Local News

  • Question delays vote on zoning change

    The first reading on a potential zone change for the Ford property at 311 South Main Street was expected to be held Tuesday after the vote was postponed July 3 over concerns about a potential technical violation.
    The Owenton City Council was expected to hold a first reading on ordinance 709, which would change the Ford property from R-1 (residential) to C-1 (commercial).
    Instead, the council discussed whether the zone change could be legally done because the city’s “comprehensive plan” is 20 years out of date.

  • State issues water shortage watch for Owen

    As blistering heat is expected to continue through the weekend, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has issued a water shortage watch for 27 counties, including Owen County.
    According to a press release from the energy and environment cabinet, a water shortage watch is issued when drought conditions have the potential to threaten the normal availability of drinking water supply sources.  
    According to the release, residents should increase their awareness of the current drought situation and prepare to make adjustments to their water use.

  • News-Herald moves to new office

    We’re not going far, but after decades in the same location, Owen County’s oldest continuing business is moving to a new home.
    The News-Herald office, currently located at 152 West Bryan Street will soon move next door to the former Farm Bureau office at 154 West Bryan Street, Suite 1.
    Bookkeeper and circulation manager Sherry Lyons, who has worked at the News-Herald for 10 years, said the move will be different, but welcome.

  • Three Owen countains named to deans list

    Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Owen County who have achieved dean’s list honors for the 2012 spring semester.
    The college recognizes academic excellence by naming to the dean’s list full-time students who have earned an overall semester grade point average of 3.5 or better in courses numbered 100 or above.
    BCTC’s dean’s list honorees for spring 2012 are David Cooper, Kara Foster, and Kaylan Glass.

  • Owen senator to lead state pension funds task force

    A new state task force charged with recommending ways to improve the financial health of the state’s public pension funds will held its first meeting Monday.

  • On Vacation: Olivia Alexander

    Olivia Alexander took the News-Herald on vacation with her and her family at Pensacola Beach, Fla.
    Editor’s note: Submit your vacation pictures featuring the News-Herald to jwhitlock@owentonnewsherald.com

  • Special Honor: Emily Cammack

    Emily Cammack competed in the 4-H District 3 horse show at Lakeside Arena in Frankfort June 2. She competed in western pleasure horsemanship, western pleasure and showmanship.  She earned the title of District 3 Western I champion.  Cammack rides Ima Zipsteaser also known as “Sis” and is coached by Paula Gatewood of Gatewood Arena in Jonesville.  Cammack is the daughter of Melissa and Allen Cammack of Jonesville and the granddaughter of Debbie Primeau of Corinth and James and Barbara Cammack of Jonesville.

  • Hot spell continues

    With temperatures moving into the high 90s this week and the region is placed in another heat advisory, the Three Rivers District Health Department reminds everyone to follow safety precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.
    The following tips can help you remain safe during the hot weather:
    • Drink plenty of fluids. You will need to drink more fluids than your thirst level indicates. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages or drinks with large amounts of sugar.

  • County gets KACO cash back

    The Owen County Fiscal Court has received a check for $4,888 from the Kentucky Association of Counties.
    The check represents a dividend payment to the county from the KACo Workers Compensation Fund, which provides workers compensation insurance coverage to county governments and other political subdivisions across Kentucky.  KACo insures 113 of Kentucky’s 120 counties through the Workers Compensation Fund.
    In 2010, Owen County also received a dividend payment of $11,183 from the KACo All Lines Fund which provides property and liability insurance.

  • Towles taking part of Owen back to China

    This summer, starting July 18, Kasey and John Randall Towles will be returning to China with Blessing Hands Charity.  This time, they will be joined by Kasey’s son Patrick.
    Blessing Hands is seven years old and has helped over 972  Chinese students stay in school.
    After her first visit, Kasey Towles said it was good to see firsthand the difference that it makes to help these students and their families.
    She was able to meet her sponsored child in person and it was one of the most meaningful experiences in her life, she said.