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Today's News

  • Owen Historical Society News: Newspapers reflected a prosperous community

    “To look at the (news) paper is to raise a seashell to one’s ear and to be overwhelmed by the roar of humanity.”

    These words by Swiss author Alain de Botton described the undeniable influence a newspaper has upon its readers.
    Newspapers have been a part of our daily life for centuries. They were not only an avenue of advertisement and of distributing information to the public, but were also a means of providing entertainment through satire or storytelling.

  • Ryan Quarles: New budget includes teacher, state pay hikes

    This past Monday, I was proud to vote for a responsible biennial budget which includes higher funding for Owen County schools and pay increases for our hard working state employees as well as our teachers.  
    As the 2014 General Assembly winds down, the budget process yielded a two year plan that raises the K-12 education SEEK base from $3,827 to $3,981 by 2016.  The budget also provides funds to increase internet bandwidth and school safety.

  • Owen County District Court - March 28, 2014

    Autumn L. Darrell, 1993, tampering with physical evidence, first-degree possession of heroin, drug paraphernalia, preliminary hearing held, probably cause found to transfer to grand jury.
    James House, 1977, flagrant non-support, two counts of contempt of court, preliminary hearing held, probable cause found to transfer to grand jury.
    James C. House, 1977, theft by unlawful taking, continued to April 10.
    Trellises vs. Jimmy Boling, motion for default judgment, granted.

  • Pitch Perfect

    Three students from Owen County schools received distinguished ratings at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble event held March 22 at Twenhofel Middle School in Independence. Noah Malcomb, right, a seventh grader at Maurice Bowling Middle School, received the rating for his French horn performance.  Freshman Nicole Walker, center, was distinguished on her clarinet, while sophomore Kirsten Parker, left,  received the same honor on flute.

  • Lady Rebels fall to Lady Bearcats

    The Owen County High School Lady Rebels played just one game last week.
    The team hosted Walton-Verona March 26. The Lady Bearcats won the game 5-1.
    The loss dropped the Lady Rebels to 0-2 on the season.
    Owen County will be back on the field on Friday at Grant County.
    They will be at home on Monday and Tuesday as they take on Gallatin County and Carroll County high schools.
    They will be the first two 31st District games of the season.
    Carroll County defeated Owen County twice last season.

  • Rebels sparkle on diamond

    After a tough start to last week, the Owen County High School baseball team finished strong.
    The Rebels began March 24 by traveling to take on Harrison County High School on Monday evening.
    The Thorobreds won the 10th Region title a year ago and reached the quarterfinals of the state tournament.
    Things would not go well for the Rebels as the Thorobreds would defeat Owen County 15-5.
    The team would remain on the road on March 27 as they made their way to Eminence to take on the Warriors.

  • Owen County students selected to join National Beta Club

    The Owen County High School Beta Society induction ceremony took place  March 18.
    Thirty-three new members were recognized and sworn into the society by chairman Randy Bishop and Mark McDaniel.
     Members are required to maintain a 3.25 or higher GPA. Members are also required to serve volunteer hours their junior and senior years. For eight volunteer hours, members will receive their black cords and 16 volunteer hours, members will receive both black and gold cords to be worn at graduation.

  • Legal ordinance fails to be published

    The City of Owenton has failed to publish at least one of its completed ordinances in The News-Herald, a violation of state law.
    The Owenton City Council approved an ordinance regulating the use of golf carts on city streets in January.
    The ordinance was never sent to the News-Herald for publication.

  • Murder case sparks second plea bargain

    A second man has plead guilty to lesser charges in the 2012 murder of a Franklin County man whose body was dumped on the side of Interstate 64.
    James Simons, 37, of Grant County, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence.
    Simons’ trial began March 17 but ended early on March 18 in a plea agreement.
    Simons was sentenced the same day to 25 years in prison. He will have to serve 17 years of his sentence before he will be eligible for parole.

  • Grant will fund monthly help for Owen Co. hungry

    The First Christian Church of Owenton has accepted a grant from the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank to continue distributing food over the next three years in hopes of becoming a partnering agency with the Foodbank.
    The church had been distributing food four times a year, but with the grant will now distribute the third Saturday of every month through March 2015.
    After March 2015, a new schedule will be put into place.