https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Henry County man killed in Gratz Road accident https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/henry-county-man-killed-gratz-road-accident <img src="https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/crash_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="150" height="85" /><p> A Henry County man is dead following what the Owen County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office is calling a &ldquo;tragic accident&rdquo; near Gratz.<br /> Emergency personnel responded to dispatch near the 8200 block of Gratz Road, at 3:46 p.m., Friday, after the brakes failed on a truck hauling 7 tons of fertilizer, according to Owen County Sheriff&rsquo;s Deputy Marvin Goodrich.<br /> Eastern Kentucky native to lead Owen County Elementary https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/eastern-kentucky-native-lead-owen-county-elementary <img src="https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/terryquillen.jpg" alt="Terry Quillen" title="Terry Quillen" align="left" hspace="6" width="58" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Audrey Lewis<br /> N-H Reporter</strong></p> <p> With less than two months remaining before students begin the 2018-19 school year, the Owen County Elementary School Site-Based Decision-Making Council (SBDM) has selected a new leader following the retirement of longtime educator and principal Sharen Hubbard.</p> <p> Terry Quillen, a 53-year-old native of Martin County, Ky., will take the helm at both the Owen County Lower and Upper Elementary Schools when the semester begins Aug. 15.</p> Sheriff’s deputy, officer recover stolen vehicle, net four arrests https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/sheriff%E2%80%99s-deputy-officer-recover-stolen-vehicle-net-four-arrests <img src="https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/larrymckinney.jpg" alt="Larry McKinney" title="Larry McKinney" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> A joint effort by the Owen County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office, Owenton Police Department and Gallatin County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office led to the recovery of a stolen vehicle out of Tennessee June 10.</p> <p> The incident began during Sheriff&rsquo;s Deputy Daniel Tracy&rsquo;s shift. Tracy first observed the vehicle at Roland Avenue and Highway 127, when it swerved and crossed the yellow line. That&rsquo;s when Tracy said he got behind the car and initiated a traffic stop with the assistance of Owenton Police Officer Clint Aldridge.</p> 40-plus year barbering break comes to an end for former jailer https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/40-plus-year-barbering-break-comes-end-former-jailer <img src="https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/35142550_2130256517220989_618781569036845056_n.jpg" alt="Former Owen County Jailer and Owenton Post Master David Bruce gives Jarl Lee Harris a haircut last week. Bruce attended barber school following graduation from Owen County High in 1964, but later gave the trade up to work at the Owenton Post Office. Bruce recently regained his barber’s license and opened Pop’s Barbershop on North Main Street." title="Former Owen County Jailer and Owenton Post Master David Bruce gives Jarl Lee Harris a haircut last week. Bruce attended barber school following graduation from Owen County High in 1964, but later gave the trade up to work at the Owenton Post Office. Bruce recently regained his barber’s license and opened Pop’s Barbershop on North Main Street." align="left" hspace="6" width="63" height="85" /><p> More than 50 years have passed since David Bruce left home for Covington to attend barber college with his cousin Benny Colson. Having graduated from Owen County High School in 1964, Bruce needed a trade, and barber college was only a short nine-month endeavor.</p> <p> While his barber career was short lived, Bruce went on to become postmaster at the Owenton Post Office and was later elected to the office of Owen County Jailer, a position he held for four four-year terms.</p> Reigning Miss Owen County newest addition to News-Herald staff https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/reigning-miss-owen-county-newest-addition-news-herald-staff <img src="https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/audreylewis.jpg" alt="Audrey Lewis" title="Audrey Lewis" align="left" hspace="6" width="55" height="85" /><p> Reigning Miss Owen County Audrey Lewis became the newest addition to The News-Herald&rsquo;s staff June 14.</p> <p> Lewis, a rising Owen County High School senior, will serve as the newspaper&rsquo;s summer reporter before returning to OCHS in August for her final year of public education.</p> <p> During her junior year at OCHS, Lewis, 17, became a sports correspondent for the newspaper, covering basketball and spring sports.</p> 1 year and 100 pounds lighter: Local woman defies odds with weight loss https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/1-year-and-100-pounds-lighter-local-woman-defies-odds-weight-loss <img src="https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/sites/www.owentonnewsherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2100_0.jpg" alt="Forty-year-old Liz Hopkins, above, compares a weight from when she began her weight loss journey more than a year ago, right, with the weight she currently uses. Hopkins underwent back surgery in February 2017, and although her doctor said it couldn’t be done, lost 100 pounds to reduce the risk of repeating the surgery. " title="Forty-year-old Liz Hopkins, above, compares a weight from when she began her weight loss journey more than a year ago, right, with the weight she currently uses. Hopkins underwent back surgery in February 2017, and although her doctor said it couldn’t be done, lost 100 pounds to reduce the risk of repeating the surgery. " align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> Thirty-two fast food restaurants separate Liz Hopkins from her driveway on Cull Road and her office in Lexington. Each day that she resists the urge to pull into one of the many drive-throughs is another small victory in a year-long journey that has left the 40-year-old registered nurse 100 pounds lighter.<br /> While Hopkins freely admits that she has struggled with her weight since adolescence, her unhealthy eating habits and sedentary lifestyle began catching up with her while in her 30s.<br /> County employees may receive 2 percent pay raise https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/county-employees-may-receive-2-percent-pay-raise-0 <p> With the 2018-19 budget deadline looming over the Owen County Fiscal Court, good news may be in store for county employees in the way of a 2 percent raise.<br /> The Court held a first reading of the nearly $6.35 million budget at its May 23 meeting. The budget must be given a second reading and approved no later than June 30, and will be in effect from July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019.<br /> Mayberry Day cruises back into town Friday-Saturday https://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/mayberry-day-cruises-back-town-friday-saturday <p> Whether you&rsquo;ve been a fan of the Andy Griffith Show since its original run in the 1960s or became a fan by watching reruns of the hit sitcom in recent years, nearly everyone is familiar with the little town of Mayberry.<br /> This weekend, those traveling through Owenton will have the opportunity to step back in time and experience a real-life Mayberry as the fourth annual &ldquo;Mayberry Days&rdquo; cruises back into town.<br /> The event will begin Friday with the annual Heritage Power Tractor Show at the Owen County Fairgrounds.<br />