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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.

  • UPDATED: Hospital’s fate could be decided Thurs.

    UPDATE (Thursday, Nov. 19): No decisions were made at today's bankruptcy court hearing. The hearing has been continued to 9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25. For more details, see the Nov. 25 edition of the News-Herald. We will be posting updates to this story as they become available.

  • TRDHD discusses needle exchange

    Owen County may soon have a syringe access exchange program available if the Owen Fiscal Court were to pass a resolution allowing the Three Rivers Health Department to start one.
    A last-minute deal reached on Senate Bill 192 at the end of this year’s legislative session in Frankfort included a provision for regional health departments to oversee needle exchanges, but before an exchange can start, they have to receive approval from city and county governments.

  • Louisville man dies in Ky. 368 crash

    A Louisville man was pronounced dead after an accident Saturday afternoon on Cedar Creek Road.
    David Neace, 28, from Louisville, was driving in a Buick Century westbound on Ky. 368 around 2 p.m. when his vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree head on.
    “It was a very bad impact,” Owen County Deputy Sheriff Marvin Goodrich said.
    The Owen County Search and Rescue worked to extricate him from the vehicle, but Neace succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Family with long history in winery business takes over Elk Creek Vineyards

    A northern Kentucky family has taken over the Commonwealth’s largest winery.
    Fred Papina, along with his son Barry and daughter-in-law Karin took over Elk Creek Winery, LLC. Oct. 22.
    The Papina’s plan on continuing to run the winery as Elk Creek Vineyards, but manage the winery as Papina Legacy, LLC.
    The Papina’s plan on continuing to run the winery as Elk Creek Vineyards, but manage the winery as Papina Legacy Winery, LLC.

  • County clerk’s office receives records preservation grant

    As the decades passed by, some of Owen County’s oldest records aged with time spent in storage inside the courthouse basement. In recent years though, the county clerk’s office has worked to preserve and restore those records.
    A $7,500 grant from the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives was recently renewed for Owen County, County Clerk Laurel Stivers said. She said former County Clerk Joan Kincaid was responsible for first obtaining the grants to preserve and store the county’s records.

  • Vance served as Army nurse during World War II

    By Marlene Browning-Wainscott
    Special to the News-Herald

    Editor’s Note: The following is the second and final installment of profiles on Owen County Veterans. To all our Veterans, thank you for your service.

    Carlette (Seemuller) Vance became a Registered Nurse on Nov. 1, 1943 and enlisted as a nurse in the Army on March 4, 1944.  
    She was a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army and was discharged on June 8, 1946.

  • Circuit, district judges seek adult drug court funding

    Owen, Carroll and Grant counties are three of seven across the Commonwealth that are currently lacking a drug court program, but that could change in the near future.
    Chief Circuit Judge Leslie Knight and Chief District Judge Elizabeth Chandler have recently requested state funding for a drug court program, Administrative Office of the Courts Public Information Specialist Jamie Neal said.