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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.”

  • Introducing ... Newest additions to Maurice Bowling Middle School staff

    Editor’s note: This the second of our three-week series of articles introducing News-Herald readers to the new teachers in the  Owen County School District, who  kindly responded to our questionnaire. This week we are featuring Maurice Bowling Middle School:

    Chassity D. Barker
    Hometown: Morehead, Ky.
    Subject/Grade(s) you’ll be teaching: 5th-8th grade art
    Educational background: Bachelor’s in studio art from Morehead State University; master’s of art in teaching from University of the Cumberlands

  • Committee working to form local alumni association

    A group of Owen County High School graduates have formed a steering committee which is working diligently to organize an alumni association for the school.  The idea was presented at a class reunion last year, and a Facebook group page was created in May of this year for graduates of OCHS that were interested in forming an alumni association.  The group page now has over 1100 members, and membership is growing weekly.

  • Owen County Montessori School officially opens

    Co-founders Emily Lofald and Ellie Petzinger welcomed their six registered students to the first day of school at Owen County Montessori on U.S. 127, south of Owenton. The initial group of students are in the 3- to 5-year old program and, for the first six weeks will be in the “phase in” stage, where they learn how to be courteous to others while in a classroom setting. Petzinger says they plan to start the 6- to 9-year-old program next year. 

  • County holds line on taxes

    Local taxpayers won’t see any changes on their upcoming tax bills following a decision to take the compensating rate from the Owen County Fiscal Court.
    The court voted to take the compensating rate at its Aug. 25 meeting.
    The rate for real property will remain at $0.1240; the motor vehicle tax at $0.1480; the personal property rate at $0.1340; the water craft rate at $0.1480 and the aircraft at $0.1480.
    The court also reviewed rates set for special districts, including soil conservation, library board, board of education and extension.

  • One injured after being struck by vehicle

    A woman in her early 50s has been transported to Frankfort Regional Medical Center after reportedly sustaining injuries from being struck by an oncoming vehicle.

    
Pam Hawkins was crossing the intersection of Hwy. 127 S. and Hwy. 22 E. when she was struck by the vehicle.
    Owenton City Police Officer Steve Miller said the vehicle was driven by Stacy Hudnall.

    Hawkins sustained injuries to her right leg.

    The incident took place at approximately 3:50 p.m.


  • Grant Co. man killed in 127 N. accident

    A 32-year-old Grant County man was killed Aug. 12  in a single-vehicle accident in Owen County.
    Jarrod Richardson of Dry Ridge was traveling south near the 1200 block of U.S. Hwy. 127 North when he rounded a curve and struck an embankment, according to Public Affairs Officer Josh Lawson of Kentucky State Police Post 5 in Campbellsburg.
    Lawson said Richardson was ejected from the vehicle, which traveled about 200 feet off the road before coming to a stop. Richardson was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Program to add safe places for kids in need

    At least once during the course of each school year, an Owen County student will find themselves in a situation where they have no place to go, said Becky Mefford, Owen County’s Youth Services Center director.
    For youth facing scary situations, designated Safe Places throughout Owen County could help make them feel more secure, Mefford said. She hopes at least 10 will be in place here by the end of the 2015-16 school year.

  • iLead students explore local culture

    With iPhones in hand and book bags on their backs, students from Carrollton’s iLead Academy descended Friday on Owen County for a scavenger hunt with a purpose.
    The students, who come from Owen, Henry, Carroll, Trimble and Gallatin counties, roamed the sidewalks of downtown Owenton, visiting the county clerk’s office, the county courthouse, the history museum and more in an effort to learn about their communities.
    The academy students have spent the past couple of Fridays on scavenger hunts in the different communities.