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  • A local author hopes to shed some light on Mary, the mother of Jesus, in her first novel, “Jesus My Son: Mary’s Journal of Jesus’ Early Life.”

    Owen County native Mary Bailey said the focus of this book is on Mary as a loving and caring mother to her son Jesus.

    “I’ve done a lot of research on Mary’s life and I wanted to capture what she, as a mother, would go through,” Bailey said. “I think this approach will appeal to a lot of people because so little is really known about her day-to-day life.”

  • Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. The weather was great, especially Good Friday and Sunday. Saturday was a little windy but later turned out to be an OK day as well. I did get a chance to enjoy some of it on Friday at least. As I mentioned last week, Lee was scheduled for surgery on Friday. We ended up having to be there at 5:30, so needless to say, there was no sleeping in for me that day. That’s OK. At least everything went well for him and I am happy for that. Glad I was able to go with him.

  • A small nonprofit in a big-name resort turned international recognition into successful fund-raising with the 2009 Vail Home Raffle. The Vail Academy offered a million-dollar vacation home as the top prize in a raffle dedicated to raising money for a small kindergarten-eighth grade school tucked in the Rocky Mountains.

    The minimum number of tickets needed to give away the home as the prize was not reached, but the alternative cash grand prize was over $125,000.

    Owenton native Karen Hunnicutt was ecstatic when she won the grand prize drawing on New Year’s Eve.

  • The 114th Kentucky Society Daughters of the American Revolution State Conference was held March 26-28 at the Hilton Downtown Lexington Hotel.

    Peggy Trinkle, regent of the John Guill Chapter, attended the conference as a voting member and to assist in preparations for the conference. 

    On Saturday, the John Guill Chapter’s DAR Good Citizen, Derek Ellis, received KSDAR’s Fifth District DAR Good Citizen Award. DAR Good Citizens have demonstrated the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their communities.

  • The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced the Adopt-a-Highway Spring Clean Week will be held through Friday across the commonwealth.

    About 1,100 groups participate in Kentucky’s Adopt-a-Highway program, which was established in 1988. Volunteers clean approximately 8,800 miles of roadside annually, setting an example of responsible environmental stewardship.

    Currently, only about 6 percent of eligible Owen County highways are adopted.

  • Hunter Keeton of Owen County will compete in the Kentucky State Spelling Bee Saturday at the Frazier International History Museum in Louisville.

    Keeton is one of approximately 60 Kentucky and Southern Indiana youngsters who will compete in one of the major events of the Kentucky Derby Festival.

    The state winner will receive a U.S. Savings Bond valued at $10,000 upon maturity, a trophy, the latest edition of the Merriam Webster collegiate dictionary and a $25 Amazon.com gift card.

  • Volunteers will be out in force next week to spring clean Owen County’s highways.

    The Transportation Cabinet announced the Adopt-a-Highway Spring Clean Week will be held March 21-27.

    “The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet appreciates the efforts of our Adopt-a-Highway volunteers who help keep our highways and communities beautiful and litter-free,” Acting Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said.

  • Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t decorate or give parties on this day but it always gives me a good feeling to know the Irish are being recognized for their contribution to the settling of this country.

  • Some Maurice Bowling Middle School students are getting involved in Relay for Life a few months early.

    The MBMS Student Technology Leadership Program, led by Jenna Gray, has found a way to support the cause through technology.

    The group began working on a Relay for Life Web site in August at the beginning of the school year and have continued work throughout the year.

    Gray, who is the MBMS Relay for Life team captain and online chairman, said some students have been affected by cancer at some point in their lives, making the project that much more important.

  • After traveling from her home in Colorado to Owenton to visit her parents, Dayna Hughes set up for the U.S. 127 yard sale and decided to stay and begin a new business.

    Hughes’ father purchased the old Kindall-Riley building, and she has transformed it into the Triple-H Trading Post.

    Hughes, whose mother was raised in Owen County, brought her two daughters along with her during the 127 yard sale to spend time with their grandparents.

    “They didn’t want to leave,” Hughes said. “They really love Kentucky.”

  • God’s Special Little Hearts just keeps growing and growing.

    Saturday’s fifth-annual congenital heart defect (CHD) walk proved to be a successful event that raised nearly $9,000. The money will be donated to the Kentucky Children’s Hospital/Pediatric Cardiology Division and God’s Special Little Hearts Inc.

    Chairperson for God’s Special Little Hearts Inc. Katie Columbia said about 400 people came out to support those with heart defects this year, an increase of almost 100 over last year. 

  • Each year, the various chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsor a DAR Good Citizen contest for high-school seniors.

    The senior selected as “DAR Good Citizen” must have demonstrated the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

    With the assistance of the Owen County High School, the John Guill DAR Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is proud to announce Derek S. Ellis has been chosen to receive the Chapter’s 2010 DAR Good Citizen Award.

  • The Fifth Annual Walk for Awareness of CHDs will be held Saturday,from noon until 7 p.m. at the Owenton First Baptist Church Family Life Center.

    Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the following groups:

    Opening by Jerry Smith – Adult CHDer

    Noon – 1 p.m.: Bode McKinley

    1 - 1:45 p.m.: David Pitt

    1:45 – 2 p.m.: Capitol City Dance Studio

    2-3 p.m.:  First Baptist Church of Carrollton Praise Band

    3-3:30 p.m.: CHD survivors and Angels Recognition Walk/Jan Eldridge and Heather Marsh

  • Owen County Schools are pleased to announce Tracey Kemper has been chosen as volunteer of the month for December.

    Shelli Hedger, first-grade teacher at the primary school, made the nomination.

  • Licensed drivers in Owen County showed their support of organ donation by donating an extra dollar and placing their name on the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry when renewing their drivers licenses in 2009.

    According to the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life, Owen County Circuit Court Clerk, Leigh New’s office collected the donated $1 from 61 percent of those obtaining their drivers license last year; and 28.6 percent of drivers also placed their name on the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.

  • There isn’t much to report this week. The “Big Storm” came as advertised. We only got about 3 ½ inches on the Branch and that came in the wee hours of Saturday morning and lasted till only about 10:30 a.m.

    The sun came out and it was a beautiful day – if you were inside. When I got up Sunday morning, it was -3 degrees on my thermometer at the front of the house.

  • After suffering a congenital heart defect, 12-year-old Nick Smith’s life is finally going back to normal and has taught his family the significance of being close to one another.

    Smith, who played football for Maurice Bowling Middle School, didn’t know what was causing him to feel bad, until one day at football practice in the fall of 2009 when he collapsed on the field.

    Smith’s mom, Debbie Smith, said Nick had told his coach that he wasn’t feeling well.

  • Ashley Griffin kicked off her Scentsy candle product sales with a fund-raiser for Relay for Life. This year, continuing her Scentsy sales, she started another business with a Relay fund-raiser – this time with Silpoda Jewelry.

    Griffin set up in Peoples Bank Friday, selling both products and continuing her support of Relay for Life and cancer research.

  • Fourth grade

    Super Honor Roll

    Zachery Brashears, Destiny Bruce, Emily Cammack, Blake Duncan, Lindsay Gill, Nash Glacken, Reagan Hearn, Rachel Miller, Haileigh Noll, Trace Ogden, Katie Patterson, Madelin Shelton and Sydni Toole

    Honor Roll