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  • 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.

  • Unknown substance dumped on 127 property

    What was believed to be someone sleeping in an 18-wheeler has turned into a big mess for local officials.
    Officials say the 18-wheeler dumped an unknown substance on property owned by Fiat Lux, LLC., located at 8350 Highway 127 North.
    Officials are now working with the state to figure out what the substance is and if it could pose any danger.
    Owen County Emergency Management Director David Lilly said a nearby resident called the sheriff’s office Thursday evening to report what they thought was someone sleeping in an 18-wheeler.

  • Ellis to take over judge's office Jan. 5

    With a family history deeply rooted in Owen County politics and an eye toward the future, second-district magistrate Casey Ellis has spent the past month preparing to officially take over the county’s highest elected position Jan. 5.
    Ellis, a two-term Owenton City Councilman and one term magistrate, said he has worked closely with Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith to learn the day-to-day operations of the judge’s office.

  • Moving forward
  • Child taken from home after KSP discovers meth lab

    Two people were arrested Tuesday, Dec. 9 after Kentucky State Police Troopers discovered a meth lab at an Owen County home.
    Upon a request for assistance from Owen County Social Services, Troopers went to the home at 125 Dogwood Drive.  When they arrived at the home, no contact was made. 
    However, Troopers smelled a strong chemical odor coming from the residence.  A search warrant was obtained and a search of the home led to the discovery of a meth lab. 

  • Group hopes churches will join effort to combat drug addiction

    A subcommittee of the Owen County Health Collaborative has formed in hopes of keeping local kids in the church and away from drugs.
    Shanna Osborne, who has been involved in the effort, said the subcommittee has also received help from the Owen County Health Collaborative, which is led by Three Rivers District Health Department.
    As a group, $7,000 has been received in grant money  to focus on reaching out to children in an effort to keep them away from drugs.

  • Burglary charge leads to indictment

    The Owen County grand jury met Dec. 2 and handed down the following indictment:
    Richard Wells III, 31, on the charges of third-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking or disposition of property with a value under $500.

  • County, city approve alcohol-related ordinances

    The maximum fee for an alcohol license from the county judge’s office was approved at the Owen County Fiscal Court’s Nov. 25 meeting.
    The court held a second reading on a regulatory ordinance at its Nov. 25 meeting and set the licensing fee at $1,400 per year.
    In a first reading of the ordinance, the fee was set at $800, but first-district magistrate Asa Phillips suggested the fee be set at the maximum amount.

  • Be an angel this holiday season

    The holiday season has arrived and with it comes the opportunity to become an angel to a child in need.
    Over 50 tags have been placed on this year’s angel tree, located at the News-Herald office.
    “We try to do this as a community effort,” Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences Judy Hetterman said. “We want to serve the families that need help and make sure that they don’t get double sponsored, or not sponsored at all.”
    The tag lists the child’s most needed item, which is typically clothing.

  • Hall to serve as parade's grand marshal

    At 102-years-old, Lucy Smoot Hall can still be found at the beauty shop getting her hair done every Friday morning, but Sunday she will be front and center at the Owen County Christmas Parade.
    Hall will serve as the parade’s grand marshal, when the community kicks off the Christmas season Sunday.
    This year’s parade theme is “Christmas Melodies,” which Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences Judy Hetterman said is the same as last year’s cancelled parade.