• With  this year’s “Monterey Homecoming Fair” drawing near, there were several people who made it out last Saturday to take part in helping to clean up our town. I would like to take this time to personally thank each and everyone of them. Besides Colleen and myself, there were Vanessa Wilhiote, Johnny, Robin and Kimmie Gentry, Brett Hall, Lonnie Reed, Jimmy, Tammy and Marcus Powers, Monterey Mayor Dennis Atha, Amanda Hammonds, Rachel Hall, Randy Fitzgerald, Robert (Weiner) and Dylan Gilbert and Christina Loucks.

  • Fall has finally arrived along with the World Equestrian Games extravaganza, the University of Kentucky’s umpteenth loss to Florida and our theater season.

  • The weather was just about as good as it can get last week, pleasant mild days and cool nights, great for golf, mowing and sleeping.

    Bruce and Fay cut hay all week. They did Wanda’s field and then mowed our field across the road and the ones on this side too. I don’t think he got three rolls out of the whole lot of them. It has been so hot and dry here most of July and August that the second cutting just hasn’t grown much. It does look nice and neat now though.

  • Linda Smith said everyone has something nice to say about Owen County – and that’s exactly why she decided to bring her consignment shop from Warsaw to Owenton.

    YOUniquely-U recently opened on the corner of West Seminary and Main streets; and Smith said with a new location and more room, she hopes her business will soon take off with Owen countians.

  • For Humberto and Amber Moran, opening a business in Owen County means staying close to family – including their church family at Beechwood Assembly of God.


    Humberto, also known as Chino, and Amber have been living in Owen County for three years. He was doing construction work on power plants, but to continue the job he would have had to move to Alabama.


    “We just didn’t want to leave our church family. They’ve been great for us,” Amber said.


  • The descendants of the Rev. Silas Alexander Hudson (1819-1907) will meet Sept. 5 for the 79th consecutive year. The Hudson-Jones Reunion will convene at 1 p.m. for a potluck lunch at the old New Columbus Schoolhouse, now the private residence of Bill and Faye Prewitt, at 16065 New Columbus Road/KY Rt. 607.

    Family memories and genealogy will be shared, and organizers are hopeful that representatives from each of Hudson’s nine descending families will attend. All descendants, and others interested in the history of the Hudson family, are invited.

  • This coming Sept. 11 will mark a day of remembrance across the country.

    But a special event in Owen County will mark and honor a treasured part of Owen County’s agricultural history.

    A special tractor parade will wind its way across Owen County starting at 10 am. Sept. 11.

    Johnny Stewart, who is organizing the parade, said he hosted a tractor show in May as a fund-raiser for Relay for Life and the success of that event sparked the idea for the parade.

  • As you are all well aware of by now, the 127 yard sales were off and running this past weekend.

    I ended up stopping at a few on my way in on Friday. My first stop was at Colleen’s house. There I saw several familiar faces, some of which I hadn’t seen in quite awhile, including Linda Alexander.

  • The Owen Electric Cooperative is getting “smart.”

    The cooperative is receiving over $1.5 million in matching funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act from the U.S. Department of Energy.

    With help from the cooperative research network and 19 other cooperatives, the funds will be used to evaluate the benefits of “smart” technologies for consumer members.

  • July 27, 2010

    James D. Baynum, 1960, theft of services, continued to Aug. 10.

    Jennifer A. Bishop, 1974, show cause deferred, $130 costs.

    Jessica N. Boyce, 1979, owes $295, continued to Aug. 10.

    Richard William Buchanan, 1969, show cause deferred, bench warrant set for $700.

    Ashley M. Darrell, 1991, first-degree complicity criminal mischief, two counts of second-degree complicity burglary, jury trial set for Sept. 23.

    Linda Mae Diaz-Sturgeon, 1962, dismissed/diverted.

  • Class One, Stick Horse Class: Miss Minnie, ridden/owned by Morgan Shipp of Dry Ridge; Buddy Chocolate Bliss, ridden/owned by Audrey Roberts of Worthville; Bumpy, ridden/owned by Malaki Mefford of Owenton; Slim Pickens, ridden/owned by Judah Mefford of Owenton; Chatter Box, ridden/owned by Conner Blackburn; Woody, ridden/owned by Chasen Mills; Midnight Star ridden by Clayton Clifton and owned by Bob Clifton; Smoke, ridden by Cayden Clifton, owned by Bobby Clifton.

    All eight entries were blue ribbon winners.

  • 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: