Local News

  • Homeowner attempted to foil burglary

    An incident at a home on Hwy. 22 East has led one man to be indicted on charges of burglary and assault.
    Benjamin Christopher Hellard, 33, was indicted on the charges of third-degree burglary, second-degree assault and first-degree persistent felony offender after allegedly breaking into the home and being caught by the homeowner.
    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said the incident took place May 24, when Hellard and another man allegedly stole a lawnmower and Weedeater, among other items.

  • Dairy Queen sign returned Casa

    The mystery behind who took the old Dairy Queen sign from the ground of Casa Mexican restaurant has been solved.
    According to Owenton Police Office rGary Alcorn, the taking of the sign was a matter of miscommunication between a member of the restaurant staff and the owner.
    Alcorn said a man asked an employee of the restaurant if he could take the sign. The employee didn’t realize the sign may have had any value and said the man could have it.

  • Couple revives former Amerimart location

    By Mary Alford
    N-H Staff Writer
    A new competitor has arrived on the Owen County scene.
    Ron and Claudette Howard of R and C Marts are new to the private industry world, but hope their investment, a Valero Gas Station, will gain ground here in Owenton.
    “It’s our first venture into the private industry and you know, we’re excited about it, everything seems to be running smooth,” Ron Howard said.
    The new store is located in the previous AmeriMart location.

  • Owen girl wins state FFA office

    For the first time in school history, Owen County High School has one of its own representing Rebel Nation as a Future Farmers of America state officer.
    Hunter Sutton, a 2013 OCHS graduate, will serve as the northern Kentucky region’s vice president.
    Sutton was chosen during the FFA’s 83rd annual state convention, held in Lexington June 11-13.
    OCHS FFA advisor and agriculture teacher Daniel Bustle said Sutton was elected as one of the northern Kentucky region’s candidates in the spring following an interview.

  • Fan Fair fanfare

    Organizers of the third annual Owen County Fan Fair are revving up their engines today for three days of contests, pageants and family fun.
    The event will kick off at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) with vendors for shopping and dining, as well as informational booths highlighting Owen County.
    This year’s event will host more vendors than ever before and will also offer options for lunch and dinner daily.
    A quilt show will also be held each day of Fan Fair at the Owen County Extension Office.

  • Party for the Past

    Owen County History Day was held Saturday at the Owen County Historical Society Museum. Those that attended enjoyed a day of activities, including music from John Harrod.

  • Fan Fair 2013

    Checkered flags are waving as Owen County Visioneers are preparing for the third annual Fan Fair, June 26-28.
    The festival located at Owen County Fairgrounds will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Once again,  vendors will be set up for shopping and dining pleasure and information booths will highlight Owen County.

    Wednesday June 26
    Family Fun Evening 4 to 8 p.m.

  • School board moves ahead with farm renovation project

    By Mary Alford
    N-H Staff Writer
    The Owen County Board of Education agreed to proceed and instruct Ross Tarrant Architects to create a plan  for the demolition on the school farm.
    “The first step is obviously cleaning it up,” Owen County School District Superintendent Rob Stafford said.
    The demolition for the farm, located behind the new middle school, would include nine buildings on the property. The black equipment shed and metal building on the eastern side of the house would be left intact.

  • City rejects request for downtown rezoning

    A building owned by Ashcraft Realty will remain a commercial property following an Owenton Planning Commission meeting Thursday.
    The request to change the building located at 152 West Bryan Street from C-1 (commercial) to R-1 (residential) was made to the city’s board of adjustments.
    The building housed the News-Herald office for decades and has sat vacant since August 2012.

  • Thieves steal old Dairy Queen sign on day new restaurant opens

    As a new restaurant in Owenton opens its doors, police are investigating the theft of one of the remnants of the former Dairy Queen in Owenton
    According to Owenton Police Officer Gary Alcorn, sometime on the evening of June 10, someone stole the heavy Dairy Queen sign that used to sit atop a pole near the highway from a grassy spot outside of the new Casa Mexican Restaurant that moved into the location.