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Today's News

  • Owen County service honors past, present

    There aren’t many institutions that can truly say it has and will affect the past, present and future of a community.
    Thursday night, one such institution paused to celebrate Owen and look back at the people who make the Owen County Extension Service such a vital element to the community.
    On the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act that created Kentucky’s extension service, past and present agents, staff members and supporters were honored.

  • Ellis, Evans and West vie for judge executive nomination

    With less than a week left until the primary election, the three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for Owen County’s top-elected position recently sat down with the News-Herald to discuss some of the county’s biggest issues.
    The three judge-executive candidates – Owenton Mayor Doug West, Owen County’s second-district magistrate Casey Ellis and former Owen County Farm Bureau Manager and Owner Fred Evans – each agreed that finding new opportunities for a younger generation could play a vital role in moving Owen County forward.

  • North Owenton paving project could last months

    Drivers could be facing several months of slow traffic as they go along U.S. 127N in the northern part of Owenton.
    According to Nancy Wood, the public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in district six, the project will replace worn out pavement.
    “We are replacing and repairing the 35-year-old pavement,” Wood said. “It’s just some much-needed maintenance.”

  • Paint the town purple leading up to Relay

    Owen County Relay for Life 2014 will be held May 23-24 at the Itron Field.
    During the week leading up to Relay, organizers are asking for help to “Paint the Town Purple” to show support for the cause.
    Organizers said a simple purple bow, poster, or showing of purple incorporated into a home or business will serve as a symbol that the community supports the fight against cancer.

  • Library showcases local artist

    By Julie Donahue
    For the News-Herald

    The first in a series of art shows begin May 20 at 6 p.m. at the Owen County Public Library’s History Room.  
    Ron Devore’s commissioned works are proudly displayed as far away as Nova Scotia.  

  • Owen County Circuit Court - May 9, 2014

    Austin M. Lucas, 1993, first-degree possession of heroin, drug paraphernalia, public intoxication controlled substance, first-degree narcotics, possessing license when privileges are revoked or suspended, pleaded not guilty, appointed public attorney, preliminary hearing set for May 16.
    James C. Johns, 1962, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, pleaded not guilty, appointed public attorney, $1,000 surety, no alcohol, live with surety, continued to May 23.

  • Owen County District Court - May 9, 2014

    Austin M. Lucas, 1993, first-degree possession of heroin, drug paraphernalia, public intoxication controlled substance, first-degree narcotics, possessing license when privileges are revoked or suspended, pleaded not guilty, appointed public attorney, preliminary hearing set for May 16.
    James C. Johns, 1962, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, pleaded not guilty, appointed public attorney, $1,000 surety, no alcohol, live with surety, continued to May 23.

  • Kay’s Branch News: Hopefully, I won’t need to buy a goat

    Last week was a busy one for everybody on the Branch.
    I had bridge on Tuesday.
    Teri came on Wednesday with her laundry and Catlin in tow. As her laundry washed, she helped me with the basement. She got a long stretch of tile cleaned and we were able to start setting furniture back in place. I cleaned a window and got the curtains hung.
    It’s beginning to look like someone actually lives there again.
    Jennifer returned to Kentucky on Saturday. She had been in San Diego, California for a week at a work seminar.

  • Young leaders host business leaders

    On May 2, the second-grade Leadership Class had its annual luncheon. The eight young leaders traveled to businesses throughout the year to learn how they operate and are successfully run.
    “We are lucky to live in a county where businesses and county offices are always eager to work with the school system,” teacher Teena Gamble said.  

  • May is Wildland Fire Awareness Month

    By David Lilly
    For the News-Herald
    People start most wildfires. Owen County fire departments are responding to an increase of grass fires in Owen County due to dead grass from the winter.  It only takes a minute for the wind to blow the fire from a fire and cause it to get out of your control.
    David Lilly, the chief of the Owenton Volunteer Fire Department, said the public can promote and practice wildfire safety.