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  • Special House election set for March 8

    BY MOLLY HAINES
    N-H Editor

    A special election will be held Tuesday, March 8, to fill the vacancy in Kentucky’s 62nd House District after Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles was officially sworn into office Monday.

    The 62nd District includes Owen County, as well as part of Fayette and Scott counties.

    Quarles, 32, won the statewide seat in November by a landslide, making him the youngest statewide elected official in the nation.

  • New year, new you

    BY JACOB BLAIR
    N-H Reporter

    It’s a new year and one of the popular resolutions made every year is to have a healthier lifestyle. There are several resources in Owen County that can help with achieving that goal.

    Owen County Public Library

  • County employment lower now than during recession

    BY JACOB BLAIR
    N-H Reporter

    In the past six years since the bottom of the last recession, Owen County was one of 56 Kentucky counties where there was a net loss of employment.

    Owen County was home to 1,909 jobs in June of 2009. The number of jobs declined to 1,796 in June this year, a decrease of almost 6 percent, according to “The Current Economic Expansion,” a report of Kentucky’s economy published by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

  • Fee offices now have more control over their budgets

    BY MOLLY HAINES
    N-H Editor

    The Owen County Fiscal Court approved the county clerk and sheriff’s office budgets Monday, with changes that will give the offices more control over their own spending.

    Unlike the fiscal court budget, the county clerk and sheriff’s office budgets run from Jan. 1-Dec. 31 and must be approved in early January, according to state law.

    At the beginning of each year, the offices begin with a zero balance.

  • 127 N. fire claims life of 61 year old

    A trailer fire that broke out some time before noon Monday claimed the life of a 61-year-old man.
    Charles Seniours was home alone at 7745 Hwy. 127 North, likely sitting in a chair near the front end of the house, where those that knew him said he spent much of his time.
    Passersby told firefighters, who arrived on scene at 12:11 p.m., that’s where the fire began.
    “When we arrived it was at the peak of being inflamed,” New Liberty Fire Chief Greg Davis said. “There was no putting it out.”

  • Owen County's memorable moments of 2015

    As we look back at the year 2015, it becomes clear that many elements of life in Owen County will always stay the same.

    Owen County is a community that values its traditions, but continues to look for ways to improve itself while honoring and preserving history. 

    We hope you enjoy this special looking back edition of the News-Herald. 

  • Board approves athletic field lighting project

    BY JACOB BLAIR
    N-H Reporter

    The Owen County Board of Education selected an electrical company to complete the athletic field lighting project at Monday night’s school board meeting.

  • Christmas 1944: World War II Veteran recalls holiday in Germany

    BY MARLENE BROWNING-WAINSCOTT
    Special to the News-Herald

    Jarl Lee Harris of Owen County was 18 years old when he was drafted into the United States Army in 1943.  

    He was a paratrooper and a member of the 101st Airborne Screamin’ Eagles.  

  • Fiscal court eliminates cleaning position

    BY MOLLY HAINES
    N-H Editor

    A recent unanimous vote by the Owen County Fiscal Court eliminated the Owen County Courthouse cleaning position, effective Dec. 31.

    The cleaning position, filled by Regina Walker, was created under the administration of former judge-executive Billy O’Banion. 

  • Towles’ giving back to community with new coffee shop

    BY JACOB BLAIR
    N-H Reporter

    Nestled away from the cold temperatures and snow flurries outside, the lunchtime crowd was warming up inside and visiting downtown’s newest addition Friday morning.