Local News

  • Enrollment steady, dropout rate down locally

    A parade and dressing like a superhero were some of the perks offered to the younger students in Owen County Schools as a reward for coming to class as part of the statewide High Attendance Day Sept. 24.
    “Our attendance is really good,” Director of Pupil Personnel Charlotte Elkins said. “Today we have 97.5 percent, which is excellent. Two schools have 98 percent and the high school has 96 percent.”

  • Quiroz seeks to improve access to nutrition information for Hispanics

    Her love of travel has taken her all over the world, but now she’s looking to serve the Hispanic population close to the place she has made her home.
    Mimi Quiroz, a bilingual SNAP-Ed assistant with the Owen County Cooperative Extension Services, has been in her new role since July. Quiroz travels to Carroll and Gallatin counties on a weekly basis in addition to serving Hispanic families in Owen County.

  • Trimble native Blair joins N-H staff as reporter

    Trimble County native Jacob Blair became the newest addition to the News-Herald’s staff Sept. 18.
    Blair will serve as a part-time reporter for the newspaper.
    He is a 2011 graduate of Trimble County High School and a May 2015 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
    While attending EKU, Blair worked as a writer with The Eastern Progress student newspaper for almost 3 years and was most recently the paper’s editor-in-chief.

  • Hundreds expected to attend craft festival

    Melvin Greene and his family have spent years building their business at craft shows across Kentucky and surrounding states. Now the family hopes to see others gain exposure through a local festival that’s expected to draw hundreds of visitors to Owen County.
    Greene’s family business, Greene’s Country Crafts, began as a small shop behind his residence about 18 years ago.

  • Georgia woman wanted by police arrested locally

    A fugitive from Macon, Ga. was recently apprehended in Owenton and charged with possession of heroin
    Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent Caldwell said while attempting to locate Shawna Freeman, who was wanted by police in Macon, Ga., she was arrested and charged with possession of heroin.
    The heroin was found in Freeman’s purse.
    The arrest came following a traffic stop on South Main Street in Owenton.
    Barbara Andrews of Owenton was driving the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop on Sept. 17.

  • Third-generation bull looks to earn ‘grand champion’

    N-H Reporter

    With two grand champions of the Santa Gertrudis breed in the past 7 years, Sparta resident Larry Osborne is hoping to add a third title traveling across America with his bull in this year’s competitions.
    Troubadour, a 2 year old, 2,400 lb. bull, has already won five grand champion titles in five livestock shows at the Kentucky State Fair, the Ohio State Fair, the Indiana State Fair, the Delta Fair in Memphis, Tenn. and in Lawrenceville, Ga.

  • 4-H helps build character through livestock programs

    Participating in livestock programs is one of the most recognized aspects of 4-H. Along with learning about animals young people can develop positive character traits to become the leaders of tomorrow.
    There are many ways youths can be involved in livestock programs through 4-H. Programs offered through 4-H include quiz competitions, skillathons, livestock judging, animal projects and shows. Owning an animal is not a requirement for participation.

  • More than a game

    Last week the Maurice Bowling Middle School volleyball team played a match against Gallatin County.
    While the match may have looked similar in many ways to every other match they have played this season, it was very different. Monday night’s match was not as much about what took place on the court, but rather about those who were there to watch – including one very special coach.

  • New healthcare providers set to open locally

    Triad Health Systems, Inc., a federally qualified health center, will expand its services into Owen County after recently receiving a grant to open a full location.
    The provider is expected to come to Owen County by the end of 2016, initially located at the Owen County Health Center on Hwy. 22 E.
    Triad currently has one location in Gallatin County.
    Triad Health Systems CEO/Executive Director Adam Craft said the company provides primary-care services and is tasked for being a safety-net provider.

  • Contract will keep medical center, ER open

    Everything will remain “business as usual” at New Horizons Medical Center, according CEO Bernie Poe.
    Rumors have been circulating since spring, when the facility’s board of directors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
    The facility’s contract with Coast to Cost Healthcare Services was set to expire on Sept. 15, and emergency and other medical services were to be discontinued. But Poe said that the situation was averted on Friday.