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  • Below is a list of some of the winners from this year’s Owen County Fair and Horse Show.

    Exhibit Winners

    Culinary: First place, Christina Stivers; best of show, Scott Johnson

    Canned Fruits and Vegetables: First place, Scott Johnson; best of show, Jesse Brandenburg; youth, Blake Wolford

    Garden Crops: First place, Benjamin Hart; best of show, Joel Wilson

    Flowers: First place, Holly Brandenburg; best of show, Brenda Bruce

    Knitting and Crocheting: First place, Kathy Spaulding; best of show, Alice Ducker

  • Elk Creek Vineyard received three bronze medals in the fourth annual Mid-American Wine Competition held at the Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa.

    “These wines were top notch,” Bob Foster, director of the Mid-American Wine Competition, said. “Consumers ought to track them down and enjoy them.”

  • First of all, I have a correction to make. In last week’s column I wrote that Colleen was going to skip the month of July for having another Monterey Fair Board Meeting and was going to have it Aug. 19. That was incorrect; the new date for the next fair meeting is Aug. 21 at 11. Sorry for the confusion this may have caused anyone. Hope to see more there than last time.

  • There’s a lot that can be done with five acres of land: produce crops, raise livestock or build homes. You could even build a new cemetery, which is exactly what Bruce Clark decided to do with his vacant land.

    Clark said the cemetery, located on Wright Road, is his way of giving back to the community.

    “I thought about putting some cattle out here,” said Clark. “But I decided I’d like to do something for the community.”

    Clark said the cemetery, which has been in the works for a little over a year, could open soon.

  • Brittany DeCandia of Owenton was among the 86 high school students from across Kentucky who participated in the 39th annual Kentucky Rural Electric Washington Youth Tour held June 11-18, 2010, in Washington, DC. Selected on the basis of academic achievement, community involvement, and her participation in the Frankfort Youth Tour, DeCandia was sponsored by Owen Electric Cooperative.

  • Descendants of Frank and Sallie Morton Ford gathered recently for a family reunion in Owenton. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ford were the builders of the Ford home on South Main Street in 1870. Current occupant is Peggy Sue Ford, widow of Dr. Charles R. Ford.

    The families of two of the Ford’s five children were represented: their daughter Sallie Ford Broadus (1860-1949), and their son, Col. Robert Carrick Ford (1862-1941).

  • There are many days that make me grateful to be a librarian in Owen County, but there are some days that just blow me away. Last Wednesday, June 23, was one of those days.

    Let me give you a little bit of context here. Summer reading programming always creates excitement and makes our library a busy place, and this summer is no exception. 

    Over 330 children and adults are signed up to participate in our programs, and since the beginning of June, over 70 new library cards have been issued. 

  • Three Rivers District Health Department/Owen County Health Center hosted the second in a series of four 5K fun run/walk events May 1 at the Owen County High School. 

    Thirty participants braved the strong rains and cool temperatures for the opportunity to run and walk. Everyone gathered at the winner’s circle where trophies were given to the first-, second-, and third-place racers and medals were presented to the top three males and females in seven different age groups.

  • Kindergarten to fifth-grade girls in Owen County are invited to take part in a free program sponsored by the Girl Scouts of America and the Owen County Public Library.

    The 2010 Girl Scout “It’s a Girl’s Life” program will be offered during four consecutive Tuesdays (July 6-27) from 9:30-11 a.m. at the library.

    Girls will have the opportunity to learn about Girl Scouting, make crafts, play games and hopefully make some new friends.

    Each week of the “It’s a Girl’s Life” Program has its own theme:

  • Fouth Nine Weeks

    Fourth-Grade

    Super Honor Roll

    Zach Brashears, Destiny Bruce, Emily Cammack, Grant Cobb, Blake Duncan, Lindsay Gill, Nash Glacken, Coyie Hammond, Jessica Hardin, Reagan Hearn, Cayge Keeton, Rachel Miller, Katie Patterson, Madelin Shelton, Avrin Smith and  Sydni Toole

    Regular Honor Roll

  • Rotary Awards 

    Sixth grade: Mikala Wilhoite, Carson Williams

    Seventh grade: Ashton Marcum, Tanner Smith

    Eighth grade: Sarah Wotier, Wyatt Hill

    Perfect Attendance

    Quinton Ellis, Jade Holland, Savanna Trautwein Brady Glacken, Triston Grisham, Katlin Prather, Corby Smith, Whitney Burke, Haley Hatchett, Sarah Wotier

    NJHS (Completed Standards)

  • The John Guill Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution met June 2 at the Owen County Public Library.

    The guest speaker, Danielle Pray, is a member of the Pawtucket Chapter in Rhode Island but has resided in Walton with her husband and two children for the past 13 years.

    She was accompanied by her daughter, Emily,  a member of the Rhode Island Children of the American Revolution.

  • For many people today, the smell of fresh-made bread and ice cream is either a long-held memory or an unknown experience.

    But in the next few weeks, a family new to Owen County will be helping renew or create those experiences for the community.

    Wilmer Stoltzfus, 39, hopes to open the doors to Countryside Deli and Bakery on U.S. 127, about four miles south of Owenton, in August. Construction on the building began in May.

    The store will feature fresh bread, ice cream, baking supplies, homemade jams and jellies and plenty of pickles.

  • Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. The weather was great. Finally, a weekend with no rain. I could’ve laid out by the pool this weekend only it isn’t quite ready yet. I’m sure we’ll be working on that this week.

  • \Despite dark skies and the threat of rain, fans came out strong for Elk Creek Winery’s popular summer concert series kick-off.

    The series began Friday with a show by a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Beach Boys.

    The group took the audience on a musical journey, performing hits that spanned their entire career, including “409,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Good Vibrations” and “Kokomo.”

    General Manager of Elk Creek Winery Kristine Walker said about 1,400 attended the show.

  • Rain, rain, go away ‘cause the roof is leaking.

    The Wheatley Community Center is in need of a new roof on the back part of the building. This will be an expensive project due to the size and having to remove the two layers of old shingles. We are very grateful for the donations we have received to help with this project, but more money is needed.

  • The summer concert series held each year at Elk Creek Winery will kick off  May 28 with a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Beach Boys.

    The concert series, which takes place at Elk Creek Winery’s outdoor amphitheater, has been bringing top musical acts to Owen County for the past three years, including country artist Sara Evans, legendary Motown group The Temptations, and blues guitarist Buddy Guy.

    Owner of the Elk Creek Winery, Curtis Sigretto, said finding acts for the concert series is no easy task.

  • As the summer months quickly approach, some Owen countians may be looking for the perfect homegrown item to complete their warm-weather meals.

    They need not look any further.

    The first Owen County farmers’ market of the season was held Friday on the courthouse lawn.

    Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science Judy Hetterman said 15 vendors have signed up so far, but 25 are expected to set up as warmer weather approaches.

    Hetterman said the market brought with it a variety of items grown by local producers.

  • Owen County Schools is pleased to announce Tracy McMillian has been chosen as the volunteer of the month for March.

    McMillian was nominated for this award by Mary Inman, a third-grade teacher at Owen County Elementary.

  • One Owen County High School girl has been given the chance to show her love of horses and her artistic talents to thousands of people who will pass through the International Museum of the Horse this spring.

    Felisha Riddle, a 16-year-old sophomore student in Bethany Taylor’s art class, was one of 25 students in Kentucky chosen to receive a 17-inch fiberglass horse to decorate for the “Desert Treasures, the Arabian Horse” art competition, sponsored by the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park.