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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.

  • Celebrating National Newspaper Week, Oct. 4-10, 2015

    What do a Confederate solider, a county judge and a state senator have in common?
    Each were former owners of what would become Owen County’s only newspaper, The News-Herald.
    As the nation celebrates National Newspaper Week, Oct. 4-10, we take a look back at Owen County’s long and storied newspaper history.
    Owen County’s newspaper history unfolds in New Liberty in 1868, when J.M. Clark established the county’s first newspaper, The Owen News.

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  • First annual BBQ & Bluegrass Jam to be held at Steepleview Farm

    If you’re a fan of pickin’ or sawing on strings, then the new BBQ & Bluegrass Jam in Poplar Grove could be the highlight of your weekend.
    The gates at the BBQ and Bluegrass Jam at Steepleview Farm will open at 12:30 p.m. and the entertainment goes from 1 p.m. until dark this Saturday. Marc Carey, who owns the Steepleview Farm, said the jam is a good opportunity for people to see the beauty of rural Owen County.

  • Kentucky author visits with MBMS students

    Owenton’s population could probably fit inside the Queens, New York apartment complex Alecia Whitaker now calls home, but she recollects her memories of growing up in Kentucky as an influence for her writing.  
    Whitaker, originally from Cynthiana, was invited to talk to seventh- and eighth-graders at the middle school. She talked about the writing process, telling an interesting, descriptive story and life in the Big Apple.
    “When I started writing, I wanted to write for Kentucky kids,” Whitaker said.

  • Fall harvest bountiful at Michels Family Farm

    The brightly colored pumpkins and gourds scattered across a wagon in Jeff Michels’ barn signify a bumper fall harvest and the changes in Owen County’s rural history.
    Like many Owen countians, Michels once grew tobacco, but said the increasing cost of fertilize and other supplies drove him to another venture.
    “I’d rather pick up pumpkins than cut tobacco any day,” Michels said. “And its turned out to be a pretty darn good year for pumpkins.”

  • Poe: Practice will remain open, staffed

    The New Horizons Family Practice will remain open and staffed, according to administrator Bernie Poe.
    The three physicians who previously staffed the clinic, Eric Baumann, Larry Johnson and Doug Smalara, have joined HealthPoint Family Care and will be seeing patients at HealthPoint’s Florence office, according to a press release sent out by HealthPoint last week.
    Poe said he has been receiving complaints that there are no doctors in town, but said the hospital and hospital emergency room remain staffed with physicians 24-7.