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Today's News

  • Owen County girl to compete in spelling bee

    Brittany Schaub of Owen County will compete in the Kentucky State Spelling Bee Saturday at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville.

    Schaub is one of approximately 60 Kentucky and Southern Indiana youngsters who will participate in one of the major events of the Kentucky Derby Festival.

    The state winner will receive a U.S. Savings Bond valued at $10,000 upon maturity, a trophy, the latest edition of the Merriam Webster collegiate dictionary and a $25 amazon.com gift card.

  • Lady Rebels stumble over regional roadblock

    Owen County and Oldham County know how to play close games.

    The previous two contests were decided in the final seconds. The Lady Colonels won in 2008 by two points on the final shot of the game while the Lady Rebels squeaked out a three-point win earlier this year in the closing seconds.

    On March 3 in Crestwood, the two teams again squared off in a close encounter. On this night, both teams were looking to advance to the semifinals of the 8th Region Tournament.

  • Thayer urges Republicans to stand up

    State Sen. Damon Thayer gave the Owen County Republican Party an update Thursday of what he has been working on during the 2009 legislative session, including the cigarette and packaged-liquor tax increase.

    Thayer, R-Georgetown, was recently re-elected as senator for the 17th district. He also serves as chairman for the Senate Committee on State and Local Government.

    Thayer thanked the Owen County Republican Party for supporting him during his campaign.

  • Bearcats derail Rebels’ regional tourney run

    Heading into Monday night’s game with Anderson County the Owen County Rebels had already done something no other team since 1996 had done. They had won a first round game in the 8th Region Tournament. If Owen County could beat the region’s top team they would equal the feat of that ’96 team by reaching the 8th Region Finals.

    The Rebels almost did not reach Monday night. They had to overcome themselves and hang on in overtime to beat Grant County last Wednesday night in the first round.

  • Thanks to Katey’s Angels

    As most of you probably know, on the morning of Jan. 22 my daughter was in a horrific car accident. She had left, as she did every morning, wondering if I liked her shirt, if her hair looked OK and could I grab her a snack for breakfast. In less than five minutes after she left, a friend of hers called me and said, “Katey has been in an accident.” It took me seconds to be out the door and to her.

  • Chapman named deputy city clerk

    For Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier, the search has ended for a new deputy city clerk. Veronica Chapman was officially sworn in March 3.

    The deputy city clerk position became open after previous deputy Laura Aldridge was sworn in as city clerk.

    Wotier said there were at least 30 people who called or inquired about the job.

    Chapman, a 33-year-old Owen County native, said she felt like she would be well suited for the job because of her office experience.

  • Rebels win fourth district title

    To win the 31st District title, the Owen County Rebels would have to defeat a pair of rivals that have not been friendly as of late.

    Over the past couple of seasons, Gallatin County has had the upper hand against Owen County.

    Henry County has been tough on Owen County, beating the Rebels twice this year at the buzzer. The second time came back in January when the Wildcats sank a 40-footer at the horn to win the All “A” Classic.

    The Rebels’ climb to the top started Feb. 25 against Gallatin County.

  • All good things ...

    For the last month I have been living two very different lives. One as a newspaper reporter and the other as a student at Lexington Theological Seminary. I have realized I cannot do both and do them both well.

    It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to leave the staff of the News-Herald. While I am looking forward to this new path in my life, it is sad to see my time as a reporter come to an end.

  • Courthouse plans move forward

    The Owen County Justice Center is taking shape. The center is planned to reflect the design of the current courthouse.

    The plans presented at the project development board Monday are a starting point to fine-tune the layout.

    The plans feature three courtrooms, one each for district, circuit and family court. The family court, which takes up the entire second floor, will remain vacant until the budget is available for a family court judge.

  • Uncle Al, Jessica and pageants

    A few thoughts ...

    When a local person is invited to participate in a beauty pageant, it’s usually pretty big news.

    If one of our local ladies was asked to strut her stuff in an important competition, the News-Herald would devote a lot of ink to it – pictures, a nice story, reaction from mom and dad – stuff like that.

    Well, one Owen County resident was recently asked to take their place among dozens of beautiful, smart, ambitious young women.

    But other than this mention, the News-Herald won’t be covering the event.