Today's News

  • Holiday lights will go up soon

    Owenton Mayor Doug West found an alternative after Owen Electric said it could no longer install Christmas lights for free.
    West said he called Mike Cobb, the senior vice president of customer service and marketing of Owen Electric Cooperative Monday morning.
    “I gave them a call and talked to (Cobb),” West said. “He informed me that they were going to start charging us $800 to put up the Christmas lights in town.”

  • Faithful to gather at square following parade

    With Christmas right around the corner, Owen County is gearing up for it’s annual holiday events, including a special community-wide church service.
    The community-wide church service, put together by the Owen County Ministerial Association each year, has been held the first Sunday in December for over a decade.
    Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Reverend David “Milkweed” Wotier said a member of the ministerial association came up with the idea, which has been a success every year since.

  • Court may shut down section of Old Sparta Road

    A portion of Old Sparta Road could soon be closed indefinitely to traffic after the Owen County Fiscal Court voted to begin the process and hold a public hearing.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the portion of Old Sparta Road begins when driving down the hill into Sparta. Two double-wide trailers sit on a caving-in hillside, Keith said.
    There are no residents in the section being discussed.

  • Gayheart will continue basketball career at Northern Kentucky

    As she enters her senior season at Owen County High School, Rianna Gayheart already knows where she will be playing basketball next fall.
    Gayheart has signed a national letter of intent to play college basketball at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights. The senior shared the moment with her family, coaches, teammates and fans on Thursday night during Maroon Madness at Owen County High School.

  • Maroon Madness: Boys ready to run

    The overall record may have indicated last year was a winning season but the Owen County Rebels may not agree.
    The team finished the season 15-9 but a first-round home loss in the 8th Region All ‘A’ Classic and a first-round loss in the 31st District tournament left a bad taste in some people’s mouth. The loss in the district tournament kept Owen County from reaching the 8th Region Tournament for the first time since 2007.
    Owen County High School Head Boys Basketball Coach Devin Duvall will have his three top scorers back from last season.

  • Maroon Madness: Girls strive for five

    Of the past four seasons the Owen County Lady Rebels have accumulated a very impressive collection.
    The Lady Rebels enter the 2011-2012 season in a familiar situation. They are the four-time defending 31st District champions.
    Over the past four seasons they have cut down the nets at all four district schools after claiming the title. They hope to do it again.
    Owen County High School Head Girls Basketball Coach Bob Osborne returns his top three scorers from last year’s team that finished the season 23-6.

  • Brian Blair’s 2011 Golden Gobble Awards

    As you sit down tomorrow for Thanksgiving you should at least have one thing to be thankful for. You could be the turkey.
    Several people have been “turkeys” this season in the world of sports.
    As I have done for the past three years now I have revealed some of the poor souls to you in my annual Golden Gobble Awards. Here are my, um, winners for this year.

  • Church News for Dec. 28, 2011

    Mount Pleasant Baptist

  • Elk group aids Owen shooters

  • Volunteers chip in to honor history of Claxton Ridge

    By Christina Rice
    For the News-Herald
    The over-50 crowd ruled the day Saturday as 18 volunteers came together from as far away as Portsmouth, Ohio to begin the clean-up of the abandoned Claxon Ridge Cemetery. The one-acre site in southern Owen County is the final resting place for more than 200 ancestors of present-day countians and other descendants who have since moved away. Among the latter group, the Smith/Claxon families from southern Ohio and Greenup and Carter counties in Kentucky drove two hours to aid in the clean-up.