• The John Guill Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, held its March meeting at the Owen County Public Library March 2 with guests from the Susannah Hart Shelby Chapter, NSDAR of Frankfort.  
    Of the four founders of NSDAR, two had Kentucky roots — Mary DeSha of Lexington and Ellen Hardin Walworth of Saratoga, N.Y.
    Our guest speaker, Bonnie Strassell of Poplar Grove, a storyteller who has portrayed many women in history, spends many hours researching her subjects before writing the script to tell their stories.

  • The flu didn’t stop 103 young scientists from participating in the 2011 Science Fair at the Owen County Elementary School Feb. 23.
    Teena Gamble, gifted and talented program resource teacher for Owen County primary and elementary schools, said the excitement ran high as students and parents set up projects that showed many hours of hard work and patience.

  • Owen County Primary School held its first ever Valentine Banquet/Luncheon Feb. 11. Congratulations to second-grade students Haylee Neeley and Caden Hedger who were crowned Valentine King and Queen during the day’s events. Members of the Valentine Court were Cheyenne Coppola, Lilly David, Tori Lykins, Jorden May, Maddie Walker, Cody Anderson, Micah Duvall, Darren Patrick, Logan Wagers, and Dylan Woods.

  • Did you think about how the spring-cleaning ritual developed? Before the advent of electricity and a host of other modern conveniences, homes were heated with coal, oil and/or wood, and lit by gas or candlelight. Soot and grime were the natural companions of winter. Once spring arrived, the doors were thrown open, and everything—rugs, furniture, cupboards, curtains, and more – was aired out, clean out, swept out, and scrubbed out.

  • David Lyons, center, executive vice president of First Farmers Bank, presents a check to Owen County Boys Basketball Head Coach Devin Duvall, left, accompanied by Owen County High School Athletic Director TJ Wesselman, right. The donation was based on the number of 3-pointers made during the regular season. This year, the donation was at least $830.

  • Left: In an photo from 1976, Owenton Patrolman Doug West, left, and then-Owenton Police Chief John Saylor pose outside the office of the News-Herald with the department’s latest cruiser. Earlier this month, current Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry and officer Rufus Shearer show off the department’s newest cruiser.

  • At the JCTC Carrollton Campus, students can study biology, learn to be a nurse, take a Spanish class, join a club, march in a parade, get the first two years of college and transfer, and so much more.
    Find everything Jefferson Community and Technical College Carrollton has to offer at an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 7. Visitors can tour classrooms and programs, meet faculty and get information about applying for financial aid.

  • Sixth-Grade
    Super Honor Roll
    Skye DeCandia, Molly Gamble, David Gray, Audrey Hager, Autumn Hunter, Brandi Mears, Riley Montague, Jordan Prather, Rebecca Rollins, Josh Spaulding, Ella Stout, Ashley Willis, Destiny Young

    Regular Honor Roll

  • By Peggy Trinkle
    For the News-Herald
    Each year the various chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsor a DAR Good Citizen contest for high-school seniors.  
    The senior selected as “DAR Good Citizen” must have demonstrated the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

  • Owen County resident Dennis Kidd (second from right) was one of several state employees who were recently honored for good ideas that saved taxpayers money in government expenses. Kidd was joined by  (left to right) First Lady Jane Beshear, employees Linda Stone, Donald Carr Jr., Stephen Carroll, John Shouse, Arica Wuetcher and  Kentucky Tourism Arts & Heritage Secretary Marchetta Sparrow

  • Eleven Owen County 4-H teens took a trip to Perfect North Slopes for a day of play in the snow Jan. 29. Some tried their hand at skiing and some went tubing. The 4-H’ers who went skiing include (from left to right) Travis Hearne, Clayton Wilson, Morgan Walker, Courtney Waldrop, Olivia Karsner, Kenneth Bays, and Blake Wolford.Tackling the tubes together were (from left to right) Ashley Smith, Kaity Smith, Cortney Wainscott, Olivia Karsner, Kenneth Bays, Kylee Hearne, and Blake Wolford.

  • When Katie Ashcraft tripped in a manhole and wrenched her back during a visit to Knoxville last summer she anticipated going out of town to visit doctors and orthopedic specialists in order to regain full use of her leg.
    But Ashcraft, of Owenton, soon learned that she could receive all the care and rehabilitation services she needed right here at home.
    “I originally injured my back in high school doing gymnastics and cheerleading,” Ashcraft explained. “This summer, when I fell into a manhole, I aggravated the old injury and it required physical therapy.”

  • A team from Owen County High School participated in the “We the People … The Citizen and the Constitution” state competition that took place Jan. 24 in Lexington.
    In competition, high school teams participate in mock congressional hearings that require them to use their understanding  of constitutional principles to defend positions on historical and contemporary issues.

  • Mary Gamm and Paige Heuser, second-grade students at Owen County Primary School, each spent a day shadowing Principal Sharen Hubbard after winning the opportunity at the school’s annual silent auction at the fall festival. The girls made morning announcements, visited classrooms, conducted walk-throughs, and learned the “tricks of the trade.” 

  • Bluegrass Community and Technical College
    Bluegrass Community and Technical College has announced its dean’s list for the 2010 fall Semester.
    Those Owen County students who were recognized include: Brittany McCormick, William Ohmer, Elizabeth Smith, Stephanie Sons, Shelby Ueltschi, Angela Wainscott and Shannon Walker.
    The college recognizes academic excellence by naming to the dean’s list full-time students who have earned an overall semester grade point average of 3.5 or better in courses numbered 100 or above.

    Transylvania University

  • Have you noticed a sticky substance on the floor beneath your ficus or philodendron? Are there little scabs on the underside of the leaves of your orchid? Maybe you have noticed that your plants just look a little lackluster. Well, we can blame some plant puniness on being a tropical houseplant indoors in Kentuckiana during the winter.

  • One of the largest energy-using appliances in a household is the refrigerator. Appliances are designed to save time and money, but if an appliance is not energy efficient or is operated improperly, it could be wasting money.
    Ensuring that you have an Energy Star-approved appliance is one solution; others are proper operation, location, and maintenance.
    Following a few basic tips can reduce your refrigerator’s impact on your energy bills. For example, keep the refrigerator out of direct sunlight to reduce the energy it needs to keep the contents cool.

  • Crop insurance is a popular risk-management tool with farmers and agricultural policy makers.
    Congress made crop insurance a major component of the safety net for farmers.
    USDA’s Farm Service Agency’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters.  
    NAP insurance insures crops RMA insurance does not cover.  

  • Elizabeth Perkins, daughter of Daryl (Frog) and Ann Perkins of Owen County, was honored during the White Coat Ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville Jan. 8. 
    Karen Wash, a registered nurse from Owen County, was the medical professional selected by Perkins to present her coat, representative of her development as a pharmacy student.
    Perkins is currently enrolled in the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and anticipates graduation in June 2013. 
    She is the granddaughter of Wilma Perkins and the late Harold J. Perkins and Carolyn Montague and the late Wallace Montague.

  • “It’s Sew Fine: for Home and Family” Sewing Expo will be held April 12-13 at General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton.
    The 2011 Sewing Expo schedule includes registration starting at 10 a.m. April 12 followed by “Make-it and Take-it” session of a patchwork name tag until noon.
    On the opening afternoon, participants take a half-day class offering a variety of options including: “Old Blocks ... New Tricks,” “Working With Wool-Embroidery Envelope,” “Mastering Miters,” “Texture Magic,” and more.