Today's News

  • County could soon make hiring decisions

    Editor's note: Following the News-Herald's Tuesday press deadline, the Owen County Fiscal Court met and voted to hire Dan Brenyo as community program administrator, pending a background check and drug screening.
    Brenyo worked as a consultant to the Owen County Fiscal Court earlier this year, and also served as Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis' campaign manager during the 2014 election.
    For more on this story, see the Aug. 19 edition of the News-Herald.

  • Cafe owners bet jet boats will propel business boom

    Despite Friday’s cloudy skies, the area around New’s Café, Antiques and Gold Star Bed & Breakfast bustled with excitement as passengers on the Rockin’ Thunder jet boat made a lunch stop at Gratz.
    The Rockin’ Thunder Jet Boat Rides LLC, based in Madison, Ind., offers the two-day Kentucky River Adventure for $199 per person. Cafe owners Earl and Linda New are hopeful the ride will help transform Gratz back into the busy river town it once was.

  • Grand jury hands down four indictments

    Staff report

    - Demetrius Paliobagis, 28, on the charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana.

  • Georgia On My Mind: Warm memories of Dad’s charcoal-grilled burgers

    I opened the window of the car and summer slipped in beside me.
    “I know him,” I said when the air conditioner objected to our picking up this hitchhiker. I’d been following him, I could have explained, watching for glimpses of him through the windshield.
    I had almost forgotten the smell of his cologne, one part fresh-cut bluegrass, one part humidity, one part – oh, I can’t name it. Maybe heat, the kind you see rising up in a haze on the horizon? But now I remembered: The scent of summer before time ran away.

  • Historical Society News - July 12, 2015

    Although Kentucky’s economy struggled in the years following the Civil War,  the war didn’t have a huge impact on the productivity of the people in Owen County.
    Farmers continued to ship their fine tobacco and produce on numerous steamboats that plied the Kentucky River; by September 1866, Owen Countians had achieved some semblance of normalcy as they celebrated a week of festivities in New Liberty at the Owen County Fair.

  • Aug. 12, 2015 - Court news

    Owen Circuit Court
    Aug. 4, 2015

    Brenda L. Beverly, 1970, probation violation, motion to revoke probation continued from July 21, continued to Aug. 25.
    Jesse C. Jones, 1973, incest, third-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse, continued to Aug. 25.
    Joshua William Lay, 1979, probation violation, continued to Aug. 25.
    Tyler H. Link, 1994, first-degree possession of heroin, motion to void pre-trial diversion, denied, hearing set for Aug. 25.

  • Kay's Branch News, Aug. 12, 2015

    This has been a hectic week. I awoke Wednesday morning to a siren going up the road. I really didn’t wake up for that one, but in a minute or so there went another one, and another.
    By that time, 5:00 a.m., I was awake and went out on the screened in porch to see what was happening. I saw the sky to the left of my road light up over the tree line. Fire!

  • Wedding announcement: Criswell-Fitzgerald

    Kenzie Criswell, the daughter of Mark and Nancy Criswell of Owenton, will be united in marriage to Tyler Fitzgerald, the son of Kristi Collins and Chris Fitzgerald of Owenton, at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15, at Richland Baptist Church in Hesler.
    The maternal grandparents of the bride are the late Bobby and Willetta Cooke of Hesler. The paternal grandparents of the bride are the late Don and Mary Geneva Criswell of Owenton.

  • Wedding Announcement: Reese-Williams

    Desiree Cheyenne Reese and Joseph Thompson Williams are set to unite in marriage at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at Hilltop Farm on Hwy. 227 N. in Worthville.
    The bride, a 2009 graduate of Carroll County High School and a 2013 graduate of Beckfield College, is the daughter of Chris and Ann Reese. She is employed as a registered nurse at Carroll County Memorial Hospital.
    The groom, a 2008 graduate of Owen County High School, is the son of Tommy and Kathy Williams. He is employed at North American Stainless.

  • In brief - Aug. 12, 2015

    Mobile food pantry will be held Aug. 15
    The First Christian Church Mobile Food Pantry will be at the church from 9-10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 15.

    Cammack reunion Aug. 16
    The Cammack reunion will be held at the Owen County Extension Building on Ellis Highway Sunday, Aug. 16. We will gather for a potluck meal around 1 p.m. We hope all family and relatives will attend. If you need further information, contact Bev Hearn at bhearn240@msn.com, or call (859) 824-6687.