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Today's Features

  • It’s 11:40 p.m. and I have just remembered it is Sunday and I must write the column. It has seemed like Sunday for the last four days. Specials and football games on TV have completely thrown me off. I’m not always the brightest bulb in the lamp when things go routinely, but throw in a four-day holiday and I am lost. Audrey pointed out to me in church this morning that I had left the “ine” off of Ernestine’s name last week I blamed it on the editor. I said my column was so long he had to cut somewhere. Sorry.

  • Kentucky American Water’s water treatment plant in Owenton, which the company purchased in 2005, has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Area-Wide Optimization Program  award for 2009 from the  Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.

  • Doug Schwartzman had put a lot of miles on his old bike.

    He had been living in Florida for several months, making a humble living playing the guitar and hustling pool when he decided to go home to Pontiac, Mich.

    Schwartman, 51, gathered up his few possessions, bought a bus ticket and made plans to head home.

    But his plans suddenly changed.

    He missed his bus.

    Instead of catching the next one, Schwartzman said he decided to hit the highway under his own power. He loaded up his bicycle and headed out.

  • Owen countians have already begun seeing PHI Air Medical’s helicopter in the sky, rushing to provide quick medical assistance. And they’re sure to see a lot more of Owen County’s newly-based medical crew.

    PHI’s modular building, that once sat in Williamstown, has been moved to Owenton. Crew members are looking forward to responding from their new base.

  • I played bridge last week and got home about 5 p.m., just in time to get the car into the garage and close the garage door before the lights went out.

    The electricity flicked on and off several times before giving up the ghost and going off completely. I scrounged around in cabinets and closets and found all the candles and placed them strategically around the house in case the power didn’t come back till after dark. I have a gas range, so heating soup for supper was no problem.

  • My truck is running again. Chris came after work and put his heavy duty battery charger on it. I had fixed his supper and he ate while it was charging — and then watched TV with me while he waited. Wanda came about 8:10 p.m. to watch Dancing with the Stars with me. She had wanted to see the show because she enjoys dancing so much. She mentioned she had just come from her belly dancing class. Oops, another mistake: I said last week that she had joined a ballroom dancing class. There’s a good deal of difference.

  • Owen County Schools is pleased to announce that Queena Gross has been selected volunteer of the month for September. This is Gross’ first year volunteering in Owen County. She is working in the primary school with the pre-school classes.

    “I wanted to volunteer to help out the teachers and to help the children learn routines to get them ready for kindergarten,” Gross said.

    Gross floats in three different preschool classes throughout the week, performing various tasks such as helping with reading groups, snack time, and rubbing backs during nap time.

  • First Nine Weeks

    Ninth-Grade

    Super Honor Roll

    Jarrod Ball, Andrea Burford, Allison Dempsey, William Johnson, Leah Johnson, Haley Minch, Kayla Miles, Kayleigh Shaw, Hannah Strohmeier, Kristen Swigert, Tucker Trenary

    Regular Honor Roll

  • A musical Phoenix is hoping his career will take flight starting with a Friday night gig at Pit Stop in Sparta.

    Owenton resident Clayton Phoenix Smith has been honing his musical attributes for years, and his long road has led him back to a community where his grandfather grew up.

    The journey started in Smith’s hometown of South Philadelphia, where he worked in small venues while developing his talent. His father also cut some records while living in Philadelphia.

  • It was 20 degrees on my thermometer Sunday morning. By the time we got out of church, it had risen to 53 degrees. We got the last of the wood cut, hauled in and stacked last week. We got two loads cut and split for Ann, too. We hauled it up to her house Nov. 2. She was off a half day to vote.