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Today's News

  • Gratz wet-dry election slated for Jan. 10

    Only weeks after a countywide wet-dry election failed to pass, a petition was filed at the Owen County Clerk’s Office for an election to be held to vote on the question, “Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in the City of Gratz?”
    Owen County Clerk Laurel P. Stivers and Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis verified the petition, filed Nov. 1. Ellis issued an executive order Nov. 29, setting the date of the election for Jan. 10.

  • Making the case for needle exchange in Owen County

    A year after its first syringe access exchange program (SAEP) discussion with the Owen County Fiscal Court, Three Rivers District Health Department made another plea for the program at the court’s Nov. 22 meeting.
    A last-minute deal reached on Senate Bill 192 at the end of the 2015 legislative session in Frankfort included a provision for regional health departments to oversee needle exchanges, but before an exchange can start, they have to receive approval from city and county governments.

  • Owen County Schools once again named number one in energy savings

    First, Mr. Kentucky Basketball and then Principal of the Year; once again Owen County School District has received statewide recognition by ranking number one in energy savings.
    A report from the School Energy Managers Program (SEMP) said in the last 7 years, 98 percent of Kentucky school districts have reduced their energy use, totaling a savings of $123 million.

  • Wreaths to be placed at Kentucky veterans cemeteries

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    Kentuckians can join family, friends and volunteers placing wreaths on headstones at Kentucky’s four state veterans cemeteries on the next two Saturdays. The ceremonies to express holiday gratitude for the veterans who have passed will be open to the public, a state news release said.
    Thanks to donations from civic and veterans organizations and local businesses and individuals, every headstone and each columbarium section at all four Kentucky state veterans cemeteries will receive a wreath with ceremonies at the following times:

  • Chamber honors longtime Owen Co. businesses

    The 2016 Owen County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year and Businessperson of the Year share a common bond: both have aided in providing local children with a safe place to have fun.
    The Businessperson of the Year award was given to Gilbert England, owner of Fairway Golf Course in Wheatley. The Business of the Year was awarded to Family Billiards.
    Owen County Chamber of Commerce Vice President Carolyn Keith presented this year’s awards.

  • Board discusses possible Narcan use on school grounds

    A discussion to put Narcan in district schools was met with concern from Owen County School Board members at its Nov. 21 meeting.
    Surrounding school districts are discussing keeping the opiate antidote often used to reverse the effects of heroin on school grounds, according to Owen County School Superintendent Rob Stafford.
    In her introduction to the topic, Owen County Director of District-Wide Programs Joretta Crowe mentioned that other districts are leaning toward not keeping the lifesaving drug on campus.

  • Angel Tree gifts due to newspaper office by Dec. 14

    When making your Christmas shopping list this year, don’t forget to add an angel.
    Twenty-nine tags hang on the Angel Tree this year at the News-Herald office, located at 154 W. Bryan St., Owenton, representing Owen County children in need.
    Each tag contains information about a local child, and clothes and shoe sizes. Angel Tree gifts should be wrapped and returned to the News-Herald office by Wednesday, Dec. 14, with the Angel Tree tag attached to the gift.

  • KSP arrest man on sexual abuse charges

    A 26-year-old Owen County man was arrested Nov. 15, after he allegedly sexually abused a 13-year-old boy, according to Kentucky State Police.
    Daniel Raymond Dowdy, 26, is charged with second-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse, and prohibited use of electronic communications to procure a minor or peace officer for sexual abuse. All three charges are felonies, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Joshua Lawson.

  • A century’s worth of history

    It was the third year of World War I. President Woodrow Wilson had secured his re-election. The advent of the internet was still over 50 years away. Electricity had yet to come to New Liberty, Ky.
    Yet in her 100 years of life, Verna Kathryn Kemper Payne insists that she’s hardly noticed the ever-changing ways of the world – everything is gradual, she said. Nothing happens all at once.
    Payne, now residing approximately a mile from where she was born in 1916, will celebrate her 100th birthday Friday.

  • Michels Family Farm gets into Christmas spirit with live trees

    Jeff Michels at Michels Family Farm is getting into the holiday spirit with Christmas trees that have been in the making for more than eight years.
    Michels spends all year prepping and taking care of the trees to get them ready to sell right after Thanksgiving.
    “Of the few places that have live trees, a lot of them just plant them and forget them. I mow around the trees every week, and I usually trim the trees once a year in the spring.”
    Maintaining the trees is a big job, but Michels says it’s worth it.