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Today's News

  • Argument ends with brother getting stabbed

    An argument between brothers, quickly transformed into violence Thursday.

    According to Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond, an argument between Dean and Danny Thornton resulted in one brother in jail and the other in the hospital. Danny told the sheriff that Dean stabbed him in the back. Danny was able to get in his truck and drive a quarter mile to the home of Deputy Sheriff Brent Caldwell.

  • Wind storm leaves 5,000 in the dark

    The high-powered wind storm that rolled through Owen County last week left about 5,000 local residents temporarily without power.

    According to an Owen Electric Cooperative spokesperson, the power was restored to all customers in the service area by Thursday afternoon.

    The company had crews on standby during the duration of the storm to handle any subsequent outages.

    The company reminds residents that if a downed power line is spotted , stay away from the area and call (800)372-7612 to report the situation.

  • Carolyn Keith takes over

    Saying she was looking forward to the challenges ahead, Carolyn Keith was sworn in Thursday as the new judge-executive for Owen County.

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced the former circuit court clerk would assume the job following the resignation of Billy O’Banion.

    At a ceremony in the circuit courtroom, Keith was sworn in by Owen Circuit Court Judge Stephen Bates.

  • Sisters find their dreams in Owen County shop

    Opening a new business is risky during this day in time, but sisters MaryAnn Pearson and Jackie Lawson opened their consignment shop, Simple Country Living, on Dec. 8 to a store full of customers.

    Lawson, who lived in Cincinnati, bought a home with her husband in Owen County in 2004. The home became their weekend getaway until 2008 when she retired and they took up permanent residence in Owen County.

    Pearson, who lived in Baltimore at the time, came to visit Lawson during the fall of 2008.

  • Lady Rebels grab three Ws

    No one can blame the members of the Lady Rebels basketball team if they are a little tired. The team played four games in five days.

    The week opened with road games at Frankfort and Gallatin County.

    Rianna Gayheart poured in 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Feb. 9 against the Lady Panthers as the Lady Rebels rolled to a 47-39 win. Owen County held a 33-23 lead at halftime and held on to get the win despite scoring only one point in the third quarter.

  • A friend in deed

    Can there be anything more heart-breaking than having a sick or injured child?

    Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had two people I know endure that special pain.

    The News-Herald Office Manager, Sherry Lyons, is dealing with her daughter’s accident. Sherry is a very strong woman and seems to be handling things as well as possible.

    Things haven’t been so good for another friend of mine.

    A tumor was recently found on the kidney of a dear friend’s 3-year-old son, Seth.

  • Owen County freshman squads play in district tourney

    For the freshman girls to win the 31st District Freshman Tournament, they had to beat the Lady Wildcats, twice.

    Owen County Freshman Girls Coach Terry Spaulding and the Lady Rebels opened with a game against the host Gallatin County Lady Wildcats. Owen County had very little trouble dispatching the home team, winning 53-29 to advance to the championship game. Courtney Waldrop had 19 points while Devin Jouett added 13. Hannah Neeley had eight points and Katelyn Sutherland tossed in seven. Lynsey Farrar had four points. Meredith Marston had two. 

  • Lady Rebels return from layoff to play beat the buzzer

    “This is just like last year,” Jensen Wainscott said as she entered the huddle during the final timeout of Friday night’s game with Oldham County.

    Wainscott was referring to Jan. 15, 2008, when her 3-pointer had given the Lady Rebels a 1-point lead over the Lady Colonels before the visitors went the length of the floor in the final seconds and scored to defeat Owen County 51-50.

    Following Rianna Gayheart’s 3-pointer, the Lady Rebels and their coach knew the best Oldham County could do would be to tie the game and send it to overtime.

  • Aldridge named new city clerk

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier had little doubt who would step up to fill the position of city clerk.

    The position came open after the death of Charlotte Cobb. Laura Aldridge, who had served as deputy city clerk for a year and a half, was sworn in as city clerk at the Feb. 3 Owenton City Council meeting.

  • Rebels drop two of three

    Owen County knew going into the week that it was not going to be easy.

    The Rebels were set to face off against Gallatin County, Williamstown and Grant County. They had defeated all three earlier in the season and all three had been decided in the final few minutes. Last week was to be much of the same.

    On Feb. 2, the Rebels headed to Warsaw to face Gallatin County. Owen County trailed 18-15 at the end of the first quarter. The Rebels rallied in the second quarter to outscore the Wildcats 16-8 and took a lead into halftime.