• 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

  • Owen countians can now receive prescription-discount cards, which are available at the Owen County Judge-executive’s office.

    Free prescription discount cards are made available through the Kentucky Association of Counties and National Association of Counties.

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the cards are available to anyone.

    “You can save a lot of money by using the card,” Keith said. “Anyone can use it and they don’t check your financial situation.”

  • It’s been quite awhile since I’ve submitted anything. A lot has happened since my last submission.

    As many of you already know by now, our family suffered another loss. On Christmas Day, we lost a very special member of our family. Vicki Atha will forever be in our hearts and will truly be missed by not only her family but by her community as well.

  • Nobody can talk about anything but the cold weather. We had at least 5 inches of snow over a three-day period. Luckily John and I hauled two loads of wood to the lower porch before all this started, so I was ready.

  • Owen County’s 6-year-old Donnie Holleran has been racing go-karts since he was 4, and he is already receiving attention for his talent.

    Donnie, who is the son of Don and Adella Holleran, decided he wanted to race while watching the Daytona 500 on television with his dad.

  • The end of the year is usually the time we celebrate and give thanks. It is also time for producers and landowners to consider planning for the next growing season.

    Each fiscal year, the Natural Resources Conservation Service sets dates for program application ranking. Although dates may vary from one program to another, landowners may sign-up at any time for all conservation programs.

  • Calling the new book offered by the Owen County Extension Service a cookbook wouldn’t be telling half the story.

    Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science Judy Hetterman said the new book, “Living Well: More Than a Cookbook,” offers much more than traditional cookbooks including nutritional information, etiquette tips, financial pointers and plenty of helpful information about running a successful home.

  • Jacob Nicholas Rider of Owenton, a student at Owen County High School, was one of 96 young people preaching at the first annual Festival of Young Preachers in Louisville Dec. 7-9.

    The Festival of Young Preachers offers young preachers from all denominations an opportunity to preach for their family, friends, other young preachers, and seasoned evaluators. The event is hosted by The Academy of Preachers, a fresh initiative underwritten by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment.