Today's News

  • Owen district forced to cut nine certified positions

    As school districts nationwide continue to struggle with budget issues, the Owen County School Board recently approved a staffing allocation that will leave the district short nine certified positions.
    The pool of certified positions mainly consists of classroom teachers.
    The board met March 22 for further budget discussion and also approved for the Owen County primary and elementary schools to share a media specialist and guidance counselor as part of the staffing allocation.

  • Owen County Historical Society: General stores helped bind communities

    Every possible nook and cranny was enlisted to display the unique, the unusual, or the most current sought after item.
    Shelves were packed with canned goods, oil lamps, material by the yard, and the latest remedies for coughs and colds. Staples such as flour, sugar, coffee, and meal were in plentiful supply and the candy case offered a wide variety of sweets to the delight of local youngsters.

  • Operation preparation

    Each eighth- and 10th-grade student in Owen County recently had the opportunity to meet with a member of the community in a statewide effort to better prepare students for post-graduation life.
    The effort, called Operation Preparation, was announced in August 2011 by Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday.
    The week of college and career readiness advising was held March 12-16 and was not mandatory, but advised.

  • Judge urges caution

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith is asking citizens during the Commonwealth Cleanup Week and Owen County and City of Owenton Cleanup week to be on the lookout for roadside meth labs.
    Keith said the roadside labs are often green bottles with granulated material inside as the “cooking” vessel. The labs become very unstable and may explode on contact, Keith said.

  • Cleaning up the county

    In an effort to clean up Owen County, the Owen County Fiscal Court and Owenton City Council have joined forces for a first annual cleanup week.
    The county and city are asking for volunteers and property owners to help make Owen County a cleaner place. Communities are being ask to help clean up roads, properties and homes.
    Owen County Solid Waste Coordinator Greg Smoot said anyone can participate in the cleanup week.

  • Budget issues intensify for board of education

    Looking to avoid going on the state’s watch list, the Owen County Board of Education continued its budget discussion during a regularly scheduled meeting Monday.
    Owen County Schools Finance Officer Sheila Miller said in order for the district’s budget to be balanced and to meet a 2 percent contingency $350,000 is needed.
    According to Miller, $635,000 is needed in increased revenue or decreased expenditures to meet the $350,000.

  • Sell sails into sales, graphics position at News-Herald

    The News-Herald would like to welcome a new member to the team.
    Roberta Sell, a native of Indiana, joined the newspaper staff earlier this year and is excited about learning about Owen County.
    “Owen County is a beautiful and unique place,” Sell said. “There are so many thriving businesses nestled within such a serene country setting. I liked it upon first sight.”
    Sell replaces Nicole Guest who accepted a position at another company in northern Kentucky.

  • Owen County Historical Society: Civil War was pivotal moment in Owen Co.

    “It takes a lot of glory out of war to see the dead being buried.”

    These words were written by John F. Campbell who, as a boy on his father’s farm, witnessed the Civil War battle of Stone River. Burial of thousands of dead left a lasting impression upon John who would always lament the tragedy of Americans fighting each other.

  • Legislative Update by Damon Thayer: Religious Freedom Act on the table

    The Senate had a full week of legislation and committee meetings, in addition to logging in long hours working on the state’s biannual budget. With 10 days remaining, you will see a flurry of bills voted through the chambers and updates on the budget and state’s road plan these last few working days.
    This week, the Senate considered and approved many important measures. Two in particular propose constitutional amendments.

  • Owen County District Court: March 16, 2012

    Michael W. Asher, 1988, first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree fleeing or evading the police, pleaded not guilty, preliminary hearing set for March 23.
    Timothy A. Caylor, 1972, motion to revoke probation, pleaded not guilty, appointed public attorney.
    Timothy Allen Caylor, 1972, first-degree indecent exposure, pleaded not guilty, appointed public attorney, bench trial set for April 27.
    Seth Allen Keith, 1980, non-payment of fines, continued to March 30.
    Seth Allen Keith, 1980, non-payment of fines, continued to March 30.