Today's News

  • End of an era

    After carrying passengers from Owen County to Henry County and back for 80 years, the Gratz bridge was blasted Tuesday, leaving only a memory and some worry behind.
    The iconic Gratz bridge on KY 22, with its distinctive appearance, was a landmark in the community since it opened in 1931. Officials with the Kentucky Department of Transportation said the “Warren through truss” construction of the bridge was based on a 1848 design.
    Given the age of the old bridge, a replacement project was added to the Kentucky State Highway Road Plan in 2000.

  • A tide rises against wet petition

    A petition in favor of a wet-dry vote in Owen County began circulating last month. Subsequently,  the Owen County Baptist Association began taking action to prevent changes to the current laws against the sale of alcoholic beverages.
    President of the Owen County Baptist Association and pastor of Beech Grove Baptist Church Steve Delaney presented the petition to the Owen County Fiscal Court at its regular meeting Feb. 8.
    Delaney said the petition against the wet-dry vote had garnered the support of 1,028 people.

  • Crash claims life of Owenton man

    An automobile accident early Thursday morning has left one Owen County man dead and injured another.
    According to Kentucky State Police in Campbellsburg, the single-vehicle accident  happened at approximately 5 a.m. Thursday in the northbound lane of Sweet Owen Road when the driver of a vehicle apparently failed to negotiate a curve.
    The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree and a fence.
    Zachary S. Asher, 26, from Owenton, was pronounced dead at the scene by Owen County Coroner Lannis Garnett.

  • Rebels knock off North Oldham

    The  Runnin’ Rebels (14-5) traveled to North Oldham (13-12) Tuesday night and picked up a road victory 57-51.
     Junior Sawyer Williams led the Rebels with 23 points, seven rebounds and three  steals.
    Junior Stone Osborne and sophomore Zach Ripy each contributed 11 points in the win.
    Freshman Jarrod Ball went 8-11 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
    Thursday, Owen County will travel north to face the Highlands Bluebirds.

    For a full report on the game, check out the next edition of the News-Herald.

  • Clarifying who can sign wet-dry petition

    In the print edition of the News-Herald. it was stated that names on the wet-dry petition would be checked to make sure the signees voted in the last general election. This is incorrect.
    To take part in the petition, signees must be been registered to vote in Owen County. They do not have to have voted in the last election.
    The signatures will only be checked to make sure voters registered in Owen County took part in the petition drive.
    We apologize for any confusion.

  • ‘Kentucky’ doesn’t mean invincible

    The Kentucky Wildcats will lose in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Why? It is simple. The game will not be played in Rupp Arena.
    The joke goes that Willie Nelson got injured last week when he was playing “on the road again.” The same can be said about Kentucky only it would not be a joke. With my apologies to Willie, the Wildcats now have a new theme song. The lyrics go like this:
    “On the road again. I can’t wait to lose on the road again.”

  • Even the young helped make Owen stronger

    When Gary Duvall reminisces about his childhood, one thing is evident: Parents considered hard work essential for children to develop character and to lay the foundation for responsible adulthood.
    Recalling working in tobacco fields when he was only 8, Gary didn’t consider that fact to be unusual, nor did his parents think the work too difficult. That was life in Owen County, and had been so since the first settlers arrived. Everyone, including the very young, contributed to the success of the family unit.

  • This week's church news

    Elk Lick Baptist

    We were all created in the image of God. Adam and Eve lived in paradise and were sinless.
    The tempter came to Eve and she gave to Adam. They gave in to sin for forbidden fruit and to know good and evil.
    They were naked and ashamed and hid from God. God asked him where aren’t thou? Man turned from God and caused him to judge us.

  • Youth basketball league results

    Despite all of the inclement weather, the Owen County Parks & Recreation youth basketball season has begun. The following are results from the first two weeks of action.

    K/1 League
    Cardinals: Hensley 12, Anderson 4.
    Wildcats: H. New 4, Ogden 9, Perry 1.
    Bearcats: Johnson 6, Blair 6, Wash 11, Varner 2.
    Colonels: Goodrich 11, S. Edmondson 4, K. Edmondson 4, Dunn 1.
    Thoroughbreds: Lindsey 3, Little 3, Barnes 2, Wilson 2.
    Junior Boys and Girls
    Lakers 12, Sparks 8.

  • Owen outlasts Grant

    The rivalry may not be what it once was, but don’t tell that to members of the Owen County or Grant County boys’ basketball teams. The two schools — that for years played heated contests in equally hot and cramped gymnasiums — played another close game Saturday in Dry Ridge.
    The gyms may now be bigger but the game Saturday was equally good. On Saturday night, Owen County held off Grant County for a 73-67 win.
    It was the second win this season over Grant County.