Around Owen County

  • Community baby shower to help teen moms

    Owen County Family Resource Center and Youth Services Center will host a community baby shower for teen parents and newly expectant parents on April 16. The event includes informational presentations that help expectant parents prepare for the arrival of their new baby. Presentations will include brain development; the importance of early education; breastfeeding; books and reading; healthy relationships; parenting styles; nutrition; dental care; and safety in the home

  • Community events

    Library to hold March Madness Teen Book Tournament
    Teens, vote for your favorite young adult books as they face off against each other in March Madness.
    Each week, there will be a new round of voting and for each round you vote, you will be entered to win a prize.
    You can vote in the library or on the library’s Facebook page throughout the entire month.

  • Courting perfection

    How does a team improve upon perfection? That is the question the Owen County High School football team is asking as they get ready to kickoff the 2012 season Friday night.
    The Rebels are coming off their first ever perfect regular season in 2011. They would finish 11-1 overall after losing to the eventual 2A State Champion Holy Cross Indians in the second round of the playoffs. The year also included a district championship as they swept through Gallatin County, Walton-Verona, Trimble County and Carroll County.
    Repeating, as Owen County will find out is never easy.

  • Students following in strong footsteps

    On April 15, the Owen County Primary Leadership Class held its second-annual luncheon.  
    The seven young leaders greeted guests from all the businesses that they had visited over the year.  
    Peoples Bank, First Farmers Bank, Owen Electric, Owen Dental Center, New Horizons Family Practice, the Owen County Extension Office, and staff members from the Owen County Courthouse participated in the event.  

  • Deadline nears for 2012 corn, sorghum, soybean, and wheat base payments

    Sign-up for the 2012 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program for producers with corn, sorghum, soybean, and wheat bases will continue through June 1.
    Producers are encouraged to visit the farm service center to complete their 2012 DCP contract.  USDA computes DCP Program payments using base acres and payment yields established for each farm.  
    Eligible producers receive direct payments at rates established by statute regardless of market prices.  

  • Ayres Orchard to host statewide field day May 17

    The Monterey apple orchard owned by Larry and Sherry Ayres will be the site for a state-wide Fruit Growers Field Day next week.
    The University of Kentucky Horticulture department is organizing a field day to focus on various aspects of orchard management.  The field day will be held May 17, starting at 10 a.m.
    Topics to be covered include managing insects in an orchard, fruit rot problems, the potentials of growing pears, and, something that is of particular concern in this area, orchard wildlife management.

  • Extension service news: Spend wise this year

    By Judy Hetterman

  • Rain sparks flood-safety tips

    By Rick Morgan
    EM director, Owen County Emergency Management Office
    If a flood is likely in your area, you should listen to the radio or television for information. Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move. Be aware of streams, drainage channels, canyons, and other areas known to flood suddenly.  
    Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without such typical warnings as rain clouds or heavy rain.

  • Recess before lunch means less food wasted

    Students who are physically active before lunch are more likely to eat better and learn better.
    Teachers report that students have better health and behave better if recess is scheduled before lunch. When students return from lunch, they are ready to learn and there is no need for a cool-down period following recess.
    Another benefit is the reduction of waste. Schools generating 15 bags of trash prior to implementing the recess period before lunch, had only five bags of waste afterward.

  • Cattle call

    Kirby Sparrow of Owenton, right, exhibited the Brown Swiss Milk Production Award winner at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville.