• Owen County Friends of Animals Inc. has partnered with an MBMS Student Technology Leadership Program group, “Animal Allies,” to offer Owen  countians a low-cost TNR (trap, neuter/spay and return) program for feral cats through H.O.P.E. clinic in Versailles. The program provides altering, vaccinations, deworming and basic vet care for feral cat colonies trapped and returned to the location where they were trapped.
    For this program to be successful, organizers need the following:
    •  Donations.

  • In the state of Kentucky, we have 52 state parks. Each state park offers a different view of the treasures in our state. There are few sights more spectacular than the changing of the colors of the leaves in the fall. What a great time to get outside and observe the beauty of our state and get some physical activity, too.
    There are more than 300 miles of trails and they are for all types of hikers. There are easy and moderate trails, such as the half-mile, self-guided trail at the Columbus-Belmont State Park.

  • Six habits — six weeks.
    That is the challenge the Northern Kentucky Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agents are giving to everyone in the eight-county northern Kentucky area. Health & Wealth Challenge 2011 runs from Aug. 29 to Oct. 9.

  • I continue to stand by my belief that my best defense in the garden is me. In the morning I go out and inspect my garden and smash insects and pick off diseased foliage, careful not to spread it to other plants by my own hand. I watch for the beginning of any abnormality and nip it in the bud. However, sometimes things slide by undetected, plus it is hard to determine bacterial brown spot from mosaic if you are not sure what you are looking for.

  • Lucy Hall, who was born July 30, 1912, will be celebrating her 99th birthday with a reception at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 in the Owen County Extension Building.
    All family and friends are welcome to attend. There will be food, music and fellowship and everyone is asked to bring a covered dish.
    For more information, call Joan Luther at (502) 229-1233

  • Grills are great for cooking hamburgers and steaks. Unfortunately, many people stop there.
    An entire gourmet meal can be prepared on a grill, or using other outdoor cooking equipment, including any assortment of meat or vegetables, and even desserts.
    If you are interested in becoming the next grillmeister of your community, with the reputation of being a great outdoor chef, we’ve got a series of programs designed for you.

  • The 22nd Smith family reunion was held June 26 at the home of Naomi Shiver.
    There were 94 present for the occasion.
    It was a great day after the morning showers.

  • A grungy bathroom is not only unpleasant to look at, it’s also a breeding ground for germs, mold and mildew. Here are 12 tips to help keep the bathroom clean and sparkling on a daily basis. For a family with members with asthma, many of these best practices will help keep mold and mildew — which can trigger an asthma or allergy attack —under control.
    1. Use the bathroom fan: It can help remove the moisture that causes mold and mildew. Vacuum the vents regularly to remove any dust that might inhibit the fan’s effectiveness.

  • Attention, men
    Have a happy Father’s Day.
    Control your diabetes, for life ... and for your family.

  • Katie Haines of Owenton, third from left, along with Amanda Black, Grace Bree, and Easton McClanahan, were among the 94 high school students from across Kentucky who participated in the 40th annual Kentucky Rural Electric Washington Youth Tour held June 10-17 in Washington, D.C. Selected on the basis of academic achievement, community involvement, and written essay, Haines was chosen to represent Owen Electric Cooperative as a delegate. Highlights of the tour included meeting with their elected representatives in the U.S.

  • It’s Summer Reading time again at your local public library. We hope you’ll make the time to come out and enjoy all that your library has to offer.
    With the high price of gas and other necessities, we all need to find ways to economize. This summer, you can still satisfy your wanderlust on the cheap. Be an armchair globetrotter by participating in our “One World, Many Stories” programming, starting today, June 8. There will be an exciting session each Wednesday in June at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. sponsored by the Ohio Valley United Charities.

  • Autumn Adkins will be representing Kentucky in Birmingham, Ala., June 24 in the Southern Baptist Bible Drill Competition.
    She passed the church and association drills to qualify for the state drills held in Elizabethtown in April.
    She maintained a perfect score the first drill at the state level and was called back for the next two rounds.
    In the final round, she scored perfect again with enough bonus points for stepping up first or second to win.
    Adkins has participated a total of six years in youth and children’s Bible drills.

  • The Maurice Bowling Middle School’s Student Technology Leadership Program raised $575 for Relay for Life. They designed, ordered and sold Think Pink T-shirts starting during the Relay kick-off game. Pictured are, from left to right, Hannah Runion, Veronica Chisholm, Jessica Willhoite, Suzanna Cooke, and Cheyene Gaines who created the design of the shirt.

  • The Owen County High School chapter of the National Honor Society sponsored fund-raising activities to support the WHAS Crusade for Children, which is coordinated by local fire departments. A chili supper was held Feb. 14 that raised $156, and Hometown Pizza contributed a percentage of total sales for March 23 raising $93.42, for a total contribution of $249.42. Officers of NHS presented Owenton Fire Chief David Lilly and Owen County Fire Chief Robb Chaney with a check for the money that was raised.

  • Jeffrey Peak was honored as a new CPA at the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants Spring Awards Banquet April 11. The oath of Kentucky CPA was administered by Cheryl Laloned. Peak is the son of Gregg and Suzanne Peak of Owenton; the grandson of Jesse and Evelyn Bourne of Owenton; and the grandson of Hugh and Mable Peak of Shelbyville.

  • Sarah Peak, center, was recognized at the University Scholars Assembly of Eastern Kentucky University April 8 for the top award in the outstanding graduate thesis category. Also pictured are Dr. Jerry Pogatshnik, left, dean of the graduate school, and Dr. Nathan Tice, right, her thesis adviser. She is the daughter of Gregg and Suzanne Peak of Owenton; the granddaughter of Jesse and Evelyn Bourne of Owenton; and the granddaughter of Hugh and Mable Peak of Shelbyville.

  • Foods containing antioxidants can boost a person’s immunity and go a long way in preventing disease.
    Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and other compounds in food that protect cells in the body from damage by compounds called free radicals. Free radicals occur naturally when the body breaks down food or when it is exposed to tobacco smoke or radiation. Free radicals may play a role in heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.