Today's News

  • Owen Historical Society News: What role did your family play in Owen history?

    I never knew you. Your name has always eluded me. Mama and Papa never mentioned you, but perhaps they were too busy making a living on the farm in Owen county. I’m sure you knew how much work it was to put in a crop of tobacco. In March or April seed was sown in the burned plant beds. Transplanting was done in May or June and the whole family worked together as the kids carefully dropped plants in rows and the adults set them. Work continued as the fragile plants were carefully cultivated with plows, hoes, and by hand.

  • From the superintendent: School boards and property tax: Drastic times call for drastic measures

    Throughout these difficult economic times, school boards are forced to take drastic measures to reduce deficits caused by a lack of federal and state funding. When trying to balance the budget, a school system really only has two options, either reduce the amount of expenditures or produce additional revenue.
    Across the commonwealth, many school boards are considering the possibility of a property-tax increase as a way to provide additional revenue to meet the educational needs of its students. For districts like Owen County without much industry, this is the only recourse.

  • Local plant gets national exposure during drought

    As some parts of the country continue to suffer through the drought of 2012, Owen County received some national attention through Kentucky American Water.
    The Kentucky River Station II at Hardin’s Landing played host to CNBC reporter Jackie DeAngelis and crew on Aug. 15 as part of the network’s coverage on drought conditions in the nation.
    Live shots from the plant occurred throughout the day and an interview with American Water CEO Jeff Sterba, conducted elsewhere, was also part of the day’s coverage.

  • Helping the hungry

    The First Christian Church of Owenton presented the Freestore Foodbank with a check for $1,075 Aug. 18 following a 5K run/walk in support of the foodbank. Presenting the check was Mitzi Riddle, Jennifer Ebelhar accepted the check on behalf of the foodbank. The Freestore Foodbank Mobile Pantry comes to First Christian Church frequently and offers free food to those in need. The foodbank is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • The search continues

    Everyone in Owen County seems to know the story of Cletus Eugene, the miniature kangaroo that served as a service animal to Angela Perkins. Nearly four years have passed since Cletus first went missing and Perkins has decided to reach out to the public for help one last time.
    Cletus first came into Perkins’ life through a friend, who was a fellow kangaroo owner, in 2008. There is normally a two-year waiting list for kangaroos, but Cletus’ birth was a surprise to his mother’s caretaker and he had not been spoken for. He was soon flown in from New Zealand.

  • Unusual burial sparks police investigation

    Rumors have been flying around Owen County since last week about a mysterious body found in the Monterey Cemetery.
    The story, as told to News-Herald staff, was that a body, wrapped only in a sheet, had been found by police in the Monterey Cemetery.
    There is some truth to the story.
    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said his department investigated the report and, although unusual, everything is in order and legal.
    The body of David Lee Taylor, 67, of Frankfort, was laid to rest in the Monterey Cemetery after his death Aug. 7.

  • Field set for November election

    As election day draws closer, the field of formal candidates has been set.
    Owen County voters will have the opportunity to cast ballots Nov. 6 for United States president and vice president, U.S. representative from Kentucky’s fourth district and state representative from the 61st district, along with several local contests.
    Leigh New, who has served as Owen County Circuit Clerk since 2009, will retire in December.
    Deputy Circuit Clerk Margaret Forsee has filed for the seat. Forsee was the only one to file.

  • Circuit court will temporarily shut down as office moves to new judicial center

    A chapter of Owen County history will close Friday and a new one will begin when the Owen County Circuit Clerk’s Office relocates to the newly built Owen County Judicial Center.
    The last court date at the office’s courthouse location will be Friday and the office will be closed Aug. 27-Sept. 5.
    Owen County Circuit Clerk Leigh New said the decision to cancel court Aug. 31 was a difficult one, but notices were published in the News-Herald and someone will be in the courthouse office at 100 North Thomas Street throughout the week of closure.

  • Courting perfection

    How does a team improve upon perfection? That is the question the Owen County High School football team is asking as they get ready to kickoff the 2012 season Friday night.
    The Rebels are coming off their first ever perfect regular season in 2011. They would finish 11-1 overall after losing to the eventual 2A State Champion Holy Cross Indians in the second round of the playoffs. The year also included a district championship as they swept through Gallatin County, Walton-Verona, Trimble County and Carroll County.
    Repeating, as Owen County will find out is never easy.

  • Owen County Circuit Court: Aug. 7, 2012

    Joann (Blackmore) Adams, 1974, owes $23,469.94 total.
    Nora Charlene Bishop, 1965, show cause deferred, owes $6,999.66 total, to pay $200 a month.
    Brittany Nicole Bitzer, show cause deferred, remand; owes $1,263.13 total, to pay $50 a month.
    Tony C. Broughton, 1975, show cause deferred, owes $1,477.72 total, to pay $100 a month.