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  • 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.

  • SPARTA – The Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute (KMHI) is pleased to announce that Arielle M. Columbia, Sparta, has been named as a 2016 KMHI Scholarship Award recipient. Arielle received one of five $1,000 scholarship awarded in April to graduating high school seniors who currently reside in manufactured homes in Kentucky.

  • Kentucky State Police (KSP) is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on April 30, 2016 in a collaborative effort to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from home medicine cabinets.  Collection activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in every KSP Post area across the state.

    Sgt. Michael Webb, spokesperson for KSP, advised that the program is designed to be easy for citizens and offered the following tips for those interested in participating:

  • By MAKENZIE DAVIS
    N-H School Correspondent

    Another group of Owen County High School students are finishing up their first semester in college … during high school.

    OCHS offers the unique opportunity of an Early College Program through Jefferson Community and Technical College to students who wish to earn college credit at a fraction of the cost.

    Those enrolled ride a bus to the JCTC Carrollton campus a few days each week for morning classes, then return to OCHS for the rest of their high school classes.

  • By MAKENZIE DAVIS
    N-H School Correspondent

    As part of the Take A Stand initiative, the Owen County High School student body attended an assembly on Thursday, April 14.

    The topic of substance abuse hit very close to home with senior Courtney Gullion, who lost a cousin to the pull of addiction and has extended family in recovery from substance abuse.

  • By JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    I don’t worry about my lawn so much; I see all the weeds, yellow dandelions and purple violets as food for our growing lambs. As the grass grows, I think, “Where will I move them next?”