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Today's News

  • St. Elizabeth set to close emergency room

    A short 16 months after beginning operations in Owen County, St. Elizabeth Healthcare announced May 31, its plans to close its local emergency department.

    The closure, set for July 31, comes after months of consistent low patient volume, according to a news release.

    A business analysis has shown that a majority of patients and conditions that have been seen at the emergency department could be cared for at a primary care office, according to the release.

  • A prestigious milestone

    The threat of rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of Maurice Bowling Middle School students Thursday, May 18, as they gathered on a nearby soccer field to celebrate becoming only the second middle school in Kentucky to receive FranklinCovey’s prestigious The Leader In Me Lighthouse recognition.
    The Leader In Me is a whole-school transformation model — developed in partnership with educators — that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st Century, according to a press release.

  • Toasting toast and the path to greatness

    Heroes, I’ve heard, are made, not born. I’d say the same about greatness. You have to be in the right place at the right time for your greatness to get noticed.
     Take Emily Weinstein, the food editor for The New York Times. Not long ago, she wrote a long and serious article for the most widely read newspaper in the world about – are you ready for this –  toasting toast.

  • Owen countians helped build, maintain toll roads

    He was perhaps best known for his stories of riverboat life on the Kentucky, but for decades Charlie Johnson preserved the history of Owen County in countless articles, which today give insight into our past.
    From river life to the Civil War to local lore, Charlie shared his vast knowledge of Owen County, its communities and the folks who settled its land.
    One of Johnson’s early articles, submitted to the News-Herald in the 1960s, described the rise and fall of Owen County toll roads, and the vital role they played in the development of the area.  

  • Owen District Court | June 2, 2017

    Owen District Court | June 2, 2017

    Aimee Walker Chandler, 1975, careless driving, failure to wear seat belts, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, failure to produce insurance card, no or expired Kentucky registration receipt, bonded out for June 9.
    Eddie W. Edwards, 1983, local county ordinance, contempt of court, bonded out.
    Brandy Wilhoite, 1982, flagrant non-support, six counts of contempt of court, pleaded not guilty, preliminary hearing set for June 9.

  • If Heaven has a golf course: Remembering an old friend

    Sorry I didn’t write the column last week. I was very “down” over the death of Frank McDonald and just couldn’t think of anything to say.
    Everybody else was thinking about cutting hay. Should I or shouldn’t I. Most got faked out about the extended forecast and decided not and it would have been a great week for haying. You win some; you lose some. That’s farming.

  • OCHS announces end-of-year honor roll

    Ninth Grade Super
    Honor Roll

    Alli Gill, Ariella Hansford, Connor Jacobs and Samantha Mason

    Ninth Grade Honor Roll

    Liz Ashcraft, Madison Bramblett, Ashley Buffin, Isabella Cammack, Noah Cammack, Dylan Cobb, Mitchell Culbertson, Ethan Fitzgerald, Braden Howard, Westley Johnson, Brandon Lewis, Jacob Lilly, Miranda Maddox, Lauren McDonald, Cameron Morgan, Taylor Nevins, Canaan Osborne, Mason Roberts, Kevin Smith and Shelby York

    10th Grade Super Honor Roll

  • OCHS announces end-of-year honor roll

    Ninth Grade Super
    Honor Roll

    Alli Gill, Ariella Hansford, Connor Jacobs and Samantha Mason

    Ninth Grade Honor Roll

    Liz Ashcraft, Madison Bramblett, Ashley Buffin, Isabella Cammack, Noah Cammack, Dylan Cobb, Mitchell Culbertson, Ethan Fitzgerald, Braden Howard, Westley Johnson, Brandon Lewis, Jacob Lilly, Miranda Maddox, Lauren McDonald, Cameron Morgan, Taylor Nevins, Canaan Osborne, Mason Roberts, Kevin Smith and Shelby York

    10th Grade Super Honor Roll

  • At the Library | June 7, 2017

    Summer Reading gets in full swing this week! So grab your library card and come in for some good books to pass away the long summer days. Special programming starts today and we have great fun planned for you this year. We are so excited to have the Newport Aquarium help us kick off this year’s program. Once again kids can win fair tickets if they turn in their completed reading log by the end of June. It’s all happening at the library this summer.

  • Community Events | June 7, 2017

    Meeting the Needs closed for renovations
    Meeting the Needs will be closed beginning May 26, and will reopen at its new location, 916 Hwy. 22 E., once work and inspections are complete at the new site in June. Commodities (senior and regular) will be served from the current Long Ridge location June 13.

    Republican meeting set for June 8
    The Owen County Republican meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, at the Smith House Restaurant.