Local News

  • 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.

  • At the library - Aug. 26-Sept. 1

    September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Remember that a library card is the most important school supply of all. Snoopy is honorary chair for Library Card Sign-up Month 2015. Come see if you can find him at the library.
    This week’s suggestion for a mini-adventure in the library:  Adventure #6 – Chose a random CD, listen to it all the way through, write a critique. Got a kid and an hour? You have time for an adventure.

    Adult Exercise

  • In brief: Aug. 26, 2015

    Owen County Republicans to meet
    The Owen County Republican Party will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday. Those wishing to dine may arrive by 6:30 p.m. Results of the Aug. 22 vote of the Republican State Central Committee as to whether there will be a presidential caucus for Republicans and what that entails for our county party organization will be discussed. Some yard signs will be available.
    Movie to be held on courthouse lawn

  • At the library - Aug. 19-25

    This week’s suggestion for a mini-adventure in the library: Adventure #5 – Have everyone in the family find a poem in the poetry section, read it out loud and copy it into your journal. Got a kid and an hour? You have time for an adventure.

  • In brief: Aug. 19, 2015

    Movie to be held on courthouse lawn
    Movie night on the courthouse lawn will be held at dark, Aug. 29. The movie will be shown rain or shine. Don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket. Epoch Fellowship will provide free popcorn.

  • In his blood: McDonald learned operator trade from his father

    The following news article is reprinted from the News-Democrat as part of its “Carroll County At Work” series.


    Landmark News Service

  • Local public transit receives statewide Up and Coming award

    Owen County’s Public Transit program recently received the statewide Up and Coming Public Transit Award.
    The award was presented Aug. 12 to Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis during a Kentucky Public Transit conference in Lexington.