commonwealth accepted into the 2016 Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Certified Roadside Farm Market Program. Opening this season is Steepleview Farm.

    In joining the KFB Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, Steepleview Farm has committed to offering quality products and service to its customers. Its acceptance by Farm Bureau tells customers that this market meets the highest standards of quality, freshness, and marketing appeal.

  • Something to brag about

    Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis, right, recently announced that the above signs will be placed at various areas throughout the county. The signs read, “Owen County Proud Home of Carson Williams Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball 2016.” Williams, left, attended the April 12 meeting of the Owen County Fiscal Court, where he and Runnin’ Rebels Coach Devin Duvall were also named Kentucky Colonels.

  • Law enforcement check to ensure sex offender compliance

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Office, Probation and Parole and the US Marshals Service checked more than 20 residences in Owen County as part of Operation Roundball.

    Operation Roundball, conducted April 13-14, was intended to verify addresses of registered sex offenders in Grant, Owen and Pendleton counties, according to a US Marshals Service news release. Across the three counties, 91 residences were checked and 10 are being investigated for non-compliance.

  • Two OCHS rising seniors to attend presigious Governor's Scholars Program

    After completing a rigorous application process that began in August, two of Owen County High’s rising seniors will attend one of the state’s most prestigious honors programs this summer.

    Molly Gamble and Jordan Prather will spend five weeks attending the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program, a residential program that works to enhance the state’s next generation of civic and economic leaders.