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  • 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.

  • OWENTON – The recently formed Owen County High School Alumni Association will host its first annual Alumni Reunion Banquet on Saturday, June 11, Mike Haines, the association’s president, announced.

    The event will be held in the multi-purpose room of the Maurice Bowling Middle School, with the doors opening at 5 p.m. There will be a social hour to give alumni and their guests an opportunity to get reacquainted before dinner which will be served at 6 p.m.

  • BY MAKENZIE DAVIS
    N-H School Correspondent

    Six students, armed with paint brushes and rollers, spent their Saturday morning volunteering at a little senior center in northern Kentucky.

  • BY MAKENZIE DAVIS
    N-H School Correspondent

    Epoch Fellowship Church will be hosting a Take a Stand event on Wednesday, May 25 for students from fifth-12th grade.

    The Take a Stand Initiative was created to encourage students to stand up against addictions and substance abuse, as well as advocate awareness to students and the community as a whole about a growing problem in Northern Kentucky. The events are designed to promote having a good time with friends without the influence of addictive substances.

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

    With summer rapidly approaching, farm work is under way in earnest and that often means moving equipment along Kentucky’s roadways. Collisions on public roadways involving farm machinery take place each year especially during the busy spring planting and fall harvest times.  Thus, people driving farm machinery and motor vehicles need to be especially careful and watchful in the days ahead.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    I have no complaints about plant performance this spring. But, it seems some gardeners are still stumped by their under-performing plants. Why plants fail to thrive is a hard question to answer, of course, because a great many things factor into poor performance, lack of bloom or die back.

  • BY WHITNEY DUVALL
    Owen Electric Manager of Communications

    In its continued commitment to provide members with safe, reliable and affordable energy, Owen Electric Cooperative has partnered with Harshaw Trane to construct a 2 MW (megawatt) natural gas generation facility.

    Excavators broke ground in March, preparing the foundation of the new facility set by crane Tuesday morning. The unit consists of a single, enclosed Caterpillar Model G3516H natural gas-fueled, 1988 kW generator; it is located adjacent to the headquarters building.

  • BY JUDY HETTERMAN
    Owen Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences

    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 180,000 ladder-related injuries get treated in hospital emergency departments each year. Here are important procedures to follow to prevent injuries when using ladders.

  • Baby at two months: Smiles at people; can briefly calm him or herself (brings hands to mouth and suck on hand); tires to look at adult caregiver; coos, makes babbling noises; turns head toward sounds; pays attention to faces; begins to follow things with eyes; begins to act bored (cries, fussy) if activity doesn’t change; can hold head up; makes movements with arms and legs.

  • Owen County 4-H held its 69th Annual Fashion Revue and Variety Show April 29 at the Owen County Extension Office.

    Eighteen sewers modeled the garments and bags they worked so hard on throughout the spring, though a total of 25 youth completed sewing projects. The sewing season would not have been a success without the help of the many ladies who volunteered their time and expertise.

    All participants received blue Danish ribbons this year, indicating excellent quality in both garment construction and modeling.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    The most common form of plant propagation is digging and dividing which is best done in early spring before new growth or in the fall before plants go dormant. Digging and dividing is great for herbaceous plants but those plants that are considered woody ornamentals do not divide as easily with a spade. In this case we can look to the technique of rooting out softwood cuttings from the mother plant.

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

    It is a good time to think about pest control for your home vegetable garden.

    You can control pest problems, and perhaps prevent future difficulties, in your garden by doing some advance planning and following a few simple Integrated Pest Management practices. IPM promotes minimal pesticide use and emphasizes the use of all available pest control methods including cultural, mechanical and biological practices to prevent pest problems.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    “Tomato 101” is for beginners and advanced gardeners alike. There are many assumptions about the tomato that get passed on by the most well-meaning aficionado. I take my tomatoes seriously and have developed a routine to hedge my bets for a healthy summer harvest.

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

    Male and female carpenter bees are becoming active after spending winter in last year’s tunnels. These large yellow and black bees have shiny, bare abdomens in contrast to the ‘hairy’ ones of bumble bees.

  • BY WHITNEY DUVALL
    Owen Electric Cooperative

    Owen Electric Cooperative and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are partnering with the American Red Cross to improve emergency response services in Kentucky. The cooperatives have joined together to acquire a new disaster relief vehicle, trailer and resources that can be deployed to provide aid.

  • On Wednesday, April 6, the 2016 Leadership Owen County class participants had the opportunity to expand their knowledge regarding healthcare availability in Owen County.

    They spent the day listening to healthcare professionals present information on their particular areas of expertise and visiting some of the facilities in the community.

    Diane Coleman, of Three Rivers District Health Department, provided a wealth of information regarding the multifaceted services they provide.

  • Civil Air Patrol Frankfort Squadron’s Owenton Flight went on a field trip to Owen County EMS last Thursday night. EMT Rucker, Paramedic Emily Kercheval, and Fire Chief Rob Chaney gave a tour of the facility and one of the ambulances. The EMS crew demonstrated life saving techniques on a training dummy and gave the cadets a hands on experience that was top notch.