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  • Odd Fellows earn their degrees

    On Nov. 3, Darrel Baker from Owenton, Emmanuel Lodge #213 and John Taylor from Jonesville, Willis Lodge #9 completed their degree work for their Odd Fellow Lodges.
    The work was conducted by an Indiana degree team in Lorraine, Lodge #4 in Louisville.
    A meal furnished by Lorraine Lodge was enjoyed by all who attended.
    Emmanuel Lodge #213 will be sponsoring a blood drive Jan. 4, 2013.

  • EKU senior receives recreation scholarship

    Eden Fisher, Owenton, a senior at Eastern Kentucky University, received the Student Scholarship Award from the Kentucky Parks and Recreation Society at a banquet in Frankfort on Nov. 14.
    The award is given annually to recognize a current undergraduate student pursuing a career in parks and recreation.

  • Lessons of sharing

    For 10 years, Owen County Primary School kindergarten teacher Kristal New has given her students a Thanksgiving feast. Parents are invited to join in and each child is given the opportunity to tell what they are thankful for. This year’s feast took place Monday and some students shared what they were most thankful for. Jasmine Vanfosson said she was thankful for her lawn mower.  Audree Young was thankful for her mom, dad and brother. Kyndra Foster said she was thankful for her brother, her bed and all her friends.

  • Gold hunt: Owen County taekwondo standout looking for a place on Olympic team for 2016

    One day, an Olympic gold medal may hang around an Owen County girl’s neck because she hated ballet.
    A decade after trading in pirouettes for the high leg kicks of Taekwondo, 14-year-old Kendall Yount has world championships, countless trophies and awards under her black belt.

  • Adult ed finds new home at courthouse

    Following a meeting of the Owen County Fiscal Court and fear that students could lose some funding, the county’s adult education program will soon be located downtown.
    The adult education program was expected to move into the old Owen County Elementary School located at 1945 Hwy. 22 East.
    But on Nov. 13, Veronica Gayle, director of Owen County’s adult education program, approached the Owen County Fiscal Court to ask for a space in the Owen County Courthouse.

  • Search goes on: Owen County School Board weighing options as hunt for superintendent continues

    The Owen County School Board has yet to come to a decision on whether they will enlist the services of the Kentucky School Boards Association’s superintendent search program.
    The board met with Mike Oder, the superintendent search consultant for Kentucky School Boards Association, during its meeting Monday.
    In 2010, the board opted to use the service in order to find a superintendent to fill former superintendent Mark Cleveland’s vacancy.
    Owen County School District Interim Superintendent Sonny Fentress said many districts use the service in their search.

  • Businessman avoids Craigslist check scam

    With continued growth of Internet shopping and buying and selling goods on-line, an Owen County businessman recently avoided falling into a world-wide trap.
    Ron Reimer, owner of Kentucky Ridge Country Communications which provides cable television service for Owen County, said he was oddly suspicious after he got a quick response from an ad for tires for sale on Craigslist, an Internet site specializing in person-to-person buying and selling of items.

  • Friday fire blamed on oil heater

    Investigators are looking into a fire that took place on Old Mill Road Friday.
    Owen County volunteer firefighters were called to the scene of the fire at the 300 block of Old Mill Road, near Lusby’s Mill, at about 3 p.m.
    A neighbor to those living at the residence knocked on the door of the home to see if anyone was inside, but the neighbor got no response.
    Jude Canchola, public information officer for the Owenton-Owen County Volunteer Fire Department, said no one was home at the time of the fire.

  • Farm Service Agency news

    County committee voting begins
    Ballots for this year’s county committee election were mailed to eligible voters Nov. 5. Voters must complete their ballots and return them to the Farm Service Agency county office by the close of business Dec. 3. If mailed, ballots must be postmarked by midnight Dec. 3.
    The voter requirements: Persons meeting requirements in 1 or 2, plus 3, below, are eligible to vote:
    1. Be of legal voting age and have an interest in a farm or ranch as any of the folowing:

  • Bethany School group meets at Smith House

    By Jim Lawrence
    For the News-Herald

    The Bethany School group met at the Smith House on Friday, Nov. 16. Attendance was down, but those present enjoyed a delicious meal and fellowship.
    Those present were Lucille Mason, Gene and Betty Jo Wynn, Melvin and Belle Mason, Don Crupper, Betty and Jim Lawrence, Naomi Shriver and Tracie Perkins.
    Thanks to Billie Jo Ashcraft for the use of the restaurant during the past several years.