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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.”

  • Lack of station won't affect service at S. Owen

    The now defunct South Owen Fire Department’s Hwy. 227 station could soon be transferred back to its original owners, but officials say residents of the area should not be concerned over a lack of service.
    In Dec. 2014, the state fire commission voted to no longer recognize the South Owen department, whose coverage included from the Scott County line, Bethany, Rockdale, Natlee, New Columbus and Pleasant Grove Road.
    The trouble with the department began in 2013, when the department failed to respond to fire runs.

  • County's first six iLEAD students to be chosen soon

    The process has begun for selecting Owen County’s first six iLead Academy students, a regional program where attendees could graduate high school with an associate’s degree.
    School officials from Owen, Carroll, Gallatin, Henry and Trimble counties will each select six students for the 2015-16 school year.
    The academy will be housed in Carroll County and selected students will spend all four years of their high school career in the program.

  • FFA students test out their green thumb

    Approximately 150 Owen County High School agriculture and FFA members have been working hard in the greenhouse in preparation for May 2, the first day of the high school’s annual plant sale.
    Customers can shop at the greenhouse from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 2, then after 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. during the week to select from hanging baskets, four packs, four and eight inch pots of select flowers.
    Prices will range between $1-$10 and $15 for hanging baskets.
    Students have been learning about plant growth, transplanting and marketing.

  • Kentucky American working around bus schedule

    Work continues on Kentucky American Water’s $900,000 water main replacement project in Owenton.
    The project involves replacing aging water pipe which will provide additional water system redundancy and enhance overall reliability of service.

  • Voter registration deadline nears, poll workers needed

    By BRYAN MARSHALL AND MOLLY HAINES

  • Road closure expected through May

    Old Monterey Road, just south of Slippery Rock Road, will remain closed after last week’s storms damaged the roadway.
    The downpour sent a wall of water down the gullies at Slippery Rock, eroding around the culvert to where the State Highway Department closed the road.
    According to Nancy Wood, the district six office public information officer, the highway will be closed at least until the middle of May, because the local office will have to build a culvert because of it’s large size.

  • Alleged bank robbers plead not guilty to charges

    The two men accused of robbing People’s Bank & Trust Company March 20 have plead not guilty to multiple charges.
    Christoper A. Priessman, 23 and Adam L. Morris, 24, were each indicted on the charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition of property with a value of $5,000.
    Priessman was also indicted on the charges of first-degree evading the police and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
    Morris was additionally indicted on the charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

  • Bakery to close its doors April 18

    When the large building was practically built over night on Hwy. 127 S., everyone wondered what it was, but soon learned of a place called Countryside Bakery and Deli.
    The store opened its doors in July 2010 and quickly became a local favorite with their large deli sandwiches, sarsaparilla sodas, pumpkin rolls, fresh breads and many items not found anywhere else.
    Wilmer Stoltzfus, the store’s owner, sadly announced last week that he and his family will close the Countryside’s doors April 18.