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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.

  • 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.

  • Man charged with cruelty to animals following horse neglect

    A Crescent Springs man is facing two counts of second-degree cruelty to animals after neglecting horses.

    Owenton Police Officer Gary Alcorn said he received a complaint call on Sunday, Feb. 14, about four horses under the care of David Authier, 54, at a farm located at 4935 Georgetown Rd. near Hesler.

    One of the horses had fallen down a hill, was in grave condition medically and unable to put much weight on one of its legs before collapsing again, Alcorn said. The horse had to be put down.

  • Staff remembers Coyle's service to Owen

    “You don’t always have to know the answer, but you have to know where to find the answer.”

    That piece of advice is just one of the many ways Blake Robertson, a field representative of the Property Valuation Administrator’s Office, will remember PVA Jimmy Coyle, who passed away April 21.

    Coyle was first elected PVA in 2006 and took office in December of that year. It was a job he took seriously, but his coworkers agreed that he kept the office environment light.

  • Ayres Family Orchard in full bloom

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, right, visited Ayres Family Orchard Thursday. Larry Ayres, left, gave Quarles a tour of the orchard while the apple trees were in full bloom.