Local News

  • Beshear and Williams develop deeper divisions in final debate as Galbraith plays off their contrasts

    By Al Cross
    University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications
    In their final encounter before next Tuesday’s election, a debate televised statewide on Halloween, the candidates for governor ramped up their attacks and developed deeper contrasts on a range of issues.

  • Lathrem named finalist in pageant

    Marlee Lathrem competed against 85 girls at the 2011 Kentucky County Fair State Pageant in Louisville Oct. 21-22 and was chosen as a top 15 finalist representing Gallatin County. Marlee represented Gallatin County due to winning its county fair pre-teen pageant in June 2011.  She is the daughter of Brian and Rita Lathrem and is in the seventh grade at Maurice Bowling Middle School.

  • Kicking off contest

    Owen County Primary School kicked off the Kentucky Farm Bureau and Kentucky Soil Conservation Poster Contest with an assembly. Crystal New, a second-grade teacher at OCPS, invited Andrew Whittle and Vanita Bright from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife to take part in the event.

  • Senior Salute

    Seniors from the Owen County High School band and cheerleading squad were honored Friday before the Rebels’ football game. First Picture: The senior cheerleaders recognized were (from left to right) Shelby Ogden, Jenna Harris, and Leah Forsee. Second picture: The band seniors include Lee Lancaster and Thein Hoang. Band senior Holly Boillard was unavailable.

  • Showing support

    First Farmers Bank presents a check for $750 to officials from Owen County High School as part of the bank’s annual Touchdown Challenge which gives the school $10 for each first down made during the regular season. Pictured are (from left to right) TJ Wesselman, Owen County High School athletic director, First Farmers Marketing Business Coordinator Glenn Bailey and Owen County High School Principal Danny Osborne.


  • Halloween Heroes

    The streets of Owenton were filled Monday night with witches, cowboys, aliens and super-heroes as kids of all ages took part in trick-or-treat.

  • Rediscovering the dead

    At first glance, an acre of land on Claxon Ridge Road looks like any other vacant lot — overgrown with trees and shrubbery — but upon inspection, over 150 years worth of history can be found there.
    The acre of land was the final resting place of over 100 Owen countians – including the great-great-grandparents of Christina Rice, a member of the Owen County Historical Society who is hoping to clean up the cemetery and preserve its history for generations to come.

  • Study finds 10 percent of all Owen County income comes from Social Security

    By Bill Bishop and
    Roberto Gallardo
    The Daily Yonder for the News-Herald
    If Owen County residents didn’t receive their monthly payments from the Social Security Administration, 10.0 percent of total personal income in the county would be lost — a total of $27,614,572 in 2009.

  • Court adopts new rules for county workers

    County employees now have an updated administrative code to follow.
    The Owen County Fiscal Court held a second reading on the updated administrative code during its Oct. 25 meeting.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said there were no major changes to the code, but it now more closely follows state guidelines.
    Under the changes, new disciplinary procedures have been implemented, but Keith said they are recommended and do not have to be followed. The procedure gives employees a verbal and written warning; suspension with or without pay; and dismissal.

  • KSU to host aquaculture field day and workshop

    Kentucky State University’s Division of Aquaculture will hold an Aquaculture Field Day and Workshop Saturday at the Aquaculture Research Center, located at 103 Athletic Road in Frankfort.
    Registration begins at 9 a.m., and talks begin at 9:20 a.m. The registration fee is $9.
    Experts will provide tips on selling fish in local markets, discuss new innovative technologies being used to raise fish and shrimp, and update participants on a number of different species.
    Thirteen aquaculture and aquatic biology scientists will present their research findings.