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  • Owen jumps 22 spots in statewide health rankings

    After falling 15 spots in last year’s County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report, Owen County made major progress in the 2018 report, soaring from 74 out of 120 counties in overall health to 52nd.

  • Festival will bring local grads home in support of class of 2018

    Several Owen County graduates will return home next weekend to share their talents in support of the Owen County High School Class of 2018.
    The Sweet Owen Music Festival will take place at Elk Creek Winery April 20-21, with a variety of local entertainment, vendors and food — proceeds from the event will aid in making this year’s Project Graduation a success.
    The idea grew from the haunted trail Project Graduation began hosting in 2016, according to 2018 Project Graduation Committee President Jenna Gray.

  • Owen County Historical Society: Familiar names served as Revolutionary War patriots

    The names are familiar in Owen County: Ball, Bennett, Cobb, Forsee, Hunter, Maddox, Searcey, Stamper, Stivers, Vallandingham and others whose Revolutionary War pensions are listed in the Owen County court order book. Many had sons who fought in the War of 1812  and in several instances both father and son fought together in this second war of Independence.

  • BATTLE CRY OF KY. EDUCATORS: 'VOTE THEM OUT'

    Thousands of Kentucky teachers marched up Frankfort’s Capitol Avenue Monday with a clear message for legislators after the passage of Senate Bill 151 Thursday.
    “Vote them out,” they cried.
    Frankfort Mayor Bill May estimated at least 10,000 people attended the rally sponsored by the Kentucky Education Association after state legislature hastily passed the pension-reform bill.

  • Courthouse, county offices set to receive $1.4 million in repairs

    About 20 Rubbermaid totes are scattered across the attic of the Owen County Courthouse on North Thomas Street. Though not for storage, the totes are there to catch rainwater from multiple roof leaks at the historic building.
    The roof leaks, along with numerous other issues on the courthouse grounds and other county buildings, will soon be repaired in a $1.4 million Energy Savings Performance Program project that began Monday.

  • Owen, Grant Co. fire depts. battle School Road blaze

    A 106-year-old School Road home went up in flames just before 8 a.m., Friday.
    The Jonesville Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to 493 School Road, just across the Grant County line, at 7:54 a.m.
    The residence, which Jonesville Captain Chris Curtis said was a heavy timber construction, was fully involved when firefighters arrived on scene.
    The Dry Ridge and Williamstown fire departments also responded, along with members of the Owenton/Owen County and New Liberty volunteer departments who provided additional water.

  • Students remember lives lost during walkout

    BY AUDREY LEWIS

    Special to The News-Herald

  • Prepare for the upcoming fishing season now

    While warm weather may be right around the corner, chilly days are hanging around. Now is the time to prepare for the upcoming fishing season by purchasing a new license and organizing your gear.

  • Intoxicated woman invades W. Seminary home

    A West Seminary Street resident received a rude awakening during the early morning hours March 6, after an intoxicated 19 year old allegedly invaded his home.
    The incident occurred around 4:26 a.m., at 243 W. Seminary St., the home of Dustin Daniels, according to Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry.
    “(Daniels) was alone at the time and there was an intruder that came into his home,” Gentry said. “She was in the downstairs area wandering around, shutting doors, which woke (Daniels) up.”

  • Teens tackle human trafficking with STLP project

    After seeing a news story about human trafficking in Kentucky, four Maurice Bowling Middle School students began researching the topic for a potential Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) project.
    What they found astounded them.