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  • First-time business owners enjoy success at Owenton boutique

    by mattie cook
    N-H Reporter
    First-time business owners Eko and Nick Chappell someday hope to outgrow their small storage unit known as Heart of Kentucky Boutique.
    That dream may not take long with the success the couple has experienced since opening in December.
    Located at 1595 Hwy. 127 N. in Owenton, Heart of Kentucky Boutique offers a unique shopping option closer to home for those who are tired of driving out of town to find the perfect outfit or gift.

  • Private auditor hired for county finances

    A certified public accountant will take on the responsibility of auditing the Owen County Fiscal Court following the court’s Feb. 28 meeting.
    With the state’s approval, Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis said private auditing companies may audit certain districts at a much lower cost than that charged by the state.
    The court approved the hiring of CPA and retired state auditor Edward Lance at the cost of $9,000 per year, roughly half of what the county was paying to the state auditors, according to Ellis.

  • First Farmers set to merge with CUB Monday

    At the close of business Friday, the name First Farmers Bank will be no more as part of a merger with Citizens Union Bank (CUB) announced in November.
    With the two banks combined, the four First Farmers Bank locations will be considered as branch locations of CUB. The banks have been sister organizations under the same holding company, Citizens Union Bancorp, since 1994.
    With the completion of the merger, CUB will now have 16 locations and has added assets of $120 million, for total assets of $700 million, according to a press release.

  • Local officials seek answers on lack of emergency notifications during severe storms

    by mattie cook
    N-H Reporter
    The front page of last week’s News-Herald carried photos of storm damage from an early March storm that many residents were not aware was coming, according to complaints at the March 7 Owenton City Council Meeting and phone calls received at the News-Herald office.
    Several Owen County residents expressed concern that local weather emergency alert sirens were not sounded and they did not receive any weather alerts on their phones of the storm.

  • Recognition for late Owen County hero becoming a reality

    A $500 donation from the Owenton City Council recently brought Denise Humphries' seventh-grade students closer to dedicating a placard to a late Owen County hero.
    Humphries, along with three of her students — Alexandria Perry, Preston Cunningham and Kasey Tackett — attended the March 7 council meeting to update the council on the progress of the placard for Vice Admiral Willis Augustus Lee Jr.

  • Local fire depts. receive training donation
  • Dempsey receives statewide transportation award
  • Walking for a cause

    The 12th annual CHD Walk For Awareness, hosted by God’s Special Little Hearts, Inc., was held Saturday at the Owenton First Baptist Church.
    God’s Special Little Hearts is a local non-profit organization assisting families who have been affected by a congenital heart defect (CHD).
    Monetary totals are still being tallied, but God’s Special Little Hearts Chairperson Katie Columbia said she is confident that totals will exceed those in years past.

  • County declares state of emergency following severe storms

    Severe storms that ripped across Kentucky Tuesday and early Wednesday downed power lines and ripped the roofs off barns in Owen County, but local officials said only one residence received minor damages.
    Owen County Emergency Management Director Larry Karsner said he believes the New Liberty area suffered the greatest damages, but said storms were sporadic where they hit.
    "We had power outages, uprooted trees and a lot of damage to barns and buildings, but we only received one call of minor residential damage," Karsner said.

  • Alleged gunman’s run ends in New Mexico

    The suspect in a shooting on Old Columbus Road Feb. 17 was apprehended Feb. 22 at a motel in Gallup, New Mexico.
    Derrick Mays Thomas, 23, allegedly opened fire on James Neal, 54, and Amber Neal, 25, around 11:18 p.m., Feb. 17.
    Following the shooting, Thomas fled the scene with 22-year-old Elizabeth Neal and their two children, ages 1 and 3.