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Today's News

  • Year In Review

    2009 may well be remembered as one of the most pivotal years in the long history of Owen County. New businesses opened while some old favorites closed. A new era in county government began following controversy. We said hello to new neighbors and goodbye to many old friends.

    Here is a look back from the pages of the News-Herald.

    Jan. 7, 2009

    The Owen County Fiscal Court held a public hearing regarding a grant application for the extension of the existing walking track surrounding Actaris Field at the Owen County Park.

  • Georgia: On My Mind

    Bing Crosby may have dreamed of snow, but my Christmases in the Bluegrass have been mostly muddy, and have been better for it, in my opinion. I have, however, been stuck in a blizzard with a blind date on New Year’s Eve. Because of that singular experience New Year’s is painted forever white in my memory.

  • Thanks to the angels out there

    I guess I am drawn to stories about angels. I can’t let the Christmas season pass without the mention of all the angels we have as friends and neighbors in Owen County.

    You see every year the community angel tree is started around Thanksgiving. This year was no different. Nicole here at the office wanted to, “Put the tree up,” and me saying, “It’s too early.” We did prepare our spot in the office and decorated our tree and waited for the girls at the extension office to bring our angels to hang on it.

  • Lady Rebels drop pair at home

    The road had been kind to the Lady Rebels during the first two weeks of the season. Owen County Coach Bob Osborne’s team had played four games away from Owenton and had won all four. Most people expected the success to continue when the team played its first two home games last week.

    The Lady Rebels hosted a pair of 31st District rivals in Gallatin County and Henry County. The first game came against the Lady Wildcats from Warsaw.

    The Lady Rebels got off to a slow start as they trailed 11-8 at the end of the first quarter.

  • Rebels win one, lose one

    What started out as a promising week fell flat for the Owen County Rebels.

    The Rebels entered last week riding a four-game winning streak as they welcomed Gallatin County to town for a 31st District showdown.

    The game began with both teams running up and down the court at a frenetic pace. The Wildcats took a 19-17 lead after one quarter.

    The beginning of the second quarter was much the same until Blake Lewis connected from 3-point range to give the Rebels their first lead at 27-24 with 4:20 left in the half.

  • Court will wait on ambulance service increase

    People across the nation are concerned that the pending health-care legislation before Congress could affect the costs of health care in the United States.

    Those concerns filtered down to the Owen County Fiscal Court Monday when Owen County EMS Director Kevin Luther approached the magistrates about a 5-percent increase in the ambulance rates to match new rates that Medicaid allows ambulance services to charge and be reimbursed for under federal policy.

  • Historical Society News (Christmas edition)

    In the song “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” the composer laments that although he knows it’s a long road back, he promises to be home for Christmas. Reminiscing about the memories of home, he ends with the line: if only in my dreams.

     Whether near or far, whether returning home for Christmas or not, Owen countians cherish their memories of that special time of year by sharing traditions with their families, thus preserving their history and heritage.

  • Early-morning fire destroys home on 227

    A home at 9905 Hwy. 227 S. was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning.

    Owen County Fire Chief Larry Karsner said the station received a call around 1:30 a.m.

    “Five departments were there,” Karsner said. “It was pretty much fully involved by the time we got there in the left, front center of the house.”

    Fire crews worked until around 5:30 a.m. putting out the flames at the home of Rodney Osbourne.

    Karsner said no one was injured in connection with the fire.

  • A Christmas wish list for sports fans

    It was fun last week to read the letters listing what kids all over Owenton wanted for Christmas. The great thing about kids is that they don’t understand what things cost or how impractical they might be. Instead they just ask for the things they want and hope for the best.

    As a sports fan, I have decided to do the same thing. I have put together my wish list for things I would like to see during the next year. Call it my Christmas Wish List for the Sports Fan.

  • Accident took life of Owen man, police say

    An Owen County man was found dead early Monday morning in a creek bed at 3120 Hwy. 1316 near Mosby Creek.

    According to Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond, Jesse Bailey, 66, kept a sump pump in the creek to pump water into his home.

    Police suspect Bailey went to turn the sump pump off Saturday evening and slipped, hitting his head on a rock in the creek bed.

    Hammond said Bailey had suffered with illnesses.