Local News

  • Illnesses spark concern at sheriff’s office

    The Owen County Sheriff’s office has become the center of an investigation of problems that are believed to be causing multiple illnesses within the facility.

    Employees at the sheriff’s office first believed the cause of illness to be mold, mildew or asbestos.

    The Department of Labor tested the facility July 8 after receiving a complaint from the Division of Compliance. The facility was tested inside and out. According to a report from the Department of Labor, no unusual circumstances were found.

  • Leadership alumni look to future

    The Owen County Leadership Alumni met March 3 to discuss an agenda that consisted of cleaning up the downtown area and building a Web site that will inform those looking to come to Owen County on how to begin a successful small business.

    The Leadership Alumni consists of a group of about 70 people who have graduated from the four leadership classes. Leadership is an eight-month program that covers everything from agriculture to entrepreneurship.

  • Arrests make law enforcement more watchful

    After two people were arrested for possession of heroin in Owen County, Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry is concerned the use of heroin may be on the rise in Owen County.

    The two arrests were made within days of each other.

    Eugene F. Wolpert was arrested on Feb. 28 and charged with first-degree possession of heroin.

    The second suspect, whose name is part of an ongoing investigation was arrested on March 2 and charged with first-degree possession of heroin.

    Gentry said two different kinds of heroin were found.

  • New Farmhouse Grill opens its doors

    When Trisha and Betty Richardson began their catering business last year, they never dreamed it would lead into opening their own restaurant, the Farmhouse Grill.

    Trisha and Betty Richardson are both natives of Owen County and took their first steps toward opening a restaurant when they began Your Menu Catering in 2008.

    When the location became available on Roland Avenue, the two jumped at the chance to start their own restaurant.

  • Thayer urges Republicans to stand up

    State Sen. Damon Thayer gave the Owen County Republican Party an update Thursday of what he has been working on during the 2009 legislative session, including the cigarette and packaged-liquor tax increase.

    Thayer, R-Georgetown, was recently re-elected as senator for the 17th district. He also serves as chairman for the Senate Committee on State and Local Government.

    Thayer thanked the Owen County Republican Party for supporting him during his campaign.

  • Chapman named deputy city clerk

    For Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier, the search has ended for a new deputy city clerk. Veronica Chapman was officially sworn in March 3.

    The deputy city clerk position became open after previous deputy Laura Aldridge was sworn in as city clerk.

    Wotier said there were at least 30 people who called or inquired about the job.

    Chapman, a 33-year-old Owen County native, said she felt like she would be well suited for the job because of her office experience.

  • Rebels win fourth district title

    To win the 31st District title, the Owen County Rebels would have to defeat a pair of rivals that have not been friendly as of late.

    Over the past couple of seasons, Gallatin County has had the upper hand against Owen County.

    Henry County has been tough on Owen County, beating the Rebels twice this year at the buzzer. The second time came back in January when the Wildcats sank a 40-footer at the horn to win the All “A” Classic.

    The Rebels’ climb to the top started Feb. 25 against Gallatin County.

  • Courthouse plans move forward

    The Owen County Justice Center is taking shape. The center is planned to reflect the design of the current courthouse.

    The plans presented at the project development board Monday are a starting point to fine-tune the layout.

    The plans feature three courtrooms, one each for district, circuit and family court. The family court, which takes up the entire second floor, will remain vacant until the budget is available for a family court judge.

  • 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.