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  • Student arrested for threatening teacher

    An Owen County High School student was arrested March 1 after allegedly threatening teachers when they confiscated his bong.

    Students had just returned from an outing, when Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Marty Lilly said teachers seized a bong Cody J. Minch had purchased while on the outing.

    “That’s what set him off,” Lilly said. “He basically threatened some teachers, he threatened to knock one’s teeth out. Another person heard them say he was going to shoot them.”

  • iLead Academy to host video game night Friday

    Video games have captured the generations and spurred an interest in technology from the days of Galaga and Pac Man to developers working on titles that haven’t been announced yet. A group of iLead students want to help other students capture that same interest in technology by hosting a video game tournament.

  • More than 500 attend 11th CHD Walk

    Even though Saturday was a dreary day outside, the atmosphere inside the Family Life Center at Owenton’s First Baptist Church was filled with music playing, kids running around and people having a good time at the 11th annual Walk for Awareness of CHD’s.

    Katie Columbia, chairwoman and founder of God’s Special Little Hearts, said more than 515 people came out to the event. She said the event this year exceeded her expectations.

  • OCHS students to participate in state robotics competition

    Seven Owen County High School students have earned the privilege to travel to Elizabethtown this Saturday and participate in the Kentucky State VEX High School Championship.

    Rusty Willhoite, OCHS VEX Robotics coach, said of the four active teams the high school fielded in several regional robotics events this year, two qualified for the championship.

  • Blaze downs barn on New Liberty-Sparta Rd.
  • Kentucky's first Republican caucus will be Saturday

    As the race for the White House continues to heat up across the United States, a string of top GOP contenders are visiting Kentucky this week -- just days before the state’s first Republican presidential caucus.

    Owen County Republicans will take their votes to the Lighthouse Church, located at 5405 Hwy. 127 N., Owenton, between the hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    You must present a photo ID of some type or Social Security card at the time you vote, or you may be identified by an acquaintance.

  • Walking for a cause: 11th annual heart walk this Saturday at First Baptist

    What started as an event that raised just shy of $4,000 for Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati more than a decade ago has grown into the largest area fundraiser for the organization God’s Special Little Hearts.

    The 11th annual Walk for Awareness of childhood congenital heart defects (CHD’s) begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Owenton First Baptist Church.

  • County terminates EMS employee following investigation

    The Owen County Fiscal Court unanimously approved the termination of an EMS employee following an investigation by the Kentucky State Police last month.

    Inquiries began after Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis and Owen County Attorney Josh Smith requested an investigation of James “Daniel” Myers concerning a December 2015 EMS run, according to documents obtained by the News-Herald in an open records request.

  • Looking back | March 2, 2016

    Complaints spark more patrols
    March 2, 2011
    5 years ago

    After receiving several complaints concerning possible illegal activities in the area, Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond is pledging to beef up patrols in one part of Owen County.

    Hammond announced Friday he would be increasing patrols and police presence in the areas of Lusby’s Mill, New Columbus and Beechwood. The additional protection and patrols are in response to citizen’s complaints.

  • Farm Bureau set to host Measure the Candidate forum

    As the 62nd House District prepares for a special election March 8, Owen County Farm Bureau is set to host a Measure the Candidate forum Friday.

    The two Georgetown men vying for the seat are Georgetown farmer and Democrat Chuck Tackett and Georgetown businessman and Republican Phillip Pratt.

    The 62nd House district covers all of Owen County and parts of Fayette and Scott counties.

    The Owen County Farm Bureau is hosting the event, which will be held at the Owen County Extension Office, in conjunction with the Owen County Extension Board.