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  • New ISO ratings could mean lower insurance rates

    Property owners in Owen County could see lower insurance premiums, thanks to an independent analysis of fire protection released Monday.
    The Insurance Service Organization (ISO), recently moved the Owen County Volunteer Fire Department from a Class 8B to Class 05/5X.
    Owen County Fire Chief Robb Chaney announced the new rating Monday evening during the department’s monthly business meeting.
    The ISO ranks communities every four to five years.

  • Monterey heritage helped inspire tie-dye creativity

    From Switzerland to Bronx, N.Y. and all points in between, tie-dye lovers have a little piece of Owen County to showcase, thanks to Earthshine Tie Dye, a New Liberty-based side business operated by Jon Figgins and Jenny Urie.
    Figgins, a maintenance man for Owen County Schools, and Urie, a sophomore history teacher at Owen County High School, began the venture about eight years ago. Today, their wares can be found across the United States, as well as in countries like Australia and Germany.

  • Holiday Marketplace encouraging ‘shop local’

    With the holiday season quickly approaching, towns across America are encouraging citizens to “shop local.”
    The Owen County Chamber of Commerce hopes its upcoming Holiday Marketplace will drive residents to purchase their Christmas gifts from an array of homegrown artisans and direct-sales vendors.
    Slated for 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, at Owen County High School, the event is the brainchild of the chamber’s executive board, with Jenni Duncan, Sarah Cobb, Dave Jones and Dawn Davis at the helm.

  • Handcrafted flag cases help memorialize indigent soldiers

    It all began with an indigent soldier’s funeral at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery. With only a handful of people in attendance, Joe Montgomery soon sought a new way to honor and respect soldiers like this indigent one.

  • Students recognize sacrifices made by local veterans

    “Welcome students, teachers, faculty, staff, guests and most importantly, the veterans who are in attendance,” Civics Club President Madelin Shelton began as the Owen County High School gymnasium quieted down. Weeks have been used to plan out this moment where students, staff and the community could come together for the same cause.
    Owen County Schools held a Veterans Day Program Friday in honor of all of the Veterans located in and around Owen County.

  • Air Force veteran takes special flight in Louisville

    By Marlene Browning-Wainscott
    Special to the News-Herald

  • Community Events | November 15, 2017

    What’s Cooking Wednesday?

    What’s Cooking Wednesday will be held at 1:30 p.m., today, at the Owen County Extension Office. You will learn about food preparation techniques, food safety and new recipes for your family. Please call the extension office to register at (502) 484-5703.

    Owen County Retired Teachers Association announces upcoming events

  • At the Library | November 15, 2017

    If you are on Medicare, it is good to have a review of your Part D drug plan and your advantage plan. You could save some money as plans change every year. We are offering expert help in navigating the morass that is Medicare every Monday during the month of November. Call (502) 484-3450 to make an appointment.
    On display at the library through December is The Illustrated Word, art work produced by Kentucky artists relating to the written word. Come in and treat yourself to some eye candy.


  • Local extension agent receives national award

    Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science Judy Hetterman is no stranger to accolades. During her 39-year tenure with Kentucky’s extension service, her awards and recognition have been plentiful.
    Hetterman’s hard work and dedication to the service recently paid off once more, this time in the way of a first-place award from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
    Hetterman competed against 15 other agents nationwide for the Communications Photography Award.

  • Cemetery at Squiresville set to receive makeover from OCES students

    Off the beaten path may be the up and coming way to gather and protect family histories in Owen County.
    While many family histories can be found in old books or the internet, many others can be found in family cemeteries. These cemeteries hold years of family decedents that can help draw a bigger and better family tree for the remaining members of their family.
    As family cemeteries grow older, many are left to nature and become overgrown or destroyed.