Local News

  • Santa to make appearance at Christmas parade Sunday

    Santa Claus will make his way back through the streets of Owenton Sunday, with an afternoon of events slated around the annual Owen County Christmas Parade.
    The theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas Melodies” and approximately 25 people have signed up to participate.
    Owen County Extension Support Staff Stephanie Howard said State Senator Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, will serve as this year’s grand marshal.
    Those interested in participating will have until Friday to reserve their spot in the parade.

  • County settles building question

    Owen County Adult Education will soon have a new home after a special Owen County Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday, but Meeting the Needs has yet to find a permanent residence.
    The court voted to honor its contract with Gateway Community and Technical College to house the adult-education program at the former senior-citizens building at 103 W. Perry St.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said Meeting the Needs has yet to find a new location but will distribute food to those in the emergency food assistance program.

  • Be an angel: Angel Tree gives community a way to reach out and help children during the Christmas season

    While shopping for loved ones this holiday season, Owen countians will also have the opportunity to remember dozens of local children in need.
    Over 50 tags adorn this year’s Angel Tree located at the News-Herald office and the project’s committee members are hopeful that every gift will bring smiles to those who receive them.
    About 40 families received full sponsorship this year by taking classes through the Owen County Extension Office and volunteering in the community.

  • Owen County cheerleaders earn spot on national stage

    The Owen County High School Competitive Cheer team is off to a great start this season and have already qualified for a trip to a national competition in  Myrtle Beach, S.C.
    Jenna Gray, Maurice Bowling Middle School and OCHS cheer coach, said this is first time her squad has competed at CANAM in several years.

  • Senior Citizens Club News - Dec. 4, 2013

    The Nov. 20 Senior Citizens Club meeting was called to order by President Wanda Moreland.
    Marlene Mason, chaplain, did the pledge to the flag. Devotion was taken from John 15, subject about new life.
    The poem “Turkey Complaint” was read.
    “They fatten me up, they sharpen the axe. I’m getting so nervous I just can’t relax. I know what I’ll do, I’ll hide in the hay and then they can’t find me on Thanksgiving Day.

  • Honoring energy conservation

    Owen County Upper Elementary School has been recognized by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet for earning the prestigious Energy Star, a national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy performance. 
    A certificate signed by Governor Steve Beshear was presented to the OCUES Student Council during a ceremony that included representatives from the Kentucky School Boards Association, teachers, students, and district leaders.

  • 4-H News: Take the time to make your holidays green this year

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  • A New holiday tradition

    For the tenth year, Kristal New has held a special Thanksgiving lunch for her students. The students studied the first Thanksgiving and discussed what they are thankful for this year. The class also discussed needs and wants.  The first day of the unit, many girls really thought that diamond rings were a need, but as the weeks passed, the girls learned that it was a want.  The kids were thankful for God, their family, friends, food, house, and their pets and even their teacher.

  • Brothers build their dream in Gratz

    Nearly a year and a half after opening, two brothers’ dream of making life a little easier for their neighbors in Gratz is going strong.
    Smitty’s Gas and Food opened in April 2012 and has continued to grow ever since.
    Co-owners Larry and David Smith, who live near the store off KY 355, had the idea of opening a store for several years before they decided to do it.
    “(Larry) always wanted a store around here,” his brother David Smith said. “He owned the property and we just decided one day we were going to do it.”

  • Local political landscape changes as more candidates file

    Major changes will likely come to Owen County’s political landscape beginning in 2015, as candidates for the May 2014 primary election have already begun filing.
    The first day to file nomination papers for the primary election was Nov. 6 and potential candidates will have until Jan. 28, 2014 to continue filing.
    One candidate has already filed and another announced intentions to file for judge-executive, Owen County’s highest elected position.