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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.”

  • Three OC teachers earn Excellence award from Campbellsville

    Three teachers from the Owen County School District were honored with Excellence in Teaching Awards by Campbellsville University during a May 16 ceremony.
    Teresa Dempsey of Owen County Upper Elementary School, Candy Osborne of Maurice Bowling Middle School and Kevin Webster of Owen County High School were nominated by their peers to receive the commendation for their dedication to students and excellence in the classroom.
    “It was such an honor to be nominated by the people I work with,” said Osborne, who teaches seventh-grade math said.

  • Boaters can now travel Kentucky River 65 miles from Carrollton to Frankfort

    For the first time in a decade, the Kentucky River locks are now open to allow boats to pass through.
    After years of work and repair, the Kentucky River Authority has officially opened Locks 1-4, allowing boaters to travel from the Ohio River to the upper Frankfort pool as of this past Memorial Day weekend.
    The locks will be open weekends from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. through Oct. 25.
    Boaters with marine radios can radio the locks on marine channel 13. Otherwise, boaters can signal the lock workers with the boat’s signal device to lock through.

  • Owenton gearing up for 2015 Relay for Life

    When the American Cancer Society’s Annual Relay for life kicks off Friday it will signal another year Owen Countians have taken up the fight against cancer.
    “No one seems to remember when it started here,” Kelsey Lewis, American Cancer Society representative stated, “but we know Owen County has held a relay for at least 15 years now.”

  • Farmers' market set to begin Friday

    With temperatures forecast in the 80s throughout the week, the Owen County Farmers’ Market will receive a warm welcome for its kickoff Friday.
    The first market of the season will begin at 10 a.m. behind the Owen County Farm Bureau office, located at 430 Roland Ave.
    So far, 14 vendors have signed up to participate in the 2015 market season.

  • Fiscal court votes to keep consultant company amid EMS changes

    Following an Owen County EMS assessment at the April 28 Owen County Fiscal Court meeting, three out of four of the court’s members voted to extend a contract with BBX Strategies and Consulting.
    During its first regular meeting of the year, the court unanimously approved the utilization of BBX Strategies and Consulting, a consulting company based out of Woodford County.
    According to Ellis, the consulting company was given the position to gather facts for the court.

  • Local veteran remembers V-E Day 70 years later

    In the small Kentucky town of Owenton, you might see a few signs around that direct you to the nearest restaurant or county attraction. It’s likely no one really thinks much about who created that sign.
    But in Owen County, you would be in for the story of a lifetime.
    May 8, 2015 marks the 70-year anniversary of V-E Day (Victory in Europe), which was the day that the Germans surrendered during World War II.

  • Fire claims E. Ransdell St. home

    A single-family structure fire at 318 E. Ransdell St. led to one injury and the loss of a family pet April 21.
    Owen County Volunteer Fire Department Public Information Officer Jude Canchola said upon arrival, Owenton Fire Chief J.O. Powers observed two rooms and a hallway fully involved in fire, with heavy smoke coming from all four sides of the home.
    “The fire was under control within 15 minutes and contained to the original two rooms and hallway,” Canchola said. “But heavy smoke and heat made the interior of the home a total loss.”

  • 'Hittin' the bottle' hard in Owen County

    A new study has ranked Owen County ninth on a list of counties in the nation with the biggest increase in heavy drinking.
    According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the study was released Thursday, April 23.
    The first of its kind, the study was done by researches from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.
    Data from the federal Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which surveys people in the 50 states about alcohol and drug use and chronic health conditions was used to conduct the study.