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Today's News

  • Kindergartener: I can’t read or write and they won’t let me talk

    A teacher noticed one of her students was lost in a daydream and paying no attention in math class.
    To bring the kid out of his daze, the teacher yelled: “Johnny, what is 4, 8, 26 and 42?
    Little Johnny quickly answered: “NBC, CBS, HBO and the Cartoon Network.”
    That old joke makes me laugh, probably because it reminds me of the late great Art Linkletter’s TV segment that once was so popular: “Kids Say the Darnedest Things.”

  • God’s love fills up all the empty places inside you and gives you enough to give to others

    A number of years ago I got a phone call from a reader with a request.
    He said he was 90 years old and had outlived two wives, yet he wasn’t sure he knew what real love is and he hoped that I could explain it.
    I don’t know if he’s still one of my readers — I haven’t heard from him since that one time. But if he is, here’s my best answer to his question:
    When I was in middle school, I loved red-haired Paul Minardi with all my 13-year-old heart. We passed notes in class and he walked me to homeroom, carrying my books.

  • Church News | March 22, 2017

    Monterey Baptist
    Join us on Wednesday nights for adult Bible study, Rock Stars and women’s Bible study. All activities begin at 7 p.m.
    March 26 is Sweat Suit Sunday.
    We will have our baby dedication on Mother’s Day, May 14. If you wish to have your baby dedicated, please let the pastor know.

  • Private auditor hired for county finances

    A certified public accountant will take on the responsibility of auditing the Owen County Fiscal Court following the court’s Feb. 28 meeting.
    With the state’s approval, Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis said private auditing companies may audit certain districts at a much lower cost than that charged by the state.
    The court approved the hiring of CPA and retired state auditor Edward Lance at the cost of $9,000 per year, roughly half of what the county was paying to the state auditors, according to Ellis.

  • First Farmers set to merge with CUB Monday

    At the close of business Friday, the name First Farmers Bank will be no more as part of a merger with Citizens Union Bank (CUB) announced in November.
    With the two banks combined, the four First Farmers Bank locations will be considered as branch locations of CUB. The banks have been sister organizations under the same holding company, Citizens Union Bancorp, since 1994.
    With the completion of the merger, CUB will now have 16 locations and has added assets of $120 million, for total assets of $700 million, according to a press release.

  • ‘Coach Osborne’ hangs up his whistle

    On the night of March 3, 2017, Bob Osborne coached his final game of basketball for Owen County.
    That night Grant County defeated Owen County in the semifinals of the 8th Region Tournament ending his 12-year stint as head coach of the Lady Rebels. As the final seconds ticked away Osborne said his thoughts were not about himself.
    “I really felt bad for the girls,” he said. “We didn’t bring our ‘A’ game, and they did.”  
    This year’s seniors have been especially fun to coach, Osborne said.

  • Local officials seek answers on lack of emergency notifications during severe storms

    by mattie cook
    N-H Reporter
    The front page of last week’s News-Herald carried photos of storm damage from an early March storm that many residents were not aware was coming, according to complaints at the March 7 Owenton City Council Meeting and phone calls received at the News-Herald office.
    Several Owen County residents expressed concern that local weather emergency alert sirens were not sounded and they did not receive any weather alerts on their phones of the storm.

  • Recognition for late Owen County hero becoming a reality

    A $500 donation from the Owenton City Council recently brought Denise Humphries' seventh-grade students closer to dedicating a placard to a late Owen County hero.
    Humphries, along with three of her students — Alexandria Perry, Preston Cunningham and Kasey Tackett — attended the March 7 council meeting to update the council on the progress of the placard for Vice Admiral Willis Augustus Lee Jr.

  • Local fire depts. receive training donation
  • Fond memories of one-room schoolhouses

    The little girl hadn’t quite reached school age when her mother, a school teacher, suggested she join the students for lunch at the school next door. The child was ecstatic at the prospect of not only attending school but of spending cherished moments with her mother.
    Monterey historian and genealogist, Margaret Murphy, lost her mother, Mattie Smith Karsner, at a young age but continues to treasure those early school day memories.