Local News

  • State candidates to attend forum

    It might not be Fancy Farm, but the Owen County High School Civics Club hopes to encourage local residents to vote by hosting a political forum at 7 p.m. today.
    OCHS senior and civics club officer Connor Chancery said all statewide candidates were equally sought after, but many declined or had prior engagements.

  • PROFICIENT: OCHS earns high marks in statewide testing

    Statewide-standardized test scores were released recently and Owen County High School earned the title proficient.
    The goal after last year’s scores at the high school was 63.6, lower than the proficient cutoff of 70.2 for the 2014-2015 school year. The high school exceeded that by one point, scoring 71.2 and ranking in the 73rd percentile of all Kentucky schools.
    “It was pleasing [receiving the scores],” Superintendent Robert Stafford said. “We made good gains in college and career readiness and the end of course [assessments].”

  • Doctors could return within 45 days

    HealthPoint Family Care CEO Chris Goddard said patients of Owen County’s three doctors are making the trek to Florence for their healthcare, but he is hopeful to have the doctors back in the county within 45 days.
    Physicians Eric Baumann, Larry Johnson and Doug Smalara recently joined HealthPoint Family Care and are temporarily located in Florence.
    In a September press release, HealthPoint CEO Chris Goddard said it is the company’s intent to open an office in Owenton in the near future to return the physicians to their community.

  • Celebrating National Newspaper Week, Oct. 4-10, 2015

    What do a Confederate solider, a county judge and a state senator have in common?
    Each were former owners of what would become Owen County’s only newspaper, The News-Herald.
    As the nation celebrates National Newspaper Week, Oct. 4-10, we take a look back at Owen County’s long and storied newspaper history.
    Owen County’s newspaper history unfolds in New Liberty in 1868, when J.M. Clark established the county’s first newspaper, The Owen News.

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  • First annual BBQ & Bluegrass Jam to be held at Steepleview Farm

    If you’re a fan of pickin’ or sawing on strings, then the new BBQ & Bluegrass Jam in Poplar Grove could be the highlight of your weekend.
    The gates at the BBQ and Bluegrass Jam at Steepleview Farm will open at 12:30 p.m. and the entertainment goes from 1 p.m. until dark this Saturday. Marc Carey, who owns the Steepleview Farm, said the jam is a good opportunity for people to see the beauty of rural Owen County.

  • Kentucky author visits with MBMS students

    Owenton’s population could probably fit inside the Queens, New York apartment complex Alecia Whitaker now calls home, but she recollects her memories of growing up in Kentucky as an influence for her writing.  
    Whitaker, originally from Cynthiana, was invited to talk to seventh- and eighth-graders at the middle school. She talked about the writing process, telling an interesting, descriptive story and life in the Big Apple.
    “When I started writing, I wanted to write for Kentucky kids,” Whitaker said.

  • Fall harvest bountiful at Michels Family Farm

    The brightly colored pumpkins and gourds scattered across a wagon in Jeff Michels’ barn signify a bumper fall harvest and the changes in Owen County’s rural history.
    Like many Owen countians, Michels once grew tobacco, but said the increasing cost of fertilize and other supplies drove him to another venture.
    “I’d rather pick up pumpkins than cut tobacco any day,” Michels said. “And its turned out to be a pretty darn good year for pumpkins.”

  • Poe: Practice will remain open, staffed

    The New Horizons Family Practice will remain open and staffed, according to administrator Bernie Poe.
    The three physicians who previously staffed the clinic, Eric Baumann, Larry Johnson and Doug Smalara, have joined HealthPoint Family Care and will be seeing patients at HealthPoint’s Florence office, according to a press release sent out by HealthPoint last week.
    Poe said he has been receiving complaints that there are no doctors in town, but said the hospital and hospital emergency room remain staffed with physicians 24-7.