Today's News

  • Apple’s battle over unlocking iPhone demonstrates fight for personal privacy

    Occasionally politicians slip up and reveal their true intentions. In DC, this is called “committing candor.” While indirectly discussing his administration’s effort in the courts to force Apple to develop a software key to unlock iPhones, President Obama recently admitted this battle is not just about a single terrorist’s iPhone in San Bernardino.

  • A chilly start to the first day of spring

    Welcome to Spring. At least the first day was nice, but cold. I wore black to church on Sunday, in memory of the past Cats that made it out of the second round and that is the last mention of the basketball season’s passing.

    It was 23-degrees on the Branch Sunday night.

  • At the Library | March 23, 2016

    Celebrate Owen County’s youth this week at the library with a special concert presented by the Owen County High School Jazz and Percussion Band. Come out and show your support for arts opportunities in our schools.

  • Senior Activities | March 23-29, 2016

    The Owen County Senior Center is located at 118 N. Main St., Owenton. Its hours of operation are 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday. The center is managed by Stacey Sipple Long and can be reached at (502) 484-3139.

    If you need a ride to the senior center, call Owen County Public Transit at (502) 750-2828 and schedule when you would like to attend.

    Today (Wednesday): 9 a.m. cards; 1 p.m. extension office, crafts.

    Thursday, March 24: 9 a.m. Rook; 1 p.m. Bingo.

  • Gifted and talented students take trip to Pine Mountain

    Special to the News-Herald

    On March 11-14, 18 students and 16 chaperones made their annual trip to Pine Mountain Settlement School in Bledsoe, Ky.

    Could we survive four days without television, technology and sketchy cell service? We did not miss any of these luxuries because the students and chaperones were busy from 8 a.m. to late at night with education classes, exercise and fun.

  • Community News | March 23, 2016

    Community Easter Egg hunt will be Saturday

    A community Easter egg hunt will be held Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Owen County Fairgrounds. The hunt will begin at noon. The egg hunt, games, inflatables and prizes will be free of charge. Pictures with the Easter Bunny and tie-dyeing with Uniquely Twisted tie-dyeing will be held with charge. Rick Wilhoite will be set up grilling and Girl Scout cookies will also be sold.

    Commonwealth Cleanup Week is March 19-26

  • Ash trees can survive Ash Borer's damage

    Owen Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources

    Owen County residents, where emerald ash borer has been detected, should determine the numbers and sizes of ash trees on their properties and decide which trees, if any, should be protected. The “Managing Emerald Ash Borer: Decision Guide,” which is available at the Owen County Extension Office, is a good decision tool to use in the evaluation process.

  • Plants grow in soil, dirt gets under your nails

    Weekend Gardener

  • Court News | March 23, 2016

    Owen District Court
    March 18, 2016


    Lauros Hernandez, 1991, three counts of second-degree rape; not guilty plea, preliminary hearing set to Apr. 1 at 9 a.m.

    Brandi Becknell, 1979, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; first-degree possession of a controlled substance, drug unspecified; possession of marijuana; drug paraphernalia; probable cause established, transfer to Grand Jury, continue to Apr. 5 at 9 a.m.

  • Looking back | March 23, 2016

    Owen gearing up for race visitors
    March 23, 2011
    5 years ago

    With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race only months away, local officials are beginning to weigh in on the economic impact the race could have on Owen County.

    The announcement of the Sprint Cup race coming to Kentucky Speedway, located off the Sparta exit on I-71, was made last August.

    In preparation for the race, the Kentucky Speedway has increased its stadium seating from 66,000 to 105,000.