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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.”

  • Coburn joins News-Herald staff

    With a background in sales and a love for small town atmospheres, Maria Coburn joined the staff of the News-Herald Jan. 20.
    A 2007 graduate of Owen County High School, Coburn originally hails from Independence, but moved to Owenton with her family in Jan. 2007.
    Coburn will serve as an sales/office assistant for the News-Herald.
    News-Herald Publisher Jeff Moore said he is excited to have Coburn on board.

  • Knitting for a cause: Local woman hopes to aid area children

    Knitting since she was in the fifth grade, Debbie King has decided to use her near-lifelong passion to help Owen County children.
    King, who moved to Owen County from Boone County in Sept. 2013, said she was involved in a program called “Scarf It Up Boone County.”
    Those involved in the program come together to knit scarves for children who are less fortunate.  

  • 2015-16 draft budget presented to school board

    BY CARRIE ASHCRAFT-SUTTON

    N-H News Correspondent

  • 28,000 chickens to descend on Jonesville

    Egg Innovations, which was started by John Brunquell in 1989, is the largest free-range and pasturing company in the United States and is structured around three core values, “letting chickens be chickens,” food safety and family farming.
    The chickens are expected to arrive around March 2.
    An open house will be announced in the near future.
    A second building is in the planning stages, which will be 1,175 by 50 feet.

  • Volunteers hopeful giveaway leads to food pantry

    BY BRIAN RIDDLE/N-H News Correspondent

  • Regional law enforcement teaming up

    BY BRAD BOWMAN

    Courtesey of the State-Journal

  • Fire damages home on Stewart's Ridge Road

    A faulty wire was the cause of heavy smoke and fire damage to a home at 4330 Stewart’s Ridge Road Jan. 14.
    Jonesville Volunteer Fire Chief Chase Duvall said the faulty wire was found on an exhaust stand that caught the floor on fire behind a wood stove located in the kitchen of the home.
    “The structure wasn’t a total loss,” Duvall said. “It just did a lot of heat and smoke damage to the kitchen. That was the main room that suffered the most damage.”
    The  fire took place around 2:15 p.m.

  • Fire breaks out at Owen County Upper Elementary School

    A fire in the library of the Owen County Upper Elementary School was quickly extinguished Jan. 7.
    Kentucky State Police confirmed that the fire began after an 8-year-old student found a book of matches in the library.
    According to Trooper Mitchel Hazelett, the student lit one of the matches and did not know how to put it out. The student dropped the match on the floor, causing damage to an area of carpeting, measuring about four by six feet.