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  • Bobsled boosters

    If you ever wonder how your actions can affect other people, walk down to Carol Wooten’s class at Maurice Bowling Middle School.
    The students who make up her class get positively giddy when one name comes up for discussion.
    Adam Clark.
    It’s not often that a child’s hero comes from their own hometown but that’s how Wooten’s students describe the Owen County High alum.
    Clark is working tirelessly, chasing his own dream of becoming a member of the US Olympic bobsled team.

  • Murder victim's family continues fighting to keep killer behind bars

    By Jamie Baker-Nantz
    For the News-Herald

  • Schools taking steps to improve security

    When classes resumed following the holidays, students and parents across the nation had to become accustomed to heightened security following a tragedy that left many wondering how safe their children were outside the home.
    Many Owen County Primary School students came to school seeking comfort from the things they had heard their parents say or the chaos they caught a glimpse of on TV.

  • Looking ahead

    As the world turns away from 2012, some Owen County leaders are looking for progress as the calendar changes to 2013.

    In the upcoming year, Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said she wants to see a greater emphasis placed on jobs, infrastructure and access to utilities.
    To achieve that, Keith said she wants people to understand the importance of economic development and what it means to the future of Owen County.

  • Johnson to represent Owen in statewide pageant

    For Christina Johnson, becoming involved in beauty pageants wasn’t about taking home the sash and crown, but instead about gaining confidence. Like many young women Johnson’s age, confidence in who they are and what they want to be may be hard to come by.
    The poise and confidence she has gained will serve her well as she chases her next dream – a college scholarship.
    Johnson will be one of about 50 young women representing different areas of the state in the Miss Kentucky Collegiate Pageant, held Feb. 16 in Somerset.

  • Owen County among lowest jobless rates in Kentucky

    Unemployment rates fell in 99 Kentucky counties between November 2011 and November 2012, while 20 county rates increased and one stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.
    Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in state at 5.4 percent, according to a state news release. It was followed by Scott County, 5.9 percent; Fayette, Franklin, Oldham and Union counties, 6 percent each; Daviess, Madison and Shelby counties, 6.2 percent each; and Ohio and Owen counties, 6.3 percent each.

  • Shooting chatter leads to charges for pair of Owen County students

    Disorderly conduct charges were issued against two Owen County High School students after one student alarmed others by saying an intruder was in the building.
    According to a press release from Kentucky State Police, a second student made comments that everyone in the school was in danger.
    Neither student made direct threats or had information about known threats.
    Both students are 15 years old and were cited after making comments for the purpose of creating public alarm.

  • Helping Project Graduation

    Modern Woodmen of America representative Keith Miller presents a check to Patricia Neal for Owen County High School Project Graduation. The check represents proceeds raised by project graduation’s chili dinner on Dec. 2. Modern Woodmen matched $2,250 for a total check amount of $4,500.

  • Weekend Gardener: Trunk damage can girdle trees

    The farm looks like a storm hit recently but it’s really just my husband’s new deer deterrent technique.  It seems to be working.  In the past we have forgone the Irish Spring soap, human hair and coyote urine for more reliable barriers.  Tomato cages, tobacco stakes, wire, spiral plastic trunk wrap, and, yes, an occasional arrangement of lawn chairs have created distance between rutting and browsing deer.  

  • Honoring graduation

    Cortney Elizabeth Miller celebrated her home school graduation in May. Her pastor, Bro. Ed Wells, spoke on Cortney’s dedication and service to God. Jesse and Rebecca Pugh sang two songs and Dr. Joy Arnold spoke on Cortney’s Christian home school education and then presented her with her diploma.  There were 104 of Cortney’s family and friends there to celebrate this accomplishment and milestone in her life.  Cortney is attending Empire Beauty School in Florence and pursuing a career in cosmetology.