• Three Rivers District Health Department, in partnership with Hart Productions, will be displaying their 52-foot pink dragon boat at Cincinnati Travel, Sports, and Boat Show Jan. 14-23.  Members of the Kentucky Thorough-Breast — the region’s first breast cancer survivor dragon boat racing team — will be on hand to explain dragon boat racing and the reasons why this sport is so beneficial to breast cancer survivors.

  • Owen County was well represented in the Jefferson Community and Technical College Carrollton Campus practical nursing program’s class of 2010. Fifty percent of the students are Owen County residents. Pictured are (back row, left to right): Brad Jacobs, Brittany Carter, Darlene Callis, Katrina Lipe, Kayla Perry and Robin Pierson; (front row, left to right): Davee Aldridge, Brittany Smith, Laura Case and Samantha Smith. Jacobs, Pierson, Case, Smith, and Perry are Owen County residents.

  • After serving 10 years as Owenton’s mayor, David “Milkweed” Wotier has closed one door of his life, but expects many others to open in the future.
    Wotier began his service with the city of Owenton as a council member 15 years ago. He served two terms as a councilman.
    In 2000, Wotier was appointed to mayorship after former mayor K.F. Ballard Jr. died.
    Wotier said he thinks some have forgotten what he believes to be his biggest accomplishment during his time as mayor.

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  • Christmas 2010 is over, in fact 2010 is almost over.
    It’s been a good year, if you’ve lived through it without accident, illness, or financial loss. When you get to my age, just to have lived through is a blessing.

  • They came armed with their notebooks and a plethora of thoughtful questions. Owen Electric Cooperative ended its work week with some very special representatives of Owen County Primary School (OCPS) — the Primary Leadership group.

  • The John Guill Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution met at the home of Peggy Trinkle Dec. 11 where they enjoyed a Christmas cookie exchange.
    Each member brought cookies to exchange with the other members. Members also brought designated items for a baby gift pack for NSDAR’s project for pregnant veterans to show our appreciation of their service to our country.  

  • Jake Rider, a student at Owen County High School, will be one of 130 featured young people preaching at the second annual Festival of Young Preachers in Louisville Jan. 6-8.
    The National Festival of Young Preachers is hosted by the Academy of Preachers, an initiative underwritten by the Lilly Endowment. It offers young preachers from all denominations an opportunity to preach before an audience of family, friends and other guests.  

  • Everyone is potentially at risk during winter storms. Most fatalities are indirectly related to the storm. People die from traffic accidents on icy roads, heart attacks while shoveling snow, and hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold and unsafe residential conditions.
    According to Owen County EM Director Rick Morgan, you should be prepared for winter weather by listening to NOAA weather radio or commercial radio/television to stay informed about winter storm watches, warnings and advisories.

  • Winter has come early this year. We had 4 inches of snow on the Branch this weekend. The DirecTV dish was covered with snow and I had no service on the TV sets except the antenna for most of the day Saturday. The Internet service went out, too, so I had to communicate the old-fashioned way, via phone for about 24 hours.

    I was decorating the house all week for Christmas and trying to finish Saturday, so I really didn’t miss it much.

  • I realize I’m a little late with this news but wanted to share some things with you all.

    Thanksgiving has come and gone. I’m very thankful for a lot of things – my health and family first off – but also for all the wonderful things God has provided for me and my family through the years.

    However, this year was a little tough on us all with it being our first Thanksgiving without Mom.  We sure did miss her. I now know what she went through each and every holiday without her parents.

  • As they marched their way down JFK Boulevard and 20th Street at the United States’ oldest Thanksgiving Day parade, two Owen County cheerleaders were surrounded by hundreds of adoring young girls.

    Veronica Chisholm and Hannah Runion traveled to Philadelphia, Nov. 23 to perform with 250 other cheerleaders in the 92nd Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    The two tried out for the event this past summer at UCA Cheerleading camp.

    Chisholm said the two tried out as part of a squad and each were judged on one routine, one cheer and one jump.

  • 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.