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Today's News

  • Think safety as winter approaches

    Everyone is potentially at risk during winter storms. Most fatalities are indirectly related to the storm. People die from traffic accidents on icy roads, heart attacks while shoveling snow, and hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold and unsafe residential conditions.
    According to Owen County EM Director Rick Morgan, you should be prepared for winter weather by listening to NOAA weather radio or commercial radio/television to stay informed about winter storm watches, warnings and advisories.

  • Owen County District Court

    Editor’s note: The News-Herald reports all misdemeanors, felonies and small claims judgments in district court, except for juvenile court proceedings, which are confidential; however, traffic offenses by juveniles are reported because they are public record. All civil suits in circuit court are reported. Claims made in a lawsuit present only one side of a case. Charges or citations reported to the News-Herald do not imply guilt. That is determined by the court. Information on this page is public record. Names will not be withheld by request.

  • Wotier hopes pipeline will bring industry

    With natural gas now in the city of Owenton, Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier hopes to see action in the industrial park.
    Wotier said Owenton’s lack of a natural gas line has hindered use of the spec building in the industrial park.
    “When we’ve had people look at the spec building in the past, they’ve been appalled that we didn’t have natural gas,” Wotier said. “Once the economy turns around, I think we’ll have more luck with our industrial park now that we have a natural gas line.”

  • Kentucky-American gets permission for 29-percent rate hike

    Kentucky-American Water customers will see an increase in their monthly bill after the Kentucky Public Service Commission approved a rate increase for the utility.
    Although Kentucky-American had sought a rate increase of three-fourths, the commission allowed a hike of about 29 percent for the average customers using 5,000 gallons of water a month. For the customer using that amount of water, the bill will increase from $27.46 to $35.40.
    The company argued it needed the increase to cover the cost of the recently opened water-treatment plant in Owen County which feeds Fayette County.

  • Carter looks ahead as private attorney

    Long-time Owen County Attorney Charlie Carter will soon leave his post, but Owen countians can expect to continue seeing Carter active in law.
    Carter said when his term ends at the end of this month, it will end a near 25-year tenure.
    Prior to becoming county attorney, Carter’s private practice had been in operation for 25 years.
    Carter said his private practice will remain open, with his son, Charles Carter Jr., as an associate.
    As county attorney, Carter said he enjoyed district court the most.

  • Bruce wraps up his time at jail

    Even after retirement, sleep is not always an option.
    Owen County Jailer David Bruce learned this after retiring from the post office and becoming jailer 17 years ago.
    Now Bruce’s last term as jailer ends Dec. 31.
    He’ll be replaced by his daughter, Cindy Bruce-Walker, who defeated her opponent in the May primary to take the empty seat.
    Bruce said that over the years, the best part of his job has been helping others in a bad situation.

  • Kays Branch News: Another week, another outage on the Branch

    Winter has come early this year. We had 4 inches of snow on the Branch this weekend. The DirecTV dish was covered with snow and I had no service on the TV sets except the antenna for most of the day Saturday. The Internet service went out, too, so I had to communicate the old-fashioned way, via phone for about 24 hours.

    I was decorating the house all week for Christmas and trying to finish Saturday, so I really didn’t miss it much.

  • Hard times for Owen County Historical Society Museum

    Faces of Owen County’s past line the walls at the Owen County Historical Society Museum. Family snapshots, wedding photographs and pictures of local veterans are only a glimpse of Owen County’s rich past.

    Owen County Historical Society President Jeannie Williams-Baker said despite the history that awaits visitors at the museum, if more Owen countians don’t begin taking an interest, the museum could soon shut down.

  • Historical Society News By Bonnie Strassell

    Funny how the seemingly mundane task of chopping down a tree can take on special significance at Christmas.

    Most Owen countians remember the days when, weeks before the holiday, families would journey to the woods to choose that extraordinary tree that, for a short time, would take a place of honor in their home. 

    While cedar may not have been a favorite of everyone, it grew abundantly on the hillsides of Owen County and graced most of our homes at Christmas.

  • A brief kiss creates lifelong memory for Santa

    I spotted Santa Claus sitting in a large easy chair as soon as I entered our church’s back foyer. It doubles as a fellowship hall on Sundays between services, and is a popular spot where talk flows along with the hot coffee.

    Although he was disguised in a white shirt and tie and a khaki windbreaker, I knew who he was. His long white beard gave him away.