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Today's News

  • Kids help build stepping stones at library

    We were thrilled to see 130 parents and children attend our last summer reading session with Nelstone Stone Carving. With a little help from Penny and Al, we completed four new limestone stepping stones for our landscaping that were made by members of our community.

    They look great, and every time we see them, we’ll remember what a great day we had at the library with all of the program participants. The stones are currently on display at the front desk, so take a look as you check out your favorite books, movies or CDs.

  • Elk Creek wins awards at national competition

    Elk Creek Vineyard recently received two silver medals and a bronze medal in the Third Annual Mid-American Wine Competition held at the Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, Iowa campus.

    “These wines were top notch,” Bob Foster, director of the Mid-American Wine Competition, said. “Consumers ought to track them down and taste them.”

  • Owen County teams prepare for upcoming seasons

    While most are enjoying summer, players and coaches at Owen County High School are starting to practice for the fall.

    Fall sports teams are allowed to begin practice today in preparation for the upcoming seasons.

    Football, volleyball, soccer, cross country and golf will begin practice over the next few days as they looking forward to their first games or matches in August.

    The football team will open the season Aug. 29 at Grant County.

  • Despite flaws, Jackson’s impact will last generations

    On June 11, 1949, Hank Williams Sr. made his first appearance on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. He received an unprecedented six encores and was launched into superstardom at 25.

    He was dead by the age of 29.

    On Sept. 9, 1956, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. His swiveling hips, snarling lip and southern charm turned him into an overnight superstar.

    He died in 1977 at the age of 42.

    On Feb. 9, 1964, The Beatles made their first appearance on the Sullivan show.

  • Historical Society News By Bonnie Strassell

    During the early years,  drinking, gambling, and even dancing were infractions that resulted in exclusion from fellowship at the Poplar Grove Baptist Church; though many of the congregants were reinstated after repenting from their “wayward ways.”

  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series comes to Sparta

    Kentucky Speedway is gearing up for another busy weekend of racing. The track will host the “Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers” and the “Click it or Ticket. Buckle Up! Kentucky 150” Saturday night in Sparta.

    The first race is part of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series while the second is part of the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Both series have been racing at the Speedway since 2000.

  • Martial arts star

    Owen County resident Kendall Yount, 11, recently competed in the ATA TaeKwonDo World Championships held in Little Rock, Ark.She took a silver medal in sparring for her age division.

    Yount will be entering the sixth grade at The Frankfort Christian Academy. She trains at Moberly’s Black Belt Academy in Frankfort under instructor Katrina Nimmo.

  • Historical Society News

    Songs have always been part of America’s heritage and the people who settled Owen County brought with them the music and songs from Virginia and the Carolinas. Some of these songs were originally composed in Europe and sang on the ships traveling to America.

  • Owen County Court Records

    Editor’s note: The News-Herald reports all misdemeanors, felonies and small claims judgments in district court, except for juvenile court proceedings which are confidential; however, traffic offenses by juveniles are reported because they are public record. All civil suits in circuit court are reported. Claims made in a lawsuit present only one side of a case.

    Charges or citations reported to The News-Herald do not imply guilt. That is determined by the court.

    Information on this page is public record. Names will not be withheld by request.

    June 23, 2009

  • If you were guaranteed to get it, what would you ask for?

    A few weeks ago I heard a sermon about wisdom.

    I wisely took notes, then lost them and forgot much of what the pastor said.

    But I do remember one thing. He said God came to King Solomon in a dream and said he could ask for anything and he’d give it to him.

    What’s the one thing you want most, Sol? Riches? Power? A BMW and a penthouse overlooking the city? Good health? Long life? A soft-serve ice cream machine out by the pool?

    Solomon acknowledged God’s great kindness to his father, King David, and now to him as king of Israel.