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.

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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.

  • The public is invited to attend the annual free Founders’ Day Pipe Organ Concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, August 7, 2016 at the historic Dry Ridge Presbyterian Church.  This year’s organist, Leah Giannattasio, will perform familiar and lively pieces on the circa 1850s single manual Hook and Hastings hand pumped pipe organ, the only pipe organ in Grant County. Jessica Graff, violinist, will join Leah at the performance.

    Owen Extension Agent for Ag. and Natural Resources

    Squash vine borer is active, with several reports from commercial producers and home gardeners. This pest often goes unnoticed until their larvae have done considerable damage to vines of summer squash, winter squash, and pumpkins. While UK Entomology is not trapping for this pest this year, previous studies have shown that the adults are active from mid-June until the end of the summer.

    Weekend Gardener

    We harvested some fantastic looking potatoes and garlic over the weekend; I am so excited about the garden this year because it is performing so well! We need to wait a few more weeks on the onions as we wait for their “tops to flop” which allows them to store better. We have enjoyed some fresh green onion and bulbs but for the bulk of the crop we to want harvest and cure them properly so they will store well.

  • OWENTON, Ky. – A group of Owen County ladies who call themselves “Friends of Hospice,” held a Derby Brunch at the Owen County Extension Office and raised nearly $7,000 to benefit Hospice patients and their families in Owen County. Since the event began three years ago, these volunteers have raised nearly $14,000.

    Leadership Owen County

    Owen County Leadership spent a great day in early June discovering some of the many privately owned businesses here in our county. In this day and age of big box stores and chain franchises, it’s really nice to see successful, home-owned businesses thriving like the good ol’ days.

    Weekend Gardener

    This year the hydrangea display is proving to be spectacular. It’s the big-leafed, or French hydrangea, which elicits the most attention because of the volume and size of the blooms. Hydrangea macrophylla got its common moniker because they were predominately cultivated in France starting in the early 20th century. Hydrangea macrophylla prefer cool, moist and shady conditions and the temperate climate in France proved favorable to the native Japanese species that was brought to the West.