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  • Hospital hearing continued to today

    A U.S. bankruptcy court judge questioned procedures taken by New Horizons Medical Systems, Inc. in a court hearing Nov. 19, leaving the future of Owen County’s healthcare up in the air once again.  
    The court heard a motion that would allow St. Elizabeth Healthcare and HealthPoint Family Care, Inc. to purchase New Horizons and its assets for $650,000.


    An estimated 175 meals will be delivered to Owen County residents with the help of volunteers from the Owenton First Baptist Church on Thanksgiving Day.
    “It’s a ministry that was started several years ago to make sure that our seniors, shut-ins and families didn’t go without a meal for Thanksgiving,” Bro. Brad Banks said.
    Banks said around 30 volunteers will show up to the church around 7 or 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day and will work until around noon to prepare the meals. The meals will then be delivered for lunchtime.

  • Auditor: OCPS has $3.16 mil liability

    The Owen County Board of Education listened to an auditor Monday night as he ran through his report of the school district’s budget for 2014. While he had many positive notes, including revenues being greater than the district’s expenses, much of the positivity was mired by the liability of the retirement systems.

  • Tourism commission hires new director

    The Owen County Tourism Commission has selected a local businesswoman to be the driving force behind bringing visitors to the area.
    Joyce DuVall, owner of Sweet Owen Pics, will serve as director and coordinator for the commission.
    DuVall served on the commission after being appointed by former Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith and was recently selected for the director’s position out of a total of 12 applicants.
    The commission’s purpose is to promote and develop tourism and convention activity in Owen County.

  • UPDATED: Hospital’s fate could be decided Thurs.

    UPDATE (Thursday, Nov. 19): No decisions were made at today's bankruptcy court hearing. The hearing has been continued to 9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25. For more details, see the Nov. 25 edition of the News-Herald. We will be posting updates to this story as they become available.

  • TRDHD discusses needle exchange

    Owen County may soon have a syringe access exchange program available if the Owen Fiscal Court were to pass a resolution allowing the Three Rivers Health Department to start one.
    A last-minute deal reached on Senate Bill 192 at the end of this year’s legislative session in Frankfort included a provision for regional health departments to oversee needle exchanges, but before an exchange can start, they have to receive approval from city and county governments.

  • Louisville man dies in Ky. 368 crash

    A Louisville man was pronounced dead after an accident Saturday afternoon on Cedar Creek Road.
    David Neace, 28, from Louisville, was driving in a Buick Century westbound on Ky. 368 around 2 p.m. when his vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree head on.
    “It was a very bad impact,” Owen County Deputy Sheriff Marvin Goodrich said.
    The Owen County Search and Rescue worked to extricate him from the vehicle, but Neace succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Family with long history in winery business takes over Elk Creek Vineyards

    A northern Kentucky family has taken over the Commonwealth’s largest winery.
    Fred Papina, along with his son Barry and daughter-in-law Karin took over Elk Creek Winery, LLC. Oct. 22.
    The Papina’s plan on continuing to run the winery as Elk Creek Vineyards, but manage the winery as Papina Legacy, LLC.
    The Papina’s plan on continuing to run the winery as Elk Creek Vineyards, but manage the winery as Papina Legacy Winery, LLC.

  • County clerk’s office receives records preservation grant

    As the decades passed by, some of Owen County’s oldest records aged with time spent in storage inside the courthouse basement. In recent years though, the county clerk’s office has worked to preserve and restore those records.
    A $7,500 grant from the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives was recently renewed for Owen County, County Clerk Laurel Stivers said. She said former County Clerk Joan Kincaid was responsible for first obtaining the grants to preserve and store the county’s records.

  • Vance served as Army nurse during World War II

    By Marlene Browning-Wainscott
    Special to the News-Herald

    Editor’s Note: The following is the second and final installment of profiles on Owen County Veterans. To all our Veterans, thank you for your service.

    Carlette (Seemuller) Vance became a Registered Nurse on Nov. 1, 1943 and enlisted as a nurse in the Army on March 4, 1944.  
    She was a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army and was discharged on June 8, 1946.