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Today's News

  • Special Hearts

    After suffering a congenital heart defect, 12-year-old Nick Smith’s life is finally going back to normal and has taught his family the significance of being close to one another.

    Smith, who played football for Maurice Bowling Middle School, didn’t know what was causing him to feel bad, until one day at football practice in the fall of 2009 when he collapsed on the field.

    Smith’s mom, Debbie Smith, said Nick had told his coach that he wasn’t feeling well.

  • Rebels slam Warriors

    Several questions faced the Rebels as they entered play last week against Eminence.

    Would Owen County be able to get healthy after an eight-day layoff? How would the Rebels respond to an opening round loss to Gallatin County in the All “A” Classic?

    The answer to the first question can be answered with a resounding no.

    While senior Blake Lewis was able to get back on the floor against the Warriors Jan. 26, another senior was not quite as fortunate.

  • Fiscal court workshops get off to rocky start

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith was pleased with the turnout of the first Owen County Fiscal Court workshop, but said she was disheartened after a sometimes contentious exchange between some magistrates and former judge-executive Billy O’Banion.

    Keith said the workshop, which took place Jan. 26, began with discussions on a wide variety of issues.

  • Davis on hand for New Horizons' innovation

    For the residents of Owen County, receiving reliable health care locally just keeps getting easier.

    Last summer, New Horizons Health Systems opened a new state-of-the-art doctor’s clinic on Hwy. 127, just north of Owenton. Last week, the health care group received a $250,000 earmark appropriation in the federal budget for the purchase of a new magnetic resonance imaging machine.

  • Doing something about Haiti

    For the past three weeks we have all seen the images. Each time we saw the horrific pictures flash across our screens we have each thought about what we can do about it.

    The stories coming out of Haiti have been filled with destruction, disbelief and despair. According to those who have come back, it is actually much worse.

    Already orphaned children are now wondering where they are going to end up. Other children who once had someone to take care of them are now orphaned.

  • Friends of Animals needs support from community

    A guest editorial about the Owen County dog shelter ran in last week’s paper. Due to space constraints some information was omitted. The following is the information that was not included. OCFA would like to express our gratitude to Editor John Whitlock and The News Herald for running the weekly ad and periodically updating the community on the shelter’s progress.

  • Morning after workshop, long-time magistrate withdraws from ballot

    After filing to run for second district magistrate, incumbent Bobby Gaines withdrew his candidacy Jan. 27.

    Gaines, whose current term as magistrate will end a 17-year run, said he had no specific reason for withdrawing.

    “I just decided that I had all I needed of it,” Gaines said. “There’s a lot of problems right now and I just didn’t want to be in the middle of it anymore.”

    Gaines said he probably wouldn’t have filed for candidacy had he not been encouraged to do so.

  • Guest Editorial: Animal shelter needs community support

    Owen County Friends of Animals Inc. has been working diligently to improve the plight of homeless dogs in Owen County since the organization’s inception in 2005.

    The organization began when 42 citizens addressed the fiscal court voicing concerns about the lack of care for dogs in the county’s custody. At that time dogs were housed in a dilapidated barn with no heat. The primary issue of concern was that 100 percent of the dogs that were picked up by the county were euthanized (a more gentle term for killed) regardless of their adoptability.

  • Carter won’t seek new term

    Owen County Attorney Charles Carter will soon wrap up of his 25-year public service career, but he will continue to run his private practice, Carter Law Firm.

    Carter said he opened his private practice March 1, 1960.

    “I will continue to operate my private practice,” Carter said. “My son, Charles Jr., is my associate and I plan to be more involved with it than I was.”

    Carter said the highlight of his career as county attorney has been doing what he thought was right for society.

  • Owen emergency management advises everyone to be prepared

    The news of an earthquake in Haiti and the aftermath brought home the continuing possible threat of earthquakes in Kentucky. While it is fresh on everyone’s mind, Owen County Emergency Management Director Rick Morgan would like to encourage everyone to be prepared.

    Surviving an earthquake and reducing its health impact requires preparation, planning, and practice.