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  • First Nine Weeks

    Fourth grade super honor roll

    Destiny Bruce, Grant Cobb, Blake Duncan, Isaiah Gibson, Lindsay Gill, Nash Glacken, Walker Hartman, Reagan Hearn, Taylor Hoffman, Joshua Juarez, Grant McMillen, Rachel Miller, Haileigh Noll, Trace Ogden, Katie Patterson, Breanna Schadler, Madelin Shelton, Sydni Toole

    Fourth grade honor roll

  • On Oct. 1, the Owen County 4-H Program held its annual achievement banquet.

    The goal of the annual banquet is to recognize and acknowledge the local 4-Her’s for the involvement, participation, and accomplishments they have received over the course of the club year. This year, the following Owen County 4-H members were recognized:

  • Owen County resident Melissa Petreshock had always dreamed of writing a novel. Now that her dream has finally come true, others in the county are taking notice.

    Petreshock will be at the Owen County Public Library from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29 for a book signing of her debut novel, “Awakening of a Guardian.”

    Petreshock said her novel was self-published Aug. 27.

    The young-adult novel revolves around a teenage girl named Elyssia Masters.

  • Yes, Rockdale is still around even if you haven’t heard from us for awhile.

    Ms. Naomi Gaines celebrated her birthday Oct. 13. She is the oldest living member of Caney Fork, so we acknowledged her at our Homecoming Sunday. We even sang to her.

    The Carr family (Sunni, Bethany, and Seth) have purchased a home in Frankfort to be close to work and school. However, she will be with us a lot since she is keeping the farm. Also, she is Caney’s new WMU director.

    Dan Shepherd is still on leave from work due to his shoulder surgery.

  • Sheila Wilson, a valedictorian and 2007 graduate of Owen County High School, was recently honored to be on Murray State University’s homecoming court as a 2009 homecoming queen candidate.

    Wilson was nominated by Murray State’s Agriculture Ambassadors.

  • The Hesler Assembly of God Church, along with several local businesses, came together Saturday to help bring hope to Owen County.

    The event – God Gives Hope to Owen County – was held at the high school and included a job fair, health screenings, blood mobile, kids and youth zone, inflatables, free groceries and free lunch.

    Several booths were set up including the University of Kentucky, Campbellsville University, a Hispanic outreach team and youth services from OCHS.

  • The Owen County Fair Board will hold its first annual fall truck and tractor pull fund-raiser Oct. 10.

    Fair board member Ashley Young said many people have requested a better carnival for the Owen County fair, which is held every July.

    “People want a bigger carnival and they want to see new things at the fair each year,” Young said. “There are a lot of people in the county that pull trucks and it’s a popular event around here, so it will be a good way to raise money for the fair.”

  • Leslie Robertson, assistant superintendent of Owen County schools, made a presentation at the Kentucky Association of School Councils’  Annual Conference Sept.22-23 at the downtown Louisville Marriott.

    Robertson presented a three-hour preconference session on formative assessment for KASC members only and then hosted a one-hour follow-up session during the conference to answer participants’ questions.

    Robertson shared practical approaches to assessing students that help classroom teachers determine instructional needs.

  • The crowning of the 2009 Owen County High School Football Homecoming Queen will be at 7 p.m. Friday before the Rebels’ game with East Jessamine. The senior candidates seated from left to right are Jensen Wainscott, Mary Kennedy, Lauren Lowe, Eko Kemper, Cori Eckart, and Emilie Davis. The attendants standing from left to right are freshman Hannah Neeley, sophomore Meredith Marston, and junior Danielle Hoop.

  • The Owen County Woman’s Club is a civic organization that emphasizes its dedication to empower the city and county.

    Some of its projects are: college scholarships, children’s fund, beautifying the Owenton signs, project graduation, and its annual home tour.

    The Woman’s Club will host its annual home tour from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 4.

    Tickets are $5 and may be purchased the day of the tour at the Owen County Public Library library or from a club member.

    The home of Ms. Betty Lusby, at 1650 Hwy. 127 N, will be on the home tour.

  • The Owen County High School Class of 1979 celebrated its 30-year reunion at beautiful Elk Creek Vineyards Aug. 22.

  • Volunteers will be out in force next week to “fall sweep” Owen County’s highways. The Transportation Cabinet announced the Adopt-a-Highway Fall Sweep Week will be held Sept. 20-26.

    “The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet appreciates the effort put forth by all Adopt-a-Highway groups in keeping our highways and communities beautiful and litter-free,” Transportation Secretary Joe Prather said.

  • As a sign of its commitment to supporting farming families in rural America, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America is honoring member families who have supported the national Farm Credit System for over half a century.

    Recognition in the Heritage Farm Program is open to current members of Farm Credit who have also been a member of the Farm Credit System for at least 50 consecutive years through their immediate family, parents or grandparents. Families who qualify are honored at an annual ceremony with a special plaque and heirloom hope chest.

  • Both sets of my grandparents lived most of their lives in Owen County. I will use the next few paragraphs to try and explain what they have meant to me.

    My dad’s parents – Joe and Annabel Lawrence – lived most of their lives in Monterey. My grandfather was a farmer and worked for a while at the cheese factory in Owenton. I only saw him get riled one time in all of the years that I knew him.

  • If you have ever had the privilege of attending a sporting event in Kentucky, chances are you found yourself surrounded by fans.

    In Kentucky, fans flock to sporting events ranging from the collegiate level to the local Little League and T-ball teams.

    Owen County fans are no different. 

    However, seldom do you see a large following of fans for a cheer competition.

  • Owen County resident Scott Ogden has been honored with the 2009 Support Staff of the Year award from the Southern States Corrections Association.

    Ogden is employed by the Kentucky Department of Corrections and works at Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington where he serves as farm manager.

    He was selected from candidates from 14 other states.  Ogden, his wife Rebecca, and their family traveled to New Orleans in July in order for him to receive the honor.  

  • Bill Watson, pastor of First Christian Church in Owenton and respected storyteller, will be sharing his tales of history with a statewide audience at the Kentucky State Fair.

    Although well-known for his portrayal of American Civil War solider “James,” Watson said this performance will focus on other stories of American history.

    Watson will perform Aug. 27-28 at 3 p.m. in the northern wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville as part of the Kentucky State Fair.

    The event is free and open to the public.

  • MBMS has a new squad and is facing new challenges.

    This year, the Bowling Middle School has taken 23 girls for their cheerleading squad. After receiving a grant and completing many fund-raisers, they headed to University of Kentucky for a cheer camp led by Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA). At camp, they learned many new cheers, stunts, and dance routines, along with learning how to be good leaders in both the school and community. Each night, they faced evaluations and were fortunate enough to receive a blue ribbon and spirit stick each night.

  • Twenty-five people attended the Bethany School reunion on July 11 at Noble’s Restaurant near Corinth. After the blessing of the food, delicious meals were enjoyed as proud grandparents shared exciting moments of their grandchildren.

    The next planned get-together will be at noon Nov. 20 at the Smith House Restaurant in Owenton.

    Six “get well” greetings were sent to some who usually attend the party.

  • Mary Kennedy from Owen County High School in Owenton was selected to attend the 2009 Congressional Academy, which is coordinated by the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, and funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

    The Congressional Academy for American History and Civics led current high school juniors in a careful study of the pivotal turning points in American history memorialized by the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, and the “I Have a Dream” speech.