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  • Fire breaks out at Owen County Upper Elementary School

    A fire in the library of the Owen County Upper Elementary School was quickly extinguished Jan. 7.
    Kentucky State Police confirmed that the fire began after an 8-year-old student found a book of matches in the library.
    According to Trooper Mitchel Hazelett, the student lit one of the matches and did not know how to put it out. The student dropped the match on the floor, causing damage to an area of carpeting, measuring about four by six feet.

  • 2013 annexation called into question

    The annexation of several roads into the City of Owenton has been called into question by local officials.
    The annexation, which was given a second reading by the Owenton City Council in June 2013, was discussed at the Jan. 6 council meeting.
    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier said procedurally the annexation was done correctly, but the issue lies within just how far the city can go.

  • Athletic hall of fame brings back memories for inductees

    It was a night that honored the past and looked ahead to the future at Floyd E. Gritton Gymnasium.
    The inaugural class of the Owen County Athletics Hall of Fame was inducted on Friday night before the basketball teams took on Henry County.
    Thirteen former athletes and coaches were recognized in a special ceremony.
    Athletic Director, T.J. Wesselman, welcomed everyone to the event and spoke briefly about how he was proud to be a part of “Rebels Nation” on such a special night.

  • Longest sitting circuit judge in Kentucky served Owen well

    BY JAMIE BAKER-NANTZ
    Landmark News Service

    Stephen Bates is used to working while working out.
    For the last 29 years, he spent hours on his exercise bike with a circuit court case from Grant, Owen or Carroll counties in his hand.
    Bates, of Dry Ridge, was the longest sitting circuit judge in Kentucky. Last year, he opted not to seek another term.

  • Possible electrical fire destroys mobile home

    What is being called a “possible electrical fire” destroyed a mobile home last week.
    The fire took place Dec. 31, at 36 Mason Estates off Fortner Ridge Road.
    Owen County Fire Chief Robb Chaney said the trailer was a total loss.
    The Red Cross and Owen Electric were called to the scene of the fire.
    The Owenton/Owen County, Monterey, Jonesville and Corinth fire departments responded to the fire, as well as Owen County EMS and the Owen County Sheriff’s Office.
     

  • A hall of fame moment for Owen County

    The Owen County Athletics Department is planning to roll out the maroon carpet on Friday night.
    The inaugural class of the Owen County Athletics Hall of Fame will be enshrined at 6 p.m. Friday before the start of a boy-girl doubleheader against Henry County.
    Owen County High School Athletics Director T.J. Wesselman says having the hall of fame is a dream come true for him and he is excited about what is going to take place on Friday night.

  • New opportunity for Owen farmers on the rise

    For years people have pondered which came first, the chicken or the egg. But for local farmers, thousands of dollars in their pockets could begin with a flock of free-range chickens.
    The Indiana-based Egg Innovations has already begun setting up shop in Owen County and the company’s president, John Brunquell, said he hopes to contract with 10 local farmers by the end of 2015.

  • Kay's Branch News, Dec. 31: Christmas is wonderful chaos on the Branch

    Christmas 2014 is now a memory.
    All the Brachiates survived. I had all my immediate family here on Christmas afternoon.
    They started arriving about 1:30 p.m. Ann, John and Charity came down to help with the food and set up for the brunch after the handing out of the presents.
    Teri and Ray came soon after that. Sarah and her husband were already here. They came on Tuesday.

  • 2014 obituaries

    The following obituaries appeared inside The News-Herald this year:

    Carl L. Alexander, 88, passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, in Corinth.
    Bobby C. Atha, 80, of Frankfort, passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at his residence.
    Alberta Faye Collins, 57, passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at the Grant County Hospice Center.
    Margaret Lynn “Margie” Hall, 60, of Owenton, passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at the New Horizons Medical Center.

  • 2014: A year's worth of change

    As another year passes, The News-Herald looks back on 12 months worth of news. Many of the events that took place over the last 12 months will shape the future of Owen County for years to come.
    The year began with bitterly cold temperatures, and many in the county were left without water for days.
    The May Primary Election took shape at the end of January, and the election itself brought few surprises.