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  • Family with long history in winery business takes over Elk Creek Vineyards

    A northern Kentucky family has taken over the Commonwealth’s largest winery.
    Fred Papina, along with his son Barry and daughter-in-law Karin took over Elk Creek Winery, LLC. Oct. 22.
    The Papina’s plan on continuing to run the winery as Elk Creek Vineyards, but manage the winery as Papina Legacy, LLC.
    The Papina’s plan on continuing to run the winery as Elk Creek Vineyards, but manage the winery as Papina Legacy Winery, LLC.

  • County clerk’s office receives records preservation grant

    As the decades passed by, some of Owen County’s oldest records aged with time spent in storage inside the courthouse basement. In recent years though, the county clerk’s office has worked to preserve and restore those records.
    A $7,500 grant from the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives was recently renewed for Owen County, County Clerk Laurel Stivers said. She said former County Clerk Joan Kincaid was responsible for first obtaining the grants to preserve and store the county’s records.

  • Vance served as Army nurse during World War II

    By Marlene Browning-Wainscott
    Special to the News-Herald

    Editor’s Note: The following is the second and final installment of profiles on Owen County Veterans. To all our Veterans, thank you for your service.

    Carlette (Seemuller) Vance became a Registered Nurse on Nov. 1, 1943 and enlisted as a nurse in the Army on March 4, 1944.  
    She was a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army and was discharged on June 8, 1946.

  • Circuit, district judges seek adult drug court funding

    Owen, Carroll and Grant counties are three of seven across the Commonwealth that are currently lacking a drug court program, but that could change in the near future.
    Chief Circuit Judge Leslie Knight and Chief District Judge Elizabeth Chandler have recently requested state funding for a drug court program, Administrative Office of the Courts Public Information Specialist Jamie Neal said.

  • 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.