Local News

  • Officer with Owen roots to become next Frankfort police chief

    Jeff Abrams, a major in the Frankfort Police Department with Owen County roots, will fill Chief Walter Wilhoite’s shoes when he retires at the end of August.
    Frankfort Mayor Bill May announced the decision at the Frankfort City Commission meeting on July 28.
    Abrams has served on the force for about 18 years.
    Abrams was born and raised in Frankfort. He worked for two years as a correctional officer at the Franklin County Regional Jail before joining the force. Abrams will take over as police chief Sept 1.

  • Stamper to discuss church and Pleasant Home

    On Thursday, former Owen countian Ernie Stamper will be presenting a program to the Owen County Historical Society, covering the history of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and its community of Pleasant Home.
    A center piece of the presentation is  video from 16mm film shot in the 1930s by G. L. Wainscott, the founder of the Ale8 Bottling Company and Owen County native.

  • Special Birthday: Bob House

    On Aug. 16 from 2-5 p.m. at Beechwood Assembly of God Church, the family of Robert “Bob” House invite you to attend the celebration of his 90th birthday. Please join family and friends for this special occasion.

  • Owen County retired teachers holding activities

    Any member of the Owen County Retired Teachers group who is planning on attending the fifth district workshop at the Oldham County Aquatic Center on Aug. 28 should contact Faye Shelton by Aug. 18 for lunch reservations.
    Also,  retired teachers should mark their calendars for Sept. 9, at 5:30 p.m. for the annual potluck picnic at Fairway Golf Clubhouse.
    New retirees will be honored guests at this dinner meeting which is the kick-off for a new year.

  • Owen Divas win championship

    After entering the tournament as a No. 3 seed, the Owen Divas claimed the championship. The team is coached by Blair Baldwin and Megan Hearn.

  • Sunday sales approved

    A second reading of an ordinance that will allow small farm wineries in Owen County to be open between the hours of 1-7 p.m. on Sundays has been approved by a 3-1 vote of the Owen County Fiscal Court.
    Owen County's Third-District Magistrate Teresa Davis made a motion to approve the ordinance. Second-district magistrate Troy Bramblett seconded the motion.
    Second-district magistrate Casey Ellis also voted to approve the ordinance.
    First-district magistrate Asa Phillips voted against the ordinance.

  • Owen County High Class of 1963 reunites

    Thirty-two members of the Owen County High School class of 1963 met Aug. 2 at the Owen County Extension Service building in Owenton to celebrate their 50-plus one anniversary of leaving high school. They were joined by four former faculty members, and 26 other friends and family.

  • Church helps raise money to help Ethiopian village get water

    Last week, Richland Baptist had a wonderful week of vacation Bible school.
    The theme this year was “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”
    The children and adults alike learned about how big God’s love is with a focus on the people of Ethiopia.
    Anita Wainscott was the guest missionary for the week. She has made several trips to Ethiopia and shared with the kids about her experiences and discussed with them many of the needs of the children there. She also led the music for the week.

  • Parker named to National Society of High School Scholars

    The National Society of High School Scholars has announced Owen County High School student Kirsten A. Parker of Owenton has been selected to become a member of the esteemed organization.
    The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community commitment.
    The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Noble, a senior member of the family that established the Nobel prizes.

  • Friends of Bethany News: Group shares some memories from school

    By Jim Lawrence
    For the News-Herald
    The following are the names of the “Friends of Bethany” who met at Noble Restaurant on July 12. Many events from school days were shared. The group planned to meet again in November.
    Don Crupper, Melvin and Belle Mason, Glenna Lee, Patty Wright, Mr. and Mrs. Durard Glass, Jean Murphy, Mr. and Mrs. “Buck” Smith, “Bulldog” Wright, Fannie Whitton, Lucille Mason, Clay Crupper, Gene and Betty Jo Wynn, Emma Juett and Lois Skirvin.