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  • Relay for Life 2014 Schedule



    Relay for Life - May 23 and 24

  • Murder charge amended to reckless homicide

    A Franklin County jury has found Joshua Hammond not guilty of murder in connection with the death of Charles Monroe.
    During the first day of the Joshua Hammond murder trial, the defense attorney alleged that a former Franklin County sheriff’s detective tainted the investigation.
    The Franklin County jury convicted Hammond on charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence but the murder charge was amended to reckless homicide.

  • Owen County service honors past, present

    There aren’t many institutions that can truly say it has and will affect the past, present and future of a community.
    Thursday night, one such institution paused to celebrate Owen and look back at the people who make the Owen County Extension Service such a vital element to the community.
    On the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act that created Kentucky’s extension service, past and present agents, staff members and supporters were honored.

  • Ellis, Evans and West vie for judge executive nomination

    With less than a week left until the primary election, the three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for Owen County’s top-elected position recently sat down with the News-Herald to discuss some of the county’s biggest issues.
    The three judge-executive candidates – Owenton Mayor Doug West, Owen County’s second-district magistrate Casey Ellis and former Owen County Farm Bureau Manager and Owner Fred Evans – each agreed that finding new opportunities for a younger generation could play a vital role in moving Owen County forward.

  • North Owenton paving project could last months

    Drivers could be facing several months of slow traffic as they go along U.S. 127N in the northern part of Owenton.
    According to Nancy Wood, the public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in district six, the project will replace worn out pavement.
    “We are replacing and repairing the 35-year-old pavement,” Wood said. “It’s just some much-needed maintenance.”

  • Paint the town purple leading up to Relay

    Owen County Relay for Life 2014 will be held May 23-24 at the Itron Field.
    During the week leading up to Relay, organizers are asking for help to “Paint the Town Purple” to show support for the cause.
    Organizers said a simple purple bow, poster, or showing of purple incorporated into a home or business will serve as a symbol that the community supports the fight against cancer.

  • Library showcases local artist

    By Julie Donahue
    For the News-Herald

    The first in a series of art shows begin May 20 at 6 p.m. at the Owen County Public Library’s History Room.  
    Ron Devore’s commissioned works are proudly displayed as far away as Nova Scotia.  

  • Young leaders host business leaders

    On May 2, the second-grade Leadership Class had its annual luncheon. The eight young leaders traveled to businesses throughout the year to learn how they operate and are successfully run.
    “We are lucky to live in a county where businesses and county offices are always eager to work with the school system,” teacher Teena Gamble said.  

  • May is Wildland Fire Awareness Month

    By David Lilly
    For the News-Herald
    People start most wildfires. Owen County fire departments are responding to an increase of grass fires in Owen County due to dead grass from the winter.  It only takes a minute for the wind to blow the fire from a fire and cause it to get out of your control.
    David Lilly, the chief of the Owenton Volunteer Fire Department, said the public can promote and practice wildfire safety.  

  • Ain’t It The Truth: Think the world stinks? It could be you

    We certainly could learn a lesson from the grumpy old man caught napping in the recliner by his mischievous grandson. The boy sneaked off to the refrigerator and got a chunk of stinky Limberger cheese and quietly rubbed it into Grandpa’s beard. Soon enough the stench awakened the old man who fussed that the house stinks. He walked outside, took a whiff and complained that the yard stinks. He walked out on the hillside, drew another breath and declared that the whole world stinks, when, in fact, it was only that old man who stunk.