Today's News

  • Charges against former officer dismissed

    RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. — Charges of first-degree rape and incest against a suspended Owenton police officer were dismissed last week in Russell County Circuit Court.
    Rufus Shearer Jr., 60, was arrested at the Owenton Police Department May 26, 2016, after he turned himself in to Owenton Police. Kentucky State Police later arrested Shearer on the charges of first-degree rape and incest.
    “He came in on his own free will and surrendered his firearm, badge and cruiser,” Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry said last year.

  • Granddaughter’s school project leads to hobby for Monterey man

    MONTEREY – From inside his home on Ballard Lane in Monterey, 75-year-old Rastus McDonald points out his living-room window to the house where he was born and raised. McDonald has called the small river city home since birth, minus the seven years he spent tearing down and rebuilding log cabins in Indiana.

  • Volunteer firefighters hold annual Christmas dinner
  • Fire department donates toys to Meeting the Needs

    Owen County Fire Chief Robb Chaney and Owenton Assistant Fire Chief David Lilly standing next to recently donated toys to Meeting the Needs. The fire departments received the toys through the Toys For Tots program.

  • Ky. Christmas memories often revolve around coveted foods

    I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a sugar plum, but to be honest, I’m not quite sure I know what one is. And a naked turkey from the supermarket is as close as I’ve come to the Cratchit family’s wrung-by-the-neck Christmas goose. Still, when I run across them on the page, I understand, in that wonderful way of shared human experiences, that they are the same holiday treats I remember from my childhood on a Kentucky farm.

  • In ‘grandmammy’s’ time, every season offered a special reason to celebrate life

    Every family has keepsakes. Some are tangible items such as books, furniture, pictures or glassware, and these heirlooms have passed down through the generations.
    Perhaps, though, more valuable than these treasured objects are genealogies, traditions and family stories that linger in our memories and create an enduring link to the past.

  • Owen District Court | December 20, 2017

    Kevin James Adkins, 1987, rear license not illuminated, careless driving, failure to produce insurance card, operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possess open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle.
    Henry Lane, 1965, flagrant non-support, order transport, arraignment set for Dec. 22, $100 cash bond.
    Shawn L. Long, 1975, first-degree possession of controlled substance or drug unspecified, drug paraphernalia, preliminary hearing held, probable cause found to transfer to grand jury.

  • DAR chapter recognizes members

    The John Guill-Polly Hawkins Craig chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) began their Christmas meeting Dec. 13 with lunch at Jewels on Main in Warsaw.

  • At the Library | December 20, 2017

    The annual Christmas ornament commissioned by the Friends of the Library for their annual fundraiser is available in the library. This year’s ornament was created by Ellie Petzinger and is a ceramic depiction of our logo. A great gift for someone who loves the library.
    December is amnesty month. As our gift to you, we ask that you bring back any overdue books and you will have your late fees wiped out. Merry Christmas!

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  • Busy holiday season for ‘Branchites’

    Thursday will be the shortest day of the year. Winter will officially be here. So far, I can’t complain about the weather. I’ve had frost, but my lower yard is still green. It goes well with the red decorations that are outside and in.