Local News

  • Angel Tree begins to shine again

    This year, 36 children across Owen County are looking to have their Christmas made special by those who take a name from the angel tree, put together by the Owen County Extension Office.

    The extension office’s support member, Stephanie Howard, said each year families throughout Owen County request assistance through their office.

    Those who request help can get full sponsorship by attending the “Small Steps to Health and Wellness” class or participating in 16 hours of community service.

  • Middle school students will go to new building after holiday break

    Despite not having a completion date set in stone, Owen County School District Superintendent David Raleigh said students will be moving into the new Maurice Bowling Middle School following winter break.

    The school was expected to be completed in October, but due to harsh winter weather earlier this year, contractors were unable to complete construction in early fall.

  • Owen County District Court

    Editor’s note: The News-Herald reports all misdemeanors, felonies and small claims judgments in district court, except for juvenile court proceedings, which are confidential; however, traffic offenses by juveniles are reported because they are public record. All civil suits in circuit court are reported. Claims made in a lawsuit present only one side of a case. Charges or citations reported to the News-Herald do not imply guilt. That is determined by the court. Information on this page is public record. Names will not be withheld by request.

    Nov. 19, 2010

  • Keith lifts burn ban

    Following a serious drought and a nearly two-month long ban on outdoor burning, Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith has lifted ban but warned it could go back into effect if conditions warrant.

    The ban went into effect Sept. 24 and was lifted early Friday.

    A state of emergency relating to the drought was officially declared Oct. 26.

    According to the declaration, the drought created considerable hardships for Owen County farmers.

    Keith said the burn ban and the state of emergency were two separate proclamations.

  • Showcasing success

    Following a keynote address by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear at the 10th annual Owen County Chamber of Commerce Banquet Monday, awards were given to outstanding business person of the year, outstanding business of the year and the latest addition to the Owen County Retired Teacher’s Association Wall of Fame.

    Awards were handed out by Owen County Chamber of Commerce Vice President Dallas Stafford.

    The winner of this year’s outstanding business person of the year award went to Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science Judy Hetterman.

  • Johnson takes seat on school board

    Only weeks after the general election, Dr. Larry Johnson took his seat on the board of education Monday.

    Johnson took the oath of a school board member and the Kentucky constitutional oath during the board’s regular monthly meeting.

    Johnson defeated Brian Clark and Deedi Dunavent by several hundred votes for the position of fourth district school board earlier this month.

  • Students say thank you to Owen County military

    Continuing a Veterans Day tradition started by Owen County High School alumnus Mary Kennedy, junior Mattie Cook coordinated the lunch and assembly program that recognized local veterans.

    Cook said she was proud to accept responsibility for the program because she is passionate about showing appreciation to veterans and helping other students better understand why veterans should be appreciated every day of the year.

  • Owen public library moves ahead with relocation plans

    With the purchase of land and exterior designs being approved, the ball is rolling for the Owen County Public Library’s new facility.

    The library board purchased 4.3 acres on Hwy. 22 East near the Hi-Y-Inn.

    The property was owned by Blue Moon Investors and was sold to the library for $175,000.

    Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert said buying property and having some paperwork signed is a huge relief.

    The library board held a public meeting Oct. 23 when architect Monica Sumner presented an exterior design for the library.

  • Beshear to headline chamber of commerce event

    Kentucky’s top official, Gov. Steve Beshear, will take the stage at the 11th annual Owen County Chamber of Commerce dinner Monday.

    The meeting will be held at the Owen County Extension Office.

    Owen County Chamber of Commerce President Pam Chappell said there is not a routine procedure to how a speaker is chosen each year, but suggestions are taken from chamber members.

  • Running deer blamed for auto accident involving three kids

    One woman was recently injured and airlifted from a one-vehicle wreck on Pleasant Grove Road.

    The wreck took place Nov. 2 at 9:27 p.m.; three children were also involved.

    Kristalan Molina-Cook, 25, of Corinth was traveling east on Pleasant Grove Road at 55 mph when her vehicle began skidding in the roadway and then went off the east bound edge of the road, striking trees.

    Cook told officers working the scene that a deer ran onto the roadway, causing her to lose control of the vehicle.