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  • 2018 Primary Election candidate filings

    To keep our readers up to date on the most recent candidate filings for the 2018 May Primary Election, The News-Herald will continuously update the following list until the filing period for candidates who must run in the primary ends at 4 p.m., Jan. 30. The May Primary Election will take place Tuesday, May 22.

    County Judge/Executive:
    Nov. 21 – Casey Ellis (incumbent)

    County Attorney:
    Nov. 21 – Josh Smith (incumbent)

    Sheriff:

  • At the Library | November 22, 2017

    If you are on Medicare, it is good to have a review of your Part D drug plan and your advantage plan. You could save some money as plans change every year. We are offering expert help in navigating the morass that is Medicare every Monday during the month of November.
    On display in the library through December is The Illustrated Word, artwork produced by Kentucky artists relating to the written word. Come in and treat yourself to some eye candy.

    The library will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

    Walk Away the Pounds

  • Archery now offered at OCHS

    Knowledge isn’t the only skill that the Owen County High School Rebels are learning this year. With a sharp eye and strong bow, many students may be aiming for more than homework and studying throughout their school year.
    Starting this year, Owen County High School will offer archery, putting together a team for students who want to participate. Led by head coach Kris Smith and assistant coaches Callie Walker and Chris Smith, Kris Smith said students will have the chance to learn the basics of archery while working as a team to compete with other schools.

  • Extension welcomes new 4-H agent

    While taking a moment from local agriculture and community programs, the Owen County Cooperative Extension Office welcomed a new 4-H Youth Development Agent who is focused on helping the community.
    While her main focus is on the youth of Owen County, this new agent has set her eyes on reaching beyond young Owen countians to include the community as a whole.

  • Larry Tackett set to retire; men’s clothing store tradition will remain

    Larry Tackett remembers well the weeks and days leading up to R.L. Valladingham’s going-out-of-business sale.
    Valladingham opened the men’s clothing store on Seminary Street during the early 1930s and after about 20 years in business, chose to close up shop.

  • New ISO ratings could mean lower insurance rates

    Property owners in Owen County could see lower insurance premiums, thanks to an independent analysis of fire protection released Monday.
    The Insurance Service Organization (ISO), recently moved the Owen County Volunteer Fire Department from a Class 8B to Class 05/5X.
    Owen County Fire Chief Robb Chaney announced the new rating Monday evening during the department’s monthly business meeting.
    The ISO ranks communities every four to five years.

  • Monterey heritage helped inspire tie-dye creativity

    From Switzerland to Bronx, N.Y. and all points in between, tie-dye lovers have a little piece of Owen County to showcase, thanks to Earthshine Tie Dye, a New Liberty-based side business operated by Jon Figgins and Jenny Urie.
    Figgins, a maintenance man for Owen County Schools, and Urie, a sophomore history teacher at Owen County High School, began the venture about eight years ago. Today, their wares can be found across the United States, as well as in countries like Australia and Germany.

  • Holiday Marketplace encouraging ‘shop local’

    With the holiday season quickly approaching, towns across America are encouraging citizens to “shop local.”
    The Owen County Chamber of Commerce hopes its upcoming Holiday Marketplace will drive residents to purchase their Christmas gifts from an array of homegrown artisans and direct-sales vendors.
    Slated for 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, at Owen County High School, the event is the brainchild of the chamber’s executive board, with Jenni Duncan, Sarah Cobb, Dave Jones and Dawn Davis at the helm.

  • Handcrafted flag cases help memorialize indigent soldiers

    It all began with an indigent soldier’s funeral at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery. With only a handful of people in attendance, Joe Montgomery soon sought a new way to honor and respect soldiers like this indigent one.

  • Students recognize sacrifices made by local veterans

    “Welcome students, teachers, faculty, staff, guests and most importantly, the veterans who are in attendance,” Civics Club President Madelin Shelton began as the Owen County High School gymnasium quieted down. Weeks have been used to plan out this moment where students, staff and the community could come together for the same cause.
    Owen County Schools held a Veterans Day Program Friday in honor of all of the Veterans located in and around Owen County.