Local News

  • Leadership Lessons: Innovative agriculture

    The July Leadership Owen County program was agriculture and, as the program dictates, we spent the day “down on the farm.”
    The day began sampling breakfast fare made by the employees of the Owen County Coop. Extension office with locally-grown produce. This was followed by the review of present and past agricultural statistics. Several of the most notable were that in 1909, there were 2,700 farms in the county with an average acreage of 75 whereas today there are 850 farms but with an average acreage of 190.

  • Fighting for salvation

    Hesler Assembly of God welcomed new pastor Jerry and Cherie Peters July 15.
    Pastor Jerry and his wife of 32 years Cherie spent the majority of their lives in Kansas City, Miss.
     For the past eight years, they have lived in Manteo, N. C. They are very excited about serving the family at Hesler Assembly and the people of Owen County.
    Peters has also been asked to serve as one of the chaplains for the Owen County Volunteer Fire Department and has already begun to provide crisis intervention services to other Owen County residents.

  • Owen residents have options to stay in touch in times of emergency

    By David Lilly
    For the News-Herald.
    What are the sirens for?

  • Judy Hetterman: Always consider food allergies, sensitivities

    Did you know as many as 15 million people in America suffer from food allergies and sensitivities? According to a study released in 2008 by the CDC, an increase of about 18 percent was seen between 1997 and 2007 and the prevalence of peanut allergy among children has tripled. Although the terms “allergy” and “sensitivity” is sometimes used to interchangeably, the two are not the same.

  • Pastor and daughter see America from back of bikes

    Owenton First Christian Church Pastor Greg Guy had always been intrigued by bicyclists, but it wasn’t until recently that he received the opportunity to bicycle across country, thanks in part to his congregation.
    Guy, 53, along with his daughter Judith Guy, 21, left for the west coast on May 21, flying into Portland, Ore. and then traveling to Oceanside, Ore. where they began bicycling across country on May 22.

  • Claxon Ridge supporters seek help removing brush

    Although volunteers have worked tirelessly on restoring Claxon Ridge Cemetery, organizers are looking for more ways to preserve and improve the Owen County landmark.
    Christian Rice, the driving force behind the renovations, said volunteers started working in November 2011 but there is plenty of work left to be done.

  • Council to shine spotlight on artists during ‘Evening’

    The Owen County Arts Council is preparing for what they hope will be another successful Evening With the Artists and with more plans to showcase local artwork later this year, coordinators are hopeful community members with show their support.
    The next Evening With the Artists will be held Friday, Aug. 10 from 7-9 p.m. at Owen County Bed and Breakfast, Bruce’s Country Inn.
    Patty Petzinger, a member of the arts council said the council has chosen to hold the events at local bed and breakfasts in order to get the word out on places to stay within the county.

  • School board tax plan faces public hearing

    Members of the community will soon have the opportunity to voice their opinions on proposed general fund taxes for the Owen County School District.
    The Owen County Board of Education will hold a public hearing in the Owen County High School auditorium at 6 p.m., Aug. 24.
    Owen County Schools Finance Officer Sheila Miller said because the board is looking at levying a rate between compensating and 4 percent, a public hearing must be held.

  • Guilty plea in fatal crash

    An Owen County man has pled guilty to a manslaughter charge following a May DUI-related crash.
    The crash took place May 16 when the driver, Lamonte Richardson, 55, was traveling east on Frank Clark Road and he failed to negotiate a curve, police said in an earlier statement.
    The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.
    Both Richardson and a passenger, David Richardson, 59, were trapped in the vehicle.
    The men were brothers.
    Lamonte Richardson was extricated with no injuries.

  • Owenton native could be on the road to the Olympics

    For the News-Herald
    More than a decade ago, Steven Lopez etched his name into history as the first American to win gold medals in the two highest divisions of the USA Tae kwon do National Championships.
    In July, Owenton native Kendall Yount joined that club, securing her spot as not only the youngest competitor to achieve the feat, but also the first female.