Local News

  • Introducing ... Newest additions to Maurice Bowling Middle School staff

    Editor’s note: This the second of our three-week series of articles introducing News-Herald readers to the new teachers in the  Owen County School District, who  kindly responded to our questionnaire. This week we are featuring Maurice Bowling Middle School:

    Chassity D. Barker
    Hometown: Morehead, Ky.
    Subject/Grade(s) you’ll be teaching: 5th-8th grade art
    Educational background: Bachelor’s in studio art from Morehead State University; master’s of art in teaching from University of the Cumberlands

  • Committee working to form local alumni association

    A group of Owen County High School graduates have formed a steering committee which is working diligently to organize an alumni association for the school.  The idea was presented at a class reunion last year, and a Facebook group page was created in May of this year for graduates of OCHS that were interested in forming an alumni association.  The group page now has over 1100 members, and membership is growing weekly.

  • Owen County Montessori School officially opens

    Co-founders Emily Lofald and Ellie Petzinger welcomed their six registered students to the first day of school at Owen County Montessori on U.S. 127, south of Owenton. The initial group of students are in the 3- to 5-year old program and, for the first six weeks will be in the “phase in” stage, where they learn how to be courteous to others while in a classroom setting. Petzinger says they plan to start the 6- to 9-year-old program next year. 

  • County holds line on taxes

    Local taxpayers won’t see any changes on their upcoming tax bills following a decision to take the compensating rate from the Owen County Fiscal Court.
    The court voted to take the compensating rate at its Aug. 25 meeting.
    The rate for real property will remain at $0.1240; the motor vehicle tax at $0.1480; the personal property rate at $0.1340; the water craft rate at $0.1480 and the aircraft at $0.1480.
    The court also reviewed rates set for special districts, including soil conservation, library board, board of education and extension.

  • One injured after being struck by vehicle

    A woman in her early 50s has been transported to Frankfort Regional Medical Center after reportedly sustaining injuries from being struck by an oncoming vehicle.

Pam Hawkins was crossing the intersection of Hwy. 127 S. and Hwy. 22 E. when she was struck by the vehicle.
    Owenton City Police Officer Steve Miller said the vehicle was driven by Stacy Hudnall.

    Hawkins sustained injuries to her right leg.

    The incident took place at approximately 3:50 p.m.

  • Grant Co. man killed in 127 N. accident

    A 32-year-old Grant County man was killed Aug. 12  in a single-vehicle accident in Owen County.
    Jarrod Richardson of Dry Ridge was traveling south near the 1200 block of U.S. Hwy. 127 North when he rounded a curve and struck an embankment, according to Public Affairs Officer Josh Lawson of Kentucky State Police Post 5 in Campbellsburg.
    Lawson said Richardson was ejected from the vehicle, which traveled about 200 feet off the road before coming to a stop. Richardson was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Program to add safe places for kids in need

    At least once during the course of each school year, an Owen County student will find themselves in a situation where they have no place to go, said Becky Mefford, Owen County’s Youth Services Center director.
    For youth facing scary situations, designated Safe Places throughout Owen County could help make them feel more secure, Mefford said. She hopes at least 10 will be in place here by the end of the 2015-16 school year.

  • iLead students explore local culture

    With iPhones in hand and book bags on their backs, students from Carrollton’s iLead Academy descended Friday on Owen County for a scavenger hunt with a purpose.
    The students, who come from Owen, Henry, Carroll, Trimble and Gallatin counties, roamed the sidewalks of downtown Owenton, visiting the county clerk’s office, the county courthouse, the history museum and more in an effort to learn about their communities.
    The academy students have spent the past couple of Fridays on scavenger hunts in the different communities.

  • Introducing ... New faces at upper and lower elementary schools

    Editor’s note: Over the next three weeks, The News-Herald will be introducing its readers to the Owen County School District’s new teachers, who kindly responded to our questionnaires. This week we begin with the Owen County Lower and Upper Elementary Schools:

    Blair Baldwin
    Hometown: Owenton
    Subject/grade(s) you’ll be teaching: Community Learning Center (CLC) afterschool director

  • Historical Society News, Aug. 26, 2015

    Most came from Virginia and the Carolinas, but long before they crossed the Appalachian Mountains into Kentucky, many of these hearty pioneers immigrated from England, Scotland, Ireland and Germany.
    Their possessions were limited, but their wealth lay in their heritage, which was embraced in stories, legends, folklore and sayings that had been passed down for generations.
    Like all areas of Kentucky, Owen County had its own unique colloquialisms, yet many old-time sayings were familiar from one end of the state to the other.