Today's Features

  • Savannah Lee Walker, daughter of Timothy Lee Walker and Cindy Bruce Walker of Owenton, will be united in marriage to Alec Keith White, the son of Jeff White, of Newburg, Ind. and Tomsie White, of Georgetown, at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at the Carter House in Frankfort.
    The bride is a 2008 graduate of Owen County High School and a 2010 and 2012 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. She is a pretrial officer for the state Administrative Office of the Courts.

  • The U.S. 127 Yard Sale is this week.
    As I was going to church Sunday, I saw that Billy Ballenger had his flat-bed trailer out and already loaded up with his offerings for this week.
    The signs were out at Joyce’s house advertising space for people to set up. The New-True Clan is organized and ready for the influx of visitors. Charles will be making the burgoo that David always made in years past. Fay said they were undecided on whether they would make the trip down 127 this year.

  • Going to kindergarten this fall?  Well, we have the program for you!  Kindergarten 123 will meet 3 times in July with activities and ideas for parents and children getting ready for this next big step in their lives.  The activities are focused on preparing children to be successful in the classroom.  Come join in the fun on Thursday evenings!!    Our Christmas in July series continues for those of you who want to get an early start on making things for the Holiday season.  Join De every Wednesday in July for fun and easy Christmas crafts.

  • Sorry about last week. My Computer lost Internet service sometime over the weekend and was offline till Wednesday.
    I thought Harley had chewed the line but it must have been the electric storm we had, because the men who came to repair it did it from inside on the computer. They were here and gone in less than an hour. Even if the computer was functioning I couldn’t have typed the column.

  • For thousands of years the Kentucky river has sung its ancient song in whispers, gurgles, and at time in furious tirades. It makes a wide sweeping bend at Gratz; and according to the “Owen County 1883 Atlas,” the river collected the waters from two creeks on either side of the town. The names assigned these tributaries were “Clay Lick Creek” and “Lowdenback or Hogs Thief Branch.”

  • They roamed the hills of early Kentucky in great numbers and sightings of their sinewy forms on nightly forays in Owen County have been recorded  throughout the years.
    Their eerie midnight screams have sent goose bumps scrambling along the arms of even the most brave and family stories of confrontations between man and these fierce predators have been passed down through generations.

  • 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.