Local News

  • After plenty of prep, storm system comes to Owen County

    After months of preparation, Owen County is now being recognized by the National Weather Service’s StormReady Program.
    The StormReady program began in 1999 in Tulsa, Okla., and has helped to arm communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property before and during a weather-related event.
    Owenton Fire Chief David Lilly said to become StormReady, certain criteria are required throughout the United States. An evaluation is done to see if the community in question meets the specific criteria.

  • Program will quickly give information to police

    Owen County law enforcement will now have the ability to search for warrants right at their fingertips.
    Attorney General Jack Conway recently announced the successful implementation of an electronic warrant management system in the 15th judicial circuit, which includes Owen, Carroll and Grant counties.
    The Attorney General’s Office funded implementation of the system in the 15th judicial circuit under a $3.9 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant awarded to the office of the attorney general in 2009.
    Kentucky now has 101 counties utilizing the eWarrants system.

  • Crash kills one, seriously injures two

    By Lauren Hallow
    Kentucky News Content Service
    A man was killed and two women were injured in what police described as “a horrific crash” Friday night in Franklin County that may have been alcohol or drug related.

    Mikey S. Ward, 32, of Lawrenceburg, was driving south on U.S. 127 when he veered into the northbound lanes and struck another car head-on, according to Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton.

    Ward had to be extricated from his car, a Mitsubishi Eclipse, and was pronounced dead in the ambulance en route to the hospital, Melton said.

  • Cummins named Green Scholar

    Taylor Cummins of Owen County High School has been named a State Sen. Jeff Green Scholar. Students earn this designation by achieving a 4.0 grade point average all four years of high school and scoring at least a 28 composite on the ACT.
    Cummins has also earned $2,500 a year in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship awards. The award may be renewed each year of college if the student continues high scholastic achievement, making the total value of the KEES award worth $10,000.

  • Holbert family reunites

    The Holbert family reunion was held Sunday at the Owen County Extension Center. There was a wonderful dinner shared and enjoyed by everyone present. We look forward to being all together again in 2012.
    Those attending from Owenton were Naomi Glore; JoAnn and Lanny Wright; Randell Gaines; Austin Hudnall; Bobby Holbert; Trent, Mandy, Salin and Brayden Holbert; Teresa Sanders; and Lisa Stinson.

  • Missing man located

    Linda Smith, owner of an Owenton consignment shop, had not heard from her son, Kelly P. Herald III, 32, since July 1.
    After a story about the missing man was published in the News-Herald two weeks ago, a customer offered to help, Smith said. “He got on the Internet and did some searching.”
    The customer, who wished to remain anonymous, found Herald through a jail website.

  • Event brings crowd to downtown

    Months of planning paid off Saturday when the Sweet Owen Day festivities were deemed a success.
    Owen County Chamber of Commerce President Dallas Stafford said sales for vendors were up at least 30 percent, with some reporting an even higher percent.
    “Three Rivers District Health Department gave about 30 percent more flu shots,” Stafford said. “The run/walk participation was up about 50 percent and the crowd was strong throughout the day.”
    A total of 65 vendors were present.

  • New Liberty Baptist marks 210 years of service to community

    For some members of New Liberty Baptist Church, this weekend’s 210th anniversary isn’t just another special event. It’s a time to look back at an institution that goes back generations into Owen County history.
    “We are called the mother church of 10 other churches in Owen County,” Betty Lusby, one of the organizers of this weekend’s celebration, said. “Eight of those churches are still in operation today.”

  • County strikes deal with state on highway

    Following a recent Owen County Fiscal Court meeting, Old Monterey Road will become a state maintained road.
    The fiscal court adopted a resolution at its Sept. 13 meeting which approved a rural secondary program agreement between the court and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the state and counties periodically exchange roads.
    “They evaluate them, and ones that are high traffic areas they will often take over,” Keith said.
    A second reading was held amending the 2011-12 county budget.

  • Tip triggers child pornography charges

    A Worthville man was recently indicted after an anonymous tip led state police to find hundreds of pictures of young children involved in sex acts and a video of an underage family member.
    According to court documents, at approximately 3:09 p.m. on Aug. 19, an anonymous caller contacted Kentucky State Police Post 5 and reported that a laptop was on the handrail of a porch at the home of Alan D. Plowman, 51.