Local News

  • Kincaid won’t seek re-election

    After 35 years in county government, Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid has announced she will step aside and bid farewell to her “courthouse friends.”
    Kincaid announced she will not seek re-election next year during a recent Owen County Fiscal Court meeting.
    She hopes her early announcement will give any potential successor ample time to throw a hat in the ring.

  • Court declares bridge repair an emergency

    The condition of the bridge on Sawdridge Creek Road has been declared an emergency after a special Owen County Fiscal Court meeting Thursday.
    The court approved a resolution following damages to the bridge from June’s heavy rains.
    According to the resolution, repairs are needed as soon as possible and the court has applied for emergency money for repair work to the bridge.
    “It’s a dead-end road,” Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said. “They’re isolated back there.”

  • Back to the books: Teachers getting ready for first day of school Aug. 14

    With summer vacation coming to a close, teachers and principals across the Owen County district are preparing to welcome students back to school.
    The first day for students is Aug. 14, but Owen County School District Director of Instructional Support Services Reggie Taylor said teachers work tirelessly throughout the summer in preparation for the upcoming year.
    Taylor, who was recently hired to oversee curriculum, instruction, federal programs and professional development, said he has been impressed with the dedication of all staff throughout the summer.

  • Owen man charged after allegedly busting out police cruiser window

    An Owenton man was arrested Sunday after attempting to escape Kentucky State Police.
    Kentucky State Police Post 5 Public Affairs Trooper Brad Arterburn said 20-year-old Caleb Shafer was arrested for public intoxication at a field party Sunday.
    “Someone called in that he was trying to fight people and wouldn’t leave,” Arterburn said. “He was arrested and put in the back of the cruiser and then kicked out one of the windows. He didn’t actually get away, but he attempted it.”

  • Senior club celebrates birthday of oldest member

    The Owen County Senior Citizens Club meeting was held July 17.
    The meeting was called to order with 15 members present.
    The pledge to the flag was conducted.
    The group recognized Lenora Kelly Olds, the club’s oldest member. Her dedication over the 20 years has been such an uplift to the club.
    Discussion was held on planning things for Sweet Owen Day, which is Sept. 21.
    If anyone wishes to donate, they can call 502-484-2825 or 502-484-2493.
    A trip to Renfro Valley will be planned soon for the Christmas show.

  • Owen library to host senior health fair

    Senior First Care Advisors, LLC and Owen County Public Library will host a Fall Senior Health Fair.
    The event will be held at the library in Owenton.
    The fair will be held Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Health screenings, door prizes, and giveaways will be offered.
    If local vendors would like to participate, contact Suzanne Piper of Senior First Care Advisors at 513-535-8592 or suzanne.sfca@gmail.com.

  • Friends of Bethany talk about the good old days

    By Jim Lawrence
    For the News-Herald
    There were 14 friends of Bethany School who met at Noble Restaurant on July 13.
    Attendees were Emma Juett, Donald Crupper, Ernest and Sara Smith, Lucille Mason, Lois Skirvin, Fanny Whitton, Gene Wynn, Jean Murphy, Duard and Ann Glass and Betty and Jim Lawrence.
    Much conversation related to time spent on school buses to and from school.
    Most school terms in the 1940s began following Labor Day.

  • KEEP group helps out Owen Co. horse show

    The Grassroots Committee of the Kentucky Equine Education Project has announced it has awarded $500 to the Owen County Fair and Horse Show.
    The funds are to be used to purchase awards for a horse show.
    The Kentucky Equine Education Project is a statewide, not-for-profit association formed to promote and educate the public on the value of the horse industry to the state of Kentucky. The mission of education and promotion is enhanced by the grant program which assists local horse shows, 4-H horse club, and equine programs across the state.


  • Education donation: Womens' group helps needy students

    The Owen County Family Resource and Youth Services Center would like to thank the Owen County Baptist Association Women’s Missionary Union for its  donations of school supplies that will go to help students in kindergarten through 12th grades in the Owen County School District. There will be no Back to School Bash this year. If you are in need of school supplies for your child, contact Beverly Marcum in The Family Resource Center at 484-4014 for kindergarten through fourth grader or Becky Mefford in The Youth Service Center at 484-4017 for fifth through 12th grades.

  • Elk Creek wins double gold medal

    Wineries from Paducah, Lexington, Versailles, and Owen County took honors at the inaugural Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition.
    The Paducah Peach wine from Purple Toad Winery of Paducah won the Commissioner’s Cup as the best sweet wine and earned one of two double gold honors awarded in the competition.
    The 2009 Reserve Chambourcin submitted by Wildside Winery of Versailles was named best dry red.
    The 2012 “Taste of the Sun” Vidal Blanc from Harkness Edwards Vineyards of Lexington took top honors in best dry white.