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  • After recently traveling to Northern Kentucky University for a regional Student Technology Leadership Program competition, Owen County School’s students once again proved that hard work pays off.

    Nine out of 10 STLP projects  —including an Owen County Primary School project — will advance to state competition in May in hopes of continuing on to the International Society for Technology in Education conference next summer in Philadelphia.

    STLP is a project-based learning program that teaches students how to use technology to learn and achieve.

  • I went to Margie England’s funeral last week.

    If a funeral could be said to be nice, her funeral was. Maybe appropriate would be a better word. Two gentlemen spoke. One was her pastor at Dallasburg Baptist Church and the other a contemporary of Gilbert’s.

    Both their talks were about Margie. Her obit gave all the details of how she had spent her life as a teacher, supporter of her church, and member of organizations in the county and state. She was a very busy lady.

  • It’s 11:40 p.m. and I have just remembered it is Sunday and I must write the column. It has seemed like Sunday for the last four days. Specials and football games on TV have completely thrown me off. I’m not always the brightest bulb in the lamp when things go routinely, but throw in a four-day holiday and I am lost. Audrey pointed out to me in church this morning that I had left the “ine” off of Ernestine’s name last week I blamed it on the editor. I said my column was so long he had to cut somewhere. Sorry.

  • Kentucky American Water’s water treatment plant in Owenton, which the company purchased in 2005, has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Area-Wide Optimization Program  award for 2009 from the  Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.

  • Doug Schwartzman had put a lot of miles on his old bike.

    He had been living in Florida for several months, making a humble living playing the guitar and hustling pool when he decided to go home to Pontiac, Mich.

    Schwartman, 51, gathered up his few possessions, bought a bus ticket and made plans to head home.

    But his plans suddenly changed.

    He missed his bus.

    Instead of catching the next one, Schwartzman said he decided to hit the highway under his own power. He loaded up his bicycle and headed out.

  • Owen countians have already begun seeing PHI Air Medical’s helicopter in the sky, rushing to provide quick medical assistance. And they’re sure to see a lot more of Owen County’s newly-based medical crew.

    PHI’s modular building, that once sat in Williamstown, has been moved to Owenton. Crew members are looking forward to responding from their new base.

  • I played bridge last week and got home about 5 p.m., just in time to get the car into the garage and close the garage door before the lights went out.

    The electricity flicked on and off several times before giving up the ghost and going off completely. I scrounged around in cabinets and closets and found all the candles and placed them strategically around the house in case the power didn’t come back till after dark. I have a gas range, so heating soup for supper was no problem.

  • My truck is running again. Chris came after work and put his heavy duty battery charger on it. I had fixed his supper and he ate while it was charging — and then watched TV with me while he waited. Wanda came about 8:10 p.m. to watch Dancing with the Stars with me. She had wanted to see the show because she enjoys dancing so much. She mentioned she had just come from her belly dancing class. Oops, another mistake: I said last week that she had joined a ballroom dancing class. There’s a good deal of difference.

  • Owen County Schools is pleased to announce that Queena Gross has been selected volunteer of the month for September. This is Gross’ first year volunteering in Owen County. She is working in the primary school with the pre-school classes.

    “I wanted to volunteer to help out the teachers and to help the children learn routines to get them ready for kindergarten,” Gross said.

    Gross floats in three different preschool classes throughout the week, performing various tasks such as helping with reading groups, snack time, and rubbing backs during nap time.

  • First Nine Weeks

    Ninth-Grade

    Super Honor Roll

    Jarrod Ball, Andrea Burford, Allison Dempsey, William Johnson, Leah Johnson, Haley Minch, Kayla Miles, Kayleigh Shaw, Hannah Strohmeier, Kristen Swigert, Tucker Trenary

    Regular Honor Roll

  • A musical Phoenix is hoping his career will take flight starting with a Friday night gig at Pit Stop in Sparta.

    Owenton resident Clayton Phoenix Smith has been honing his musical attributes for years, and his long road has led him back to a community where his grandfather grew up.

    The journey started in Smith’s hometown of South Philadelphia, where he worked in small venues while developing his talent. His father also cut some records while living in Philadelphia.

  • It was 20 degrees on my thermometer Sunday morning. By the time we got out of church, it had risen to 53 degrees. We got the last of the wood cut, hauled in and stacked last week. We got two loads cut and split for Ann, too. We hauled it up to her house Nov. 2. She was off a half day to vote.

  • I hope everyone had a great Halloween. Seems like people are really getting into decorating for Halloween these days. In fact, I believe it to be Lori’s favorite holiday.

  • When local veterans are honored next month at Owen County High School for their service to the country, a new young leader will be behind the scenes making sure the event goes off with military precision.

    The annual Veteran’s Day program at OCHS will be held Nov. 11. All veterans are invited to stop by the high school at 11 a.m. for a special lunch provided by the students. At 1 p.m., a special recognition program – which is open to the public – will honor the veterans.

    All guests are asked to RSVP by calling 484-4173.

  • The Branch is as dry as I have seen it in the 33 years we’ve lived here. We did have a hard freeze one day last week but there was nothing to kill. The weeds, grass, and leaves have all dried up and turned to dust. John went to the woods on Thursday and cut the big tree that had been hit by lightning about three years ago. He cut it into burn lengths and we split it Saturday. It was a beautiful day to be out but it was so dry and dusty that we were both barely able to talk from the dust and sawdust in our throats. I hope the hunters are very careful.

  • “It’s not just you,” Eddie Black stressed Wednesday at Owen Electric’s construction safety and communications meeting.

    It’s been more than a quarter century since Black nearly lost his life while working as a lineman for an electric cooperative in Kentucky.

    As he attempted to re-conductor two new power lines, a terrible accident occurred when 7,200 volts of electricity surged through his body. As he worked, an older, sagging line contacted two new lines.

    As a result of the incident, Black lost both arms.

  • A young college student asked his father the definition of a traitor in politics. The father answered, “Any person who leaves our party and goes over to the other party is a traitor.”

     

    The son then asked, “Well, what about a man who leaves the other party and comes over to ours?”

     

    “He’d be a convert, son,” replied the father, “a real and very smart convert.”

     

    Even before Owen County was formed, people of the area were serious about their politics.

  • The Owen County Judo Team hosted a clinic Saturday at Owen County High School.  Four-Time Olympian Brian Olson flew in from Dallas, Texas, to share his knowledge on what it takes to become an elite athlete.

    Olson moved to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., when he was just 17 and trained there for 20 years with bronze medalist and current Olympic Training Center Coach Eddie Liddie. 

  • Theresa recently called to tell me Florence has been undergoing some tests lately. Seems a few weeks ago they had to admit her into the Owenton hospital because she had some fluid around her heart. Her doctor had scheduled her for a heart catheter but she postponed it because she, Sheila, Vickie (their cousin) and Nancy Ballinger had planned a girls’ antiquing trip. Upon returning from this trip, Theresa and Sheila took Florence to Central Baptist to have the heart catheter done. They ended up keeping her overnight where they had to put in a couple of stints.

  • It’s been a very good week. We did get some measurable rain mid-week, but not during the Wheatley outing, which was nice. Between the signing-up and the actual showing up, we lost 16 players. They missed a great day for golf and a very good selection of homemade pie. Gilbert and the ladies who worked in the pro shop and kitchen did a wonderful job for us, as always. My thanks for all their hard work.

    Wanda went on a short trip and wasn’t here for the fire department festival Saturday so I have no report on it.