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  • The Owen County Arts Council and the Owen County Public Library are partnering to present a poetry reading featuring local poets starting at 7 p.m. at the library on Friday, April 22.

    The event is not only an opportunity to join in the statewide celebration of National Poetry Month, but it is also the perfect time to find out more about what the local arts council has to offer, including its upcoming annual arts festival, according to council president, Barbara Duvall.

  • BY MAKENZIE DAVIS
    N-H School Correspondent

    Students in the fourth-period Spanish 2 class were eager to try some traditional Spanish food, and even more excited to cook it themselves on March 29.

    The new Spanish teacher, Mr. Ignacio Garcia, encourages students to learn conversational Spanish and explore the culture of Spain.

  • BY STEVE MUSEN
    Owen Extension Agent for Ag. and Natural Resources

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    Last year our serviceberry was afflicted with a whimsical looking disease; the beautiful blue berries that appear in the summer looked like something from a Dr. Seuss book. In a good year the cedar wax wings usually flock in and eat the berries as they ripen, not so last year. The strange, white tubular protrusions that the berries were covered in not only looked funny but they also kept the birds away.

  • The fourth-grade students at Owen County Upper Elementary School were transported back in time on two occasions this year as history was brought to life for them through the presentations of Lexington actor Kevin Hardesty.

    Hardesty received his B.F.A. in acting/theatre from the University of Kentucky in 1986, and has since performed professionally in theatre, film, and television, including prominent leading roles in “Biloxi Blues,” “Hamlet,” “Macbeth” and “Romeo and Juliet.”

  • Fifth Grade

    All ‘A’ Honor Roll: August Barker, Lillian Baumann, Lilly Chappell, Gracie Ferguson, Lindsey Hobbs, Brady Kemper, McKenna McNay, Avery Miller, Maggie Ponder, Anna Riddle, Brandon Snell and Bryce Thornton

  • BY MAKENZIE DAVIS
    N-H Student Correspondent

    On Friday, April 1, the OCHS Music Department hosted the annual school talent show.

    With a total of 13 acts and over 20 performers, students at the end of the school day were entertained by a variety of talented peers.

    From singing and playing instruments, to dramatic skits and juggling, our students were proud to show off what they do best.

    Freshman Peyton Burton emceed the show and introduced the student performances:

  • BY MAKENZIE DAVIS
    N-H Student Correspondent

    Three OCHS student leaders have taken the initiative to facilitate a Bible study twice a week before the school day begins.

    On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to the start of school at 7:45 a.m., OCHS students are welcome to attend a Bible study in Mrs. Katie Ashcraft’s classroom. Juniors Skye Decandia and Ross Ford, and freshman Kaitlyn Parker are the student leaders of this study.

  • Ninth Grade

    Super Honor Roll: Laura Duke, Ravin McMillian, Kaitlyn Parker, Jared Prather, Dylan Rose and Haley Young

  • BY MAKENZIE DAVIS
    N-H Student Correspondent

    On March 29, a bus of OCHS students arrived at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church in Harrods Creek, Ky.

    They took their seats in the church pews and awaited for the concert of Chanticleer to begin.

    Chanticleer is a world-famous all men’s choir, vocalists ranging from soprano to bass. The group is based out of San Francisco, but travels across the globe year-round and rarely ends up as close to Owen County as they did last Tuesday.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

  • Two Owen County groups recently competed in the #Push initiative and completed and placed in the last #Push challenge, which was to create a theme song about the initiative. The mission of #Push is to promote respect, responsibility and tolerance, to raise awareness of substance abuse prevention through creative and compelling contests, and to raise money for organizations with youth-based programs. The Owen County #Push Initiative awarded $500 to HOSA or competing and winning the last two challenges. The Owen County Rebel Readers were also awarded $100 for their participation.

  • BY MAKENZIE DAVIS
    N-H School Correspondent

    Five students from the Beta Club took some time out of their Good Friday to share a little joy at the Owenton Center.

    Seniors Tabby Beach, Makenzie Davis, and Kirsten Parker, and Juniors Skye Decandia and Brandi Mears all gathered at the Owenton Center after school on Good Friday, March 25th, and handed out Easter Eggs to the residents.

  • BY STEVE MUSEN
    Owen Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources

    The Owen County Extension Office has several events in the upcoming weeks to help you learn more about sustainable food production.

    Vegetable Gardening Basics

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    What can we do to impact the environment less? Be a green consumer. Walk or ride a bike, when you can; reuse things and if you can’t at least recycle them. Buy less stuff that you don’t need? All are easily done, really, but what about in our gardens as we struggle to keep things beautiful during the growing season.

  • 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.