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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.

  • Former county judge arrested for DUI

    A former Owen County judge-executive, circuit clerk and vocal “Keep Owen County Dry” supporter was arrested March 14 for allegedly driving under the influence in Frankfort.
    Carolyn Keith, 70, was also charged with reckless driving and second-degree disorderly conduct, according to the Frankfort Police Department.

  • Williams shines on national stage

    BY MOLLY HAINES & MATTIE COOK | N-H Staff

  • First-time business owners enjoy success at Owenton boutique

    by mattie cook
    N-H Reporter
    First-time business owners Eko and Nick Chappell someday hope to outgrow their small storage unit known as Heart of Kentucky Boutique.
    That dream may not take long with the success the couple has experienced since opening in December.
    Located at 1595 Hwy. 127 N. in Owenton, Heart of Kentucky Boutique offers a unique shopping option closer to home for those who are tired of driving out of town to find the perfect outfit or gift.

  • Private auditor hired for county finances

    A certified public accountant will take on the responsibility of auditing the Owen County Fiscal Court following the court’s Feb. 28 meeting.
    With the state’s approval, Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis said private auditing companies may audit certain districts at a much lower cost than that charged by the state.
    The court approved the hiring of CPA and retired state auditor Edward Lance at the cost of $9,000 per year, roughly half of what the county was paying to the state auditors, according to Ellis.

  • First Farmers set to merge with CUB Monday

    At the close of business Friday, the name First Farmers Bank will be no more as part of a merger with Citizens Union Bank (CUB) announced in November.
    With the two banks combined, the four First Farmers Bank locations will be considered as branch locations of CUB. The banks have been sister organizations under the same holding company, Citizens Union Bancorp, since 1994.
    With the completion of the merger, CUB will now have 16 locations and has added assets of $120 million, for total assets of $700 million, according to a press release.

  • Local officials seek answers on lack of emergency notifications during severe storms

    by mattie cook
    N-H Reporter
    The front page of last week’s News-Herald carried photos of storm damage from an early March storm that many residents were not aware was coming, according to complaints at the March 7 Owenton City Council Meeting and phone calls received at the News-Herald office.
    Several Owen County residents expressed concern that local weather emergency alert sirens were not sounded and they did not receive any weather alerts on their phones of the storm.

  • Recognition for late Owen County hero becoming a reality

    A $500 donation from the Owenton City Council recently brought Denise Humphries' seventh-grade students closer to dedicating a placard to a late Owen County hero.
    Humphries, along with three of her students — Alexandria Perry, Preston Cunningham and Kasey Tackett — attended the March 7 council meeting to update the council on the progress of the placard for Vice Admiral Willis Augustus Lee Jr.