http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Another shot at county going ‘wet’ http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/another-shot-county-going-%E2%80%98wet%E2%80%99 <p> A wet-dry petition is once again making the rounds in Owen County.</p> <p> The petition reads, &ldquo;We the undersigned registered voters hereby petition for election the following question: Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in Owen County?&rdquo;</p> <p> A yes or no option is not given on the petition; therefore, it is only asking those in favor to sign.</p> <p> The petitions have been spotted in several locations, including Smoker Friendly on North Main Street.</p> In your own words: Do you think a wet-dry vote would pass in 2016? http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/your-own-words-do-you-think-wet-dry-vote-would-pass-2016 <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tom_strassell.jpg" alt="“Nah, I don’t think it will pass. People are religious down here and they don’t like alcohol.” – &lt;b&gt;Tom Strassell&lt;/b&gt;" title="“Nah, I don’t think it will pass. People are religious down here and they don’t like alcohol.” – &lt;b&gt;Tom Strassell&lt;/b&gt;" align="left" hspace="6" width="70" height="85" /> Red Cross assists family following Hwy. 330 blaze http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/red-cross-assists-family-following-hwy-330-blaze <p> About 60 percent of Michael and Angela Varner&rsquo;s home was engulfed in flames when local fire departments arrived on scene Jan. 27.</p> <p> No one was home when emergency personnel was dispatched to 8515 Hwy. 330, at 9:18 a.m., after a passerby called in the fire.</p> <p> Firefighters arrived on scene at 9:32 a.m. and found the roof was already beginning to cave in.</p> 2 polling locations to change http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/2-polling-locations-change <p> Registered voters in the South Owenton and Lubsy&rsquo;s Mill precincts will find themselves at a new polling location beginning with the March 8 special election.</p> <p> The two precincts will now vote at the Owen County Extension Office, located at 265 Ellis Highway.</p> <p> Owen County Clerk Laurel Stivers said the two precincts have been voting at Owen County High School, located on Highway 22.</p> Open for business: HealthPoint begins operations in Owen County http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/open-business-healthpoint-begins-operations-owen-county <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/healthpoint.jpg" alt="HealthPoint Family Care placed a sign in the front door with the hours of operation for the Owenton clinic. HealthPoint practice administrator Pam Smallwood said new permanent signs would arrive soon to replace the old New Horizons signs." title="HealthPoint Family Care placed a sign in the front door with the hours of operation for the Owenton clinic. HealthPoint practice administrator Pam Smallwood said new permanent signs would arrive soon to replace the old New Horizons signs." align="left" hspace="6" width="111" height="85" /><p> The sign by the highway may say New Horizons, but Healthpoint Family Care opened for patients Monday morning at 120 Progress Way.</p> <p> The clinic is still providing family medicine and pediatric care services just as the space did under the former New Horizons administration, said Chris Goddard, chief executive officer of HealthPoint.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re anxious to pick up where the doctors left off and the beauty of it all is patients shouldn&rsquo;t (be able to) tell the difference,&rdquo; Goddard said.</p> State sporting clays championship will return to Elk Creek Hunt Club http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/state-sporting-clays-championship-will-return-elk-creek-hunt-club <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/shootingclays.jpg" alt="The Elk Creek Hunt Club will host the Elk Creek Open in addition to the main event Kentucky State Sporting Clays Championship during the Aug. 26-28 event weekend. The championship was previously held at the Elk Creek Hunt Club in 2013." title="The Elk Creek Hunt Club will host the Elk Creek Open in addition to the main event Kentucky State Sporting Clays Championship during the Aug. 26-28 event weekend. The championship was previously held at the Elk Creek Hunt Club in 2013." align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> It has been three years, but Kentucky State Sporting Clays Championship will make a return to Owen County this summer.</p> <p> Elk Creek Hunt Club is the host for the 2016 championship, which runs from Aug. 26-28, is expected to attract between 250 and 300 shooters from across the nation. The highest-attendance for the club&rsquo;s monthly shoot within the past year was 120 people, said Shadoe Perry, Elk Creek&rsquo;s manager and events planner.</p> St. E expected to take over hospital Feb. 1 http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/st-e-expected-take-over-hospital-feb-1 <p> Following weeks of negotiations, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge has approved a purchase agreement allowing St. Elizabeth Healthcare to acquire New Horizons Health System&rsquo;s assets.</p> <p> St. Elizabeth, as well as HealthPoint Family Care, are expected to begin operations in Owen County beginning Feb. 1.</p> In your own words: Locals respond to St. Elizabeth take over http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/your-own-words-locals-respond-st-elizabeth-take-over <img src="http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/wilson.jpg" alt="&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;“It’s what we needed. It’s really what we needed. New Horizons wasn’t too good.”&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt; – Tammy Wilson" title="&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;“It’s what we needed. It’s really what we needed. New Horizons wasn’t too good.”&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt; – Tammy Wilson" align="left" hspace="6" />