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    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.

  • 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.