en Owenton police officer arrested, charged with rape <img src="" alt="Rufus Shearer" title="Rufus Shearer" align="left" hspace="6" width="88" height="85" /><p> An Owenton police officer was arrested earlier today and charged with first-degree rape and incest.<br /> 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.<br /> Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry declined to comment on the charges or the investigation, but said Shearer turned himself in to Owenton police.<br /> &quot;He came in on his own free will and surrendered his firearm, badge and cruiser,&quot; Gentry said.<br /> June road closure detours announced <p> The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet&rsquo;s District 6 office has announced its traffic detours for the coming month.</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> The closure will be from Adair Street through the intersection of Seminary Street, beginning June 1 and ending June 30.</p> Pryor remembers service during WWII <p> <strong>BY MARLENE BROWNING-WAINSCOTT</strong><br /> Special to the News-Herald</p> <p> CF &ldquo;June&rdquo; 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.</p> <p> June was born in 1921 in his parent&rsquo;s home in Owen County.</p> <p> &ldquo;I was named after my father, so they called me Junior, after a while the name June just kind of stuck.&rdquo;</p> Federal depts. offer guidance for accommodating trans students <p> In recent months, some of the leading national news stories were a North Carolina law that restricted bathroom access based on a person&rsquo;s sex at birth and Target&rsquo;s policy that allows transgendered persons to use the restrooms and fitting rooms of their gender identity &ndash; a person&rsquo;s internal sense of gender.</p> Board approves facility plan, primary school addition key necessity <img src="" alt="The old Owen County Elementary School building is now slated for demolition in June 2017." title="The old Owen County Elementary School building is now slated for demolition in June 2017." align="left" hspace="6" width="156" height="85" /><p> The Owen County Board of Education took a step toward alleviating some of the overcrowding among the district&rsquo;s youngest populations by approving a new district facility plan.</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> &ldquo;The first priority or priority one projects are those you want to try and complete within this biennium, or the next two years,&rdquo; said Roland Mueller, from RossTarrant Architects.</p> Kline named Principal of the Year <img src="" alt="&lt;b&gt;&lt;center&gt;Duane Kline&lt;/center&gt;&lt;/b&gt;" title="&lt;b&gt;&lt;center&gt;Duane Kline&lt;/center&gt;&lt;/b&gt;" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> Another prestigious statewide award comes home to Owen County Schools and although athletics has garnered a lot of recognition this year, this award is for academics.</p> <p> Owen County High School Principal Duane Kline was named the 2016 &ldquo;Principal of the Year&rdquo; by the Kentucky Association of Secondary School Principals.</p> Sanders carries Owen in primary; Clinton takes state <p> Bernie Sanders carried Owen County in the state&#39;s presidential primary election Tuesday with about 20 percent of the county&#39;s registered voters taking to the polls.<br /> Sanders received a total of 720 votes locally, while Hillary Clinton received 453. Clinton was named the state&#39;s winner<br /> Owen County Clerk Laurel P. Stivers said the county&#39;s voter turnout had exceeded her expectations.<br /> &quot;I guessed we would have about 15 percent turnout, but it looks like we wound up with 20 percent,&quot; Stivers said Tuesday night.<br /> 127 work begins today <p> Construction crews will begin a pavement repair project today that will eventually close Main Street for the month of June.</p> <p> &ldquo;The pavement section beginning at Duke Avenue extending north of Ky. 3095 (Ellis Road) will be improved,&rdquo; Rob Hans, Chief District Engineer for Department of Highways District 6 said. &ldquo;This section of roadway will be more durable and will provide a safer and smoother ride for all of those who travel along U.S. 127.&rdquo;</p>