Features http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/features/todaysfeatures en Section of Pete Towles Rd. to receive water main http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/section-pete-towles-rd-receive-water-main <p> Kentucky American Water will begin in June the installation of a water main along a section of Pete Towles Road in Owen County that will bring tap water service to new customers and enhance performance of the existing water distribution system.</p> Mason to travel to Athens on research award http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/mason-travel-athens-research-award <p> University of Louisville sophomore Miranda Mason has received an Etscorn International Summer Research Award to travel to Athens to explore socialized health care and the impact of Greece&rsquo;s difficult economic situation on public health.</p> <p> She will intern at Evaggelismos Hospital (public) and Iaso Hospital (private) in Athens. The $4,000 scholarship was awarded to Mason by the College of Arts and Sciences and another $1,000 came from the university&rsquo;s study abroad office.</p> Owen Electric to once again help sponsor Special Olympics http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/owen-electric-once-again-help-sponsor-special-olympics <p> Owen Electric Cooperative and Kentucky&rsquo;s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are once again proud to be Platinum Sponsors of the 2016 Special Olympics State Summer Games.</p> <p> The statewide games take place June 3-5 at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, and will include competitions in track and field, swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, bocce and flag football. Along with sponsorship, several Owen Electric employees will volunteer to work at the event.</p> Controlling summertime mosquitos near the home http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/controlling-summertime-mosquitos-near-home <p> BY STEVE MUSEN<br /> Owen Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources</p> <p> Controlling mosquitos is challenging to say the least. You may even think you are fighting a never-ending battle. With mosquito-borne diseases like the Zika virus becoming more prevalent, it&rsquo;s even more important to know how to take control of these pests around your home environment. Learning to do a few simple things could help protect you from more than the itchiness of a mosquito bite.</p> Successfully growing sweet potatoes in the backyards of Ky. http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/successfully-growing-sweet-potatoes-backyards-ky <p> <strong>BY JENEEN WICHE</strong><br /> Weekend Gardener</p> <p> Once again we enjoyed sweet potatoes all winter long from a fantastic harvest last fall. I planted out about 25 organic slips purchased from Country Corner Greenhouse in Shepherdsville in late May and by early November we had 4 nursery crates full of one of nature&rsquo;s perfect foods! 7 months and counting in storage with no spoilage is impressive. We are down to about a dozen sweet potatoes; just in time for a transition to other summer vegetables.</p> Alumni association hosting reunion banquet http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/alumni-association-hosting-reunion-banquet <p> OWENTON &ndash; The recently formed Owen County High School Alumni Association will host its first annual Alumni Reunion Banquet on Saturday, June 11, Mike Haines, the association&rsquo;s president, announced.</p> <p> The event will be held in the multi-purpose room of the Maurice Bowling Middle School, with the doors opening at 5 p.m. There will be a social hour to give alumni and their guests an opportunity to get reacquainted before dinner which will be served at 6 p.m.</p> Blackberry winter returns to the branch http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/blackberry-winter-returns-branch <p> Owen students volunteer at Elsmere senior center http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/owen-students-volunteer-elsmere-senior-center <p> <strong>BY MAKENZIE DAVIS</strong><br /> N-H School Correspondent</p> <p> Six students, armed with paint brushes and rollers, spent their Saturday morning volunteering at a little senior center in northern Kentucky.</p>