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  • First bell at MBMS

    As the Owen County School District’s winter break came to an end, Maurice Bowling Middle School students and teachers were gearing up for Monday, the first day in a new facility.
    Owen County Schools Superintendent David Raleigh said despite a snowy December, workers were able to assist in making the move possible.
    “All things considered, I think everything went really well,” Raleigh said. “It was a team effort on everyone’s part. I’m very proud and very pleased with everyone’s work in making this possible.”

  • West calls for change of city attorney

    With just a few days under his belt as Owenton mayor, Doug West has announced he will not re-appoint the current Owenton city attorney.
    In a phone interview Monday, West said he has chosen to not re-appoint Mark Cobb as Owenton city attorney.
    West will recommend another local attorney, Mitzy Evans, to the post which advises the city on legal matters and potential litigation.
    The Owenton City Council must approve the nomination before Evans can assume the role.
    West said he wanted the city attorney to be more aggressive.

  • Christmas Eve meth arrests

    Two Owen County residents were arrested early Christmas Eve after law enforcement found nine “one-shot” methamphetamine labs at their home.
    According to Campbellsville Kentucky State Police Post Spokesman Michael B. Webb, Tammy Snell, 38, and Barry L. Snell, 47, were taken into custody about 2 a.m. Dec. 24 at 2140 Eagle Hill Road near Glencoe.
    An investigation by Kentucky State Police Trooper Justin Sams led to the home and to the arrests.

  • The News-Herald Year In Review

    As the first decade of the new millennium winds down, Owen County finds itself at a crossroads.
    With a shifting economy, a changing political scene and a new direction in local education, Owen countians are looking at the future while keeping an eye on preserving the past and the community’s rich heritage.
    The News-Herald looks back at 2010:

    Jan. 6: Jokes were made, tears were shed and stories were told Dec. 30 at Owenton First Christian Church when pastor Bill Watson and his wife, Brenda, sat before a crowd of friends and well-wishers.

  • Carter looks ahead as private attorney

    Long-time Owen County Attorney Charlie Carter will soon leave his post, but Owen countians can expect to continue seeing Carter active in law.
    Carter said when his term ends at the end of this month, it will end a near 25-year tenure.
    Prior to becoming county attorney, Carter’s private practice had been in operation for 25 years.
    Carter said his private practice will remain open, with his son, Charles Carter Jr., as an associate.
    As county attorney, Carter said he enjoyed district court the most.

  • Bruce wraps up his time at jail

    Even after retirement, sleep is not always an option.
    Owen County Jailer David Bruce learned this after retiring from the post office and becoming jailer 17 years ago.
    Now Bruce’s last term as jailer ends Dec. 31.
    He’ll be replaced by his daughter, Cindy Bruce-Walker, who defeated her opponent in the May primary to take the empty seat.
    Bruce said that over the years, the best part of his job has been helping others in a bad situation.

  • Hard times for Owen County Historical Society Museum

    Faces of Owen County’s past line the walls at the Owen County Historical Society Museum. Family snapshots, wedding photographs and pictures of local veterans are only a glimpse of Owen County’s rich past.

    Owen County Historical Society President Jeannie Williams-Baker said despite the history that awaits visitors at the museum, if more Owen countians don’t begin taking an interest, the museum could soon shut down.

  • Public defender appointed for suspect in shooting

    A Corinth man remains behind bars after allegedly shooting a Georgetown man Nov. 26.

    Christopher Dennis Jr., 71, was arrested Nov. 27 after Kentucky State Police troopers found the body of 30-year-old Ruben J. Eppele shot to death in Dennis’ home at 2430 Cull Pepper Lane.

    During a preliminary hearing Friday, a public defender was appointed for Dennis.

    According to a citation made by the Kentucky State Police, Dennis admitted taking Eppele’s life and eliminated self-defense as a motive.

  • Return of Santa highlights Christmas Parade

    Despite cold temperatures and snow flurries throughout the afternoon, dozens of families braved the cold Sunday for Owen County’s annual Christmas parade.

    The parade began at Southern States and made its way downtown, where children and adults alike lined the streets in anticipation.

    This year’s theme was “A Christmas Wish for You.”

    Eight floats led the way for Santa Claus.

  • Owen County District Court

    Editor’s note: The News-Herald reports all misdemeanors, felonies and small claims judgments in district court, except for juvenile court proceedings, which are confidential; however, traffic offenses by juveniles are reported because they are public record. All civil suits in circuit court are reported. Claims made in a lawsuit present only one side of a case. Charges or citations reported to the News-Herald do not imply guilt. That is determined by the court. Information on this page is public record. Names will not be withheld by request.