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Local News

  • OCHS bringing schools together to celebrate Veterans Day

    NEWS-HERALD STAFF
    Owen County School students will be giving back to local veterans and spreading awareness this Friday for the school’s annual Veterans Day assembly hosted by the high school Civics Club.
    Civics Club Faculty advisor and High School teacher Kevin Webster said this year’s students are leaving their own unique mark on the program by bringing all the district schools together.
    Civics club president and OCHS senior Audrey Hager said it’s been a worthwhile challenge.

  • Assistance available for those re-enrolling for healthcare

    by jeff moore
    N-H Publisher
    Kentuckians who purchased Quality Health Insurance plans through Kynect in past years must re-enroll through the federal healthcare exchange by Dec. 15 to avert a possible lapse in their coverage.
    Gov. Matt Bevin’s decision to dismantle Kynect means that anyone having a plan that is not through the Medicaid must go through HealthCare.gov this year for their 2017 plan.
    Sound confusing? Free help is available to walk local residents through the changes.

  • County, city committed to finding Itron’s replacement

    Several months ago rumors started swirling within our community of the possibility of Itron Owenton closing its doors. At that point, I, along with Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier, proceeded to broaden our already open working relationship with Itron management.
    We immediately engaged representatives from the governor’s office, Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet, Kentucky Department of Work Force Development, the Northern Kentucky Area Development District, and our regional I-71 Connected director.

  • Local emergency management encourages wildfire safety

    by larry karsner
    Owen County Emergency Management Director
    The threat of wildland fires for people living near wildland areas or using recreational facilities in wilderness areas is real. Dry conditions at various times of the year and in various parts of the United States greatly increase the potential for wildland fires.

  • Burn bans declared in 52 of Kentucky’s 120 counties as of Monday

    By James Bruggers
    The Courier-Journal
    With fires still out of control eastern Kentucky, authorities have declared bans on open burning in 52 of 120 counties. More burn bans are ex­pected.

  • Bevin recognizes sacrifice of three Fort Campbell soldiers in Jordan

    Kentucky Press News Service
    FRANKFORT - Gov. Matt Bevin Monday recognized the sacrifice of three Fort Campbell Soldiers, Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen, 27, of Lawrence, Kan.; Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe, 30, of Tucson, Ariz.; and Staff Sgt. James F. Moriarty, 27, of Kerrville, Texas, who died in Jordan while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

  • Unofficial Owen County election results

    The unofficial results for Owen County are as follows:

    President of the United States:
    Donald J. Trump - 3,745*
    Hillary Clinton - 1,062
    Gary Johnson - 122
    Rocky Roque De La Fuente - 2
    Jill Stein - 25
    Evan McMullin - 43

    United States Senator:
    Rand Paul - 3,388*
    Jim Gray - 1,527

    United States Representative in Congress 4th Congressional District:
    Thomas Massie - 3,599*
    Calvin Sidle - 1,174

  • Owen County's largest employer to cease local operations

    The News-Herald has confirmed Itron's intention to discontinue production at its Owenton site.
    Production is expected to cease over the next 18-24 months, according to Itron Vice President of Global Marketing and Public Affairs Sharelynn Moore.
    "During this time, we will be working closely with our employees to make the transition as smooth as possible," Moore said. "Together with our employees, we will continue to deliver the best solutions to our customers throughout this transition."

  • Mayor: Plans for Lower Thomas Lake moving forward

    Lower Thomas Lake is about to get a family-friendly facelift.
    At October’s Owen County Chamber of Commerce breakfast, Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier presented his annual state of the city address. He mentioned recent success for downtown Owenton businesses and initiatives to move the county forward, one of which is a family fun park.

  • Kynect is dead. State officials say you won’t notice. Feds say get ready to wait

    By John Cheves
    Lexington Herald-Leader
    Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration says it expects a smooth transition Nov. 1 as open enrollment begins for health insurance and Kentuckians looking to buy coverage in 2017 switch from the state exchange, which Bevin is closing, to the federal exchange.