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Today's News

  • NIE Week: News-Herald reaches into local classrooms

    Each week, 27 classrooms in Owen County receive copies of the News-Herald. Teachers from the primary school through the high school use the papers each week to correlate everything from articles to classifieds into their weekly lessons.

    This week is National Newspapers in Education week. Each teacher who receives copies of the News-Herald is sponsored by individuals or businesses.

    Sharlena Young, a fifth-grade teacher at Owen County Elementary School, uses the copies she receives for several different subjects, including government and economics.

  • Road to the Region - 8th Region Boys Preview

    It is once again time for basketball fans to make their yearly pilgrimage to Henry County for the Boy’s 8th Region Tournament. The tournament has been held in their gym every year since 1963.

    This year’s version is sure to be exciting as it is hard to pick a clear-cut favorite to win. Most in the know would say Anderson County is the pick to advance to Rupp Arena and the KHSAA Boys Sweet Sixteen Championship to be held March 18-21.

  • Second overtime leads to second straight title for Lady Rebels

    “It was crazy.”

    Those were the thoughts of Rianna Gayheart after Owen County captured its second straight 31st District Championship Friday night.

    Owen County defeated Carroll County 38-30 in double overtime to capture the title.

    The Lady Rebels had a shot to win at the end of regulation when Lauren Lowe got off a shot at the buzzer from just across half court. The ball hit the back of the rim and then seemed to hang there until it fell off.

  • State removing debris from Owen roadways

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 Superintendent Colby Criswell announced maintenance activities in Owen County through Friday.

    Crews will continue working with FEMA contractors removing trees and brush on state routes in Owen County.  Motorists are urged to watch for flaggers, lane closures and equipment.

  • Rebels take title

    Going into the final week of the regular season, the Rebels had two goals.

    The first was to get some momentum heading into the 31st District Tournament and the other was to finish with the best record in the North Central Kentucky Conference. After a resounding win Thursday night at Trimble County, the Rebels had done both.

  • Chief warns of burning restrictions

    In the last few days, the fire departments in Owen County have responded to numerous grass fires.

    During this dry season, the fire departments of Owen County urge all residents of Owen County to take extra precautions concerning fires.

    Local officials ask the public not to burn any trash, garbage, paper products, household rubbish, grass, leaves, brush or trees. Never throw matches or cigarette butts out of a moving vehicle or when you go walking.

  • Academic team earns spot at state competition

    Twice a week, every week, month after month, Owen County High School students gathered to perfect their craft.

    But instead of art or music, they strove toward perfection in disciplines such as science, math and literature. The hard work paid off when members of the OCHS Academic Team won the regional competition and earned a place in state competition.

  • City, county cleaning up storm damage

    The ice has melted, the snow has cleared and life is returning to normal after the biggest storm of the season. But when the storm moved on, it left a lot of damage behind.

    The troublesome tree limbs that were responsible for thousands of power outages have been left behind with nowhere to go.

  • Rebels continue to rack up basketball honors

    One is wrapping up a high-school career while the other is just beginning one. Both were named to the All Eight-Region Team.

    Owen County Senior Collin Gamble was named to the team for the second time while freshman Rianna Gayheart was named to her first. 

    Gamble was also selected to the team last season. The teams are selected by the coaches from throughout the region and the coaches are not allowed to vote for his or her own players.

  • After 38 years, Keith retires from area bank

    Michael Keith, who held the position of executive vice president and senior loan officer of the Owenton First Farmers Bank, has retired after 38 years of service.

    Keith began working at Farmers Bank in 1970 as a teller and held numerous positions throughout his 38 years.

    “I worked at about every capacity the bank had,” Keith said. “I was always going to school for it.”

    Keith is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.