Local News

  • Owen grand jury indicts alleged copper culprits

    Two Owen County men were recently indicted after allegedly stealing copper wire from several barns around the community.
    Bud C. Smith, 36 and Justin L. Smith, 20, were each charged with five counts of third-degree burglary and five counts of unlawful taking or disposition of property with a value of $500 or more.
    The incidents began taking place in November 2010 and continued through Jan. 25.

  • End of an era

    After carrying passengers from Owen County to Henry County and back for 80 years, the Gratz bridge was blasted Tuesday, leaving only a memory and some worry behind.
    The iconic Gratz bridge on KY 22, with its distinctive appearance, was a landmark in the community since it opened in 1931. Officials with the Kentucky Department of Transportation said the “Warren through truss” construction of the bridge was based on a 1848 design.
    Given the age of the old bridge, a replacement project was added to the Kentucky State Highway Road Plan in 2000.

  • A tide rises against wet petition

    A petition in favor of a wet-dry vote in Owen County began circulating last month. Subsequently,  the Owen County Baptist Association began taking action to prevent changes to the current laws against the sale of alcoholic beverages.
    President of the Owen County Baptist Association and pastor of Beech Grove Baptist Church Steve Delaney presented the petition to the Owen County Fiscal Court at its regular meeting Feb. 8.
    Delaney said the petition against the wet-dry vote had garnered the support of 1,028 people.

  • Crash claims life of Owenton man

    An automobile accident early Thursday morning has left one Owen County man dead and injured another.
    According to Kentucky State Police in Campbellsburg, the single-vehicle accident  happened at approximately 5 a.m. Thursday in the northbound lane of Sweet Owen Road when the driver of a vehicle apparently failed to negotiate a curve.
    The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree and a fence.
    Zachary S. Asher, 26, from Owenton, was pronounced dead at the scene by Owen County Coroner Lannis Garnett.

  • Clarifying who can sign wet-dry petition

    In the print edition of the News-Herald. it was stated that names on the wet-dry petition would be checked to make sure the signees voted in the last general election. This is incorrect.
    To take part in the petition, signees must be been registered to vote in Owen County. They do not have to have voted in the last election.
    The signatures will only be checked to make sure voters registered in Owen County took part in the petition drive.
    We apologize for any confusion.

  • State recognizes bicentennial anniversary of massive New Madrid earthquake

    By David Lilly
    Owen County Emergency Services

  • A man on a mission

    After a medical mission trip to Haiti, an Owen County pastor said he now has a whole new outlook on America.
    Pastor Brad Vincent of New Columbus Baptist Church and 20 others boarded a plane in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 15 for Haiti, only days after the one-year anniversary of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake ravaged the country.
    The group consisted of doctors and nurses from all over the country, including team leader Amanda Borchers, a member of New Columbus Baptist Church.

  • Newspaper to change online content policy

    Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 23, the News-Herald’s website, www.owentonnewsherald.com, will become a subscription-based news and information site.
    We’ll offer our valued newspaper subscribers complete access to all of the news and features currently in our print product, plus a number of online-only features such as videos, slideshows, reader interaction and more. A digital version of every issue of the newspaper will also be available to subscribers online.

  • Annual Owenton fund-raiser to battle heart defects to be held Feb. 19

    Each year, God’s Special Little Hearts helps dozens of families deal with the pains of congenital heart defects, and the upcoming CHD walk will keep the organization up and running throughout 2011.
    The sixth annual Walk for Awareness of CHDs will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Owenton First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
    Chairperson of God’s Special Little Hearts Katie Columbia said the walk began in 2006 to show support of other families who may have a child or grandchild suffering from a CHD.

  • Owenton business owners question city tax

    Several local business owners attended the Feb. 1 Owenton City Council meeting seeking more information on a net-profit tax established under former Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier.
    Although some business owners attending the meeting said they were not aware of the tax, Owenton Mayor Doug West said it has been in effect for several years.
    According to the city ordinance, the tax is a 1-percent levy on net profit from business conducted in the city by a resident or a nonresidential business entity.