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Local News

  • NIE Week: News-Herald reaches into local classrooms

    Each week, 27 classrooms in Owen County receive copies of the News-Herald. Teachers from the primary school through the high school use the papers each week to correlate everything from articles to classifieds into their weekly lessons.

    This week is National Newspapers in Education week. Each teacher who receives copies of the News-Herald is sponsored by individuals or businesses.

    Sharlena Young, a fifth-grade teacher at Owen County Elementary School, uses the copies she receives for several different subjects, including government and economics.

  • Second overtime leads to second straight title for Lady Rebels

    “It was crazy.”

    Those were the thoughts of Rianna Gayheart after Owen County captured its second straight 31st District Championship Friday night.

    Owen County defeated Carroll County 38-30 in double overtime to capture the title.

    The Lady Rebels had a shot to win at the end of regulation when Lauren Lowe got off a shot at the buzzer from just across half court. The ball hit the back of the rim and then seemed to hang there until it fell off.

  • State removing debris from Owen roadways

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 Superintendent Colby Criswell announced maintenance activities in Owen County through Friday.

    Crews will continue working with FEMA contractors removing trees and brush on state routes in Owen County.  Motorists are urged to watch for flaggers, lane closures and equipment.

  • Chief warns of burning restrictions

    In the last few days, the fire departments in Owen County have responded to numerous grass fires.

    During this dry season, the fire departments of Owen County urge all residents of Owen County to take extra precautions concerning fires.

    Local officials ask the public not to burn any trash, garbage, paper products, household rubbish, grass, leaves, brush or trees. Never throw matches or cigarette butts out of a moving vehicle or when you go walking.

  • Academic team earns spot at state competition

    Twice a week, every week, month after month, Owen County High School students gathered to perfect their craft.

    But instead of art or music, they strove toward perfection in disciplines such as science, math and literature. The hard work paid off when members of the OCHS Academic Team won the regional competition and earned a place in state competition.

  • City, county cleaning up storm damage

    The ice has melted, the snow has cleared and life is returning to normal after the biggest storm of the season. But when the storm moved on, it left a lot of damage behind.

    The troublesome tree limbs that were responsible for thousands of power outages have been left behind with nowhere to go.

  • After 38 years, Keith retires from area bank

    Michael Keith, who held the position of executive vice president and senior loan officer of the Owenton First Farmers Bank, has retired after 38 years of service.

    Keith began working at Farmers Bank in 1970 as a teller and held numerous positions throughout his 38 years.

    “I worked at about every capacity the bank had,” Keith said. “I was always going to school for it.”

    Keith is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.

  • Argument ends with brother getting stabbed

    An argument between brothers, quickly transformed into violence Thursday.

    According to Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond, an argument between Dean and Danny Thornton resulted in one brother in jail and the other in the hospital. Danny told the sheriff that Dean stabbed him in the back. Danny was able to get in his truck and drive a quarter mile to the home of Deputy Sheriff Brent Caldwell.

  • Wind storm leaves 5,000 in the dark

    The high-powered wind storm that rolled through Owen County last week left about 5,000 local residents temporarily without power.

    According to an Owen Electric Cooperative spokesperson, the power was restored to all customers in the service area by Thursday afternoon.

    The company had crews on standby during the duration of the storm to handle any subsequent outages.

    The company reminds residents that if a downed power line is spotted , stay away from the area and call (800)372-7612 to report the situation.

  • Carolyn Keith takes over

    Saying she was looking forward to the challenges ahead, Carolyn Keith was sworn in Thursday as the new judge-executive for Owen County.

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced the former circuit court clerk would assume the job following the resignation of Billy O’Banion.

    At a ceremony in the circuit courtroom, Keith was sworn in by Owen Circuit Court Judge Stephen Bates.