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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.

  • Local schools receive over $5K from WHAS Crusade for Children

    Owen County Schools are looking for ways to supplement budget cuts in the classroom while maintaining top-level education, and they’re receiving statewide recognition for those efforts in special education.
    Sensory rooms and new technology are just a portion of the improvements made by Owen County Schools through grant money received from WHAS Crusade for Children.

  • Abandoned home catches fire
  • OCHS graduate tapped to lead Drug-Free Communities Support Program

    Like many young adults today, Sarah Paige Tuttle’s life has been affected by substance abuse. She grew up with friends who struggled with addiction and has attended peers’ funerals. But in her new role as project coordinator for the Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC), Tuttle believes she, along with the support of the community, can help curtail drug abuse locally.

  • Chappell becomes Owen’s first state pageant winner

    Owen County is no stranger to accolades. Over the past two years it’s been home to a jailer of the year, principal of the year, and even Mr. Basketball himself. But in its long history with pageantry, an Owen County girl had yet to take home a state title in the county fair system. That was until Macie Chappell became Miss Pre-Teen Kentucky County Fair Oct. 15.
    Macie, the 12-year-old daughter of Jarrod and Shannon Chappell, represented Carroll County in the state pageant after being crowned Miss Pre-Teen Carroll County Fair in June.

  • Perkins turns beloved hobby into newest local business

    They say if you choose a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. That’s just what Teresa Perkins did when she recently turned her hobby into a business.
    Since opening its doors Oct. 1, new business owner Teresa Perkins reports that Sadie B’s Furniture Consignment already has 14 consigners and has sold over 50 pieces of furniture.
    She said having a furniture consignment store in the area is a real convenience for community members.

  • Chappell becomes Owen’s first state pageant winner
  • A lesson in democracy

    Owen County High School Civics Club officers have been hard at work for what they say is a unique opportunity for voters to become informed on candidate platforms, rather than basing decisions on flashy commercials.
    Candidates for state representative incumbent Democrat Chuck Tackett and Republican Phillip Pratt will be featured in a political forum Monday, along with candidates for fourth district congressional representative incumbent Republican Thomas Massie and Democrat Calvin Sidle.