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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.

  • ‘There will never be another Mayme’

    Biologically, Louanne Cobb is an only child, but she will be the first to admit that she has shared her mother with a host of Owen countians over the years.
    Whether it was chaperoning a school dance, teaching Sunday school, hosting a New Year’s Eve party for the kids of Owenton or providing a safe place for children at the Rebel’s Den, Mayme Kelley has devoted much of her life to Owen County’s youth.
    It was that devotion that led Kelley to the Owen County Fairgrounds arena July 16 to accept the 2017 Mother of the Year award.

  • Public servant named countian of the year

    Husband of one, father of three and a grandfather to eight. The 2017 Owen Countian of the Year goes to a man who served his country during wartime and to this day continues to serve the small town he calls home.

  • At the Library | July 26, 2017

    Get ready at the library for the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. We have 100 pairs of glasses to allow you to watch this special phenomena safely. They will be given out on a first come first serve basis beginning Aug. 1. Come in and get your pair.

    Western Wednesday Matinée
    We will be screening “The Man From the Snowy River” starring Kirk Douglas. Bring a friend, bring the kids and enjoy the popcorn at 1 p.m., today.

  • Smith takes national spotlight at Speedway race

    By the dawn’s early light July 6, the Kentucky Speedway began preparing for the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225. While Sparta was preparing for the Speedway’s next race, an Owenton native was preparing for the national spotlight.
    Ashley Renae Smith helped bring fame to Owenton at the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 as she sang the National Anthem before the race began. Aired on national television, Smith sang acapella to the stadium audience as well as those who were watching the race across the country.

  • 'There she is,' Miss Owen County!

    Audrey Lewis is no stranger to beauty pageants.
    The 16-year-old incoming Owen County High School junior has spent years wowing judges, from baby pageants to her reign as 2015 Miss Teen Owen County. But it’s the title she now holds that Lewis said is more exciting to her than any other title she could ever be given.
    Lewis was crowned Miss Owen County during the first day of the 86th annual Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show Saturday — it was her first year in the Miss division.

  • At the Library | July 19. 2017

    I Am A … Pioneer

    Follow a trail through the forest to a new land. Do chores and play games that pioneer children played. You can even make some real butter to take home. Appropriate for ages 3-6, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday.

    Community Rapid Response

  • Community Events | July 16. 2017

    Parks and Rec offering co-ed and church league softball
    Owen County Parks & Rec is offering co-ed and church league softball immediately following fair week. Forms may be found at www.owencountyparksandrec.com and the $250 team fee is due June 30. They may be turned in or mailed to 100 N. Thomas St., Owenton, KY 40359. For more information, contact the director of both leagues, Tim McIntosh, at (502) 330-6346. A minimum of four teams must sign up with the form and fee for the league to play.