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  • Rise in heroin abuse brings officials together for summit

    By PHYLLIS McLAUGHLIN
    Landmark News Service
    An unforeseen side-effect of the successful fight against abuse of prescription and over-the-counter medication has been a spike in the popularity of heroin — especially in Northern Kentucky.
    That was the message delivered Friday to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell by local experts, law enforcement agencies and even one former heroin addict.

  • Owen County Cooperative Extension history: 1939-1946

    Extension service celebrates centennial

    May 8 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act, the federal legislation that created the Cooperative Extension Service. President Woodrow Wilson, in signing the act, called it “one of the most significant and far-reaching measures for the education of adults ever adopted by the government.”

  • Science fair winners

    Despite the Winter Vortex, 620 students participated in the annual Kentucky American Science Fairs.
    It was evident that students, teachers and parents put in lots of hard work, long hours and dedication to present such outstanding projects.  It is obvious the importance that Owen County Elementary K-4 and Maurice Bowling Middle School teachers put into teaching science to students.

  • Win Dr. Seuss book set at birthday event

    Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Owen County Lower Elementary School.
    There will be literacy-based activities provided by the Owen County Preschool, Owen County Head Start, North Key, and the Owen County Public Library.
    Pictures will be taken with Dr. Seuss.
    Information booths with be set up from local community partners including North Key, Head Start, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and the HANDS Program.
    Two deluxe Dr. Seuss book sets will be given away as door prizes, You must be present to win.

  • Owen farmers’ market to hold kick-off event

    The Owen County Farm and Craft Market would like to invite anyone interested in participating in this season’s market to our “start-of-the-season” meeting on March 20 at 9 a.m. at the Owen County Cooperative Extension Service office.
    While this will be an opportunity for prospective vendors to gain insight into how our market operates, there will be information necessary for returning vendors as well, so please make plans to attend.  
    For more information, call the extension office at 484-5703. 

  • Help available for farmers affected by natural disasters

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia repeated his appeal to livestock producers affected by natural disasters such as the drought in the West and the unexpected winter storm in the upper Midwest to keep thorough records. This includes livestock and feed losses, and any additional expenses that are a result of losses to purchased forage or feed stuff.

  • Ashley Smith wins Good Citizen award from John Guill DAR chapter

    By Margaret J. Trinkle
    For the News-Herald
    Each year the various chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsor a DAR Good Citizen contest for high-school seniors.
    The senior selected as “DAR Good Citizen” must have demonstrated the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

  • New ownership takes aim at success

    With the idea of getting more Owen countians to enjoy the Elk Creek Hunt Club in their sights, Bobby Rowe and his family are excited about taking over as the new owners.
    After a long and distinguished career practicing law in Prestonsburg, Bobby Rowe was presented with the opportunity to become the new owner of the Elk Creek Hunt Club in February.
    Owner Dave Kelley decided he would not renew the lease on the club and asked Rowe if he was interested in taking over.
    Within about three weeks, Rowe was sitting behind the desk as the new owner.

  • Owen girl fights her way to China

    An Owen County resident continues to circle the globe while chasing her dream of Taekwondo gold.
    Kendall Yount, 15, recently competed at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. at the USA Taekwondo Team Trials.
    Yount was vying for spots on both the Youth Olympic Games Qualifier team and the Junior World Team.
    The trials for these events were held earlier this year.
    For the Youth Olympic Games, the USAT chose only three weight classes to be represented rather than the usual 10 weight divisions.

  • Carroll says shifting city’s designation not on his agenda

    State Senator Julian Carroll said he isn’t one to get into local politics but concerns about a non-existent bill to reclassify the City of Owenton have him speaking out.
    The City of Owenton voted in July 2011 to begin the process of reclassifying Owenton from a fifth to a fourth-class city, but the bill was later trashed by Owenton Mayor Doug West after some citizens felt the move would bring alcohol into the city limits.