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Today's News

  • Newspaper to change online content policy

    Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 23, the News-Herald’s website, www.owentonnewsherald.com, will become a subscription-based news and information site.
    We’ll offer our valued newspaper subscribers complete access to all of the news and features currently in our print product, plus a number of online-only features such as videos, slideshows, reader interaction and more. A digital version of every issue of the newspaper will also be available to subscribers online.

  • Annual Owenton fund-raiser to battle heart defects to be held Feb. 19

    Each year, God’s Special Little Hearts helps dozens of families deal with the pains of congenital heart defects, and the upcoming CHD walk will keep the organization up and running throughout 2011.
    The sixth annual Walk for Awareness of CHDs will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Owenton First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
    Chairperson of God’s Special Little Hearts Katie Columbia said the walk began in 2006 to show support of other families who may have a child or grandchild suffering from a CHD.

  • Owenton business owners question city tax

    Several local business owners attended the Feb. 1 Owenton City Council meeting seeking more information on a net-profit tax established under former Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier.
    Although some business owners attending the meeting said they were not aware of the tax, Owenton Mayor Doug West said it has been in effect for several years.
    According to the city ordinance, the tax is a 1-percent levy on net profit from business conducted in the city by a resident or a nonresidential business entity.

  • Holding the evidence

    A Wheatley man has been arrested after allegedly breaking down a door at the Owen County Sheriff’s Office and stealing several items from inside.
    Owenton Police Officer Gary Alcorn said state road crew workers called the police during the early hours of Saturday morning to report a man standing in the middle of West Seminary Street, holding an armload of junk, unwilling to move.
    Chad A. Perkins, 27, was arrested for alcohol intoxication in a public place and taken to the sheriff’s office to be booked.

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  • Hear the story of the U.S. Civil War from a ‘veteran’

    It’s been called the War of Northern Aggression, the Civil War, the War Between the States, and the War of Rebellion. Perhaps the most poignant name given to this tragic time in our country’s history is the Boys’ War. Boys, some as young as 12 and from all areas of the country — including Owen County — joined the fight. Although they were familiar with firearms and their bodies were hardened by toil, nothing could prepare these young men for the carnage, disease, and devastation wrought by war. Owen countians James Mason, W.E.

  • ‘Let me live long enough get bored’

    I haven’t seen her in 30 years. I doubt she’s still alive. Yet a month never passes that I don’t think about Mattie.
    We met at a Weight Watchers class in Ashland, Ky. I’d recently lost 40 post-pregnancy pounds, and fearful I’d backslide, I stepped forward to become a Weight Watchers lecturer. With the fervor of the newly converted, I set out on an evangelical mission to save northeastern Kentucky and nearby West Virginia from the demons of obesity.

  • Patients find rehabilitation opportunities close to home

    When Katie Ashcraft tripped in a manhole and wrenched her back during a visit to Knoxville last summer she anticipated going out of town to visit doctors and orthopedic specialists in order to regain full use of her leg.
    But Ashcraft, of Owenton, soon learned that she could receive all the care and rehabilitation services she needed right here at home.
    “I originally injured my back in high school doing gymnastics and cheerleading,” Ashcraft explained. “This summer, when I fell into a manhole, I aggravated the old injury and it required physical therapy.”

  • Sixth-annual Walk for Awareness to be held Feb. 19

    The Sixth Annual Walk for Awareness of CHDs will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Owenton First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
    Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the following:
    Noon-1 Elizabeth Steward
    1-2 Robin Stephenson
    2-3 Bodie McKinley
    3-4 CHD Recognition Walk
    4-5 David Pitt
    5-5:30 Connie Hon
    5:30-6:15 David Stahl
    6:15-7 Journey’s End

  • ‘The living proof of hope’

    Each year, 40,000 babies in the United States are born with a congenital heart defect. Four thousand of these babies do not live to see their first birthday. But one Owenton man says there’s always hope.
    “I’m living proof of hope,” 46-year-old Jerry Smith said.
    Smith was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a CHD that can cause poor development, failure to gain weight, passing out and sudden death.