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  • Bid for MBMS field comes in under budget

    By Mary Alford
    N-H Staff Reporter
    By the beginning of fall 2014, students at Maurice Bowling Middle School should be enjoying their newly constructed athletic field.
    Members of the Owen County Board of Education approved to award a contract for construction on MBMS’s athletic field project to Century Construction of Erlanger.
    On July 24, members of the board received three bids for the athletic field project.
    Board member Brett McDonald said he was pleased with the offers.

  • Making Gaines: Former assistant principal ready to make a mark at MBMS

    When Maurice Bowling Middle School students return to school next month, a familiar face will be in charge.
    Donette Gaines, who served as MBMS assistant principal for the 2012-13 school year, was recently hired to take over as principal.
    Gaines will be the school’s second principal after longtime principal Jo Ella Wallace’s retirement became official June 30. Wallace had led the school since it opened in the winter of 1985.
    Prior to her tenure as assistant principal, Gaines taught sixth grade at MBMS for 11 years.

  • Massage therapist brings hands of healing to Owenton

    By Mary Alford
    N-H Staff Reporter

    Finding that perfect place to relax has just become a little easier for the people of  Owen County.
    Lorraine Scott has finally opened the doors of her new business, the Massage Therapy of Owenton, located on Seminary Street in the Odd Fellows building.
    Scott is no greenhorn when it comes to massage therapy. She practiced for 28 years in Ohio before moving to Owenton and is a licensed therapist in both Ohio and Kentucky.

  • Former Owen educator named state administrator of the year

    Tim Hitzfield, the principal of Conner High School in Boone County, was named the 2013 Administrator of the Year at the school level by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA).  The announcement was made Friday during the organization’s annual leadership institute in Louisville.

  • Special anniversary: Martha and Kenneth Smith

  • Owen County Extension Service News: Do you really need a good reason to celebrate National Watermelon Day?

    In case you need another reason to enjoy a juicy, sweet, delicious slice of watermelon, now you have one: Aug. 3 is National Watermelon Day.
    Ice-cold watermelon is a wonderful and nutritious treat on a hot summer day. It’s over 90 percent water, so it’s a great way to keep yourself and your kids hydrated after a long day at the lake, playing outside or a sports camp.

  • Beshear appoints court of appeals judge

    Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed Allison Jones as court of appeals judge for the Sixth Appellate District, Division 1. District 6 is composed of 21 counties: Bath, Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Fleming, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Henry, Kenton, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Oldham, Owen, Pendleton, Robertson, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble.
    Jones, of Oldham County, was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Justice Michelle M. Keller, who was appointed to the Supreme Court of Kentucky in April.

  • Owen County Baptist Association to hold 89th annual meeting

    The 89th annual session of the Owen County Baptist Association will convene Monday  at 7 p.m.  at the Beech Grove Baptist Church.
    The Tuesday sessions will convene at 4:30 p.m. at the New Liberty Baptist Church. A potluck supper will be served at 6 p.m.  and the business session will resume at 7 p.m.
    Bob Cull will serve as moderator and Larry Ayres as vice-moderator.
    All association pastors, officers, church messengers and interested persons are strongly encouraged to attend this annual event.

  • Dedication to children earns Woodyard Mother of the Year honor

    Whether it was in the home, on the school bus or in church, Bonnie Woodyard has always had love to share for the children in her life.
    Woodyard received the Owen County Mother Of the Year award July 17 at the Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show.
    The mother of five, grandmother of 16 and great-grandmother of five, Woodyard attended the fair under the pretense that she would be watching one of her granddaughters in a pageant.

  • Tireless public servant Morgan named Owen Countian of the Year

    “A dedicated public servant.”
    “He has given his whole life to serve Owen County.”
    “He has spent a lifetime putting others first.”

    Numerous entries were sent in to the Owenton Rotary Club to nominate the 2013 Owen Countian Of the Year Rick Morgan.
    A volunteer firefighter for over 40 years, an EMT since the ‘70s and Owen County’s current director of emergency management, Morgan has spent his life putting his fellow citizens first throughout many emergencies.