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Today's Features

  • BY DEBBIE JAMES

  • The organization of thriving communities is characterized by the mobilization of its volunteers. For the past 100 years, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service has been successful in recruiting, developing and retaining high quality volunteers of all ages.

  • Although technology contributed much to the advancements of the 1940s-1960s, it also changed the fabric of rural America.
    In the wake of progress, small Owen County communities were forever transformed.
    Gratz is nestled amidst the hills of Owen County and is poised along a stretch of the Kentucky River.

  • The old adage, “April showers bring May flowers” seems to be working. I was lamenting the fact that my forsythia didn’t bloom this year. It seems it always gets colder in this valley.
    The trees hadn’t leaved out and it was raining almost every day. Teri came on Thursday to help me clean the basement and set up for the card party, Hand and Foot, on Friday. The sun came out and we had a very nice day.

  • It traveled  with immigrants from England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and France. Pioneers who journeyed across the mountains added their own unique movements, and  by the end of the 1800s it had a distinct American flavor.
    Gaining popularity in Appalachia it traveled throughout Kentucky; and today it is making a comeback as American feet are reintroduced to their toe-tapping, feet-stomping roots.

  • This has been one heck of a week.
    Well, it started normally. I went to Frankfort on Wednesday to play dominoes and run my errands.
    Wednesday evening I got a call from my cousin saying her daughter and friend were bringing her to the celebration of my oldest cousin’s 85th birthday and they were staying at my house on Friday. Melony isn’t always too sure of dates so I told her that wasn’t till next week, but they are still driving down from Savoy, Ill to stay here and go to Mt. Olivet from here on Saturday.

  • The floor was dirt, packed tightly with the clay-laced soil of Owen County.
    The one room cabin erected above the floor was constructed of logs, notched and joined together with wooden pegs. Long wooden benches filled the large room and guaranteed to be so uncomfortable that even the drowsiest parishoner would find it difficult to doze off during the sermon.
    The Beech Grove Baptist Chruch, built in 1852, sat in the midst of a cemetery and it served the community not only as a church but also as a schoolhouse.

  • Mark and Sheri Rukavina are proud to announce the birth of their son, Luke Timothy Greene Rukavina.
    Luke was born at 4:01 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Baptist East Hospital. He weighed 8 lbs., 11 oz. and was 22 inches long.
    Luke’s maternal grandparents are Richard and Vicki Greene of Owenton. His paternal grandparents are Mark and Linda Rukavina of Lexington.
    His great-grandparents are Martha Rukavina, Ann Greene and Nick and Alene Scallon.

  • Amryn Rose Cochran was born Jan. 19, 2015 to Cameron and Charissa Cochran in Missoula, Montana.
    Amryn weighed 6 lbs.,  12 oz. and was 19 inches long.
    Amryn is the great-granddaughter of Lee Cochran and the granddaughter of Mick and Shelly Cochran.

  • It’s snowing lightly and a slight breeze is blowing down the valley this morning. It’s 22-degrees on my thermometer. Fay said it was 26 at her house. It’s always a bit colder in this valley.
    Fay was telling me about more wrecks at the bridge that happened last week. It must have been Thursday because I went to Frankfort on Wednesday morning and there was no signs of them. It seems  a van with a lady driving hit some black ice and slid off the road into the creek at the end of the bridge.