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  • 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.

  • Chamber breakfast meeting to be held March 10

    The next Owen County Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting will be held at 7:15 a.m., Thursday, March 10, at the Smith House Restaraunt.

    Manager of Energy Efficient Programs at Kentucky Utilities, Rhonda Truman, will be the guest speaker.

    Please RSVP to jonesdave2001@yahoo.com, or call or text (502) 750-2400, by Tuesday, March 8.

    Upcoming blood drive to be held Friday

  • The Owen County Public Library is delighted to announce a series of hands-on art experiences for the whole family.

    Beginning in April patrons will be able to create art work once a month with Jennifer Zingg of Full Circle Gallery in Frankfort.

    Zingg is nationally known for her stunning figurative and zoological sculpture using gourds and she makes learning about art processes fun and rewarding.

    Her series is titled “Meet Kentucky Masters” and she has selected a well-known Kentucky artist as her focus for each class session.

  • BY MAKENZIE DAVIS
    N-H School Correspondent

    The Principals Advisory Council and GRIT Team at OCHS hosted Chamber of Commerce members on Wednesday, March 2, as part of the Leadership Owen program.

    The PAC and GRIT team held a meeting Friday, Feb. 26, to plan what would be a day to showcase all that OCHS has to offer students.

  • BY STEVEN MUSEN
    Owen County Extension Agent for Agriculture & Natural Resources

    The Kentucky Division of Water may contact you for a variety of reasons. The division’s mission is “to manage, protect and enhance the quality and quantity of the commonwealth’s water resources for present and future generations through voluntary, regulatory and educational programs.”

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    I have my orders placed for onion sets and seed potatoes along with some of my favorite summer crops that will be directly seeded in the garden once the temperatures really warm…I can barely stand the wait! I have just seeded out several trays of early season vegetables that like a cool start to the season. Kale, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are just beginning to push through the light potting mix.

  • By DAVID LILLY
    Owen County Emergency Management Director

    The Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Department responded to a small grass fire behind the OCHS football field Sunday.

    During this dry season, the fire departments of Owen County would like to urge all residents to take extra precautions concerning fires.

  • By MAKENZIE DAVIS
    N-H School Correspondent

    OCHS juniors hit the books in preparation for the ACT on March 1.

    The ACT is the standardized test most colleges and universities use for admission because it shows a student’s level of knowledge in the areas of math, reading, English and science. Most colleges require students to meet a benchmark score on each subject before admission.

  • By JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    True to most springs in Kentuckiana one day is sunny and warm, the next cloudy and cold. It’s an anxious time of the year for most gardeners as we watch the sun coax open a little patch of crocus or catch sight of an old landscape filled with waves of blooming white snow drops.

    Must we wait for the forsythia to bloom as we pray for warmth? No, there are plenty of other early bloomers to keep us content until spring truly arrives.

  • Luke Saunier, Fire Chief with the Kentucky Division of Forestry will present a fun presentation with lots of audience participation after school at 3:15 p.m., Thursday, March 3.

    Those attending will learn how the plants in the forest communicate with each other through an audience-engaging skit where children build a forest and act out the roles of trees, insects and nature.

    There will also be an informative analysis on the importance of trees and plants to Kentucky from a biological, sociological and economic perspective geared for students in grades K-8.