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Today's News

  • Jones on patrol as Owenton's newest police officer

    Sometimes the road called life has a detour. For Jason Jones, the short detour is over and he is back to doing what he loves: law enforcement.
    Jones, was sworn in Aug. 2 as a part-time police officer for the City of Owenton. In addition to his police duties here, he is also a full-time 911 coordinator for the Gallatin County Communications Center.

    Earning the badge
    “I’ve always wanted to be a police officer,” he said.

  • Marston continues family's military tradition

    By Mattie Cook

    Special to the News-Herald

  • Former OCHS English instructor joins iLead Academy

    By Kristin Beck

    Landmark News Service

  • School board settles on 4-percent increase

    A public hearing was held by the Owen County Board of Education Sept. 8 for a vote on the annual tax rate. Proposed were a compensated rate or a percentage increase. There were no community members in attendance, but the special board meeting following the hearing led to a 5-0 decision of a 4-percent increase.
    The rate was set at 64.6.

  • Could powerful ‘fakes’ be the new heroin?

    By Terry DeMio
    The Kentucky Enquirer
    The recent overwhelming string of overdoses in Cincinnati and the region during a nationwide heroin epidemic has medical and law enforcement observers betting on sneaky, synthetic opioids as the culprit.
    They fear the development is a disturbing harbinger of things to come, with each new heroin knockoff being scarier than the last.

  • Lifelong journey with books takes reader down many different roads

    Our youngest grandchild, Georgia Jane, is learning to read. She’s in Kindergarten at a shiny new school filled with the most up to date everything. Seven hundred students, in grades K-5, learn with her. Like a traveler from a foreign country, I attempt to tell her about my first school although she stares back at me with uncomprehending eyes. She cannot imagine such a strange place.  

  • The value of a dollar during the 19th and 20th centuries

    Before coins and paper money were used as a means of exchange, bartering for goods was a common practice on the American frontier. This practice continued in rural Kentucky into the 20th century when local hucksters would trade staples for anything from chickens, eggs, freshly caught fish or a fine snapping turtle.
    Bartering dates back to 6,000 BC when tribes introduced it in Mesopotamia. The Babylonians developed an improved bartering system and exchanged goods for food, tea, weapons, and spices. At times, human skulls were bartered as well.

  • LOOKING BACK | Sept. 28, 2016

    Sept. 29, 1966
    50 years ago
    Rebel win could start road back, big night planned for Scott County

    Owen County High School football fans are going to back their Rebels “no matter what” if preparations for Friday night’s contest with Scoot County are any indication. “1000 FAN NIGHT” is the billing for Friday’s 8 o’clock contest.

  • Monterey gets spruced up for homecoming fair

    This week it’s all about The Monterey Fair. Its been in the planning stage for some time but the work really started this week, and I mean work.
    The first of last week Noel Thomas, Barbara, Ray and Wanda started the work of cleaning up the fence rows, edging the sidewalks, using a chain saw on some stuff, weed eating, blowing debris into piles to be shoveled into trucks, cleaning the bank building for the history display, etc.

  • No-burn seasons begins Saturday, ends in December

    Submitted by David Lilly, Owenton Assistant Fire Chief

    Even though we have had some precipitation it does not take long for the sun and the wind to dry out the grass and leaves. We need all Owen County residents to remember that fires can get out of control very quickly.  
    According to Commonwealth of Kentucky Division of Forestry officials, the no-burn season will start Saturday, Oct. 1 and last until Thursday,  Dec. 15. During that time you must not burn within 150-feet of a woodland or procure someone to burn for you.