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  • Reigning Miss Owen County newest addition to News-Herald staff

    Reigning Miss Owen County Audrey Lewis became the newest addition to The News-Herald’s staff June 14.

    Lewis, a rising Owen County High School senior, will serve as the newspaper’s summer reporter before returning to OCHS in August for her final year of public education.

    During her junior year at OCHS, Lewis, 17, became a sports correspondent for the newspaper, covering basketball and spring sports.

  • Sheriff’s deputy, officer recover stolen vehicle, net four arrests

    A joint effort by the Owen County Sheriff’s Office, Owenton Police Department and Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office led to the recovery of a stolen vehicle out of Tennessee June 10.

    The incident began during Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Tracy’s shift. Tracy first observed the vehicle at Roland Avenue and Highway 127, when it swerved and crossed the yellow line. That’s when Tracy said he got behind the car and initiated a traffic stop with the assistance of Owenton Police Officer Clint Aldridge.

  • Eastern Kentucky native to lead Owen County Elementary

    By Audrey Lewis
    N-H Reporter

    With less than two months remaining before students begin the 2018-19 school year, the Owen County Elementary School Site-Based Decision-Making Council (SBDM) has selected a new leader following the retirement of longtime educator and principal Sharen Hubbard.

    Terry Quillen, a 53-year-old native of Martin County, Ky., will take the helm at both the Owen County Lower and Upper Elementary Schools when the semester begins Aug. 15.

  • Henry County man killed in Gratz Road accident

    A Henry County man is dead following what the Owen County Sheriff’s Office is calling a “tragic accident” near Gratz.
    Emergency personnel responded to dispatch near the 8200 block of Gratz Road, at 3:46 p.m., Friday, after the brakes failed on a truck hauling 7 tons of fertilizer, according to Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Marvin Goodrich.

  • County employees may receive 2 percent pay raise

    With the 2018-19 budget deadline looming over the Owen County Fiscal Court, good news may be in store for county employees in the way of a 2 percent raise.
    The Court held a first reading of the nearly $6.35 million budget at its May 23 meeting. The budget must be given a second reading and approved no later than June 30, and will be in effect from July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019.

  • County employees may receive 2 percent pay raise

    With the 2018-19 budget deadline looming over the Owen County Fiscal Court, good news may be in store for county employees in the way of a 2 percent raise.
    The Court held a first reading of the nearly $6.35 million budget at its May 23 meeting. The budget must be given a second reading and approved no later than June 30, and will be in effect from July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019.

  • 1 year and 100 pounds lighter: Local woman defies odds with weight loss

    Thirty-two fast food restaurants separate Liz Hopkins from her driveway on Cull Road and her office in Lexington. Each day that she resists the urge to pull into one of the many drive-throughs is another small victory in a year-long journey that has left the 40-year-old registered nurse 100 pounds lighter.
    While Hopkins freely admits that she has struggled with her weight since adolescence, her unhealthy eating habits and sedentary lifestyle began catching up with her while in her 30s.

  • Mayberry Day cruises back into town Friday-Saturday

    Whether you’ve been a fan of the Andy Griffith Show since its original run in the 1960s or became a fan by watching reruns of the hit sitcom in recent years, nearly everyone is familiar with the little town of Mayberry.
    This weekend, those traveling through Owenton will have the opportunity to step back in time and experience a real-life Mayberry as the fourth annual “Mayberry Days” cruises back into town.
    The event will begin Friday with the annual Heritage Power Tractor Show at the Owen County Fairgrounds.

  • Beshear randomly selects Owen for post-primary election audit

    Attorney General Andy Beshear last week announced the six Kentucky counties to undergo independent inquiries for any potential irregularities that may have occurred during the May 22 primary election.
    The counties, randomly drawn by Beshear in a publicly held drawing, include Owen, Bullitt, Jessamine, Powell, Rowan and Scott counties.

  • FCC Food Pantry relocates to West Perry Street

    The Owenton First Christian Church Food Pantry opened its doors to serve the people of Owen County on a monthly basis in 2011.
    First sponsored by a grant from the Free Store Food Bank, the pantry quickly outgrew the tables set up each month in the church parking lot and moved to a small building on Seminary Street. A delivery each month provides enough food for 100 families in Owen County. The food includes a balance of meat, breads, pastas, canned goods, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as some sweets. Local community butchers provide seasonal meats as well.