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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.

  • 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.

  • Enrollment steady, dropout rate down locally

    A parade and dressing like a superhero were some of the perks offered to the younger students in Owen County Schools as a reward for coming to class as part of the statewide High Attendance Day Sept. 24.
    “Our attendance is really good,” Director of Pupil Personnel Charlotte Elkins said. “Today we have 97.5 percent, which is excellent. Two schools have 98 percent and the high school has 96 percent.”

  • Quiroz seeks to improve access to nutrition information for Hispanics

    Her love of travel has taken her all over the world, but now she’s looking to serve the Hispanic population close to the place she has made her home.
    Mimi Quiroz, a bilingual SNAP-Ed assistant with the Owen County Cooperative Extension Services, has been in her new role since July. Quiroz travels to Carroll and Gallatin counties on a weekly basis in addition to serving Hispanic families in Owen County.

  • Trimble native Blair joins N-H staff as reporter

    Trimble County native Jacob Blair became the newest addition to the News-Herald’s staff Sept. 18.
    Blair will serve as a part-time reporter for the newspaper.
    He is a 2011 graduate of Trimble County High School and a May 2015 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
    While attending EKU, Blair worked as a writer with The Eastern Progress student newspaper for almost 3 years and was most recently the paper’s editor-in-chief.

  • Hundreds expected to attend craft festival

    Melvin Greene and his family have spent years building their business at craft shows across Kentucky and surrounding states. Now the family hopes to see others gain exposure through a local festival that’s expected to draw hundreds of visitors to Owen County.
    Greene’s family business, Greene’s Country Crafts, began as a small shop behind his residence about 18 years ago.

  • Georgia woman wanted by police arrested locally

    A fugitive from Macon, Ga. was recently apprehended in Owenton and charged with possession of heroin
    Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent Caldwell said while attempting to locate Shawna Freeman, who was wanted by police in Macon, Ga., she was arrested and charged with possession of heroin.
    The heroin was found in Freeman’s purse.
    The arrest came following a traffic stop on South Main Street in Owenton.
    Barbara Andrews of Owenton was driving the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop on Sept. 17.

  • Third-generation bull looks to earn ‘grand champion’

    N-H Reporter

    With two grand champions of the Santa Gertrudis breed in the past 7 years, Sparta resident Larry Osborne is hoping to add a third title traveling across America with his bull in this year’s competitions.
    Troubadour, a 2 year old, 2,400 lb. bull, has already won five grand champion titles in five livestock shows at the Kentucky State Fair, the Ohio State Fair, the Indiana State Fair, the Delta Fair in Memphis, Tenn. and in Lawrenceville, Ga.