Today's News

  • Williams jumps to state championship

    Adding to his list of basketball accolades this season, Carson Williams is a state champion high jumper.

    The senior set a personal best on Saturday at the KHSAA Class A State Track Meet in Lexington. Williams’ mark of 6 feet 2 inches was better than that of Fulton County’s Devonte Harper who was unable to clear the height.

    Head coach Sean Cockrell said he and Williams had worked hard in practice all week leading up to Saturday’s competition.

  • Softball season ends with loss to Carroll Co.

    A season that began with a win at Frankfort in March ended with a loss in Carrollton in May.

    The Lady Rebels saw their 2016 season come to a close last Monday night in the semifinals of the 31st District Tournament in Carrollton to the Lady Panthers. Carroll County defeated Owen County 6-1. The loss came exactly a month after the Lady Panthers knocked off the Lady Rebels 10-5 also in Carrollton.

    Henry County would go on to the beat Carroll County 15-2 in the championship game to win their second straight district title.

  • Spaulding earns award at Asbury

    Former Owen County Lady Rebel golfer Julie Spaulding was recently honored for her accomplishments both on and off the golf course at Asbury University.

    The junior finished her season in April with a third-place finish at the KIAC Tournament at Cherry Blossom Golf Club in Georgetown. The finish earned her All-Conference honors for the second straight year.

  • 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

    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.