• A new event will take place here in Owen County during the holiday season. The community is invited to come out and enjoy some great music, acting, stories, along with some good food, while members of the band, elementary choir and drama students perform a Christmas classic, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

  • The Owen County School District is pleased to announce Bonnie Sharer has been chosen as the volunteer of the month for October.

    Sharer was nominated by Kristal New, kindergarten teacher at the primary school.

    “Bonnie is always willing and ready to pitch in wherever she is needed,” New said. “I can call her on a moment’s notice when I need a volunteer and she is here within 20 minutes.”

  • It was a very good week on the Branch. The weather continued to be very Octoberish. The leaves are gone. Even the Bradford pears have given up the fight, but they were a beautiful red this year. The splitter that we took to Mike’s a couple of weeks ago proved to be too much for even his expertise. Stony had it built in 1979. He had a friend, a cousin of Rube Goldberg, that put it together for him. The motor was used at the time. That was 30 years ago. The wee engine just died. It had been a good and faithful servant but enough was enough.

  • Tomorrow, families across America will gather together for the traditional Thanksgiving feast. There will be turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy and of course pumpkin pie. For a few short hours these families will laugh over burnt turkeys from Thanksgivings past and recall cherished memories of yesterday. Then, the festivities will come to an end and many families will part ways for another year.

  • Deer season started last weekend. The Whitesburg crew came down or up as the case may be, to hunt. It was a great weekend for walking in the woods, playing golf, raking leaves, even picnicking – but not for hunting deer. Only a very few were hanging at the hunting shack by Billy Ballinger’s house. It was just too warm for preserving the carcasses. They had to be skinned, processed and refrigerated to save the meat. Like killing hogs, one doesn’t do that till it’s 35 degrees and the meat can hang a while.

  • Dr. Henry Shirmer Riley was born and grew up in the Wheatley community. A retired family physician from Madison, Ind., he now resides in Hanover, Ind.

    James L. Pirtle of Milton, is a professional photographer, an Indiana State University graduate, and a gentleman farmer.

  • This weather we’ve been having lately has been awesome, like no other November I can ever remember. It’s been so warm that Lee didn’t even go hunting this past weekend. With his dad being down, I suppose he just wasn’t in the mood to go alone. That’s something they always did together. Some may remember that I ended my last column talking about Ralph being in the hospital. He got to come home briefly only to be taken back Thursday morning. Seems he had a little more wrong with him then they had originally thought. This time they sent him to St.

  • It had been in the planning for months. The idea was to bring together as many people as possible who attended New Liberty School whether they graduated or not.

    On Oct. 18 at The Pines restaurant in Madison, Ind., former students gathered to celebrate and reminisce about the school that served the New Liberty area from 1908 to 1951.

    Four people spearheaded the efforts to make the reunion possible. Mary Lou Williams Hall (1951), Schirmer Riley (1946), Virginia Thompson Williams (1941) and Nancy Williams Perkins spent hours preparing for the big night.

  • Ninth Grade Super Honor Roll

    Megan Decandia, William Dempsey, Mariah Derringer, Lynsey Farrar, Madison Gamble, Keegan Johnson, Olivia Karsner, Felicia Neal, River Riddle, Justin Shelton, Julie Spaulding, Stephen Stanley, Katelyn Sutherland, James Thompson, Tyler True, Courtney Waldrop, McKenna Webster, Mark Wright

    Ninth Grade Honor Roll

  • Making Memories was a program presented at the library Oct. 26.

  •  First Nine Weeks

    Sixth grade super honor roll

    Victoria Cammack, Garrett Cobb, Makenzie Davis, Nicole Jacobs, Baylee Keeton, Heather Mertz, Kirsten Parker, James Washer, Megan Wilhoite, Micaela Wilhoite

    Sixth grade honor roll

  • I hope everybody had a happy Halloween. That holiday kind of passed us by. There aren’t many children on the Branch now.

  • First Nine Weeks

    Fourth grade super honor roll

    Destiny Bruce, Grant Cobb, Blake Duncan, Isaiah Gibson, Lindsay Gill, Nash Glacken, Walker Hartman, Reagan Hearn, Taylor Hoffman, Joshua Juarez, Grant McMillen, Rachel Miller, Haileigh Noll, Trace Ogden, Katie Patterson, Breanna Schadler, Madelin Shelton, Sydni Toole

    Fourth grade honor roll

  • On Oct. 1, the Owen County 4-H Program held its annual achievement banquet.

    The goal of the annual banquet is to recognize and acknowledge the local 4-Her’s for the involvement, participation, and accomplishments they have received over the course of the club year. This year, the following Owen County 4-H members were recognized:

  • Owen County resident Melissa Petreshock had always dreamed of writing a novel. Now that her dream has finally come true, others in the county are taking notice.

    Petreshock will be at the Owen County Public Library from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29 for a book signing of her debut novel, “Awakening of a Guardian.”

    Petreshock said her novel was self-published Aug. 27.

    The young-adult novel revolves around a teenage girl named Elyssia Masters.

  • Yes, Rockdale is still around even if you haven’t heard from us for awhile.

    Ms. Naomi Gaines celebrated her birthday Oct. 13. She is the oldest living member of Caney Fork, so we acknowledged her at our Homecoming Sunday. We even sang to her.

    The Carr family (Sunni, Bethany, and Seth) have purchased a home in Frankfort to be close to work and school. However, she will be with us a lot since she is keeping the farm. Also, she is Caney’s new WMU director.

    Dan Shepherd is still on leave from work due to his shoulder surgery.

  • Sheila Wilson, a valedictorian and 2007 graduate of Owen County High School, was recently honored to be on Murray State University’s homecoming court as a 2009 homecoming queen candidate.

    Wilson was nominated by Murray State’s Agriculture Ambassadors.

  • The Hesler Assembly of God Church, along with several local businesses, came together Saturday to help bring hope to Owen County.

    The event – God Gives Hope to Owen County – was held at the high school and included a job fair, health screenings, blood mobile, kids and youth zone, inflatables, free groceries and free lunch.

    Several booths were set up including the University of Kentucky, Campbellsville University, a Hispanic outreach team and youth services from OCHS.

  • The Owen County Fair Board will hold its first annual fall truck and tractor pull fund-raiser Oct. 10.

    Fair board member Ashley Young said many people have requested a better carnival for the Owen County fair, which is held every July.

    “People want a bigger carnival and they want to see new things at the fair each year,” Young said. “There are a lot of people in the county that pull trucks and it’s a popular event around here, so it will be a good way to raise money for the fair.”

  • Leslie Robertson, assistant superintendent of Owen County schools, made a presentation at the Kentucky Association of School Councils’  Annual Conference Sept.22-23 at the downtown Louisville Marriott.

    Robertson presented a three-hour preconference session on formative assessment for KASC members only and then hosted a one-hour follow-up session during the conference to answer participants’ questions.

    Robertson shared practical approaches to assessing students that help classroom teachers determine instructional needs.