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Local News

  • Performer to share slice of local history at society’s meeting

    The Owen County Historical Society will feature guest speaker Mel Hankla at its monthly meeting on May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the I.O.O.F. Hall.
     Hankla is known for his portrayal of famous Kentuckians George Rogers Clark, Simon Kenton, Isaac Shelby and Cassius Clay.
    His presentation, Kentucky Powder Horns, will include the powder horn of Jacob Hessler, early justice of peace, sheriff and founder of Heslerville, the first county seat of Owen County. The first county court met in Hesler’s home.

  • Extension service celebrates centennial - 1998 - 2004

    This is the ninth in a series of articles on the history of the extension service in Owen County.
    1998 - 2004

    By Judy Hetterman
    Owen County Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent

    What’s new at the Owen County Extension Center?
    • Since the opening of the extension center, there have been 402 meetings held. There was a great need for the space to be divided into two meeting rooms. Therefore, a movable, dividing wall has been installed.

  • John Guill DAR chapter donates state tree

    The John Guill Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution  presented a tulip poplar, the state tree of Kentucky, to the Owen County Public Library on April 23 in recognition of Earth Day and Arbor Day. The tree was purchased from and planted by Clark Roberts, owner of Four Seasons Landscaping.

  • Wilson earns white coat

    The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine is proud to present a white coat to Sheila Marie Wilson, class of 2015, as she enters her clinical rotations.
    Wilson was the 2013 president of the Auburn Chapter of American Association of Bovine Practitioners and a member of the 2014 National Champion Bovine Palpation Team.
    Last year, Wilson represented Novartis Animal Health US, Inc. on the AUCVM campus as the farm animal business student representative.

  • Leadership Owen County: Leaders explore health care

    By Dan Herndon and Sharon Sullivan
    For the News-Herald

    Leadership Owen County Class of 2014 participants had the opportunity to review several of the health-care resources available to residents on April 2.
    After convening at the Owen County Extension Office, Judy Hetterman led the caravan to Three Rivers District Office.
    The three rivers referred to in the agency’s name are the Ohio, Kentucky and Licking rivers which touch the agency’s service counties of Owen, Pendleton, Grant and Gallatin. 

  • Local student earns Modern Woodmen of America scholarship

    Shelby Lynn Power has been awarded a $500 educational award in a national competition with other students who are members of Modern Woodmen of America.
    Modern Woodmen, a fraternal benefit society offering financial services, has local representatives and is based in Rock Island, Ill.
    Power, the daughter of Shawn and Jennifer Power of Owenton, plans to use the grant to attend Northern Kentucky University.
    Power is one of 100 grant winners chosen this year.

  • Realtor Corner: As the weather warms, more people may look for new home

    At last the snow has melted, the bulbs are sprouting, and the home hunters have started their search for just that right home at the perfect location.  They are looking for the community that is a better place for not only their family but for generations to come.
    Every realtor has a diversity of ideals and perspectives as to just what is available and best for the home hunter.  

  • Riggs named Greenwing of the Year

    Austin Riggs was recently received the first-ever Greenwing of the Year Award presented by Ducks Unlimited.
    Greenwings is the youth organization for Ducks Unlimited.
    Riggs has worked with several chapters across the state with their fund-raising events as well as working in the last two state banquets.
    He also works for the youth by helping prepare food plots for the youth dove shoot; works in the archery for kids program at Wolf Creek Dam and Cave Run Lake; and works when DU helps  at the NWTF Jakes Days in August.

  • Owen County officials urge safety when mowing lawn

    Owen County Emergency Management would like to remind residents of lawn mower safety.
    At the beginning of the year, there is the abundant grass to mow. While too much rain can postpone the mowing season a little, nothing really prevents grass from growing and so the mowers come out.
    Since it is such a common activity, there is a tendency to view lawn mowing as being less hazardous than is really the case.
    The following is safety methods on how to minimize risk while using a lawn mower.

  • Owen lawmakers pleased with budget but say more is needed

    The two men appointed to represent Owen County’s interests in the Kentucky General Assembly agree that passing a new state budget was the highlight of this year’s regular session.
    State Senator Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, who represents Owen County, said he was pleased with the bipartisan state budget and the funding increases it offers to education.