Local News

  • Child, 20 months old, killed in ATV accident

    Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of a 20-month-old male involved in an ATV accident Sunday.
    KSP received a call of a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Greenup Road and Georgetown Road in Hesler at approximately 7:30 p.m.
    A side-by-side off-road vehicle operated by Spencer Lawson, 27, of Owenton, overturned in the roadway. Cheyanne Fredrick, 24, of Corinth, was a passenger in the vehicle, along with the 20-month-old child.
    The child, identified as Braxton Trigg Cooke, was the son of Matthew and Brook Cooke.

  • Farming in the Bond family lifeblood

    To say farming runs in the family lifeblood for Danny Bond would almost be an understatement.
    “My family has farmed all their life,” Bond said. “…We had a farm that was in our family for 200 years, and I still farm that farm. A man bought it when my father passed away, but I still farm it for him.”
    Sparta resident Bond, 63, grew up on that same farm, owned at the time by his father James Carroll Bond and his uncle, Ralph Bond.
    His interest in the farm began when the young Danny Bond was already learning the art of agriculture.

  • Eight file for city council as general election takes shape

    While much of the buzz surrounding the Nov. 8 General Election focuses on the United States Presidential candidates, voters in the City of Owenton will make their selection of six city council members.
    The filing deadline for the Nov. 8 election passed Aug. 9, with all current city council members returning to the ballot: Adam Gaines, Robert Osborne, Larry Dale Perry, Milford Sipple, Jimmy Marston and Bobby Walker. Former Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid and Patty Sue Miller will also vie for a seat at city hall.

  • Jones on patrol as Owenton's newest police officer

    Sometimes the road called life has a detour. For Jason Jones, the short detour is over and he is back to doing what he loves: law enforcement.
    Jones, was sworn in Aug. 2 as a part-time police officer for the City of Owenton. In addition to his police duties here, he is also a full-time 911 coordinator for the Gallatin County Communications Center.

    Earning the badge
    “I’ve always wanted to be a police officer,” he said.

  • Marston continues family's military tradition

    By Mattie Cook

    Special to the News-Herald

  • Former OCHS English instructor joins iLead Academy

    By Kristin Beck

    Landmark News Service

  • Threat lands conservation officer in jail

    A Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officer assigned to Owen County was arrested last week after allegedly threatening to cut his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend’s head off.

    The alleged incident began in the City of Owenton Aug. 1, when Jeremiah Denny, 37, of Sparta, forced a vehicle driven by his ex-girlfriend to stop with his own vehicle. Denny then exited his vehicle and threatened to cut the ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend’s head off, according to a criminal complaint filed in the Owen County Circuit Clerk’s Office Aug. 2.

  • Deputies uncover meth operation

    An Owen County couple is behind bars after deputies discovered a large amount of methamphetamine or “ice” in their possession following a Thursday traffic stop.

    Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Marvin Goodrich stopped to serve a warrant at the couple’s Highway 127 South residence for Dameon Denton, 25. While still in the area, Goodrich observed Sonya Lynch, 37, arriving at the residence to pick up another male subject to take him home.

  • Council hires new part-time police officer, approves resolution for police backup

    Following an executive session by the Owenton City Council Aug. 2, Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier swore in Jason Jones, the city’s newest part-time police officer.

    Police Chief Terry Gentry said the department needed another officer after being short-staffed following the suspension of officer Rufus Shearer Jr. Out of all the applications the department had on file, Jones was the only one who currently held the Peace Officer Professional Standards certification and had been to the academy.

    “He was the top candidate,” Gentry said.

  • Sheriff warns against potential phone scams

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about phone scams, the most recent one where callers claim to be from the IRS.

    Owen County Sheriff Mark Bess said he has been receiving reports about this type of scam call on an almost weekly basis. One form of the phone call alleges there are legal charges that need resolved.

    “The IRS is never ever going to call,” Bess said.