Today's News

  • Rescue squad makes quick work of locating missing teen

    Despite bitterly cold temperatures, Owen County Search and Rescue made quick work of locating a missing teenager last week.
    The 13-year-old female left her home at 13495 Georgetown Road at approximately 8 p.m., Jan. 17, to walk to her grandparent’s house about 10 feet away, according to Owen County Search and Rescue Captain Greg Estes.
    “She heard some dogs and started to walk toward them and got off track,” Estes said. “She walked up on a hunting cabin and went inside trying to get out of the cold.”

  • Smith House adds new chapter to decades-long history

    In its 60-plus years of business, the Smith House Restaurant has become a regional staple, serving up legendary homemade pies and mouthwatering fried chicken to local families and businesspeople alike.
    Today, those decades-long traditions are set to remain in place, even with a new face at the helm.
    Dana Colligan, 59, the former manager of the Owenton Marathon station, took over operations at the restaurant Jan. 1.
    A frequent Smith House patron, Colligan said she mentioned the possibility of having a restaurant of her own someday to owner Billie Jo Ashcraft.

  • County park set to receive updated infrastructure

    Infrastructure updates are expected to begin soon at the Owen County Park and Fairgrounds thanks to a $1.27 million grant from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA).
    The grant was initially awarded to the City of Owenton and earmarked for the city’s water intake on Severn Creek. The money was later redesignated to fund extensions of water lines to unserved areas.
    However, the city became ineligible for the grant after selling the water system to Kentucky American Water.

  • Only 21 local candidates as filing deadline nears

    Potential candidates for the May 2018 primary election now have less than a week until the filing deadline at 4 p.m., Tuesday.
    A total of 21 local candidates have filed to run, with only four offices contested as of press time Tuesday.

    County Judge/Executive:
    Casey Ellis, D (incumbent)
    Franky Fitzgerald, D

    County Attorney:
    Josh Smith, D (incumbent)

    Mark Bess, R (incumbent)
    Doug West, D
    Lannis Garnett, D
    Gary Alcorn, D

  • County’s winningest football coach among hall of fame inductees

    By Audrey Lewis
    Special to the News-Herald

  • School district will wait until March to decide on makeup days

    Parents and students will have to wait until March to find out just how long the school year will last.
    Schools were closed Friday, Jan. 12, following the threat of ice and snow. After a second round of wintry weather Jan. 15-16, schools remained closed all last week. The district is now up to seven snow days. The district’s decision to close school during the total solar eclipse Aug. 21 makes a total of eight days that will need to be made up.

  • Ky. tradition of pulling candy gives families a chance work together

    As winter settled in on the early 20th-century rural farm, and cloudy bleak days brought the promise of snow and more snow, Owen County housewives took out their heavy cook pots, set in cream and checked their larders to make sure there was plenty of sorghum, molasses and sugar on hand. Twas the season to chase away the winter doldrums and sweeten life with a little (or sometimes a lot) of sugary confections in the form of candies, caramel corn and popcorn balls.

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