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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.

  • A lesson in democracy

    Owen County High School Civics Club officers have been hard at work for what they say is a unique opportunity for voters to become informed on candidate platforms, rather than basing decisions on flashy commercials.
    Candidates for state representative incumbent Democrat Chuck Tackett and Republican Phillip Pratt will be featured in a political forum Monday, along with candidates for fourth district congressional representative incumbent Republican Thomas Massie and Democrat Calvin Sidle.

  • Skeptics question local visitors center

    Though met with skepticism from a few local citizens, the Owen County Tourism Commission remains adamant that the recently opened visitor’s center will encourage travelers to look beyond the county’s surface.
    Now open for 90 days, the center has no statistics for its first month and a half of operation, but tourism director Joyce DuVall said visitors have passed through from as far away as Canada.
    The center’s guest book shows more than 20 names of such visitors, and 30-plus names of residents, some questioning its funding or purpose.

  • Board of education recognizes Hardin for achievement in state program

    State honors were recognized at Monday’s Owen County Board of Education meeting.
    Owen County High School Junior Jessica Hardin was recognized by Gear Up Kentucky Advisor Marie Cobb for her outstanding achievement in the Gear Up program.
    Gear Up (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a six-year grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education in which students participate in career exploration, resume workshops, college fairs and visits, summer programs and more.

  • OCHS students observe See You At the Pole Sept. 28
  • Owen Electric crewmen aid in S.C.
  • City of Owenton sees spike in arrests

    Arrests within the City of Owenton are up across the board, but complaints are down according to a report recently given by Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry.
    Arrests within the City of Owenton are up 20 percent, while felony arrests are up 70 percent, and drug arrests 48-50 percent, according to Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry.
    While arrests declined in 2015, Gentry said 2016 numbers are more in line with 2014.

  • Online tool detailing local drug use statistics made available to public

    A new online tool compiling regional data of opioid addiction launched Monday.
    The Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department presented the tool, titled GEOstory of Opioid Addiction, at a recent meeting held at the Owen County Public Library.
    The tool compiles data from the region and puts it in on location for citizens, caregivers and health professionals to access.