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  • BY STEVE MUSEN
    Owen Extension Agent for Ag. and Natural Resources

    It’s not too late to continue to enjoy your garden and to add new plantings. You can grow a variety of produce in Kentucky gardens in the coming weeks and have several fresh items available well into the fall.

  • By JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    Corn has been a staple food for centuries. It was first cultivated by Indian peoples in Central America; in fact, the adoption of agriculture and the art of cultivating gave way to the grand cities of the Aztec and Mayans. What would the world be without corn and potatoes, both of which were first cultivated in Central America?

  • The News-Herald sent out new teacher questionnaires to the Owen County School District’s new hires. Below are the answers we received.

    Owen County Lower/Upper Elementary:

    Angie Buechel

    Hometown: “I was born and raised in Independence, Ky. and currently live in Florence, Ky. “

    Grade/subject: Preschool

  • Sydney Cobb was recently selected as the first place winner of the 2016 Kentucky Department of Agriculture Poster and Essay Contest.

    Cobb’s entry was selected as the most outstanding among entries from sixth graders across the Commonwealth, representing this year’s theme, “Kentucky Agriculture: Our Farms, Our Food, Our Future.”

  • BY EMILY BURFORD
    Special to the News-Herald

    The Bethany School annual get-together was held Saturday, July 9, at Noble Restaurant at Corinth. A total of 19 people showed up for the event, a good time was had.

    Those attending were Elizabeth Dunavent, Linda Clifton Allnutt, Lois Mefford Skirvin, Jim and Betty Lawrence, Geneva Seale, Melvin Mason, Donald Crupper, Jimmy Rose, Ernest (Buck) Smith and Sara, Naomi Shivers, Jean Murphy, Duard and Ann Glass, Victor and Judy Wagenschein, Frank and Emily Burford.

  • BY LARRY KARSNER
    Director, Owen County Emergency Management

    Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.

    Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition. Older adults, young children, and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to succumb to extreme heat.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    Swallow Rail was the name my Dad gave the farm more than 30 years ago. He wanted it to be relevant, reflecting the spatial and natural qualities of his 18 acres in western Shelby County. His inspiration came from the swallows that swoop and swerve so adeptly in open fields, catching insects on the fly. The rail of Swallow Rail comes from the two railroad tracks that flank either end of the road.

  • The fisheries division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will hold a public meeting on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Owen County Agricultural Extension office at 265 Ellis Highway in Owenton.

  • Monterey Baptist Church

    Adult Bible study meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

    We will have a Back to School bash from 6-8 p.m. tonight (Wednesday). We will have a water gun fight filled with colored water, so wear a white shirt! We will serve pizza and popsicles, too!

    Men’s fellowship will be at 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 6.

    The monthly planning meeting will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

  • The following participants in exhibits at this year’s Owen County Fair received honors for top exhibitors and best in show awards for the following departments.

    The top exhibitor this year was Jeremiah Jury. The top exhibitor recognition is awarded to the Owen Countian receiving the highest total number of points in an open class division.

    The top family award went to Hannah and Rachel Howard. The top family award is given to the Owen County family receiving the highest total number of points in an open class division.

  • BY WHITNEY DUVALL
    Owen Electric Communications and Marketing Manager

    OWENTON – Owen Electric Cooperative is pleased to announce that its wholesale power provider, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, last Friday filed a request with the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) to construct an 8.5-megawatt solar project in Clark County, Ky.

  • Lindsay Gill, right, is greeted by a representative from the University of Kentucky 2016 Rising Scholars program on July 15, 2016. Gill represented Owen County High School at the program. The Rising Scholars program recognizes achievement by outstanding sophomores across the commonwealth and also presents opportunities available to those students.

  • Ms. Lucy Hall will celebrate her 104th birthday with a potluck dinner to be held at 7 p.m., Friday, at the Owen County Extension Office, located at 265 Ellis Hwy., Owenton. Please bring a dish and help the family celebrate this special birthday with Lucy.

  • BY STEVE MUSEN
    Owen Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources

    You can prevent hay bale or barn fires if you bale hay at appropriate moisture levels and monitor the temperature of recently baled hay.

    Generally, hay will begin a heating phase within one to two days after baling. During this time, you should monitor hay to make sure it does not reach temperatures that can damage the hay or lead to spontaneous combustion.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    We cannot control the weather but we can control what our tomatoes eat, so to speak. At planting time we prepare the soil with composted hen manure and a little organic fertilizer. We also mulch around the plants immediately in order to moderate soil moisture and to prevent the spread of soil-borne diseases. This year our work at building healthy soil has paid off because the tomatoes are thriving. Some folks have not been as lucky as the rain poured down earlier in the season!

  • BY ASHLEY CRAIGMYLE
    Owen County Summer Intern for 4-H Youth Development

    Four girls represented Owen County during the 4-H State Fashion Revue on Wednesday, June 14. Carlee Rohling, Laura Duke, and MaKinnon McAnally placed in the top 5.