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Today's News

  • No. 9 (Male) - David Wainscott

    His teammates called him the “Old Man.”

    Why? They thought he was wise beyond his years.

    David Wainscott was a three-sport star at Owen County High School. He played football, basketball and baseball before he graduated in 1978. He was good at all three, but baseball may have been his best sport.

    Wainscott was a centerfielder who, according to his coach Ronnie Dunavent, was a smart player who could hit any pitcher he faced.

  • Golden anniversary on the green

    Before 1960 it was just a farm. There was a tobacco field, a corn field and livestock roaming the grounds.

    Fifty years later it has become a place much like the 1980’s sitcom “Cheers” where everyone knows your name.

  • DeCandia represents Owen on Capitol Hill

    Brittany DeCandia of Owenton was among the 86 high school students from across Kentucky who participated in the 39th annual Kentucky Rural Electric Washington Youth Tour held June 11-18, 2010, in Washington, DC. Selected on the basis of academic achievement, community involvement, and her participation in the Frankfort Youth Tour, DeCandia was sponsored by Owen Electric Cooperative.

  • No. 9 (Female) - Danielle Hoop

    The best may still be yet to come.

    It may be argued that someone still in high school does not belong on a list like this. When you look at what Danielle Hoop has accomplished, however, it is hard to not include her.

  • Good neighbors still come running

    I’ve always had a bit of a jaded attitude toward the world we live in.

    My parents, both part of the baby boom era, were older than the parents of the other kids in school. Both grew up on farms where work was something you did if you wanted to keep food on the table and clothes on your back.

    From the stories they’ve told all my life, neighbors were an integral part of day-to-day life. You shared what you had with your neighbor, though it may not be much, and you helped each other in whatever way you could.

  • Coming Home

    Descendants of Frank and Sallie Morton Ford gathered recently for a family reunion in Owenton. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ford were the builders of the Ford home on South Main Street in 1870. Current occupant is Peggy Sue Ford, widow of Dr. Charles R. Ford.

    The families of two of the Ford’s five children were represented: their daughter Sallie Ford Broadus (1860-1949), and their son, Col. Robert Carrick Ford (1862-1941).

  • Community says farewell to first fire chief

    At about 12:23 p.m. Tuesday, emergency radios across Owen County carried a solemn message.

    “Rest in peace, brother,” a voice on the radio said. “You will be missed.”

    Former Owenton/Owen County Fire Department chief, firefighter, and founding member of the department Walker T. Ellis passed away Thursday.

    Ellis, 84, served Owen County as a firefighter, battling flames and looking after his men for 35 years.

    Owenton Fire Chief David Lilly said Ellis was instrumental in getting the fire department to where it is now.

  • Fair time

    Many changes have taken place with the Owen County Fair this year.

    If you been by the fairgrounds lately, you will see construction going on.

    The fair board received a grant to renovate the existing exhibit building as well as adding a new addition. The new addition will have a kitchen, meeting room, storage area and an office.

    Also, three additional directors were added to the board: Melissa Bourne, Stephanie Howard and Lindsey Tirey.

  • Elk Creek Winery and the final frontier

    For those who say nothing ever happens in Owen County ... I almost knocked down William Shatner at Elk Creek Winery a few weeks ago.

    I was there to have lunch with Benjy Hamm, editorial director for Landmark Community Newspapers, the parent company of the News-Herald.

    We discussed business and, as always, had a great meal at the winery.

    After lunch, we walked around and visited the store.

  • Summer program brings hundreds to library

    There are many days that make me grateful to be a librarian in Owen County, but there are some days that just blow me away. Last Wednesday, June 23, was one of those days.

    Let me give you a little bit of context here. Summer reading programming always creates excitement and makes our library a busy place, and this summer is no exception. 

    Over 330 children and adults are signed up to participate in our programs, and since the beginning of June, over 70 new library cards have been issued.