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Today's News

  • Council hires new part-time police officer, approves resolution for police backup

    Following an executive session by the Owenton City Council Aug. 2, Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier swore in Jason Jones, the city’s newest part-time police officer.

    Police Chief Terry Gentry said the department needed another officer after being short-staffed following the suspension of officer Rufus Shearer Jr. Out of all the applications the department had on file, Jones was the only one who currently held the Peace Officer Professional Standards certification and had been to the academy.

    “He was the top candidate,” Gentry said.

  • Sheriff warns against potential phone scams

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about phone scams, the most recent one where callers claim to be from the IRS.

    Owen County Sheriff Mark Bess said he has been receiving reports about this type of scam call on an almost weekly basis. One form of the phone call alleges there are legal charges that need resolved.

    “The IRS is never ever going to call,” Bess said.

  • Former teacher takes on district-wide position

    Middle school science teacher, high school guidance counselor and alternative school principal are just a few of the titles Joretta Crowe has held during her 24-year career as an educator. Now, Crowe is beginning her 25th year in Owen County as the new director of districtwide programs.

    Crowe’s life-long pursuit of education is something that started when she was young.

    “I had two siblings that are younger, four and five years younger than I am, and I would sit there and teach them on a blackboard,” Crowe said.

  • Bidding farewell to sweet Owen

    In May 2015, I was like one of many college graduates that walked across the stage, shook hands with the dean, grasped the diploma cover and walked away. But I was one of the graduates that didn’t have life figured out. I had interviewed at several places both inside and outside of our particular company and didn’t have a full-time job lined up after graduation. The interviews and numerous job applications came to an end early in September when News-Herald Publisher Jeff Moore told me about this opening. It was a glimmer of light in what was otherwise a bleak summer.

  • Local grandmothers leave lasting memories

    Some seem to be made up of all angles and sharp turns, and they never forget good manners. Others are pillow-soft, whose laps are wide and inviting and whose deep laughter somersaults from one end of a room to the other.

    They are known as grandmother, grandma, granny, mamaw, nana or some other term of endearment, and they fill our bellies with treats, our hearts with joy and our lives with a touch of magic.

  • Court News | Aug. 10, 2016

    Owen District Court | Aug. 5, 2016

    Nick L. Barrett, 1982, public intoxication, first-degree possession of heroin, waived to grand jury, preliminary hearing set for Aug. 9.

    Dameon Denton, 1990, first-degree enhancement narcotics, possession of marijuana, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, drug paraphernalia, appointed public attorney, preliminary hearing set for Aug. 12.

    Dameon C. Denton, 1990, fourth-degree assault, contempt of court, continued to Aug. 12.

  • Looking back | Aug. 10, 2016

    Saving Saveway
    2011 | 5 years ago

    After Saveway Supermarket owner Malone Bourne began announcing the news he would soon close Owenton’s oldest grocery store, the question on all of his customer’s minds seemed to be, “where will we buy our meat?”

  • Property Transfers | July 2016

    William J. Heiselman and Gail R. Aldred-Heiselman to Ronald B. Morrison and Elizabeth C. Morrison, lots 501, 502, 503 and 504 of the Elk Lake Shores subdivision, $58,750.

    Nancy Utt and Nancy Wainscott to Russell Bradley Lilly and Lorrie Ann Lilly, hose and lot at Bethany, $11,000.

    Ricky Perkins and Denise Perkins to Kentucky-American Water Company.

    Robert W. Slone and Debra Lynn Slone to Kentucky-American Water Company.

  • Cole brothers bring home 12th at national high school rodeo

    More than 170 high school teams entered the team roping division at the 68th National High School Finals Rodeo last month in Gillette, Wyo. Two Owen County natives were able to bring home 12th place.

    Quinn Cole and Wyatt Cole had a time of 29.81 seconds in the dally team roping, according to the rodeo’s website.

    Greg Cole, Quinn and Wyatt’s father, said the two had a time of just over 7 seconds while qualifying for the “short go.” The top 20 qualifiers moved on to the finals.

  • Community Events | Aug. 10, 2016

    Northern Ky. Community Action hosting open house today

    The Owen County Neighborhood Center is having an open house from 2-4 p.m. today at 109 S. Madison St., Owenton.

    Produce available at First Christian Thursday

    The FCC Community Food Pantry is receiving Farm-To-Table produce Thursday. It is available for any resident of Owen County and will be available in the parking lot of the First Christian Church from 2-6 p.m. Please bring ID. It is for Owen countians as long as supplies last.