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  • Dr. Henry Shirmer Riley was born and grew up in the Wheatley community. A retired family physician from Madison, Ind., he now resides in Hanover, Ind.

    James L. Pirtle of Milton, is a professional photographer, an Indiana State University graduate, and a gentleman farmer.

  • This weather we’ve been having lately has been awesome, like no other November I can ever remember. It’s been so warm that Lee didn’t even go hunting this past weekend. With his dad being down, I suppose he just wasn’t in the mood to go alone. That’s something they always did together. Some may remember that I ended my last column talking about Ralph being in the hospital. He got to come home briefly only to be taken back Thursday morning. Seems he had a little more wrong with him then they had originally thought. This time they sent him to St.

  • It had been in the planning for months. The idea was to bring together as many people as possible who attended New Liberty School whether they graduated or not.

    On Oct. 18 at The Pines restaurant in Madison, Ind., former students gathered to celebrate and reminisce about the school that served the New Liberty area from 1908 to 1951.

    Four people spearheaded the efforts to make the reunion possible. Mary Lou Williams Hall (1951), Schirmer Riley (1946), Virginia Thompson Williams (1941) and Nancy Williams Perkins spent hours preparing for the big night.

  • Ninth Grade Super Honor Roll

    Megan Decandia, William Dempsey, Mariah Derringer, Lynsey Farrar, Madison Gamble, Keegan Johnson, Olivia Karsner, Felicia Neal, River Riddle, Justin Shelton, Julie Spaulding, Stephen Stanley, Katelyn Sutherland, James Thompson, Tyler True, Courtney Waldrop, McKenna Webster, Mark Wright

    Ninth Grade Honor Roll

  • Making Memories was a program presented at the library Oct. 26.

  •  First Nine Weeks

    Sixth grade super honor roll

    Victoria Cammack, Garrett Cobb, Makenzie Davis, Nicole Jacobs, Baylee Keeton, Heather Mertz, Kirsten Parker, James Washer, Megan Wilhoite, Micaela Wilhoite

    Sixth grade honor roll

  • I hope everybody had a happy Halloween. That holiday kind of passed us by. There aren’t many children on the Branch now.

  • 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.