Local News

  • Judge urges caution

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith is asking citizens during the Commonwealth Cleanup Week and Owen County and City of Owenton Cleanup week to be on the lookout for roadside meth labs.
    Keith said the roadside labs are often green bottles with granulated material inside as the “cooking” vessel. The labs become very unstable and may explode on contact, Keith said.

  • Cleaning up the county

    In an effort to clean up Owen County, the Owen County Fiscal Court and Owenton City Council have joined forces for a first annual cleanup week.
    The county and city are asking for volunteers and property owners to help make Owen County a cleaner place. Communities are being ask to help clean up roads, properties and homes.
    Owen County Solid Waste Coordinator Greg Smoot said anyone can participate in the cleanup week.

  • Budget issues intensify for board of education

    Looking to avoid going on the state’s watch list, the Owen County Board of Education continued its budget discussion during a regularly scheduled meeting Monday.
    Owen County Schools Finance Officer Sheila Miller said in order for the district’s budget to be balanced and to meet a 2 percent contingency $350,000 is needed.
    According to Miller, $635,000 is needed in increased revenue or decreased expenditures to meet the $350,000.

  • Sell sails into sales, graphics position at News-Herald

    The News-Herald would like to welcome a new member to the team.
    Roberta Sell, a native of Indiana, joined the newspaper staff earlier this year and is excited about learning about Owen County.
    “Owen County is a beautiful and unique place,” Sell said. “There are so many thriving businesses nestled within such a serene country setting. I liked it upon first sight.”
    Sell replaces Nicole Guest who accepted a position at another company in northern Kentucky.

  • Owenton Senior Center activities and menu

    The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
    The Owenton Senior Center provides activities only.  The center is not medically staffed. Seniors who attend must be self reliant.  Hot meals are served daily at noon. Please call 24 hours in advance to reserve your hot-cooked meal.
    The Owenton Senior Center is the place to laugh have fun and make new friends. Seniors who are 60 years or older are welcome to join.

    March 26: 9 a.m. – pot luck breakfast
    10 a.m.– corn hole competition and Rook cards

  • Owen Co. is home to two certified roadside markets

    Owen County is home to two of the 106 markets across the Commonwealth recently accepted into the 2012 Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program. The Owen County members are: Ayres Farm Orchard and Michels Family 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. Their acceptance by Farm Bureau tells customers that they meet the highest standards of quality, freshness, and marketing appeal.

  • Special Achievement: Wolfe Greene

    Wolfe Greene has been selected to attend the Duke/TUNL Research Experience for Undergraduates hosted by Duke University and Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratories.
    The TUNL is jointly operated by Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill – the three universities in the so called “Research Triangle” area of North Carolina. He will stay at Duke May through Aug.  5.
    Wolfe is a junior this year at the University of Evansville in Ind.
    He is the son of Mike and Vicki Greene.

  • Musical friends

    On Jan. 13-14 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kirsten Parker competed a two-level competition  and performed for The Flute Society of Kentucky. Top photo: Parker meets with  artist and master teacher Walfrid Kujala of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, and professor of flute at Northwestern University.Bottom photo: Parker was chosen as the 2012 Flute Society of Kentucky Junior Soloist. She is the daughter of Rodney and Deborah Parker.

  • Happy birthday, Dr. Suess

    March 2nd was Dr. Seuss’s birthday
    At OCPS, we celebrated it in a very special way.
    We all had a really good time.
    I’ll tell you about it in this rhyme.
    On Monday, we read Cat in the Hat,
    On our heads our favorite hats sat.  
    Green Eggs and Ham was our book on Tuesday
    We all wore green, not red or blue or gray.
    The next day, Wacky Wednesday was our book
    And people were dressed wacky everywhere you look.
    On Thursday, we read Fox in Socks

  • Outstanding musicians

    Eighth-grade students Kirsten Parker and John Randall Towles were recently selected through individual auditions to be a part of the 2012 Northern Kentucky Select Band. They performed with other middle school students across the northern Kentucky area March 8-10 at Northern Kentucky University. Kirsten plays the flute and John plays the tuba for the Maurice Bowling Middle School Band. It has been four years since someone from the Owen County School District has been chosen for this honor. Kirsten is the daughter of Rodney and Deborah Parker. John is the son of Randy and Kasey Towles.