Local News

  • Quarles’ victory will lead to special election

    Kentucky’s Republican Agriculture Commissioner-Elect Ryan Quarles will soon resign as 62nd House District state Rep., which will take Owen countians back to the polls in a special election.
    The 62nd House District includes Owen County, a small portion of southwestern Georgetown, western Scott County and a few Fayette County precincts.
    According to the Georgetown News-Graphic, the date of the special election is currently unknown and will depend on when Quarles resigns from his House seat.

  • Owen County goes red in state elections

    Republican Governor-Elect Matt Bevin was able to secure his victory due in part to northern Kentucky’s rural counties.
    Bevin carried Owen County by 314 votes.
    According to the Frankfort State-Journal, within almost two hours of the polls closing the gubernatorial candidates ran neck and neck in larger populated counties, but Bevin quickly swept northern Kentucky and secured the governorship.
    Democrat Jack Conway garnered 1,000  votes locally and Independent candidate Drew Curtis 130.

  • St. Elizabeth, HealthPoint make offer on hospital

    An offer has been made by Northern Kentucky’s St. Elizabeth Healthcare and HealthPoint Family Care, Inc. to purchase Owenton’s New Horizons Medical Center and its assets, according to attorney Ruth Baxter.
    The bankruptcy court and creditors will have the final decision, Baxter said the hospital’s bankruptcy court was expected to submit the offer to the United States Department of Agirculture, Rural Development, last week.
    If accepted, the offer would result in some creditors not being paid, Baxter said.

  • Veteran of Patton’s 3rd Army remembers World War II

    Special to the News-Herald
    The following is the first in a two-part series celebrating Owen County veterans.
    The Owen County High School Civics Club will host its annual Veteran’s Day assembly Nov. 11.

    William Arthur Hamilton Jr. was inducted in the army in Oct. 1944 and was in the infantry of General Patton’s Third Army.  

  • Potter’s bricks find new life at Kentucky State

    Kentucky State University now has a new kiln and the legacy and construction of the 2-year project can be traced back to Owen County’s Greg Seigel.
    Greg was a potter-by-trade whose first encounter with the art was in the basement pottery studio of a Cincinnati house he lived in.
    “He just took to it,” said Rebekka Seigel, his wife.
    Greg loved Japanese pottery as well as the works of Native American potters. He used those influences to create his own pottery.

  • OCHS Civics Club to host annual Veterans Day program

    Some of Owen County’s youngest are coming together to honor local veterans in a ceremony on Veterans Day.
    The Owen County High School Civics Club has organized the annual Veteran’s Day program for the past few years. More than a hundred veterans attended last year’s ceremony, club president Kirsten Parker said.
    “Last year we had a good turnout and hopefully we’ll have more this year,” Parker said.

  • Hospital now staffed with doctor

    New Horizons Medical Center is now staffed with a physician and nurse practitioner, according to CEO Bernie Poe.
    In a statement released Friday, Poe said those who need to schedule a doctor’s appointment can do so by calling the hospital.
    “This will enable our patients to see a doctor or nurse practitioner while using their insurance coverage to the fullest,” Poe said. “As always, our policy is no discrimination related to race, age, sex or ability to pay.”

  • SSNK services will continue uninterrupted

    The Northern Kentucky Area Development District (NKADD) has announced a plan that will transition services provided by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky (SSNK).
    SSNK announced Oct. 19 that it would be discontinuing services Oct. 23.
    SSNK operated 10 senior centers and provided Meals on Wheels service in an eight-county area.
    The eight counties included in that area are Owen, Grant, Gallatin, Carroll, Boone, Kenton, Campbell and Pendleton counties.

  • Bowling, Crenshaw vie for third-district school board seat

    Only one contested race will be held locally on Nov. 3 and the two candidates are write-ins.
    Craig Bowling, current third-district school board member and Kae Crenshaw, a former school teacher and counselor will vie for the third-district seat.
    In Owen County’s fifth school board district, Neese Chilton is running as a write-in candidate.
    The following are the answers to the News-Herald questionnaire sent to the contested race.

    Craig Bowling

  • School board selects architect for road widening

    The Owen County Board of Education selected RossTarrant Architects, Inc. for a new project at its Oct. 19 meeting.
    The firm is not working to build a new school this time around, but rather will create a solution to improving the road access to the Maurice Bowling Middle School and Owen County High School.
    “We’re looking to resurface the road and widen it,” Superintendent Robert Stafford said. “…It’ll help with some of the turning there in front of the middle school.”