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  • OWENTON, Ky. – A group of Owen County ladies who call themselves “Friends of Hospice,” held a Derby Brunch at the Owen County Extension Office and raised nearly $7,000 to benefit Hospice patients and their families in Owen County. Since the event began three years ago, these volunteers have raised nearly $14,000.

  • By JOAN GODERWIS AND KATHLEEN MARTIN
    Leadership Owen County

    Owen County Leadership spent a great day in early June discovering some of the many privately owned businesses here in our county. In this day and age of big box stores and chain franchises, it’s really nice to see successful, home-owned businesses thriving like the good ol’ days.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    This year the hydrangea display is proving to be spectacular. It’s the big-leafed, or French hydrangea, which elicits the most attention because of the volume and size of the blooms. Hydrangea macrophylla got its common moniker because they were predominately cultivated in France starting in the early 20th century. Hydrangea macrophylla prefer cool, moist and shady conditions and the temperate climate in France proved favorable to the native Japanese species that was brought to the West.

  • BY STEVE MUSEN
    Owen County Extension Agent for Agriculute and Natural Resources

    Summer months are the harvest season for blueberries and blackberries, both of which have the potential to grow very well in Kentucky. Harvest time for blueberries, which are native to North America, is from early June through early August. Blackberry harvest is from mid-June to early October. These delicious fruits offer several health benefits, and they capture the essence of summer in their sweetness.

  • Ninth Grade Honor Roll

    Esmeralda Aldama, Devenee Bolen, Peyton Burton, Robert Caldwell, Caitlyn Cox, Marissa Craig, Shane Dawson, Courtne Dempsey, Adam Dunavent, Michael Goderwis, Jessica Herrmann, Hannah Johnson, Cameron Lesuer, Ravin McMillian, Dalton Miley, Hannah O’Connor, Elijah Patterson, Destiny Pickett, Emmaleigh Richardson, Lexie Robinson, Stevee Rohling, Ethan Searcy, Tori Smith, Colton Stedam, Caylin Trenary, Dillon Vinal, Brian Wallace, Brooke Woodyard and Baileigh Young.

    Ninth Grade Super Honor Roll

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    Powdery mildew is probably the most common garden fungus around. It is not too terribly picky about where it spreads, it likes humid and dry weather, thrives in the heat of the summer and is hard to control once it has started. The trick here is to prevent it from happening by proper plant selection, spacing and treatment before it takes hold.

  • The summer camping program at the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Boys & Girls Ranch officially opened to campers for its 41st season on Sunday, June 12. The camp runs throughout June and July, serving both boys and girls alternating weeks, throughout the camp season.

  • By ASHLEY CRAIGMYLE
    Owen County Summer Intern for 4-H Youth Development

    We are only a few weeks away from the 2016 Owen County Fair.

    With the fair fast approaching, I would like to challenge you to not miss out on seeing all the 4-H and FFA exhibits that will be a part of the fair. For the first time we are adding to the annual 4-H and FFA Livestock Sale this year.

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

    One of the most potentially damaging problems facing sweet corn producers is controlling insects that feed on the ear. During the summer months, if you grow sweet corn, you need to watch for corn earworm.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    We have all asked the question “why hasn’t my plant bloomed?” Sometimes the answer is as simple as not enough sunlight, not old enough, not cold enough or hot enough, etc. In fact it could be as simple as a little digging and dividing for some renewed blooming attitude.

  • Fifth Grade All “A” Honor Roll

    Lilly Chappell, Brady Kemper, Avery Miller, Teagan Moore, Brandon Snell and Heidi Stedam.

    Fifth Grade A/B Honor Roll

  • Some amazing things were discovered May 4 when Leadership Owen County 2016 spent the day learning about services for children.

    Through the Youth Services Center over 500 children from the Owen County School system have visited a college campus. Preschool/Head Start classes are offered at the Owen County Lower Elementary School through Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC).

    “We impact around a 100 students a year”, Director of Preschool Program Heather Alger said.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    We have spent more than 10 years improving our vegetable garden by adding composted horse manure, composted sheep manure and composted chicken manure at the end of each season. The result is a seriously well-drained plot that has the capacity to retain moisture and slowly feed what we plant. I am so looking forward to the vegetable garden this year because last year was such a disappointment!

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dalton Mertz, from New Liberty, recently received a $1,000 United Producers Inc. Scholarship.

    Mertz, the son of Roy Mertz, currently studies animal science at the University of Kentucky.

  • 4-H Camp Orientation

    If your child is already signed up for 4-H Summer Camp, you and your child will need to attend an orientation meeting at the extension office. The remaining orientation session will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 23. We will also be taking care of class sign-up during orientation, so it’s important your child be there. The camp is currently full, so new applicants will be put on a waiting list.

  • ROTARY AWARDS

    Fifth Grade: McKenna McNay, Teagan Moore

    Sixth Grade: Alexis Moore, Charlie Baumann

    Seventh Grade: Shelby Sams, Gabe Maurer

    Eighth Grade: Shelby Barnes, Kevin Smith

    PERFECT ATTENDANCE

    Fifth Grade: Allison Arnce, Lilly Baumann, Nash Cammack, Makayla Ford, Kaileigh Grider, Austin Halfhill, Abram Handy, Anel Villa Ibarra, Layla Kelly, Brady Kemper, McKenna McNay, Maggie Ponder, Jackson Prather, Eli Rice, Rachel Rist, Wyatt Traylor

  • BY JENNEN WICHE
    WEEKEND GARDENER

    I can hardly believe how beautiful my tomato plants look and I do believe I will have a ripe one well before July 4th! But what I am really anticipating is our first harvest of summer squash. I love squash and am happy to eat it for dinner every night. Last year the garden was mostly a bust so I have high hopes for a bumper squash crop this year.

  • BY STEVE MUSEN
    OWEN EXTENSION AGENT FOR AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

    The intestinal tracts of all mammals have various types of bacteria as part of their natural intestinal microflora. There are many opportunities for young children to be exposed to these bacteria, such as pets, friends, etc. Our state’s most recent salmonella outbreak is a harsh reminder of this as many of the victims are children.