http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Alleged shooting suspect apprehended in New Mexico http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/alleged-shooting-suspect-apprehended-new-mexico <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/image004_0.jpg" alt="Derrick Mays Thomas" title="Derrick Mays Thomas" align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> The suspect in a shooting on Old Columbus Road Friday was apprehended earlier today at a motel in Gallup, New Mexico.<br /> Derrick Mays Thomas, 23, allegedly opened fire on James Neal, 54, and Amber Neal, 25, around 11:18 p.m., Friday.<br /> Following the shooting, Thomas fled the scene with 22-year-old Elizabeth Neal and their two children, ages 1 and 3.<br /> SHOOTING VICTIM: 'RETURN MY GIRLS' http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/shooting-victim-return-my-girls <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dscf7001.jpg" alt="Amber Neal, a victim in Friday’s shooting on Old Columbus Road, points to a bullet hole left in her family’s car by Derrick Mays Thomas of Mt. Sterling. Kentucky State Police said Thomas shot and injured James Neal and his daughter Amber Neal following an altercation with James Neal. Following the shooting, Thomas, fled the scene with Elizabeth Neal and their two young children." title="Amber Neal, a victim in Friday’s shooting on Old Columbus Road, points to a bullet hole left in her family’s car by Derrick Mays Thomas of Mt. Sterling. Kentucky State Police said Thomas shot and injured James Neal and his daughter Amber Neal following an altercation with James Neal. Following the shooting, Thomas, fled the scene with Elizabeth Neal and their two young children." align="left" hspace="6" width="131" height="85" /><p> UPDATE (Wednesday, Feb. 22 | 2 p.m.): Thomas was apprehended in Gallup, New Mexico. Both children are safe, according to Kentucky State Police.</p> Community support keeps family’s spirits high http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/community-support-keeps-family%E2%80%99s-spirits-high <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/image21.jpg" alt="Annastasia “Anna” Grubbs and her family will participate in the 12th annual CHD Walk for Awareness March 4. " title="Annastasia “Anna” Grubbs and her family will participate in the 12th annual CHD Walk for Awareness March 4. " align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> At just 4 months old, Annastasia &ldquo;Anna&rdquo; Grubbs has faced more surgeries and beaten more survival odds than most people endure during their adult lives.<br /> Anna was born with the congenital heart defect (CHD), Coarctation of the Aorta, described as a narrowing of the aorta, restricting proper oxygen and nutrients to the rest of the body.<br /> Statewide tornado drill will be Tuesday http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/statewide-tornado-drill-will-be-tuesday <p> FRANKFORT, Ky.&nbsp; &ndash; Governor Matt Bevin has signed a proclamation proclaiming March 1-7, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.<br /> Partnering with Kentucky Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, Owen County Emergency Management recognizes March 1, 7, 2017 as &ldquo;Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.&rdquo; &nbsp;<br /> KKK fliers found outside Owenton residences http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/kkk-fliers-found-outside-owenton-residences <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/photo_2.jpg" alt="Klu Klux Klan recruitment fliers were found at several residences along Roland Avenue Sunday. Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry is seeking information from anyone who may have seen the fliers being distributed. " title="Klu Klux Klan recruitment fliers were found at several residences along Roland Avenue Sunday. Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry is seeking information from anyone who may have seen the fliers being distributed. " align="left" hspace="6" width="78" height="85" /><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">The Owenton Police Department is seeking information after receiving a complaint of Klu Klux Klan fliers left at residences along Roland Avenue.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Small packages containing birdseed and a flier reading, &ldquo;The KKK Wants You,&rdquo; along with an illustration depicting a hooded klansman and a hotline number for the Confederate White Knights were reportedly left at several residences along the city street.</span></p> Sunday sales fail to gain traction with city council members http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/sunday-sales-fail-gain-traction-city-council-members <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/carolyn_city_council.jpg" alt="Former Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith addresses the Owenton City Council. Keith called the correlation between alcohol and hard drugs “staggering.”" title="Former Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith addresses the Owenton City Council. Keith called the correlation between alcohol and hard drugs “staggering.”" align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The ongoing proposal to change the current city alcohol ordinance came to a peak at the Feb. 7 city council meeting, with approximately 25 concerned citizens in attendance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Owenton Mayor David &ldquo;Milkweed&rdquo; Wotier began the meeting with a caution.</span></p> Family finds support system in local non-profit http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/family-finds-support-system-local-non-profit <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/owen-a-01-02-15-17-p_1.jpg" alt="16-month-old Jesse Cook was recently diagnosed with a congenital heart disease. Despite his struggle, his family members have found hope in the local non-profit, God’s Special Little Hearts, Inc., which will host its 12th annual CHD Awareness Walk March 4. " title="16-month-old Jesse Cook was recently diagnosed with a congenital heart disease. Despite his struggle, his family members have found hope in the local non-profit, God’s Special Little Hearts, Inc., which will host its 12th annual CHD Awareness Walk March 4. " align="left" hspace="6" width="75" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Judith and George Cook of Corinth have spent the past 16 months caring for their grandson, Jesse, who was born at 26 weeks old, only weighing 2.5 lbs.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The couple&rsquo;s struggle recently became even more daunting when Jesse was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect (CHD) known as Atrial Septal Defect (ASD).&nbsp;</span></p> Itron moves closer to marketing facility http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/itron-moves-closer-marketing-facility <p class="p1"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">In a recent meeting with Owen County officials, Itron focused on the next steps for marketing its Owenton facility.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The move comes after Itron announced in November that it would shutter its local facility, leaving 450 employees behind.&nbsp;</span></p>