Local News

  • Harris, Sizemore named Green Scholars for Outstanding Academic Achievement

    Jenna Harris and Josie Sizemore of Owen County High School have been named State Sen. Jeff Green Scholars by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority for their outstanding academic performance in high school.
    Students earn this designation by achieving a 4.0 grade point average each year of high school and scoring at least a 28 composite on the ACT.

  • Lessons in Leadership: Local officials share insights to governing

    By Tyler Bush
    and Dallas Stafford
    For the News-Herald

    Most of us involved in the class of 2012 Leadership Owen County would readily agree that we have learned lots of new things about our county and Government Day was no exception.

  • Farm Service News: Deadline approaches for non-insured assistance program agriculture crops

    Producers are reminded of upcoming application deadlines for the Non-insured Assistance Program.
    NAP is designed to reduce financial losses that occur when natural disasters cause a catastrophic loss of production for an eligible crop by providing coverage equivalent to catastrophic insurance.
    Producers enrolled in the 2012 NAP program need to provide actual production to the Farm Service office to establish an actual production history yield.

  • Public invited to land extravaganza Saturday

    By Chris Schimmoeller
    President, Woods & Waters Land Trust

  • Livestock producers affected by disasters urged to keep records

    USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director John W. McCauley urged livestock producers affected by natural disasters such as  Hurricane Isaac and the continuing drought to keep thorough records of their livestock and feed losses, including additional expenses for such things as feed purchases because of lost supplies.

  • Checking out

    The Owen County Public Library is expected to move from its North Main Street location later this year. To celebrate the library’s long history with the current facility, a farewell reception was held Friday afternoon.
    Owen County Library Director Jennifer Nippert said many library supporters, previous employees and friends of the library attended the reception.

  • Bridge replacement will force motorists to find alternative route

    Motorists will have to find an alternate route for a few weeks as a decades old bridge in rural northern Owen County is being replaced.
    Owen County Road Supervisor Greg Smoot said the bridge on the Sparta/New Liberty Road over Two Mile Creek is being replaced because of safety concerns.
    Smoot said the existing bridge was built from remnants of a bridge upstream that washed down during some flooding in the early 1960s.
    “The existing bridge had washed out so it was rebuilt from materials from another bridge from upstream,” Smoot said.

  • Owen clerk’s office gets positive audit

    State Auditor Adam Edelen recently released the audit of the 2011 financial statement from Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid.
    According to a statement, the audit found that the clerk’s financial statement presents fairly the revenues, expenditures and excess fees of the clerk in conformity with the regulatory basis of accounting.
    The auditor noted no instances of noncompliance. The auditor also noted no matters involving internal control over financial reporting and its operation that were considered to be material weaknesses.

  • Owen schools get high marks for college readiness

    The overall percent of Owen County students meeting college readiness benchmarks in some subjects of the ACT college entrance exam is at an all time high, local officials said.
    According to a press release from Director of Instruction, Federal Programs and Professional Development Danny Osborne, Owen County juniors who took the ACT college entrance exam in 2011-2012 scored an average composite score of 18.3.

  • National Guard helps find $1.5 million in pot

    With the help of the National Guard, the Owen County Sheriff’s Office recently located  and destroyed approximately $1.5 million worth of marijuana plants.
    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said the plants were located Aug. 22 when three National Guard helicopters flew around the county, while sheriff’s deputies worked on the ground.
    Hammond said some plants were found on Stewart Ridge Road, some on Breck Road, but the largest amount was found in the New Columbus area.