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  • Shearer pleads not guilty to first-degree rape, incest

    Updated June 29, 10:12 a.m.

    Rufus Shearer Jr., the 59-year-old suspended Owenton police officer charged with first-degree rape and incest last month, was arraigned in Russell County Circuit Court Tuesday.

    According to the Russell County Circuit Clerk's Office, Shearer pleaded not guilty to the charges. His attorney, Jeffrey Hoover, of Jamestown, Ky., was also present.

    The arraignment was his first court appearance since his arrest at the Owenton Police Department May 26.
    Shearer's next court date is set for Aug. 23.

  • Main Street reopens, paving continues

    The closure of Main Street is over as road crews reopened the closed portion of U.S. 127 between Seminary and Adair streets Tuesday, June 28.

    Nancy Wood, public information officer for District 6 of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, announced the opening in an email Tuesday morning. Even though Main Street has been reopened, there is still ongoing road construction as part of the project planned throughout July.

  • Coates recalls time served in US Navy

    Special To the News-Herald

    Willnetta Hutcherson Coates served in the United States Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) in World War II from 1943-1945, attaining the rank of Storekeeper Second Class.

    Coates was born and raised in Grant County until she married her husband, Herschel Coates, from Owen County.

    The WAVES of World War II

  • Visitor center to host open house

    What was once a stopping point for Owenton motorists to fuel their vehicles many years ago is now home to what the Owen County Tourism Commission hopes will be a stopping point for passing motorists once again, this time to show travelers what Owen County has to offer.

    Joyce Duvall, Owen County tourism director, said there will be an open house from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, July 12, at tourism’s new home at the corner of Main and Seminary streets.

  • Farm to Table Dinner to benefit Owen County Farm and Craft Market

    Promoting the tradition of eating crops and livestock raised from local farms at the dinner table, an upcoming fundraiser for the Owen County Farm and Craft Market will bring that tradition to Owenton’s Courthouse Square.

    The Farm to Table Dinner on the Square will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 8. The meal will have of four courses consisting of locally-grown or produced meat, vegetables, fresh baked goods, according to market the vendors. The food brought for the dinner will be prepared by chef Chris Howerton.

  • Local fireworks vendor hopeful for strong sales in 2016

    N-H Intern

    The Fourth of July is just around the corner and Loud and Rowdy Fireworks, located in front of Casa Mexican Restaurant, is here to supply fireworks for all of the upcoming festivities.

    Loud and Rowdy Fireworks was started by Owenton local Kenn Gaines in 2004 as a side job in college. According to his mother, Patti Gaines, her son has always liked the fireworks and his business grew from the beginning.

  • Road work expected to be completed on time

    N-H Intern

    The month of June is coming to a close and the deadline for construction on U.S. 127 through downtown is approaching.

    People of the Owenton community along with the frequent commuters pose the question, will the road be finished on time?

    Nancy Wood, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 Public Information Officer, said she believes the progress is on track.

  • 'Hometown Heroes' to be showcased

    A local non-profit is preparing to roll out a living tribute banner program, showcasing Owen County’s ‘Hometown Heroes.’

    The banners will highlight veterans, those currently serving in the military, first responders and law enforcement and will be displayed on utility poles throughout downtown Owenton and beyond.

    Operation Honor, a 501(c)(3) public charity based in Owen County will present the program, according to Founder and CEO Joe Montgomery.

  • School-based clinic on the way

    HealthPoint Family Care launched its Owenton location Feb. 1 in the former New Horizons space on Progress Way and now they are scheduled to operate another location starting this fall in Owen County: a school-based clinic.

    HealthPoint Family Care CEO Chris Goddard first approached the district about launching a school-based clinic earlier this year. The school, along with HealthPoint and the Three Rivers District Health Department discussed how they could work together to provide healthcare, he said.

  • Food ministry launches locally, ensures kids receive nutritious meals

    Children in Owen County will have the opportunity to get two free, nutritious meals each weekday during the summer thanks to two feeding sites launched in Owenton by the UMC Food Ministry.

    The UMC Food Ministry is a program operated by the Northern Kentucky District of the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The program launched six years ago and helps ensure children 18 and under can get free, nutritious meals with fruits, vegetables, milk, grains and protein, said the Rev. Dr. Larry Karow, CEO for the UMC Food Ministry.