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  • BY MAKENZIE DAVIS
    N-H Student Correspondent

    On Friday, April 1, the OCHS Music Department hosted the annual school talent show.

    With a total of 13 acts and over 20 performers, students at the end of the school day were entertained by a variety of talented peers.

    From singing and playing instruments, to dramatic skits and juggling, our students were proud to show off what they do best.

    Freshman Peyton Burton emceed the show and introduced the student performances:

  • BY MAKENZIE DAVIS
    N-H Student Correspondent

    Three OCHS student leaders have taken the initiative to facilitate a Bible study twice a week before the school day begins.

    On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to the start of school at 7:45 a.m., OCHS students are welcome to attend a Bible study in Mrs. Katie Ashcraft’s classroom. Juniors Skye Decandia and Ross Ford, and freshman Kaitlyn Parker are the student leaders of this study.

  • Ninth Grade

    Super Honor Roll: Laura Duke, Ravin McMillian, Kaitlyn Parker, Jared Prather, Dylan Rose and Haley Young

  • BY MAKENZIE DAVIS
    N-H Student Correspondent

    On March 29, a bus of OCHS students arrived at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church in Harrods Creek, Ky.

    They took their seats in the church pews and awaited for the concert of Chanticleer to begin.

    Chanticleer is a world-famous all men’s choir, vocalists ranging from soprano to bass. The group is based out of San Francisco, but travels across the globe year-round and rarely ends up as close to Owen County as they did last Tuesday.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

  • Two Owen County groups recently competed in the #Push initiative and completed and placed in the last #Push challenge, which was to create a theme song about the initiative. The mission of #Push is to promote respect, responsibility and tolerance, to raise awareness of substance abuse prevention through creative and compelling contests, and to raise money for organizations with youth-based programs. The Owen County #Push Initiative awarded $500 to HOSA or competing and winning the last two challenges. The Owen County Rebel Readers were also awarded $100 for their participation.

  • BY MAKENZIE DAVIS
    N-H School Correspondent

    Five students from the Beta Club took some time out of their Good Friday to share a little joy at the Owenton Center.

    Seniors Tabby Beach, Makenzie Davis, and Kirsten Parker, and Juniors Skye Decandia and Brandi Mears all gathered at the Owenton Center after school on Good Friday, March 25th, and handed out Easter Eggs to the residents.

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

    The Owen County Extension Office has several events in the upcoming weeks to help you learn more about sustainable food production.

    Vegetable Gardening Basics

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    What can we do to impact the environment less? Be a green consumer. Walk or ride a bike, when you can; reuse things and if you can’t at least recycle them. Buy less stuff that you don’t need? All are easily done, really, but what about in our gardens as we struggle to keep things beautiful during the growing season.

  • By TEENA GAMBLE
    Special to the News-Herald

    On March 11-14, 18 students and 16 chaperones made their annual trip to Pine Mountain Settlement School in Bledsoe, Ky.

    Could we survive four days without television, technology and sketchy cell service? We did not miss any of these luxuries because the students and chaperones were busy from 8 a.m. to late at night with education classes, exercise and fun.

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

    Owen County residents, where emerald ash borer has been detected, should determine the numbers and sizes of ash trees on their properties and decide which trees, if any, should be protected. The “Managing Emerald Ash Borer: Decision Guide,” which is available at the Owen County Extension Office, is a good decision tool to use in the evaluation process.

  • By JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

  • Home school children from across Owen County visited the Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Department March 16. The children were given a tour of the department. Members of Owen County EMS and Owen County Search and Rescue were also on hand to give the children an idea of what they do in the event of an emergency.

  • BY MAKENZIE DAVIS
    N-H School Correspondent

    Rebel Band students brought a distinguished rating back to Owen County March 8.

  • Owen County Schools recently welcomed community leaders during the Owen County Leadership Educational Day with multiple presentations showing the visitors what students are taught in the classroom, celebrating academic achievements and also promoting how students can participate in a variety of extracurricular programs.

    The day began at Owen County Primary School, highlighting Dr. Seuss Day celebrated by the staff and students. Principal Sharen Hubbard welcomed the group with breakfast in the media center and with displays of projects completed by the elementary students.

  • BY MAKENZIE DAVIS
    N-H School Correspondent

    The National Honors Society is already busy preparing for the OCHS Relay Week in May, where students come together to participate in a variety of fundraisers to support the Relay for Life and the fight against cancer.

    In an effort to also involve teachers in the fundraising campaign, NHS students are asking community members for a rather odd donation: a toilet.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    Spring break from teaching at U of L falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day; which is also my target date for planting onions and potatoes. I typically manage a mid-March planting but the condition of the soil is my primary concern. I will not start digging until the soil dries out and is considered workable.

  • 4-H Dog Club

    The Dog Club will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 17, outside of the Owen County Extension Office. Owen County Search and Rescue will be giving a special presentation, weather permitting. If the weather is bad, please call the office to find out if the club is still meeting. The Dog Club is for youth ages 9-18 as of January 1, 2016. Youth do not have to have a dog to participate.

    4-H Small Engines Club

  • BY JESSI WILLIAMS
    Owen County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development

    Kentucky 4-H is one of the most important and influential youth programs in our state and our county. Across Kentucky over 255,000 youth ages 9 to 19 learn about leadership, citizenship and life skills in “learn-by-doing” experiences such as communications and public speaking, through agriculture projects like livestock judging, science projects with robotics, 4-H camp, Teen Conference, and many other 4-H programs and activities.

  • The five Owen County High School students who participated in the annual Rotary speech contest held Feb. 29 during the Owenton Rotary meeting at the Smith House Restaurant, left to right: Junior Audrey Hager, Freshman Kaitlyn Parker, Sophomores Emily Cammack, Breanna Schadler and Ashley Howard.
    The students had to prepare and memorize a 5-8 minute speech. This year’s theme was, “Gift To the World.” Cammack received third place, Hager second place and Parker first place. Parker will advance on to the next level to represent Owen County.