Local News

  • Officials seek answers after Highway 355 bridge damaged

    The bridge across Severn Creek on Highway 355 is closed until further notice, and local officials are seeking answers after the bridge received significant damages last week.
    The bridge was initially restricted to 6,000 lbs., or the weight of an average car, Saturday morning after Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis received notice of the damage.
    Upon inspection from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Monday afternoon, the bridge was closed and barricaded off around 5 p.m., until further notice.

  • Chamber honors head of school district, Ky. American Water

    Owen County School Superintendent Rob Stafford has spent the majority of the past 25 years helping to mold young minds, whether from inside the classroom, the principal’s office or as head of the school district.
    His dedication to Owen County’s youth and the school district as a whole led him to become the 2017 Business Person of the Year at the Owen County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Monday.

  • At the Library | November 29, 2017

    On display in the library through December is The Illustrated Word, artwork produced by Kentucky artists relating to the written word. Come in and treat yourself to some eye candy!


    Join Miss Susan to enjoy great books and fun activities! This program is for preschoolers and their caregivers who are a necessary and required part of the program. Come join in the fun at 10:30 a.m., Thursday.

    Walk Away the Pounds

  • Angel Tree tags now available

    With Christmas time in the air, gift shopping and tree decorating will soon take over the lives of many citizens throughout Owen County. While most decorate their trees using ornaments, the News-Herald chose to decorate with the community in mind.

  • Emergency management hosts successful traffic class

    by Larry karsner
    Owen County Emergency Management Director

  • 2018 Primary Election candidate filings

    To keep our readers up to date on the most recent candidate filings for the 2018 May Primary Election, The News-Herald will continuously update the following list until the filing period for candidates who must run in the primary ends at 4 p.m., Jan. 30. The May Primary Election will take place Tuesday, May 22.

    County Judge/Executive:
    Nov. 21 — Casey Ellis, D (incumbent)
    Dec. 8 — Franky Fitzgerald, D

  • At the Library | November 22, 2017

    If you are on Medicare, it is good to have a review of your Part D drug plan and your advantage plan. You could save some money as plans change every year. We are offering expert help in navigating the morass that is Medicare every Monday during the month of November.
    On display in the library through December is The Illustrated Word, artwork produced by Kentucky artists relating to the written word. Come in and treat yourself to some eye candy.

    The library will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

    Walk Away the Pounds

  • Archery now offered at OCHS

    Knowledge isn’t the only skill that the Owen County High School Rebels are learning this year. With a sharp eye and strong bow, many students may be aiming for more than homework and studying throughout their school year.
    Starting this year, Owen County High School will offer archery, putting together a team for students who want to participate. Led by head coach Kris Smith and assistant coaches Callie Walker and Chris Smith, Kris Smith said students will have the chance to learn the basics of archery while working as a team to compete with other schools.

  • Extension welcomes new 4-H agent

    While taking a moment from local agriculture and community programs, the Owen County Cooperative Extension Office welcomed a new 4-H Youth Development Agent who is focused on helping the community.
    While her main focus is on the youth of Owen County, this new agent has set her eyes on reaching beyond young Owen countians to include the community as a whole.

  • Larry Tackett set to retire; men’s clothing store tradition will remain

    Larry Tackett remembers well the weeks and days leading up to R.L. Valladingham’s going-out-of-business sale.
    Valladingham opened the men’s clothing store on Seminary Street during the early 1930s and after about 20 years in business, chose to close up shop.