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  • OCHS students to participate in state robotics competition

    Seven Owen County High School students have earned the privilege to travel to Elizabethtown this Saturday and participate in the Kentucky State VEX High School Championship.

    Rusty Willhoite, OCHS VEX Robotics coach, said of the four active teams the high school fielded in several regional robotics events this year, two qualified for the championship.

  • Blaze downs barn on New Liberty-Sparta Rd.
  • Kentucky's first Republican caucus will be Saturday

    As the race for the White House continues to heat up across the United States, a string of top GOP contenders are visiting Kentucky this week -- just days before the state’s first Republican presidential caucus.

    Owen County Republicans will take their votes to the Lighthouse Church, located at 5405 Hwy. 127 N., Owenton, between the hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    You must present a photo ID of some type or Social Security card at the time you vote, or you may be identified by an acquaintance.

  • Walking for a cause: 11th annual heart walk this Saturday at First Baptist

    What started as an event that raised just shy of $4,000 for Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati more than a decade ago has grown into the largest area fundraiser for the organization God’s Special Little Hearts.

    The 11th annual Walk for Awareness of childhood congenital heart defects (CHD’s) begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Owenton First Baptist Church.

  • County terminates EMS employee following investigation

    The Owen County Fiscal Court unanimously approved the termination of an EMS employee following an investigation by the Kentucky State Police last month.

    Inquiries began after Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis and Owen County Attorney Josh Smith requested an investigation of James “Daniel” Myers concerning a December 2015 EMS run, according to documents obtained by the News-Herald in an open records request.

  • Looking back | March 2, 2016

    Complaints spark more patrols
    March 2, 2011
    5 years ago

    After receiving several complaints concerning possible illegal activities in the area, Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond is pledging to beef up patrols in one part of Owen County.

    Hammond announced Friday he would be increasing patrols and police presence in the areas of Lusby’s Mill, New Columbus and Beechwood. The additional protection and patrols are in response to citizen’s complaints.

  • Farm Bureau set to host Measure the Candidate forum

    As the 62nd House District prepares for a special election March 8, Owen County Farm Bureau is set to host a Measure the Candidate forum Friday.

    The two Georgetown men vying for the seat are Georgetown farmer and Democrat Chuck Tackett and Georgetown businessman and Republican Phillip Pratt.

    The 62nd House district covers all of Owen County and parts of Fayette and Scott counties.

    The Owen County Farm Bureau is hosting the event, which will be held at the Owen County Extension Office, in conjunction with the Owen County Extension Board.

  • Local mom utilizing GoFundMe to send daughter on 'life-changing' trip

    Being a mom with three kids is no simple task, but Sarah Washburn-Settles is determined that her daughter will participate in what she believes is a once in a lifetime opportunity, no matter the cost.

    Kendrah Ashby, a 16-year-old sophomore at Owen County High School, was recently chosen to attend a National Youth Leadership Forum on Advanced Medicine and Health Care at St. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. Ashby’s invitation to attend is one of only three ever extended to an OCHS student.

  • Spark from controlled burn ignites hay shed
  • Spring break could be used for make up days

    The Owen County School Board approved a vote to change the order in which additional makeup days for school closings would be used at its Feb. 16 meeting.

    Charlotte Elkins, director of pupil personnel, presented the current calendar along with possible options to the board.

    As of press time Tuesday morning, the last day of school for Owen County students is May 26.