Today's News

  • MasterFit offers traditional exercise, cross-fit workouts

    Owen Countians now have a new home for physical fitness and wellness—MasterFit.
    Trent Holbert, the certified personal trainer for MasterFit and lead pastor of Epoch Fellowship in Owenton, said the gym’s theme is rooted in part of Psalm 139.
    “Our mission behind the gym is to help everyone feel [beautiful and unique],” Holbert said.
    For Holbert, the road to fitness was a personal journey as he worked to readjust his diet and lose 60 lbs after fighting through scoliosis and an autoimmune disorder with a 30 percent fatality rate in 2011.

  • Fall harvest bountiful at Michels Family Farm

    The brightly colored pumpkins and gourds scattered across a wagon in Jeff Michels’ barn signify a bumper fall harvest and the changes in Owen County’s rural history.
    Like many Owen countians, Michels once grew tobacco, but said the increasing cost of fertilize and other supplies drove him to another venture.
    “I’d rather pick up pumpkins than cut tobacco any day,” Michels said. “And its turned out to be a pretty darn good year for pumpkins.”

  • Kentucky author visits with MBMS students

    Owenton’s population could probably fit inside the Queens, New York apartment complex Alecia Whitaker now calls home, but she recollects her memories of growing up in Kentucky as an influence for her writing.  
    Whitaker, originally from Cynthiana, was invited to talk to seventh- and eighth-graders at the middle school. She talked about the writing process, telling an interesting, descriptive story and life in the Big Apple.
    “When I started writing, I wanted to write for Kentucky kids,” Whitaker said.

  • First annual BBQ & Bluegrass Jam to be held at Steepleview Farm

    If you’re a fan of pickin’ or sawing on strings, then the new BBQ & Bluegrass Jam in Poplar Grove could be the highlight of your weekend.
    The gates at the BBQ and Bluegrass Jam at Steepleview Farm will open at 12:30 p.m. and the entertainment goes from 1 p.m. until dark this Saturday. Marc Carey, who owns the Steepleview Farm, said the jam is a good opportunity for people to see the beauty of rural Owen County.

  • Celebrating National Newspaper Week, Oct. 4-10, 2015

    What do a Confederate solider, a county judge and a state senator have in common?
    Each were former owners of what would become Owen County’s only newspaper, The News-Herald.
    As the nation celebrates National Newspaper Week, Oct. 4-10, we take a look back at Owen County’s long and storied newspaper history.
    Owen County’s newspaper history unfolds in New Liberty in 1868, when J.M. Clark established the county’s first newspaper, The Owen News.

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  • Poe: Practice will remain open, staffed

    The New Horizons Family Practice will remain open and staffed, according to administrator Bernie Poe.
    The three physicians who previously staffed the clinic, Eric Baumann, Larry Johnson and Doug Smalara, have joined HealthPoint Family Care and will be seeing patients at HealthPoint’s Florence office, according to a press release sent out by HealthPoint last week.
    Poe said he has been receiving complaints that there are no doctors in town, but said the hospital and hospital emergency room remain staffed with physicians 24-7.

  • Enrollment steady, dropout rate down locally

    A parade and dressing like a superhero were some of the perks offered to the younger students in Owen County Schools as a reward for coming to class as part of the statewide High Attendance Day Sept. 24.
    “Our attendance is really good,” Director of Pupil Personnel Charlotte Elkins said. “Today we have 97.5 percent, which is excellent. Two schools have 98 percent and the high school has 96 percent.”

  • Quiroz seeks to improve access to nutrition information for Hispanics

    Her love of travel has taken her all over the world, but now she’s looking to serve the Hispanic population close to the place she has made her home.
    Mimi Quiroz, a bilingual SNAP-Ed assistant with the Owen County Cooperative Extension Services, has been in her new role since July. Quiroz travels to Carroll and Gallatin counties on a weekly basis in addition to serving Hispanic families in Owen County.