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  • Fifth Grade All “A” Honor Roll

    Lilly Chappell, Brady Kemper, Avery Miller, Teagan Moore, Brandon Snell and Heidi Stedam.

    Fifth Grade A/B Honor Roll

  • Some amazing things were discovered May 4 when Leadership Owen County 2016 spent the day learning about services for children.

    Through the Youth Services Center over 500 children from the Owen County School system have visited a college campus. Preschool/Head Start classes are offered at the Owen County Lower Elementary School through Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC).

    “We impact around a 100 students a year”, Director of Preschool Program Heather Alger said.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    We have spent more than 10 years improving our vegetable garden by adding composted horse manure, composted sheep manure and composted chicken manure at the end of each season. The result is a seriously well-drained plot that has the capacity to retain moisture and slowly feed what we plant. I am so looking forward to the vegetable garden this year because last year was such a disappointment!

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dalton Mertz, from New Liberty, recently received a $1,000 United Producers Inc. Scholarship.

    Mertz, the son of Roy Mertz, currently studies animal science at the University of Kentucky.

  • 4-H Camp Orientation

    If your child is already signed up for 4-H Summer Camp, you and your child will need to attend an orientation meeting at the extension office. The remaining orientation session will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 23. We will also be taking care of class sign-up during orientation, so it’s important your child be there. The camp is currently full, so new applicants will be put on a waiting list.

  • ROTARY AWARDS

    Fifth Grade: McKenna McNay, Teagan Moore

    Sixth Grade: Alexis Moore, Charlie Baumann

    Seventh Grade: Shelby Sams, Gabe Maurer

    Eighth Grade: Shelby Barnes, Kevin Smith

    PERFECT ATTENDANCE

    Fifth Grade: Allison Arnce, Lilly Baumann, Nash Cammack, Makayla Ford, Kaileigh Grider, Austin Halfhill, Abram Handy, Anel Villa Ibarra, Layla Kelly, Brady Kemper, McKenna McNay, Maggie Ponder, Jackson Prather, Eli Rice, Rachel Rist, Wyatt Traylor

  • BY JENNEN WICHE
    WEEKEND GARDENER

    I can hardly believe how beautiful my tomato plants look and I do believe I will have a ripe one well before July 4th! But what I am really anticipating is our first harvest of summer squash. I love squash and am happy to eat it for dinner every night. Last year the garden was mostly a bust so I have high hopes for a bumper squash crop this year.

  • BY STEVE MUSEN
    OWEN EXTENSION AGENT FOR AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

    The intestinal tracts of all mammals have various types of bacteria as part of their natural intestinal microflora. There are many opportunities for young children to be exposed to these bacteria, such as pets, friends, etc. Our state’s most recent salmonella outbreak is a harsh reminder of this as many of the victims are children.

  • 4-H Small Engines Club

    The Small Engines Club will meet on June 18 and will be doing an activity at the tractor show at the OC Fairgrounds. Please call the office for times and more info at 502-484-5703.

    4-H Water Camp

    Owen County 4-H and Bluegrass Greensource will be hosting a water environmental camp at the extension office June 20-23. The camp will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Please call 502-484-5703 to register your child.

    4-H Camp Orientation

  • The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Frankfort Composite Squadron cadets spent Memorial Sunday paying respects to our fallen veterans. Cadets from Owenton and Frankfort flights attended an event and visited two memorials.

    The cadets attended a Post 34 of the American Legion and Auxiliary Annual Memorial Day service at the newly renovated Healing Field in the Legion Park, Lawrenceburg.

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

    It’s that time of year when we get more thunderstorms. Weather patterns are more active, and storms thrive with the moisture and rapidly rising warm air that is very common during the transition to warmer seasons.

  • There is a new face at the Owen County Cooperative Extension Office this summer. Ashley Craigmyle, a resident of neighboring Henry County, began her 12-week internship with the Owen County 4-H Program May 23. She will work through the summer until mid-August.

  • BY JENNEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    I have a very small arsenal of insecticides and what I do have are considered bio-insecticides. Bio-insecticides are derived from naturally occurring microorganisms like bacterium. They also include plant oils and compounds (like neem oil which acts as both an insecticide and fungicide), viruses and protozoa. When we use a bio-insecticide we are essentially using nature to eat nature.

  • The Owen County Council for the Arts is partnering with the city of Gratz to present the eighth annual spring arts festival. This year’s “Arts in the Park” will be held in Gratz, along the banks of the Kentucky River. It will include lots of possibilities to be on the river as well as near it, as the event celebrates the impact of the Kentucky River on Owen County and showcases its artists, craftspeople, music and food.

    The festival will take place rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 11.

  • Kentucky American Water will begin in June the installation of a water main along a section of Pete Towles Road in Owen County that will bring tap water service to new customers and enhance performance of the existing water distribution system.

  • Owen Electric Cooperative and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are once again proud to be Platinum Sponsors of the 2016 Special Olympics State Summer Games.

    The statewide games take place June 3-5 at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, and will include competitions in track and field, swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, bocce and flag football. Along with sponsorship, several Owen Electric employees will volunteer to work at the event.

  • University of Louisville sophomore Miranda Mason has received an Etscorn International Summer Research Award to travel to Athens to explore socialized health care and the impact of Greece’s difficult economic situation on public health.

    She will intern at Evaggelismos Hospital (public) and Iaso Hospital (private) in Athens. The $4,000 scholarship was awarded to Mason by the College of Arts and Sciences and another $1,000 came from the university’s study abroad office.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    Once again we enjoyed sweet potatoes all winter long from a fantastic harvest last fall. I planted out about 25 organic slips purchased from Country Corner Greenhouse in Shepherdsville in late May and by early November we had 4 nursery crates full of one of nature’s perfect foods! 7 months and counting in storage with no spoilage is impressive. We are down to about a dozen sweet potatoes; just in time for a transition to other summer vegetables.

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

    Controlling mosquitos is challenging to say the least. You may even think you are fighting a never-ending battle. With mosquito-borne diseases like the Zika virus becoming more prevalent, it’s even more important to know how to take control of these pests around your home environment. Learning to do a few simple things could help protect you from more than the itchiness of a mosquito bite.

  • On Tuesday, May 10, the Owen County High School Band, Choir and Winter Guard held their annual year end/senior banquet. A total of 12 senior band members celebrated their accomplishments, along with 11 senior choir members and two senior winter guard members.

    A buffet and desserts were enjoyed by those in attendance.