Local News

  • Grant will fund monthly help for Owen Co. hungry

    The First Christian Church of Owenton has accepted a grant from the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank to continue distributing food over the next three years in hopes of becoming a partnering agency with the Foodbank.
    The church had been distributing food four times a year, but with the grant will now distribute the third Saturday of every month through March 2015.
    After March 2015, a new schedule will be put into place.

  • Farm Bureau certifies three Owen County farm markets

    Staff Report
    Owen County is home to three of the 104 certified farm markets across the commonwealth recently accepted into the 2014 Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program. The Owen County members are: Ayres Family Orchard, Michels Family Farm, and Steepleview Farm.
    In joining the Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, these markets have committed to offering quality products and service to their customers.

  • Extension service celebrates centennial - 1946-1954

    The following is the fourth entry in a series of articles on the history of the extension service in Owen County.

    By Dorris Gill and Kim Strohmeier

  • Pageant to benefit Relay for Life

    The second annual Queens for a Life Pageant will take place April 19 at 1 p.m. at the Owen County High School Auditorium.
    The deadline to enter is April 5 for a fee of $30.  There will be no door entries this year.
    This pageant is an open pageant to all counties that have contestants who wish to participate. 
    All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and Owen County Relay for Life. 
    If you would like to make a donation or sponsor an award, contact Rita Lathrem at 502-750-1928 or Brittany Clark at 502-514-5926. 

  • Leadership Owen County: Group explores services for kids

    By Doug Brooks, Joan Kincaid and Meagan Greenlee
    For the News-Herald
    March 5 was our second Leadership Owen County session. We traveled to the schools, day cares, and to the Owen County Library.
    Owen County really loves and takes care of their children.
    After visiting the school system, we found out that they have several different programs helping children.

  • Friday fire ruled arson

    A Friday morning fire on Claxon’s Ridge Road has been ruled arson by the state.
    Monterey Volunteer Fire Chief Larry House said the fire at 645 Claxon Ridge Rd. began around 6 a.m.
    “It was mostly smoke damage,” House said. “It was burnt on the inside real bad, but it didn’t burn all the way down.”
    House said an arson investigator was called to the scene and ruled the blaze arson.
    “The (house door) had been kicked in from the outside and gas had been poured in the hallway next to the furnace,” House said.

  • Owen sheriff seeks pair of suspects for gasoline theft

    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond is hopeful someone can identify one of the two people involved in a drive-off at Smitty’s Gas and Food Sunday.
    Hammond said the incident took place around 6 p.m. when a blue Nissan pulled into the gas station, located at 6035 Hwy. 355 in Gratz.  
    “A man and a woman came out of the car,” Hammond said. “The woman went in and asked where the bathroom was while the man pumped gas.”

  • Classification reform bill expected to pass this session

    A bill in the Kentucky Legislature could bring major changes to the city classification system.
    State Rep. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown, who represents Owen County, said what the bill does is clean up an antiquated system that is overly complex.
    “Basically, what it does is create two classifications - Louisville, because of its size and type of government, and everyone else,” Quarles said.

  • Last day for students set for June 6

    Thanks to the Kentucky Education Commissioner, Owen County students will still get a couple of days of spring break.
    The Owen County Board of Education met Monday and once again adjusted the school calendar for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year.
    Owen County School Superintendent Rob Stafford said the board had applied to the Kentucky Department of Education to have the three days missed due to the waterline breaks in January excused.

  • Officials to answer questions at forum

    The merging of county and city government and the reclassification of the City of Owenton will be the topics of discussion at a public forum hosted by the Owen County Chamber of Commerce March 25.
    Owen County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Frank Downing said although the chamber has no position on the issues, it’s time for citizens to become aware of the facts.