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Today's News

  • Whitlock joins The News-Herald

    With county officials facing indictment and a major election just around the corner, it looks like I picked a good time to jump on board at The News-Herald.

    My name is John Whitlock and I’ve assumed the role as news editor here at the paper.

    First a little bit about my history.

    I was born in Cynthiana in 1965. Although I am a child of the 1960s, no one would accuse me of being a hippie. My father worked for the Harrison County Rural Electric Association. My mother was a nurse at Harrison Memorial Hospital for many years before retiring.

  • Politics and sports make a lot of promises

    In case you just arrived from Mars, we are in the middle of another presidential election. In fact, two weeks from today the election will be over. Notice I did not say decided, but the ballots will be cast.

    With the campaign winding down, I’ve been thinking how politics reminds me of sports. Anyone who knows me would say that everything reminds me of sports but I digress. Follow me here.

  • Judge rejects calls for resignation

    Several concerned citizens came to the Oct. 14 Owen County Fiscal Court meeting looking for answers and explanations regarding the charges brought by an Owen County grand jury against three local officials.

    Last month, former Owen County Deputy Judge-Executive Renaee Gaines, Owen County Judge-Executive Billy O’Banion and Owen County Treasurer Gayla Lewis were indicted for allegedly misappropriating money and charges of official misconduct.

    Local attorney Gerald Kemper said the Owen County Code of Ethics Committee should take up the matter.

  • District Court

    District Court

    Oct. 17, 2008

    Victor G. Carson, 1955, no or expired registration plates, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, first-degree fleeing or evading police, failure to wear seat belt, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, reckless driving, second-degree wanton endangerment, pleaded guilty, transferred to grand jury.

  • Monday becomes unlucky day for Rebels

    Monday is not a popular day of the week.

    For three Owen County High School athletic teams, Monday of last week was a day they happily put behind them.

    The day began with both soccer teams and the volleyball team opening up play in their respective district tournaments.

    At day’s end, all of their seasons were over.

    Not only would the boys’ soccer team like to forget last Monday, they also do not want to see Western Hills in the 25th District Tournament.

  • On the right track

    It is said there is no place like home.

    For Danielle Hoop and the rest of the Lady Rebel Cross Country team, that old saying seems to be true.

    The Lady Rebels ran in their only home race of the season Oct. 14.

    Hoop took first-place honors in the varsity race. The sophomore outran two runners from Henry County to claim the victory.

    Julie Spaulding captured fourth place. Amber Grover and Haley DeCandia ran to 11th and 12th place finishes while Morgan Walker finished in 14th place. Megan Barnes and Kelsey Johnson rounded out the top 20.

  • Sorghum Festival

    Driving down Hwy. 355, there is no traffic. One can admire the beautiful color of fall. You can feel almost isolated from the world in this awesome place. Seemingly out of nowhere, cars and trucks are everywhere, huge RV’s have parked and set up camp here along the Kentucky River and then you hear it start. The sorghum engine is making its sweet juice, you have arrived at the Sorghum Fest.

    Men are throwing wood in a hole in this big contraption that looks like a train engine. Smoke boils from the top and the wheel starts turning.

  • Total devastation

    A weekend fire has left an Owen County family homeless.

    Four different fire departments responded to a blaze at 745 Vance O’Banion Lane at approximately 9 p.m. Sunday.

    When firefighters arrived at the home of Marc and Bonnie Cooke, the blaze had already spread throughout much of the home.

    Units from Jonesville, Monterey, Owenton/Owen County and New Liberty were unable to save the home.

  • Striving for a healthy Owen County

    Three Rivers District Health Department and Home Health Agency stay busy throughout the year working on various projects to keep residents of Owen County healthy. Their two most recent ventures are a survey that addresses the health and wellness of Owen County residents and a program called Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP).

  • Domestic violence month

    October is Domestic Violence month. This happens everyday, everywhere. Many people feel alone – but that is not true. I am a survivor myself. The words and the beatings hurt your heart very deep inside. You may think there is no help, but call your local cop. It took me four months before I could come home from a shelter. If you have small kids, you owe them a better life.

    My sister and her husband opened their home to me, and Tony Stigers helped get me out of that awful situation.

    Hope Suttles