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  • THE ARK HAS ARRIVED

    By LINDA LAWRENCE
    Landmark News Service

    Thousands of people descended on Grant County for the official Ark Encounter ribbon-cutting and media day held on July 5 and the grand opening to the public, which took place as planned on July 7.

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup driver visits Elk Creek

    A good-size crowd was on hand for the 2016 NAPA Ultimate Shootout Thursday at Elk Creek Hunt Club. During a lunch break for the shootout, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, answered questions from the crowd.

  • Back to the Bluegrass: NASCAR teams gear up for race weekend

    Forty 725-horsepower cars will take to the track at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night as part of NASCAR’s annual trip to the Bluegrass State for the Sprint Cup series drivers.

    The race weekend consists of three NASCAR races: the Camping World Truck Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at 8:30 p.m. Thursday night, the Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at 8:30 p.m. Friday night and the weekend’s cornerstone with the Sprint Cup Series race, the Quaker State 400 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.

  • David Smith's roots grounded in agriculture

    BY LAUREN HOLLOWAY
    N-H Intern

    Editor’s Note: Over the next 12 weeks the staff of the News-Herald will be interviewing and photographing Owen County’s seasoned farmers for six different “Have You Been Farmin’ Long” stories, set to run every other week through Sept. 14.

  • Syringes found at Sawdridge Creek

    Uriah Tindle was with his and his fiance’s five children around two weeks ago as they went to Sawdridge Creek at Monterey to enjoy the day by playing and swimming in the creek, as many kids and families do during the summertime.

    But on the recent trip down to the creek, Tindle discovered something alarming: used syringes laying on the rocks near the creek. He said he discovered them while checking around for snakes before letting the children go and play in the creek.

  • Lawmakers see the success of iLead at joint meeting

    By KRISTIN BECK
    Landmark News Service

    With year one in the books, iLead Academy proudly opened its doors June 13, to 22 members of Kentucky’s Interim Joint Committee on Education. As the state’s first regional career academy, iLead is a model that could be replicated throughout the state, as legislators look to take a more personalized approach to how students are educated.

  • 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

    BY MARLENE BROWNING-WAINSCOTT
    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.