Local News

  • Poe picked to take over Owen Farm Bureau

    Harold Poe, LUTCF, has been appointed the new agency manager with Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance at the Owen County Agency.
    Poe’s appointment was announced in Louisville by John Sparrow, vice president of agency support and marketing for Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance.
     Poe, a Magoffin County native, is a master agent for Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance and was honored as the 2010 District Five Agent of the Year. He became an agent in January 2001 after graduating from Magoffin County High School and Prestonsburg Community College.

  • Strohmeier awarded scholarship to business, entrepreneurship forum

    Kim David Strohmeier of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service was awarded a full scholarship to attend the 29th Annual Entrepreneurship Education forum that was held Nov. 4-7 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
    This scholarship was awarded for Strohmeier’s leadership and creativity in bringing entrepreneurship education to the schools.
    The Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education is a national membership association of 95 organizations.

  • Local students try to become budget hero

    By Kevin Webster
    For the News-Herald
    How difficult is it to balance the federal budget? Kevin Webster’s AP Government class and Mr. McMillen’s U.S. History class took a trip to the McConnell Center Sept. 30 to find out.
    Forty students and teachers from Kentucky high schools played the new web-based simulation game, “Budget Hero,” to try to solve fiscal problems. The game required the students to attempt to solve the current budget crisis, which proved to be extremely difficult.

  • Boehner offers Owen County students insight into politics

    By Allison Dempsey
    For the News-Herald

    On Oct. 31, 26 Owen County High School students attended the University of Louisville to hear U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner.
    Boehner discussed the issues of jobs, the current economy, and the institution of the House. In company with Boehner were Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, U of L President James R. Ramsey, McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg, and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-KY.

  • Haunted house training

    The Owen County Search and Rescue’s haunted house took on a new function Wednesday when representatives of every fire department in Owen County took part in a training exercise designed to help firefighters find their way through a dark home filled with smoke. Fog machines were used to duplicate some of conditions that could be found in a burning home.

  • Perry Park honors vets

    Saturday, the Perry Park Resort Owner’s Association and the Perry Park Ladies Association co-hosted its first Veterans Day Celebration at the newly constructed Glenwood Hall Community Center.  
    Perry Park military, both those who have served and who have currently serving in the armed forces, were honored with a certificate of appreciation and personal recognition.  
    At the beginning of the ceremony, a blessing was conducted to dedicate the Serenity Garden Military area.

  • Gratz man and mystery machine to be focus of book

    By James A. Robey
    Curator Kentucky Water Fuel Museum
    An Owen County inventor who died 20 years ago continues to be of interest to alternative energy researchers around the world.
    John W. Gulley, the once well-known but mysterious genius from Gratz, would have turned 100 next year, and a book is being written in commemoration of his efforts to introduce a better way to propel our cars down the road. Proceeds from book sales will benefit the Owen County Historical Society.

  • Veterans to storm OCHS again

    For four years, Owen County High School students have gone above and beyond when it comes to honoring veterans — sticking with the motto “It’s their day.”
    The annual Veterans Day lunch and assembly began four years ago when then-sophomore Mary Kennedy began spearheading the event. During her senior year, Kennedy turned the reigns over to current OCHS senior Mattie Cook.

  • UK official tapped to speak at dinner

    Dr. M. Scott Smith, Dean of College of Agriculture and Human Environmental Services at the University of Kentucky, will speak to dozens of local businessmen and businesswomen at this year’s 12th annual Owen County Chamber of Commerce meeting.
    The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Owen County Extension Office.  

  • City looking to expand its borders with eye to future

    The Owenton City Council recently passed a motion to move forward with annexing three stretches of highway, for what Owenton Mayor Doug West called “future economic development.”
    The plan would annex Hwy. 22 East for 1.9 miles to the new Maurice Bowling Middle School; 127 South to the “Welcome to Owenton” sign; and 127 North to Old New Liberty Road.
    West said nothing but the roads would be annexed — from sidewalk to sidewalk.