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Today's News

  • Officer arrested, charged with rape

    An Owenton police officer was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree rape and incest.

    Rufus Shearer Jr., 59, was booked at the Carroll County Detention Center just before 1 p.m. Thursday.

    Shearer was hired as an officer with the Owenton Police Department in 1999, the same year the alleged charges took place in Russell County, according to an indictment presented to the Russell County grand jury May 25.

  • Owen County High graduates 139 students

    After 13 years of seven-hour school days, there was one final tradition for the Owen County High School seniors Sunday afternoon: Graduation.

    The group of students donned maroon and white gowns and mortarboards before filing into the gymnasium. One by one, each walked across the stage and once every student had his or her diploma in hand, Superintendent Rob Stafford took to the lectern.

    “I am pleased to confer you as graduates of Owen County High School, Class of 2016,” he said.

  • Kentucky All Stars to play in Owenton

    Mr. Basketball is going to play one more time in Owenton.

    Kentucky’s 2016 Mr. Basketball Carson Williams and the rest of the Kentucky Boys All-Stars will be playing a scrimmage game at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 9 in the OCHS gym. The game will be a tune up for their series with the Indiana All-Stars on Saturday, June 11 in Indianapolis and on Sunday, June 12 in Louisville.

  • Holloway joins N-H staff as summer intern

    Carroll County native and Eastern Kentucky University rising senior Lauren Holloway has joined the News-Herald for a summer internship.

    The apparel design and merchandising major chose journalism as a minor hoping to one day use skills garnered to work for fashion magazines like Vanity Fair or GLAMOUR.

  • District honors 13 retirees from public school system

    Story and Photos by Lauren Holloway
    N-H Intern

    The auditorium at Owen County High School was packed Thursday morning as the district honored 13 retirees.

    Charlotte Elkins has been with Owen County schools for 27 years and has taught middle school Language Arts, held titles as Assistant Principal at Maurice Bowling Middle School, Principal at Owen County Elementary, and advised the Future Problem Solving initiative at MBMS.

  • Ellis reflects on past year, looks ahead in state of the county

    Editor’s note: Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis gave his second state of the county address July 14 at the Owen County Chamber of commerce breakfast meeting. The following is a transcription from a recording of the address.

  • Owen's Squiresville had its own notable, noble residents

    With a variety of hair-raising twists and turns, the narrow road snakes along from Highway 22 to Perry Park. On its travels it passes through the once thriving community of Squiresville, and the road itself took on the same name.

    Early Squiresville family names, Arnold, Ligon, Lusby, Minor, Minch, Reeve, Montgomery, Morgan, Nuttall, Thomas, Stivers, and others are still prevalent in the area today.

  • Court News | July 20, 2016

    Owen Circuit Court | July 12, 2016

    Ora B. Bradley, 1970, probation violation, continued to July 26.

    Carrie R. Burgener, 1985, motion for jail time credit, submitted.

    Miranda Dews, 1972, diversion completion, continued to July 26.

    Jackie L. Gibson, 1978, probation violation, appointed public defender, continued to July 26.

    Melissa A. Hamblin, 1981, two counts of second-degree narcotics, pleaded not guilty, trial set for Sept. 15.

    Lauro Lopez Hernandez, 1991, second-degree rape, trial set for Aug. 18.

  • Property Transfers | June 2016

    From Todd W. Vogelpohl and Debora L. Vogelpohl to TV Properties LLC, parcel of land.

    Janice M. Duncan to Ronald C. Swiger and Branda A. Swiger, lots 17, 19 and 20 of the Riverlake subdivision at Perry Park Resort, $120,000.

    Doug Hils and Amanda Hils to Tim Smith and Tricia Smith, two parcels of land, $143,000.

    Malinda Lewellyn Martin and Alex Martin to Tanya Williams, lots 31, 32 and 33 of the Eagle Valley Recreation Resort, $5,000.

  • Owen County Sheriff's Office Activity | June 2016

    Serving Court (Security): 19.

    Complaints Received: 403.

    Juvenile Complaints Received: 10.

    Citations Issued: 33.

    Accidents Worked: 10.

    Investigations: 14.

    Arrests: 15.

    Response to Domestic Violence Complaints: 7.

    Number of Warrants and Papers Served: 96.

    Prisoners Transported: 2.

    Special Details with Law Enforcement Present: 7.

    Offense Reports of Crime and Thefts: 5.

    Auto Inspections: 6.

    Motorist Assists: 23.

    Other Assists: 11.