Local News

  • Owen Co. Relay 2014 ready to roll

    By Molly Haines and John Whitlock
    N-H Staff
    The fight to beat cancer moves to Owen County Friday night.
    The 2014 Owen County Relay for Life will kick off Friday at 7 p.m. at Itron Field. The event, which supports local efforts to bring comfort, treatment and support for cancer victims and their families, is sponsored by and benefits the American Cancer Society.

  • Jury disagrees with murder charge

    Joshua Hammond could spend 25 years in prison following his involvement in the May 2012 murder of Frankfort’s Charles Monroe.
    A Franklin County grand jury handed down its verdict in the trial for Joshua Hammond, 33, May 12.
    The jury found Hammond guilty on the charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence.
    Hammond’s murder charge was amended to reckless homicide.
    A sentence of 25 years has been recommended, but a final sentencing has not been held.

  • Primary night 2014: Ellis wins judge-executive bid

    The outcome of many of Tuesday’s Owen County Primary Election races were close.
    But for current Owen County second-district magistrate Casey Ellis, it was a wide margin of victory for the Democratic nomination in the race for the county’s top-elected position.
    Ellis will now face Republican Party nominee Gary W. Minch in November for the office of county judge-executive.
    Ellis won Tuesday’s primary and carried all 12 of Owen County’s precincts with nearly 70 percent of the votes.

  • International students seek homes in Owen County

    Loving homes are needed in Owen County for international students.
    Maybe yours?
    Hundreds of foreign high school students, both boys and girls, are sitting at home these days, hoping for their chance experience the typical American way of life. Their dreams include going to a football game, eating macaroni and cheese around the dinner table, attending an American school, church, prom and playing sports.
    The Aspect Foundation is looking for landing spots for these students.

  • Scouts plant trees at Gen. Butler park

    The News-Democrat

    More than 50 volunteers turned out Saturday at General Butler State Resort Park to help plant 1,200 trees as part of Kentucky State Park’s “Plant a Tree” program.
    State parks received a $9,500 grant from Odwalla Juice and Food Company for the program that is providing trees to be planted at 17 locations around Kentucky.

  • 4-H Camp will be held June 23-27

    4-H Camp will be held June 23-27 and there are spots available for youth interested in attending North Central 4-H Camp in Carlisle.
    Youth must be 9-14 years of age.
    Camp organizers are in need of male junior counselors, ages 16-17, to make the camp a success.
    Contact the extension office at 484-5703 for more information about the camp or working as a counselor.

  • 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.