Local News

  • Owen Electric gets gold star for display

    Owen Electric Cooperative recently received recognition in the 2014 “Spotlight on Excellence” national awards program, sponsored by the Council of Rural Electric Communicators and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
    Owen Electric received a gold award for the latest display and addition to its museum, located at its headquarters office.

  • Greenhouse hit by vandals

    A case of vandalism that apparently started in New Liberty last week ended in damage to the Owen County High School agriculture department’s greenhouse.
    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said juveniles are responsible for the damage, which included tore up signs in New Liberty, broken church windows near Big Twin and tore up plastic at the high school’s greenhouse.
    Owen County School District Superintendent Rob Stafford said the side of a metal building was also beat in at the high school and plants inside the greenhouse were also damaged.

  • Candidates look ahead to November

    With the party primaries over, the field of candidates for the November general election is set.
    In the two most high-profile campaigns, Democrat and Owen County Magistrate Casey Ellis will square off against Republican Party candidate for judge-executive Gary  W. Minch for the county’s most powerful post.
    With a large field for the office of Owen County sheriff, Democrat and incumbent Zemer Hammond will be opposed by Republican and former Kentucky State Police Trooper Mark Bess.

  • Running for a reason: Annual Owen County Relay for Life raises thousands to help fight cancer

    About 200 survivors, caregivers, friends and supporters attended Friday and Saturday’s Owen County Relay For Life, in what organizers are calling another successful event.
    Kelsey Lewis, a Relay For Life specialist with the American Cancer Society, said this year’s beautiful weather played a role in the success of the event.
    “It went very well,” Lewis said. “We were all very pleased. There were a lot of great activities and we received a lot of positive feedback.”

  • Owen Co. Relay 2014 ready to roll

    By Molly Haines and John Whitlock
    N-H Staff
    The fight to beat cancer moves to Owen County Friday night.
    The 2014 Owen County Relay for Life will kick off Friday at 7 p.m. at Itron Field. The event, which supports local efforts to bring comfort, treatment and support for cancer victims and their families, is sponsored by and benefits the American Cancer Society.

  • Jury disagrees with murder charge

    Joshua Hammond could spend 25 years in prison following his involvement in the May 2012 murder of Frankfort’s Charles Monroe.
    A Franklin County grand jury handed down its verdict in the trial for Joshua Hammond, 33, May 12.
    The jury found Hammond guilty on the charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence.
    Hammond’s murder charge was amended to reckless homicide.
    A sentence of 25 years has been recommended, but a final sentencing has not been held.

  • Primary night 2014: Ellis wins judge-executive bid

    The outcome of many of Tuesday’s Owen County Primary Election races were close.
    But for current Owen County second-district magistrate Casey Ellis, it was a wide margin of victory for the Democratic nomination in the race for the county’s top-elected position.
    Ellis will now face Republican Party nominee Gary W. Minch in November for the office of county judge-executive.
    Ellis won Tuesday’s primary and carried all 12 of Owen County’s precincts with nearly 70 percent of the votes.

  • International students seek homes in Owen County

    Loving homes are needed in Owen County for international students.
    Maybe yours?
    Hundreds of foreign high school students, both boys and girls, are sitting at home these days, hoping for their chance experience the typical American way of life. Their dreams include going to a football game, eating macaroni and cheese around the dinner table, attending an American school, church, prom and playing sports.
    The Aspect Foundation is looking for landing spots for these students.

  • Scouts plant trees at Gen. Butler park

    The News-Democrat

    More than 50 volunteers turned out Saturday at General Butler State Resort Park to help plant 1,200 trees as part of Kentucky State Park’s “Plant a Tree” program.
    State parks received a $9,500 grant from Odwalla Juice and Food Company for the program that is providing trees to be planted at 17 locations around Kentucky.

  • 4-H Camp will be held June 23-27

    4-H Camp will be held June 23-27 and there are spots available for youth interested in attending North Central 4-H Camp in Carlisle.
    Youth must be 9-14 years of age.
    Camp organizers are in need of male junior counselors, ages 16-17, to make the camp a success.
    Contact the extension office at 484-5703 for more information about the camp or working as a counselor.