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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.

  • Thomas pleads not guilty in alleged shooting

    Derrick Mays Thomas, the alleged shooting suspect in a February incident on Old Columbus Road, pleaded not guilty in Owen County Circuit Court April 18.
    Thomas, 23, allegedly shot his girlfriend’s father and sister in an altercation that took place at 2060 Old Columbus Rd., Feb. 17.
    The altercation began after Thomas contacted Elizabeth Neal, 22, about picking up their two daughters, ages 1 and 3.

  • ‘Miss Susan’ brings prestigious award back to Owen County

    Thursday morning, Owen County Public Librarian Susan Hampton walked into work and found a jar of pickles on her desk. To the rest of the community, a jar of pickles may seem like just a sweet present from a friend’s garden, but to the library community, the gift symbolized a prestigious award.

  • A taste of the college experience: Rising seniors heading for Governor’s Scholars Program

    Two Owen County High School rising seniors will get a taste of college life this summer as they attend one of the most prestigious student programs in the state.
    Emma Ashcraft, 16, and Madelin Shelton, 17, have spent much of their high school careers prepping in hopes of attending the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program. Their hard work and dedication paid off, and the two will each spend five weeks studying at one of the program’s three locations.

  • Few changes for Owen during Roaring ‘20s

    The 1920s heralded an era of social and political changes in our country. For the first time since the formation of America more people lived in cities than on farms. Radios and home appliances were frequent additions to households, and Henry Ford’s Model T, priced at $260 in 1924, made travel more convenient.
    In 1925, Sears Roebuck opened its first store in Chicago and penicillin was discovered in 1928.
    To the dismay of many, American culture also changed in the Roaring ‘20s and was considered to take on a new urban and less moral direction.

  • Owen Circuit Court

    April 18, 2017

    Johnpatrick Garilao Ada, 1991, first-degree complicity possession of a controlled substance, heroin, three years, waive fines.
    Justin W. Aylor, 1989, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, trafficking in marijuana, drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, no tail lamps, no brake lights, failure to notify address change to department of transportation, trial set for Aug. 17.

  • Town forum slated for May 2

    by mattie cook
    N-H Reporter
    May 2 marks the date of a Town Hall hosted by Three Rivers District Health on the topic of community health and wellness.
    The town hall, emceed by Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis will host various vendors to represent agencies and businesses, not to sell anything but to answer questions and be a resource to community members.

  • Owen falls 15 spots in health rankings

    Owen County fell 15 spots in the seventh annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report, ranking 74th out of Kentucky’s 120 counties in overall health.