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Local News

  • State recognizes bicentennial anniversary of massive New Madrid earthquake

    By David Lilly
    Owen County Emergency Services

  • A man on a mission

    After a medical mission trip to Haiti, an Owen County pastor said he now has a whole new outlook on America.
    Pastor Brad Vincent of New Columbus Baptist Church and 20 others boarded a plane in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 15 for Haiti, only days after the one-year anniversary of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake ravaged the country.
    The group consisted of doctors and nurses from all over the country, including team leader Amanda Borchers, a member of New Columbus Baptist Church.

  • Newspaper to change online content policy

    Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 23, the News-Herald’s website, www.owentonnewsherald.com, will become a subscription-based news and information site.
    We’ll offer our valued newspaper subscribers complete access to all of the news and features currently in our print product, plus a number of online-only features such as videos, slideshows, reader interaction and more. A digital version of every issue of the newspaper will also be available to subscribers online.

  • Annual Owenton fund-raiser to battle heart defects to be held Feb. 19

    Each year, God’s Special Little Hearts helps dozens of families deal with the pains of congenital heart defects, and the upcoming CHD walk will keep the organization up and running throughout 2011.
    The sixth annual Walk for Awareness of CHDs will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Owenton First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
    Chairperson of God’s Special Little Hearts Katie Columbia said the walk began in 2006 to show support of other families who may have a child or grandchild suffering from a CHD.

  • Owenton business owners question city tax

    Several local business owners attended the Feb. 1 Owenton City Council meeting seeking more information on a net-profit tax established under former Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier.
    Although some business owners attending the meeting said they were not aware of the tax, Owenton Mayor Doug West said it has been in effect for several years.
    According to the city ordinance, the tax is a 1-percent levy on net profit from business conducted in the city by a resident or a nonresidential business entity.

  • Holding the evidence

    A Wheatley man has been arrested after allegedly breaking down a door at the Owen County Sheriff’s Office and stealing several items from inside.
    Owenton Police Officer Gary Alcorn said state road crew workers called the police during the early hours of Saturday morning to report a man standing in the middle of West Seminary Street, holding an armload of junk, unwilling to move.
    Chad A. Perkins, 27, was arrested for alcohol intoxication in a public place and taken to the sheriff’s office to be booked.

  • Sixth-annual Walk for Awareness to be held Feb. 19

    The Sixth Annual Walk for Awareness of CHDs will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Owenton First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
    Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the following:
    Noon-1 Elizabeth Steward
    1-2 Robin Stephenson
    2-3 Bodie McKinley
    3-4 CHD Recognition Walk
    4-5 David Pitt
    5-5:30 Connie Hon
    5:30-6:15 David Stahl
    6:15-7 Journey’s End

  • ‘The living proof of hope’

    Each year, 40,000 babies in the United States are born with a congenital heart defect. Four thousand of these babies do not live to see their first birthday. But one Owenton man says there’s always hope.
    “I’m living proof of hope,” 46-year-old Jerry Smith said.
    Smith was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a CHD that can cause poor development, failure to gain weight, passing out and sudden death.

  • Making dreams come true

    Just like every princess needs the perfect dress, every teenage girl needs the perfect prom ensemble.
    In 2010, the Owen County Youth Services Center began participating in Cinderella’s Closet, which provides formal wear to girls who could not otherwise afford to attend their prom.
    Julie Riddle, the service center’s administrative assistant, said 30 Owen County girls picked out their special dress at the center last year.

  • Blaze levels Owen home

    A Friday blaze has left an Owen County family homeless.
    According to witnesses, the fire at the home of Tabitha and Walt McDaniel on Fortner Ridge Road started about 12:30 p.m.
    “I was down at the grandmother’s house when I saw the smoke,” Michael Shuler said.
    The fire was already starting get out of control by the time Shuler arrived at the house.
    “I kicked the door in because I knew they had animals in there,” Shuler said. “I got them out of there but the smoke was really getting bad inside.”