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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.

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  • Community Events | Sept. 21, 2016

    Dallasburg Baptist to host Take A Stand Against Drug Addiction event
    A Take A Stand Against Addiction in Owen County Advocate Awareness event will be hosted by Dallasburg Baptist Church after school until 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, at Dallasburg Baptist. There will be free food, music, Nukum and dodgeball. For more information or for a ride home from the event, contact Justin Black at 606-425-7410. For a ride to the event, please bring a bus note to ride bus 23.
    Second annual CKC festival will be Sept. 23-24

  • Biennial Monterey Homecoming Fair slated for Oct. 1

    For its 40th-anniversary organizers of the bi-annual Monterey Fair are hoping for a homecoming like no other.
    “Jenny Urie’s mother, Paula, was one of the original founders,” organizer Robin Gentry said. “She owned the candle shop in Monterey. They all started it to bring the community together. Seeing everybody come home – that’s the best part.”

  • Cook joins N-H staff

    Owen County native Mattie Cook became the newest addition to the News-Herald’s staff Sept. 20.
    Cook will serve as a general news reporter for the newspaper.
    She is a 2012 graduate of Owen County High School and a recent graduate of the University of Louisville, holding a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication and a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology.

  • Craft festival expands to 2 day event

    Vendors from across the state and visitors from the surrounding area will file into Owen County this weekend for the second Central Kentucky Craft (CKC) Festival hosted by Greene’s Country Crafts.
    Last year’s festival was attended by over 3,000 people and hosted vendors from five different states.
    “Some vendors sold completely out and packed up early because they had sold everything they had,” Travis Greene of Greene’s Country Crafts said.

  • VOTERS 'JUST SAY NO' TO ALCOHOL

    For the second time in five years, a countywide wet-dry election failed to pass Tuesday.
    A total of 23 votes decided the election, with the ‘no’ vote carrying every precinct except South Owen, Monterey, and Gratz, as well as absentees.
    Dr. Joy Arnold-Morse, a vocal ‘no’ supporter, said she was thankful the children of Owen County would not be exposed to countywide alcohol sales.
    Clint Swigert, another vocal ‘no’ supporter, declined to comment.