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Today's News

  • Murder victim's family continues fighting to keep killer behind bars

    By Jamie Baker-Nantz
    For the News-Herald

  • Schools taking steps to improve security

    When classes resumed following the holidays, students and parents across the nation had to become accustomed to heightened security following a tragedy that left many wondering how safe their children were outside the home.
    Many Owen County Primary School students came to school seeking comfort from the things they had heard their parents say or the chaos they caught a glimpse of on TV.

  • Looking ahead

    As the world turns away from 2012, some Owen County leaders are looking for progress as the calendar changes to 2013.

    In the upcoming year, Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said she wants to see a greater emphasis placed on jobs, infrastructure and access to utilities.
    To achieve that, Keith said she wants people to understand the importance of economic development and what it means to the future of Owen County.

  • Johnson to represent Owen in statewide pageant

    For Christina Johnson, becoming involved in beauty pageants wasn’t about taking home the sash and crown, but instead about gaining confidence. Like many young women Johnson’s age, confidence in who they are and what they want to be may be hard to come by.
    The poise and confidence she has gained will serve her well as she chases her next dream – a college scholarship.
    Johnson will be one of about 50 young women representing different areas of the state in the Miss Kentucky Collegiate Pageant, held Feb. 16 in Somerset.

  • Owen County among lowest jobless rates in Kentucky

    Unemployment rates fell in 99 Kentucky counties between November 2011 and November 2012, while 20 county rates increased and one stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.
    Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in state at 5.4 percent, according to a state news release. It was followed by Scott County, 5.9 percent; Fayette, Franklin, Oldham and Union counties, 6 percent each; Daviess, Madison and Shelby counties, 6.2 percent each; and Ohio and Owen counties, 6.3 percent each.

  • Shooting chatter leads to charges for pair of Owen County students

    Disorderly conduct charges were issued against two Owen County High School students after one student alarmed others by saying an intruder was in the building.
    According to a press release from Kentucky State Police, a second student made comments that everyone in the school was in danger.
    Neither student made direct threats or had information about known threats.
    Both students are 15 years old and were cited after making comments for the purpose of creating public alarm.

  • I’m just saying ... A few thoughts as 2012 wraps up and 2013 arrives

    I’m great at making New Year’s resolutions.
    I stink at keeping New Year’s resolutions.
    Almost every year, I publicly proclaim that I will do this or that or stop doing that thing I shouldn’t be doing in the first place.
    And each year, it seems like I make a long list of resolutions just to watch them fall by the wayside either by apathy, personal weakness or my unyielding opposition to change.
    Of the six resolutions I made last year, I managed to keep three of them.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Hunting was part of youth

  • Owen District Court: Dec. 21, 2012

    Clarence A. Fagan, 1985, non-payment of fines, paid in full by jail credit.
    Joseph L. Frasure, 1970, non-payment of fines, owes $50 total.
    Micah J. Lawson, 1983, second-degree burglary, probable cause to transfer to grand jury; receiving stolen property under $10,000, probable cause to transfer to grand jury.
    Darrel G. Ligon, 1989, contempt of court, $100 cash bond.
    Roy Miller, 1978, flagrant non-support, pleaded not guilty, preliminary hearing set for Jan. 4; three counts of contempt of court.
    Randall J. Raines, 1991, non-payment of fines.

  • Owen Circuit Court: Dec. 18, 2012

    Joann (Blackmore) Adam, 1974, show cause deferred, owes $23,454.94 total, to pay $100 a month, continued to March 12.
    Eric C. Bassham, 1985, show cause deferred, owes $875 total, to pay $50 a month, remand.
    Nora Charlene Bishop, 1965, show cause deferred, owes $5,999.66, to pay $200 a month, bench warrant set for $6,000.
    Brittany Nicole Bitzer, 1989, probation revocation hearing, motion to revoke probation continued from Nov. 20, also owes $1,263.13 in fines and costs,