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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.

  • Gratz wet-dry election slated for Jan. 10

    Only weeks after a countywide wet-dry election failed to pass, a petition was filed at the Owen County Clerk’s Office for an election to be held to vote on the question, “Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in the City of Gratz?”
    Owen County Clerk Laurel P. Stivers and Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis verified the petition, filed Nov. 1. Ellis issued an executive order Nov. 29, setting the date of the election for Jan. 10.

  • Making the case for needle exchange in Owen County

    A year after its first syringe access exchange program (SAEP) discussion with the Owen County Fiscal Court, Three Rivers District Health Department made another plea for the program at the court’s Nov. 22 meeting.
    A last-minute deal reached on Senate Bill 192 at the end of the 2015 legislative session in Frankfort included a provision for regional health departments to oversee needle exchanges, but before an exchange can start, they have to receive approval from city and county governments.

  • Owen County Schools once again named number one in energy savings

    First, Mr. Kentucky Basketball and then Principal of the Year; once again Owen County School District has received statewide recognition by ranking number one in energy savings.
    A report from the School Energy Managers Program (SEMP) said in the last 7 years, 98 percent of Kentucky school districts have reduced their energy use, totaling a savings of $123 million.

  • Wreaths to be placed at Kentucky veterans cemeteries

    kentucky press news service
    Kentuckians can join family, friends and volunteers placing wreaths on headstones at Kentucky’s four state veterans cemeteries on the next two Saturdays. The ceremonies to express holiday gratitude for the veterans who have passed will be open to the public, a state news release said.
    Thanks to donations from civic and veterans organizations and local businesses and individuals, every headstone and each columbarium section at all four Kentucky state veterans cemeteries will receive a wreath with ceremonies at the following times:

  • 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.