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  • Hunting down a dream

    Pat Pearce spent 20 years of her life fox hunting in Metamora, Mich., but she said that these days she’s content welcoming guests to her newly-opened Ragtime Bed and Breakfast in Owen County.
    It was fox hunting that brought Pearce, 55, to Owen County 10 years ago — when her fox hunting club, the Metamora Hunt, had a joint meet with the Camargo Hunt, which rides in northern and central Kentucky.
    Pearce said her late husband, Dick, became interested in the farm on Breck Road during the meet.

  • Duvall becomes latest Owen educator to be honored

    Kim Duvall, a lifetime resident of Owen County, was recognized at a state technology conference recently for her work with education technology.
    Duvall joins Naomi Cornette, CIO for Owen County Schools, in being recognized for her outstanding work in education technology.
    Duvall received the “Making IT Happen” Award, an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools.

  • A survivor’s tail

    Back in August 2007, the future for dogs like Biggie didn’t look bright.
    There was no animal shelter in Owen County and the euthanasia rate was high. Several dogs died yearly due to contagious illnesses such as parvo and coccidia. 
     The Owen County Friends of Animals worked diligently to find rescues, fosters or adopters for the dogs taken into the county’s custody.
    When Karen Powell agreed to foster two tiny puppies that were in dire need, she had little idea what would be in store for the animals or herself.

  • County employees will begin carrying identification badges

    Owen County employees will soon receive identification badges to help citizens of the county become better acquainted with officials.
    Owen County is one of the last counties in the state that doesn’t issue badges, Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said.
    Keith said she mainly wanted the badges for road department and ambulance service employees, as well as the dog warden and jailer.

  • Over a dozen cattle die in truck accident

    By Charlie Pearl and Molly Haines
    Kentucky News Content Service, News-Herald staff
    About 15 cattle died and 75 were rescued in a double-decker tractor-trailer accident on U.S. 127 North in Franklin County near the Peaks Mill Road intersection Wednesday night.
    The driver, David Evans, 48, of Burnside, sustained minor injuries but refused medical treatment, said Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton.
    “He had some minor scrapes and bruises,” Melton said.

  • County lags nation, state in physical activity

    Adults in Owen County get less exercise in their leisure time than adults nationwide or statewide, putting them at greater risk for obesity and related problems such as diabetes.
    Surveys done by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2006 through 2008 estimate that 31 percent of Owen County adults got no exercise in the previous month, other than what they may have gotten while at work.

  • Owen native earns Legion of Merit

    Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Nix attended a retirement ceremony at Fort Knox March 6. His reserve unit Fourth Battalion, 399th Regiment, 104th Division, wanted to honor him for his service to the unit and the United States Army during his 36-year career.
    At the ceremony, Nix was awarded the Legion of Merit for his outstanding leadership, unparalleled professionalism and dedication to duty, which contributed to the overall mission success of every unit in which he served.

  • Order early and save on yearbook

    The yearbook staff of Owen County High School is now accepting orders for the 2011 edition of the Pride of Owen Yearbook. 
    The staff is offering an early-bird special of $60.
    There are two ways to order your yearbook:
    1. Go online to www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter the order number 10735. When ordering online, you will pay $3.50 for processing.
    2.  See Ms. Bush at the high school to place your order and avoid the $3.50 processing fee.

  • Owen woman finds a new opportunity at women’s school

    Owen County was well represented at the New Opportunity School for Women at Berea College in February.
    Christina Johns was selected as one of 10 women to participate in this three-week program.
    Career exploration and leadership development create the framework for the experience, which includes an internship on campus or in the community and intensive educational and personal development classes.
    For Johns, the experience was nothing short of “life changing.”

  • New middle school formally opens

    Members of the Owen County Board of Education and members of the Dr. Maurice Bowling family participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday at the newly opened Maurice Bowling Middle School. L to R: Owen County School Board Chairman Terry Patterson, Dr. Larry Johnson, Don Bowling, Donna Jean McDonald, Stuart Bowling, Gladys Bowling, Brett McDonald, Brian Young and Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.