Today's News

  • Expectations high as Lady Rebels begin new season

    Entering the 2016 soccer season, the Owen County Lady Rebels are hoping to achieve something that has not taken place since 2012. That was the last year the team captured the 31st District title and advanced to the 8th Region Tournament.

  • Lady Rebels swing back into action on the links

    The Owen County Lady Rebels are continuing to play outstanding golf.
    On Aug. 6, the team traveled to play in the Villa Madonna Tournament in Independence. The team took on 23 other schools and finished fifth overall, tied with Notre Dame.
    “These girls are still amazing me this year,” Head Coach David Wainscott said.
    Debbie Farrar led the team with an 83, while Lydia Merrifield posted an 84. Grace Chilton fired an 86, Morgan Woodyard 92, and Laura Duke 105.

  • Volleyball set for beginning of season

    The Owen County volleyball team got their season started this week.
    The Lady Rebels took on Calvary Christian at home Aug. 8 and traveled to play at Franklin County Aug. 9. They entered both matches hoping to avenge losses a year ago to both squads.

  • 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.

  • Former teacher takes on district-wide position

    Middle school science teacher, high school guidance counselor and alternative school principal are just a few of the titles Joretta Crowe has held during her 24-year career as an educator. Now, Crowe is beginning her 25th year in Owen County as the new director of districtwide programs.

    Crowe’s life-long pursuit of education is something that started when she was young.

    “I had two siblings that are younger, four and five years younger than I am, and I would sit there and teach them on a blackboard,” Crowe said.

  • Bidding farewell to sweet Owen

    In May 2015, I was like one of many college graduates that walked across the stage, shook hands with the dean, grasped the diploma cover and walked away. But I was one of the graduates that didn’t have life figured out. I had interviewed at several places both inside and outside of our particular company and didn’t have a full-time job lined up after graduation. The interviews and numerous job applications came to an end early in September when News-Herald Publisher Jeff Moore told me about this opening. It was a glimmer of light in what was otherwise a bleak summer.

  • Local grandmothers leave lasting memories

    Some seem to be made up of all angles and sharp turns, and they never forget good manners. Others are pillow-soft, whose laps are wide and inviting and whose deep laughter somersaults from one end of a room to the other.

    They are known as grandmother, grandma, granny, mamaw, nana or some other term of endearment, and they fill our bellies with treats, our hearts with joy and our lives with a touch of magic.