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Today's News

  • Gambrell earns All-HCAC honors at Transylvania

    LEXINGTON —Shelby Gambrell, a first-year outfielder and graduate of Owen County High School, was named to the All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Second Team as part of the champion Transylvania University Pioneers.

    The Pioneers (26-13, 14-2 HCAC) defeated Anderson University 9-5 in the final game of the season to wrap up a 14-2 conference slate and earn the regular season title in a year when the team was picked to finish second to last by a preseason coaches poll.

  • Owenton police officer arrested, charged with rape

    An Owenton police officer was arrested earlier today and charged with first-degree rape and incest.
    Rufus Shearer, 59, was booked at the Carroll County Detention Center just before 1 p.m. Shearer is a police officer with the City of Owenton.
    Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry declined to comment on the charges or the investigation, but said Shearer turned himself in to Owenton police.
    "He came in on his own free will and surrendered his firearm, badge and cruiser," Gentry said.

  • June road closure detours announced

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s District 6 office has announced its traffic detours for the coming month.

    The decision to close Main Street throughout June came after the office considered the large amount of work that needs to be completed in such a small space, according to District 6 Public Information Officer Nancy Wood.

    The closure will be from Adair Street through the intersection of Seminary Street, beginning June 1 and ending June 30.

  • Federal depts. offer guidance for accommodating trans students

    In recent months, some of the leading national news stories were a North Carolina law that restricted bathroom access based on a person’s sex at birth and Target’s policy that allows transgendered persons to use the restrooms and fitting rooms of their gender identity – a person’s internal sense of gender.

  • Board approves facility plan, primary school addition key necessity

    The Owen County Board of Education took a step toward alleviating some of the overcrowding among the district’s youngest populations by approving a new district facility plan.

    The new facility plan prioritizes the demolition of the old Owen County Elementary School so the space can be used for a 15,000 square foot addition to the Owen County Lower Elementary School.

    “The first priority or priority one projects are those you want to try and complete within this biennium, or the next two years,” said Roland Mueller, from RossTarrant Architects.

  • Pryor remembers service during WWII

    BY MARLENE BROWNING-WAINSCOTT
    Special to the News-Herald

    CF “June” Pryor Jr. served in the United States Army in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) during World War II in the 326th Glider Infantry from October 1942 to February 1946.

    June was born in 1921 in his parent’s home in Owen County.

    “I was named after my father, so they called me Junior, after a while the name June just kind of stuck.”

  • Severn Valley once grounds for ancient burial sites

    Early Owen County settlers called it “locust and pawpaw” land. Its rich loamy soil nourished a great number of locust and pawpaw trees and provided bumper crops of tobacco and produce.

    There was a time when Severn Creek Valley was home to mills, a school, a church and a number of households. By 1958 only a few families lived along the five-mile stretch from the mouth of Severn to where it crossed by Highway 35.

  • Court News | May 25, 2016

    Owen District Court | May 20, 2016

    William Barker, 1987, second-degree burglary, pleaded not guilty, appointed public attorney, preliminary hearing set for May 27.

    Lonnie Gay Coghill, 1957, receiving stolen property under $10,000, pleaded not guilty, appointed public attorney, preliminary hearing set for May 26, transfer case to Carroll County.

  • Looking back | May 25, 2016

    Marshall urges burglary suspect to turn himself in
    May 25, 2011 | 5 years ago

    A Nicholas County man was recently arrested at the Owen County Sheriff’s Office following alleged thefts.

    According to Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond, Larry B. Gaines, 29, of Carlisle, was located May 13 by a U.S. Marshall and was told it would be best if he turned himself in at the sheriff’s office.

    Gaines allegedly broke into a storage building at 3040 Pleasant Grove Rd. and stole Snap-on tools valued at $3,500.

  • Memorial Day allows family to reunite

    Sunshine, glorious sunshine. I was beginning to think we would never see it again. I have been trying to keep ahead of the yard but it has been a chore. I mow and the grass is so thick, it leaves great piles of clippings that turn into hay. There has been very little actual hay cut this spring. Bruce is hoping he can get some cut this week, but the weatherman says the rain is coming back on Wednesday, but enough about the weather. I did go over most of the yard Saturday and Sunday afternoon. I still have a bit more to do when the grass dries this afternoon.