Local News

  • 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.

  • Introducing ... Newest additions to Maurice Bowling Middle School staff

    Editor’s note: This the second of our three-week series of articles introducing News-Herald readers to the new teachers in the  Owen County School District, who  kindly responded to our questionnaire. This week we are featuring Maurice Bowling Middle School:

    Chassity D. Barker
    Hometown: Morehead, Ky.
    Subject/Grade(s) you’ll be teaching: 5th-8th grade art
    Educational background: Bachelor’s in studio art from Morehead State University; master’s of art in teaching from University of the Cumberlands

  • Committee working to form local alumni association

    A group of Owen County High School graduates have formed a steering committee which is working diligently to organize an alumni association for the school.  The idea was presented at a class reunion last year, and a Facebook group page was created in May of this year for graduates of OCHS that were interested in forming an alumni association.  The group page now has over 1100 members, and membership is growing weekly.

  • Owen County Montessori School officially opens

    Co-founders Emily Lofald and Ellie Petzinger welcomed their six registered students to the first day of school at Owen County Montessori on U.S. 127, south of Owenton. The initial group of students are in the 3- to 5-year old program and, for the first six weeks will be in the “phase in” stage, where they learn how to be courteous to others while in a classroom setting. Petzinger says they plan to start the 6- to 9-year-old program next year. 

  • County holds line on taxes

    Local taxpayers won’t see any changes on their upcoming tax bills following a decision to take the compensating rate from the Owen County Fiscal Court.
    The court voted to take the compensating rate at its Aug. 25 meeting.
    The rate for real property will remain at $0.1240; the motor vehicle tax at $0.1480; the personal property rate at $0.1340; the water craft rate at $0.1480 and the aircraft at $0.1480.
    The court also reviewed rates set for special districts, including soil conservation, library board, board of education and extension.

  • One injured after being struck by vehicle

    A woman in her early 50s has been transported to Frankfort Regional Medical Center after reportedly sustaining injuries from being struck by an oncoming vehicle.

Pam Hawkins was crossing the intersection of Hwy. 127 S. and Hwy. 22 E. when she was struck by the vehicle.
    Owenton City Police Officer Steve Miller said the vehicle was driven by Stacy Hudnall.

    Hawkins sustained injuries to her right leg.

    The incident took place at approximately 3:50 p.m.

  • Grant Co. man killed in 127 N. accident

    A 32-year-old Grant County man was killed Aug. 12  in a single-vehicle accident in Owen County.
    Jarrod Richardson of Dry Ridge was traveling south near the 1200 block of U.S. Hwy. 127 North when he rounded a curve and struck an embankment, according to Public Affairs Officer Josh Lawson of Kentucky State Police Post 5 in Campbellsburg.
    Lawson said Richardson was ejected from the vehicle, which traveled about 200 feet off the road before coming to a stop. Richardson was pronounced dead at the scene.