Today's News

  • Kentucky River has proved both old friend and nemesis

    Meandering through the heartland of Kentucky its history boasts of heroes such as Daniel Boone, George Rogers Clark, Isaac Shelby, John Harrod and Benjamin Logan. Yet, most times it just quietly murmurs stories of the common folk who settled along its banks and who, despite ravaging floods, were inescapably drawn back to Kentucky’s ancient song. 

  • From the Editor's Desk: 150 years old? You don’t look a day over 149 to me.

    Depending on how closely you scan the pages of The News-Herald each week, you may have noticed a few slight changes to today’s front page.
    For as long as any of us can remember, The News-Herald’s masthead has carried the message, “Serving Owen County Since 1868.” With that in mind, I began researching the newspaper’s history during the summer of 2017 in anticipation of our sesquicentennial.

  • Bicentennial torch arrives at Lusby’s Mill

    N-H Correspondent

    A crowd of more than 60 people gathered at the Lusby’s Mill Baptist Church Sunday afternoon to welcome the arrival of the Owen County Bicentennial torch.
    Long before Lusby’s Mill was incorporated in 1869, the area in and around the Mill was settled by four families from the Carolinas. In 1795, members of the Cobb, Clifton, Osborne and Sidebottom families moved to the area. Many of their descendants reside in Owen County, if not the Mill, still today.

  • KSP makes arrest on drug charges with child nearby

    A search conducted by Kentucky State Police on Eagle Lane, Worthville, ended with drug trafficking charges and a charge of child endangerment for two people April 8.
    Frank L. Lester Jr., 32, and Melissa N. Heitzman, 39, were each charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, methamphetamine; first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, drug unspecified; drug paraphernalia; possession of marijuana; endangering the welfare of a minor and tampering with physical evidence.

  • Kays Branch News | Warmer temps call for an afternoon of fishing


  • Looking Back | Corporation formed to promote Gulley’s research 50 years ago

    April 13, 1944
    75 years ago
    Major Gerald Johnson shot down in France

    A five-day-old rumor was verified Monday noon, and Owen County was deeply shocked when a War Department telegram revealed that Major Gerald Johnson, “Sweet Owen’s” outstanding World War II hero, was shot down over France March 27.

  • Owen County favorite Hattie Hill passes away at 93

    She knew life inside and out, and though she had her share of hard times, most days found her at the Owen County Senior Center capturing moments of the past, evoking smiles, generating laughter and offering a colorful collection of reminisces.
    Hattie Hill never let the grass grow under her feet. Growing up on a farm she knew first-hand the endless work involved in keeping food on the table, and through the years she worked as many as eight jobs to support her family.

  • Owen County Sheriff’s Department Call Log, March 25-31

    Editor’s Note: The News-Herald publishes the Owen County Sheriff’s Department call log, as provided to the department by Kentucky State Police Post 5 Campbellsburg each week. Complete addresses are omitted to protect those involved.

    March 25

  • Historic letter returns to Owenton more than 150 years after its departure

    In November 1929, dozens of newspapers across Ohio carried an unusual headline, “Mystery Letters of Camp Chase Are Being Delivered.”
    The number of the so-called mystery letters exceeded 200, many of them written on Easter Day, 1862. The letters were written to and for Confederate prisoners lodged at Camp Chase, a Union military staging and training camp established in Columbus, Ohio during the Civil War. It also included a Union-operated prison camp.

  • Owen County Sheriff’s Call Log, April 1-7

    April 1
    8:53 a.m., lockout, Owen County Public Library
    10:57 a.m., burglary, Hwy. 127 S.
    2:38 p.m., property dispute, Stewarts Lane
    3:48 p.m., welfare check, Glass Lane
    3:53 p.m., lockout, Hwy. 127 S.
    4:23 p.m., officer assist, Hwy. 355
    5:48 p.m., property damage accident, Hwy. 36
    5:51 p.m., reckless driving, Hwy. 22 E.
    5:51 p.m., assault, Hwy. 127 S.
    6:22 p.m., traffic stop, Hwy. 127
    6:37 p.m., for informational purposes, Hwy. 355