Local News

  • 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.

  • Proposal for Sunday sales at winery brings out opponents

    The introduction and first reading of an ordinance that would allow Sunday alcohol sales at Elk Creek Winery was met with stories of drunken driving fatalities and alcoholism during the Owen Fiscal Court’s July 22 meeting.
    The benches of the Owen County Courthouse courtroom were filled by the time the court addressed the ordinance, and some were left standing as preachers, representatives from local churches and concerned citizens shared their thoughts on the possibility of Sunday sales.

  • Battle of the Bluegrass brings special athletes to Owen

    If you’re playing for the Grant County Fireballs, don’t ask head coach Bill Brown the score.
    You may not get a straight answer.
    As a coach for the Special Olympics softball team composed of players from Grant and Owen counties, the score isn’t the more important issue.
    If one of the players asks him if the team is winning, he responds by asking if they are having fun.
    “If they say yes, I always say ‘well, we are winning then,’” Brown said.

  • Fire brings volunteers back to same house two days later

    A Saturday fire at an Owenton residence that rekindled early Monday has been ruled accidental by an arson investigator.
    Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Department Public Information Officer Jude Canchola said firefighters arrived on scene at 115 Robin Drive at 9:35 a.m. Saturday, where heavy flames had engulfed 50 percent of the structure.
    Canchola said two people were living at the residence.
    The fire began in the living room and Canchola said an oxygen tank in the home caused the fire to spread.

  • Walmart donation will help feed the hungry in Owen

    A gift from Walmart will help feed hungry people in Owen County.
    The Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission recently received an $87,000 contribution to help fight hunger by providing families and children in need with food through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program.
    The funds will also be used to help families start and expand food gardens with the donation of seeds and plants in the spring.

  • U.S. 127 Yard Sale set for Aug. 7-10

    The annual U.S. 127 Yard Sale, which bills itself as the world’s longest at 690 miles, is set for Aug. 7-10.
    The yard sale stretches from Addison, Mich. south to Gadsden, Ala. The route enters Kentucky near Cincinnati and stretches south to the Tennessee line.
    The sale is headquartered at the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce in Jamestown, Tenn., according to the sale’s website.
    In all, the sale route covers parts of five states.

  • Leadership Owen County: Group checks out Owen County’s growing concerns

    By Wesley Petzinger and Mike Stafford
    For the News-Herald

    Agriculture has long been the foundation of Owen County. Since the conception of “Sweet Owen,” crops like tobacco were cornerstones in the financial development of agricultural infrastructure and community.

  • Lathrem wins Miss Teen Bluegrass Fair crown

    The Miss Teen Lexington Lions Bluegrass Fair pageant was held July 15. After vying for the title among 17 contestants in interview and evening gown, Marlee Lathrem was crowned the new 2014 Miss Teen Bluegrass Fair and also received the Interview Award.  Lathrem will represent the Lexington Lions Bluegrass Fair at the Kentucky County Fair State Teen Pageant in October at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Louisville.  She will be a sophomore this year at Owen County High School and is the daughter of Brian and Rita Lathrem of Owenton.

  • Duvall delivers: Owen native named postmaster in Lawrenceburg

    By Shelley Spillman
    Anderson County News
    Longtime Lawrenceburg U.S. Post Office postmaster Regina Graham, was officially replaced by Owen County native Todd Duvall June 27.
    Though Duvall has been acting as the officer in charger since May, he was officially sworn in as the new postmaster Friday.
    Duvall has 17 years of post office experience, working his way up from a part-time clerk.
    Around 30 people were at Duvall’s swearing in ceremony at the Lawrenceburg USPS Office.

  • Wilson wins soil conservation scholarship

    The Owen County Soil Conservation District is proud to announce that Clayton Wilson has received the State Soil Conservation of Natural Resources Scholarship.
    He attends Morehead State University.
    Wilson is the  son of Curnie and Muriel Wilson.
    The scholarship was awarded to a student that is enrolled in college who has declared a major in the field of agriculture or conservation of natural resources.