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  • Questions on merged government tackled at forum

    A strong turnout was on hand March 25 for a forum hosted by the Owen County Chamber of Commerce regarding charter counties.
    Dr. Phil Sparks of Chase Law School, Rick Ornstein with the Kentucky Association of Counties and attorney Skip Watson led the discussion and took written questions from the audience.
    Owen County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Frank Downing said participants in Leadership Owen County heard discussions on charter counties about 10 years ago, but the topic hadn’t been discussed much since then.

  • Stivers named to take over Owen Co. Clerk office

    As one chapter of Owen County history comes to a close, another one opens with the appointment of Laurel P. Stivers to the Owen County Clerk’s Office.
    The appointment came after Joan Kincaid announced her retirement from the office. Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith appointed Stivers to the office Tuesday morning.
    Stivers, who will be on the ballot for the clerk’s position in May, said she is looking forward to settling into her new position at a busy time of the year.

  • High winds smashes backyard pool

    For many years, the backyard pool has been a gathering place for John and Betty Ducker’s grandkids and some of the neighborhood kids looking to cool off from the summer heat.
    But this year could be different after a freak wind rolled up from the valley behind their house on Ellis Road and demolished the family’s swimming pool early Friday morning as the couple slept.
    “It was a horrible sound,” John Ducker. “I wasn’t sure what had happened.”

  • Pitch Perfect

    Three students from Owen County schools received distinguished ratings at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble event held March 22 at Twenhofel Middle School in Independence. Noah Malcomb, right, a seventh grader at Maurice Bowling Middle School, received the rating for his French horn performance.  Freshman Nicole Walker, center, was distinguished on her clarinet, while sophomore Kirsten Parker, left,  received the same honor on flute.

  • Pitch Perfect

    Three students from Owen County schools received distinguished ratings at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble event held March 22 at Twenhofel Middle School in Independence. Noah Malcomb, right, a seventh grader at Maurice Bowling Middle School, received the rating for his French horn performance.  Freshman Nicole Walker, center, was distinguished on her clarinet, while sophomore Kirsten Parker, left,  received the same honor on flute.

  • OCHS band member is consistently excellent

    The Owen County High School Rebel Band program and Owen County High School are proud of the accomplishments of Kirsten Parker, a sophomore flute player in the band.
    Parker, who takes private lessons from Jana Flygstad of Georgetown, was selected to the Northern Kentucky High School Select Band for the second year in a row. This is Kirsten’s third consecutive year of participating in the select band, as she was selected to be a part of the middle school select band her eighth-grade year. 

  • Extension service celebrates centennial - 1966-1978

    This is the sixth in a series of articles on the history of the extension service in Owen County.
    1966-1978

    BY DORIS GILL and KIM STROHMEIER

  • Fifth-grade gifted and talented take a step back in time at Pine Mountain

    By Teena Gamble
    For the News-Herald
    On March 21-24, 23 gifted and talented students and 13 chaperones made their annual trip to Pine Mountain Settlement School in Bledsoe.
    The students were glad to turn in the winter vortex they have been experiencing for some much needed sunshine. They also traded in their televisions, video games and computers for four days of time spent learning, laughing, socializing and making fifth grade memories that they all will cherish.

  • 4-H News: Volunteers reap benefits through program

    People of all ages can gain enormous satisfaction and other benefits by being a 4-H Youth Development volunteer in their communities.
    Teenage volunteers usually are older 4-H members. Volunteering helps teens build confidence, improve communications abilities and develop life skills. Youth volunteers do better in school, learn about career options, and sometimes develop new career goals. Those involved in community service consistently show improvement in mathematics and reading scores.

  • OCHS class of 1964 plans reunion

    From near and far, former classmates of Owen County High will come together once again in Owenton on April 12 when the school’s class of 1964 holds their 50th anniversary class reunion in the Owen County Extension Service’s community room at 357 Ellis Road. The class’s last reunion was held in September 2004.