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  • Owen students honored by Youth Salute

    Over 760 high-school juniors from 47 high schools in Central Kentucky are being recognized in this year’s Youth Salute.
    The 34th Annual Awards Ceremony was held in their honor on May 4 at Eastern Kentucky University.  A top youth leader was named for each high school as well as “Youth Leaders of the Year.”

  • Smoot to celebrate 102nd birthday with dinner and dancing

    Lucy Smoot Hall was born on July 31, 1912.
    She was the oldest girl of 12 Smoot children.  
    She, along with her baby sister, Eula Smoot Stephenson, are the only surviving Smoot siblings.
    Hall will celebrate her 102nd birthday at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, at the Owen County Extension Office with dinner and dancing.
    All family, friends and neighbors are invited to bring a covered dish and help her celebrate this milestone occasion.

  • Fair time: Annual Owen County Fair and Horse Show kicks off Saturday

    With changes in store for this year’s Owen County 4-H Fair & Horse Show, members of the Owen County fair board are looking forward to a week full of summertime fun.
    This year’s fair will kickoff Saturday with several of the week’s beauty pageants.
    Pageants will begin at 10 a.m. with the baby pageants; the miss teen and miss preteen at 3 p.m. and the Miss Owen County Fair at 6 p.m.
    A walking horse show will also be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
    The gate fee for Saturday will be $5.

  • Kentucky American supports Operation Clear, Preserve, and Reclaim

    A $10,000 grant was recently awarded to the Owen County Fair Board. The money will be used to help spruce up four acres of park land.
    “Operation Clear, Preserve and Reclaim” was coordinated by the Owen County Fair Board in partnership with the parks and recreation department, the Owen County Fiscal Court, Owen County Soil Conservation District and community volunteers.

  • Library staffer decides it’s time to check out

    One of the fixtures of the Owen County Public Library will be moving on.
    Jennifer Chancery, the adult services librarian, has accepted a new job with ATT&T in Frankfort.
    “This is pretty bittersweet for me,” Chancery said. “I have loved working at the library but this is just too good an opportunity to pass up.”
    Chancery, who holds a degree in art from Bluegrass Community and Technical College, has worked at the library for nearly nine years.

  • Special Olympics softball coming to Owen County

    On July 26, Owen County will host the Battle in the Bluegrass, a Grant County Special Olympics Invitational softball tournament at the Owen County Park.
    The event is one of many competitions, such as track and field, soccer, bowling, flag football, basketball and cheerleading that make up the Special Olympics.

  • Leadership Owen County: Group finds entrepreneurial spirt in Owen

    By Ginny Cook
    For the News-Herald
    As many of you may have read, Leadership Owen County 2014 is well underway.
    Each month, our session focuses on a different aspect of community leadership development, and we are given the opportunity to converse with current community leaders in order to learn from them, as well as discuss the potential of Owen County.
    The focus of June’s session was entrepreneurship.

  • OCHS class of 1963 looking for alumni

    A 50 plus one year reunion for the Owen County High School class of 1963 is planned for Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Owen County Extension Service Building in Owenton.
    Organizers said anyone who was ever a part of this class or an adjacent class – or even liked them a little – is invited to come out for an evening of laughter, conversation and reminiscence.
    “Chat and Mingle” is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.
    Dinner, catered by Sisterly Touch, will be served at 6 p.m.

  • Owen County Youth Baseball team photos

    Here are the teams that make up this year's Owen County youth baseball league.

  • Take part in Owen County Night at Legends’ game

    Tickets can be purchased for Owen County Night at the Lexington Legends baseball game.
    The game will be Friday at 7:05 p.m.
    The Owen County Parks and Recreation Youth Baseball teams will be recognized in a pregame parade and an Owen contain will throw out first pitch. Fireworks will follow the game.
    To purchase tickets and help raise money for OCPR youth sports, call 502-750-3342.