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  • Owen County students selected to join National Beta Club

    The Owen County High School Beta Society induction ceremony took place  March 18.
    Thirty-three new members were recognized and sworn into the society by chairman Randy Bishop and Mark McDaniel.
     Members are required to maintain a 3.25 or higher GPA. Members are also required to serve volunteer hours their junior and senior years. For eight volunteer hours, members will receive their black cords and 16 volunteer hours, members will receive both black and gold cords to be worn at graduation.

  • Legal ordinance fails to be published

    The City of Owenton has failed to publish at least one of its completed ordinances in The News-Herald, a violation of state law.
    The Owenton City Council approved an ordinance regulating the use of golf carts on city streets in January.
    The ordinance was never sent to the News-Herald for publication.

  • Murder case sparks second plea bargain

    A second man has plead guilty to lesser charges in the 2012 murder of a Franklin County man whose body was dumped on the side of Interstate 64.
    James Simons, 37, of Grant County, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence.
    Simons’ trial began March 17 but ended early on March 18 in a plea agreement.
    Simons was sentenced the same day to 25 years in prison. He will have to serve 17 years of his sentence before he will be eligible for parole.

  • Grant will fund monthly help for Owen Co. hungry

    The First Christian Church of Owenton has accepted a grant from the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank to continue distributing food over the next three years in hopes of becoming a partnering agency with the Foodbank.
    The church had been distributing food four times a year, but with the grant will now distribute the third Saturday of every month through March 2015.
    After March 2015, a new schedule will be put into place.

  • Grant will fund monthly help for Owen Co. hungry

    The First Christian Church of Owenton has accepted a grant from the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank to continue distributing food over the next three years in hopes of becoming a partnering agency with the Foodbank.
    The church had been distributing food four times a year, but with the grant will now distribute the third Saturday of every month through March 2015.
    After March 2015, a new schedule will be put into place.

  • Farm Bureau certifies three Owen County farm markets

    News-Herald
    Staff Report
    Owen County is home to three of the 104 certified farm markets across the commonwealth recently accepted into the 2014 Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program. The Owen County members are: Ayres Family Orchard, Michels Family Farm, and Steepleview Farm.
    In joining the Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, these markets have committed to offering quality products and service to their customers.

  • Extension service celebrates centennial - 1946-1954

    The following is the fourth entry in a series of articles on the history of the extension service in Owen County.

    1946-1954
    By Dorris Gill and Kim Strohmeier

  • Pageant to benefit Relay for Life

    The second annual Queens for a Life Pageant will take place April 19 at 1 p.m. at the Owen County High School Auditorium.
    The deadline to enter is April 5 for a fee of $30.  There will be no door entries this year.
    This pageant is an open pageant to all counties that have contestants who wish to participate. 
    All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and Owen County Relay for Life. 
    If you would like to make a donation or sponsor an award, contact Rita Lathrem at 502-750-1928 or Brittany Clark at 502-514-5926. 

  • Leadership Owen County: Group explores services for kids

    By Doug Brooks, Joan Kincaid and Meagan Greenlee
    For the News-Herald
    March 5 was our second Leadership Owen County session. We traveled to the schools, day cares, and to the Owen County Library.
    Owen County really loves and takes care of their children.
    After visiting the school system, we found out that they have several different programs helping children.

  • Friday fire ruled arson

    A Friday morning fire on Claxon’s Ridge Road has been ruled arson by the state.
    Monterey Volunteer Fire Chief Larry House said the fire at 645 Claxon Ridge Rd. began around 6 a.m.
    “It was mostly smoke damage,” House said. “It was burnt on the inside real bad, but it didn’t burn all the way down.”
    House said an arson investigator was called to the scene and ruled the blaze arson.
    “The (house door) had been kicked in from the outside and gas had been poured in the hallway next to the furnace,” House said.