http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Veterans memorial in Gratz dedicated by New family, friends http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/veterans-memorial-gratz-dedicated-new-family-friends <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/earl.jpg" alt="A large crowd turned out for the dedication ceremonies for the Earl New Veterans Memorial in Gratz. " title="A large crowd turned out for the dedication ceremonies for the Earl New Veterans Memorial in Gratz. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>BY MARLENE BROWNING-WAINSCOTT<br /> Special to the News-Herald<br /> </strong></p> Sparrow served during World War II in England and France http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/sparrow-served-during-world-war-ii-england-and-france <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sparrow1.jpg" alt="Archie Clarence ‘AC’ Sparrow" title="Archie Clarence ‘AC’ Sparrow" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> <strong>BY MARLENE BROWNING-WAINSCOTT<br /> Special to the News-Herald<br /> </strong></p> Hometown Heroes http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/hometown-heroes <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/greg_0.jpg" alt="Owenton maintenance employee Greg Estes hangs the Hometown Heroes banners along Main Street Monday. The banners will be presented Friday evening at the conclusion of the Purple Heart County designation ceremony, beginning at 7 p.m. on the Owen County Courthouse lawn. Owen County Lower and Upper Elementary School and Maurice Bowling Middle School students have hand painted patriotic luminaries to line the sidewalks so those in attendance can take an “honor walk” around the downtown area while learning about a few of the county’s “hometown heroes.”" title="Owenton maintenance employee Greg Estes hangs the Hometown Heroes banners along Main Street Monday. The banners will be presented Friday evening at the conclusion of the Purple Heart County designation ceremony, beginning at 7 p.m. on the Owen County Courthouse lawn. Owen County Lower and Upper Elementary School and Maurice Bowling Middle School students have hand painted patriotic luminaries to line the sidewalks so those in attendance can take an “honor walk” around the downtown area while learning about a few of the county’s “hometown heroes.”" align="left" hspace="6" width="48" height="85" /> Celebrating Purple Heart heroes http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/celebrating-purple-heart-heroes <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/n1111p34002c.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> As Memorial Day nears, organizations across the country are busy planning events to honor America&rsquo;s heroes &mdash; men and women who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.<br /> Things are no different in Owen County, as the Owen County Historical Society partners with the Owen County Judge-Executive&rsquo;s office to become a Purple Heart County.<br /> Tourism spending up 37 percent locally http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/tourism-spending-37-percent-locally <p> While Owen County&rsquo;s tourism commission continues to search for ways to attract visitors, the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet recently announced the state&rsquo;s largest growth in tourism dollars since 2005.<br /> All nine of the state&rsquo;s tourism regions registered gains in 2016, with more than $3 billion spent in the Northern Kentucky River Region, according to the economic impact study.<br /> A familiar face takes the helm at Owen County Public Library http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/familiar-face-takes-helm-owen-county-public-library <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/faith_and_jennifer.jpg" alt="Jennifer Chancery, left, an 11-year veteran of the Owen County Public Library recently became its newest director after Faith Mulberry, right, recently resigned to become the next manager of the Kenton County Public Library’s William E. Durr branch. " title="Jennifer Chancery, left, an 11-year veteran of the Owen County Public Library recently became its newest director after Faith Mulberry, right, recently resigned to become the next manager of the Kenton County Public Library’s William E. Durr branch. " align="left" hspace="6" width="58" height="85" /><p> At the close of business May 10, Owen County Public Library Director Faith Mulberry said goodbye to her colleagues of six years, entrusting the library&rsquo;s future with 11-year OCPL veteran Jennifer Chancery.<br /> Mulberry, a resident of Grant County, submitted her letter of resignation to the library&rsquo;s board April 13, to become the next manager of the Kenton County Public Library&rsquo;s William E. Durr branch. Mulberry served as OCPL&rsquo;s director for just over a year, following the resignation of Jennifer Nippert in 2016.<br /> Community Events | May 17, 2017 http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/community-events-may-17-2017 <p> <strong>FCC Community Food Pantry open May 17 and 20</strong><br /> The FCC Community Food Pantry, 217 W. Seminary St., will be open from 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, May 17, and Saturday, May 20. To make an appointment call (502) 484-3451 or (502) 750-3342 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, only. One-hundred appointments will be scheduled.</p> Owen District Court | May 12, 2017 http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/owen-district-court-may-12-2017 <p> May 12, 2017</p>