Local News

  • Robertson, Johnson vie for PVA’s office

    Last week, Owen County’s Democratic and Republican parties selected their nominees for the property valuation administrator position, which is on the ballot in this year’s general election in November.

    The Owen County Republican Committee selected Blake Robertson, who is currently serving in the county property valuation administrator role. Robertson was appointed June 10 by Gov. Matt Bevin after the death of James “Jimmy” Coyle in April.

  • Ellis addresses council's concerns

    Owenton City Council’s monthly meeting started a little different than normal as Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis talked about the city and county’s relationship.

    “It seems that a lot of people in the community continue to try and pit the county and the city against each other,” Ellis said. “I’ve been here and addressed it before. We’ve had some issues, we’ve worked through those, and I think we’re better for it, to be quite honest.”

  • Annual county fair set to begin Saturday; carnival opens Monday

    The Owen County Fairgrounds may be quiet now but starting Saturday throughout all of next week, patrons will fill the venue for the 85th annual Owen County Fair.

    Owen County Fair Board Director Ashley Young said it seems many communities don’t value the county fair as much these days, but he doesn’t believe that pertains to Owen countians.

    “To most people it is like an old time tradition,” Young said. “People look forward to it here.”


    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

    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

    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.