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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.”

  • Police make heroin arrest in grocery parking lot

    An anonymous tip that an Owenton man was wanted in Jefferson County recently led to an arrest by the Owenton Police Department.
    Owenton Police Officer Steve Miller said the tipper advised that Eric Bassham, 29, could be located in a red pickup truck.
    Officers pulled the pickup over at Save-A-Lot, located on Highway 22.
    “He was searched and we didn’t find anything on him,” Miller said. “Then we searched his belongings and found a syringe with heroin residue on it.”

  • Drug roundup nets 27 arrests

    Landmark News Service

  • Kentucky's Poet Laureate speaks at annual poetry reading

    The Owen County Arts Council along with the Owen County Public Library presented a poetry reading which featured Kentucky’s Poet Laureate Friday evening at the library.
    Frank X. Walker read selections from his four published collections as well as works from upcoming books.

  • Update: Level two snow emergency remains in place

    While Owen County remains under a level two snow emergency, fog is becoming an issue across the area tonight.
    Owen County Emergency Management Director David Lilly said as the temperature drops tonight, fog will become widespread, causing decreased visibility and impacting driving conditions.
    Lilly said roads are now passable, but residents are advised to stay put if at all possible.

  • BREAKING: Level two snow emergency issued for Owen County

    Owen County Judge-executive Casey Ellis has issued a level two snow emergency for Owen County.

    A level two snow emergency means roadways are hazardous with blowing snow and drifting snow.
    Only motorists whose travel is absolutely necessary should be on the roadways.
    Residents are urged to contact their employers to see if they should report to work.

  • Local organization provides hope to those struggling with addiction

    With Owen County seeing a significant upswing in citizens struggling with addiction, a local organization is seeking to offer help and hope to those who seek it.
    R.E.A.C.H., which stands for Reaching Every Addict with Christ’s Help, provides support to both addicts and their families.
    “We’re dealing with souls here. The 12 steps deal with the baggage an addict is carrying, but there’s much more involved in healing the person.” Charles Johnson, director, said.

  • City could become alcohol administrator

    The Owenton City Council is expected to draft an ordinance in the coming weeks that will allow the city to issue liquor licenses.
    During a special-called council meeting Feb. 10, a motion was made for the city to stand behind five ordinances that annexed roads into the city and to assume the responsibility of alcohol administrator.
    The council had scheduled a meeting for today (Wednesday) to go over sample ordinances from other areas in order to begin drafting its own ordinance to become an alcohol administrator.

  • Winter storm "Octavia" comes to Owen; frigid temps expected

    Winter storm Octavia made its way to Owen County early Monday, leaving business closures and long hours for the county’s road crew in its wake.
    As of press time Tuesday, Owen County remained under a level two snow emergency.
    The snow emergency was issued by Owen County Judge-executive Casey Ellis  around 10 a.m. Monday.
    Under a level two snow emergency, roadways are hazardous with blowing snow and drifting snow.
    Only motorists whose travel is absolutely necessary should be on the roadways.