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Today's News

  • Owen County's memorable moments of 2015

    As we look back at the year 2015, it becomes clear that many elements of life in Owen County will always stay the same.

    Owen County is a community that values its traditions, but continues to look for ways to improve itself while honoring and preserving history. 

    We hope you enjoy this special looking back edition of the News-Herald. 

  • At the Library | April 27, 2016

    Kids Cook: Snacks

    Learn how to make your own snacks. If you enjoy having fun in the kitchen and eating, this class is for you. Appropriate for children 9 and up, beginning at 3:15 p.m., today (Wednesday).

    Storytime for Pre-Schoolers

    Join Miss Susan at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, to enjoy picture books, crafts and fun. Caregivers are an essential part of the experience for children.

    Stuffed Animal Pet Show

  • Community News | April 27, 2016

    Baccalaureate service to be held May 15

    The community is invited to attend the Owen County High School Class of 2016 baccalaureate service, beginning at 6 p.m., Sunday, May 15, in the gymnasium at Owen County High. A short reception will follow the service.

    Absentee voting has begun

    Absentee voting for the May 17 primary election has begun. If you will be out of town on the day of the election, you may stop by the Owen County Clerk’s Office to vote as an absentee now through Monday, May 16.

  • Inverness: A reminder of Scottish ancestry in Owen

    A small village located in the Scottish highlands boasts of a long history of castles, battles and the Loch Ness monster. Its name, “Inverness,” traveled with Scottish immigrants across the Atlantic, and was bestowed upon several towns and villages in the raw, new land of America.

    The Gowers immigrated from Inverness, Scotland, to Kentucky in the early 1800s. Their daughter, Lucy Harriet Gower, married an upcoming Owenton lawyer in 1824.

  • Court News | April 27, 2016

    Owen District Court | April 21, 2016

    Jonathan D. Holland, 1976, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, possession of marijuana, pleaded not guilty, hiring attorney, continued first appearance set for May 6.

    Brittany Plummer, 1990, theft by unlawful taking, bonded out.

    Jesse T. Romans, 1993, second-degree assault, pleaded not guilty, preliminary hearing set for April 29.

  • Looking back | April 27, 2016

    Weather woes continue
    April 27, 2011
    5 years ago

    As scattered showers continued to fall across Owen County Monday, one Owen County farmer began the cleanup process after a confirmed tornado just over the Grant County line on Pettit Pike destroyed four of his tobacco barns.

    Asa Phillips, a long-time Owen County farmer and first district magistrate said the damages took place Saturday afternoon.

  • Sunshine, spring activities plentiful

    Jean O’Banion is really improving, at last. Wanda said she is beginning to gain weight. In fact, she is doing so well, Ray felt like he could get away for a few days.

    He, Wanda and Barbara went to Green River Lake to her houseboat and spent the weekend. She said the weather was beautiful, perfect for fishing on Saturday when they got there. There was a bass tournament going on, but it didn’t bother them. They were fishing for crappie. They were biting and they got enough for two suppers while they were there and enough to freeze and bring home.

  • Columbia receives 2016 KMHI scholarship

    SPARTA – The Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute (KMHI) is pleased to announce that Arielle M. Columbia, Sparta, has been named as a 2016 KMHI Scholarship Award recipient. Arielle received one of five $1,000 scholarship awarded in April to graduating high school seniors who currently reside in manufactured homes in Kentucky.

  • State police urges citizens to turn in unused prescription drugs

    Kentucky State Police (KSP) is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on April 30, 2016 in a collaborative effort to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from home medicine cabinets.  Collection activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in every KSP Post area across the state.

    Sgt. Michael Webb, spokesperson for KSP, advised that the program is designed to be easy for citizens and offered the following tips for those interested in participating:

  • Early College Program gives students college credit at little cost

    By MAKENZIE DAVIS
    N-H School Correspondent

    Another group of Owen County High School students are finishing up their first semester in college … during high school.

    OCHS offers the unique opportunity of an Early College Program through Jefferson Community and Technical College to students who wish to earn college credit at a fraction of the cost.

    Those enrolled ride a bus to the JCTC Carrollton campus a few days each week for morning classes, then return to OCHS for the rest of their high school classes.