Local News

  • Boehner offers Owen County students insight into politics

    By Allison Dempsey
    For the News-Herald

    On Oct. 31, 26 Owen County High School students attended the University of Louisville to hear U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner.
    Boehner discussed the issues of jobs, the current economy, and the institution of the House. In company with Boehner were Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, U of L President James R. Ramsey, McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg, and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-KY.

  • Haunted house training

    The Owen County Search and Rescue’s haunted house took on a new function Wednesday when representatives of every fire department in Owen County took part in a training exercise designed to help firefighters find their way through a dark home filled with smoke. Fog machines were used to duplicate some of conditions that could be found in a burning home.

  • Perry Park honors vets

    Saturday, the Perry Park Resort Owner’s Association and the Perry Park Ladies Association co-hosted its first Veterans Day Celebration at the newly constructed Glenwood Hall Community Center.  
    Perry Park military, both those who have served and who have currently serving in the armed forces, were honored with a certificate of appreciation and personal recognition.  
    At the beginning of the ceremony, a blessing was conducted to dedicate the Serenity Garden Military area.

  • Gratz man and mystery machine to be focus of book

    By James A. Robey
    Curator Kentucky Water Fuel Museum
    An Owen County inventor who died 20 years ago continues to be of interest to alternative energy researchers around the world.
    John W. Gulley, the once well-known but mysterious genius from Gratz, would have turned 100 next year, and a book is being written in commemoration of his efforts to introduce a better way to propel our cars down the road. Proceeds from book sales will benefit the Owen County Historical Society.

  • Veterans to storm OCHS again

    For four years, Owen County High School students have gone above and beyond when it comes to honoring veterans — sticking with the motto “It’s their day.”
    The annual Veterans Day lunch and assembly began four years ago when then-sophomore Mary Kennedy began spearheading the event. During her senior year, Kennedy turned the reigns over to current OCHS senior Mattie Cook.

  • UK official tapped to speak at dinner

    Dr. M. Scott Smith, Dean of College of Agriculture and Human Environmental Services at the University of Kentucky, will speak to dozens of local businessmen and businesswomen at this year’s 12th annual Owen County Chamber of Commerce meeting.
    The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Owen County Extension Office.  

  • City looking to expand its borders with eye to future

    The Owenton City Council recently passed a motion to move forward with annexing three stretches of highway, for what Owenton Mayor Doug West called “future economic development.”
    The plan would annex Hwy. 22 East for 1.9 miles to the new Maurice Bowling Middle School; 127 South to the “Welcome to Owenton” sign; and 127 North to Old New Liberty Road.
    West said nothing but the roads would be annexed — from sidewalk to sidewalk.


    Friday night at Patterson Field was about one word — perfection.
    The fireworks were loaded and the T-shirts had been bought. All that was needed was for the Rebels to hold up their end of the bargain and finish the job they had started back in August.
    They did not disappoint.
    In the final regular season game of 2011, Owen County lit up the scoreboard against Ludlow, sort of. They made history by defeating the Panthers, 44-12.

  • Friends, board honors Evans

    A reception was held Friday at the Owen County Farm Bureau office to honor Fred Evans’ 15 years of service.  Evans, center, is pictured with Owen County Farm Bureau Board members Charles Mason, David Chappell, Sandy Bush, Pam Chappell, Wallace Bush, Ann Bush, and his wife, Lin Evans.

  • Public memorial to be held for Reinke

    Gallatin County resident Ed Reinke, an award-winning Associated Press photographer known for his striking news and sports pictures, died Oct. 18 following a head injury he received as he covered the Kentucky Speedway’s IndyCar race Oct. 2. He was 60 years old.