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  • OCHS freshmen learns ‘the cowboy way’

    Dalton Mears, a freshman at Owen County High School, was recently selected by his teachers and Owenton Rotarians to represent the Owenton Rotary Club at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Program, an international program that was created to encourage strong leadership in youth.
    Young people are chosen for their leadership potential to attend an all-expense-paid four-day camp to develop and enhance leadership skills through activities conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect. RYLA aims to teach what it takes to be an effective leader.

  • Evans stepping down from Farm Bureau post

    After nearly 42 years in the insurance industry, Fred Evans has announced his retirement.
    Evans  spent the first 20 years of his career with Western-Southern Life and went to work with Clark County Farm Bureau in 1990. He accepted the position of agency manager with Owen County Farm Bureau in January of 1996.
    In a letter to members and coworkers,  Evans thanked the people who helped him.

  • A special bond

    Paula Bond begged the doctors for a chance to save her daughter, Carolann Mitchuson.
    She pleaded with them to just to take a test that might spare her countless hours of dialysis and ultimately save her life.
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    On April 5, Carolann Mitchuson entered the Frankfort Medical Center with organ shutdown.
    Bond said her daughter was diagnosed with postpartum pre-eclapsia.
    “(The doctors) thought it was related to the baby,” Bond said.
    But Mitchuson wasn’t responding to the treatments and doctors transported Mitchuson to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

  • Moving ahead in education

    The Owen County School District has something to celebrate after making “adequate yearly progress” under the No Child Left Behind Act for the second year in a row.
    The district was one of only 22 of the 174 districts in the state to make AYP, which is calculated by the results of the Kentucky Core Content Test.
    According to the results recently released by the Kentucky Department of Education, the district saw gains at every school level, with significant achievements at Maurice Bowling Middle School.

  • Bed bugs found at Owen County schools

    Since Sept. 22, several bed bugs have been found in Owen County schools, but Owen County Schools Superintendent David Raleigh said there’s no need for panic.
    Owen County Elementary School was the first to send a letter home with students after two bed bugs were found in the school. On Oct. 3, Raleigh said three were found in one classroom around the same desk at Owen County High School, and one was found in the office of the Owen County Primary School.
    Raleigh said none have been found at Maurice Bowling Middle School.

  • Some residents could get shock from city

    Some unsuspecting taxpayers could soon receive a notice from the City of Owenton following a survey of the city limits.
    During its Oct. 4 meeting, the Owenton City Council amended its 2011-12 budget to include $20,000 for surveyor costs.
    Owenton Mayor Doug West said that after the surveys were completed, the city found that one business and several homes on Hwy. 22, Cull Road and Elmer Davis Lake Road are within city limits.

  • Weekend Gardener By Jeneen Wiche: Chinese chestnuts ready for harvest

    As the vegetable garden winds to an end, I turn my harvest chores to the figs, persimmons and Chinese chestnuts. Our nut grove is now a sheep pasture, which is prefect for them because they have pasture and shade from all sorts of nut trees. As it turns out, it looks like my ewes and I share a favorite in the Chinese chestnut. After they eat their daily grain ration, they snack on chestnuts that have fallen to the ground.

  • Lloyd Vannarsdall named to Owen’s Educator Hall of Fame

    On Sept. 13, members of the Owen County Retired Teachers’ Association and invited guests met for their annual picnic at Fairway Golf Course in Wheatley.
    The members appreciate so much Gilbert England and his staff for their wonderful hospitality.
    A delicious potluck meal was followed with entertainment by a men’s quartet, Pay it Fourward. The group sang a variety of musical styles — including gospel, barbershop and doo-wop — much to the delight of all attendees. Two of the members of the group were taught by several of our retired teachers.

  • Library breaks ground for new home

    With the symbolic tossing of dirt, the Owen County Public Library took another step toward its new home last week.
    Officials from across the state and several representatives from Kentucky congressional delegation were on hand for the ceremony last Wednesday, which formally marked the start of construction of the new facility on KY 22, near the Hi Y-Inn Motel.

  • Who will get it?

    As the Owen-Gallatin County penny war comes to a close this week, one county judge-executive will have a pie in the face to look forward to.
    The announcement of the winner will take place at the Sparta Fall Festival Oct. 15.
    The festival is spearheaded by Colton Matt and Logan Bailey, two Maurice Bowling Middle School students. The two boys hope to raise enough money for renovations to the skate park at Sparta and have already collected $3,000, which has been matched by the Sparta City Council.