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Today's Features

  • The smooth wood of the newly constructed structure stood forlornly beneath the trees near the church. Its surface displayed  no evidence of use. No worn away areas suggested years of diligent watch over those under its care.
    But the hitching post erected at Long Ridge Baptist Church several weeks ago served as a reminder to many Owen countians of years ago when horses throughout the county spent their Sunday mornings in front of community churches.

  • It was 38 degrees again this morning when I got up. I didn’t see any signs of frost but Fay said they had frost yesterday morning. She was out putting water on her green bean plants that were above ground to keep the frost from blighting them. As I was coming home from Frankfort on Friday, I saw plowed ground for the first time this season. It’s nearly the first of June and I haven’t seen a tobacco plant in the ground. Its been a very strange spring.

  • Bob and Betty Lou Gullion Skirvin of Sparta were married May 23, 1964 in Carrollton. They have three children, Sonja Hopkins of Sparta, Jeff Tackett of Warsaw and Tammy Trimble of Sparta. They also have six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
    L.J. and Mary Ellen Stewart Skirvin of Sparta were married Feb. 15, 1964 in Poplar Grove. They have two children, Steve Skirvin of Sparta and Jay Skirvin of Glencoe. They also have four grandchildren.
    The couples celebrated May 4 with a dinner held by their family at Jonesville.

  • Last week was a busy one for everybody on the Branch.
    I had bridge on Tuesday.
    Teri came on Wednesday with her laundry and Catlin in tow. As her laundry washed, she helped me with the basement. She got a long stretch of tile cleaned and we were able to start setting furniture back in place. I cleaned a window and got the curtains hung.
    It’s beginning to look like someone actually lives there again.
    Jennifer returned to Kentucky on Saturday. She had been in San Diego, California for a week at a work seminar.

  • John and Heather Tuggle are proud to announce the birth of their baby girl, Sadie Mae Tuggle.  Sadie Mae was born at 10:13 a.m., March 9, 2014. She weighed 6 lbs. and 6.4 oz. and was 19 inches long. Her maternal grandparents are Randy and Karen Collins of Dry Ridge. Her paternal grandparents are Wendell and Peggy Tuggle of New Liberty.  Her maternal great-grandmother is Fern Whiteker of Falmouth; and her paternal great-grandmother is Edith Gabbard of Glencoe.

  • Sorry about last week folks. I’d been working in the basement all that week and was trying to finish on Saturday. I painted the basement wall and then went out and mowed the big yard.
    I woke up on Sunday with a very stiff neck. I did manage to get to church and back but just sat all day with my eyes facing forward and taking pain pills all day.
    It was no better on Monday morning and all the pain meds made me feel “blah.”
    My brain just wasn’t working so I emailed Molly and said “no column this week.”

  • Edward and Pamela Seale of Owenton are proud to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter Kaycee Joy Seale to Michael Scott Kincaid, the son of Terry and Joan Kincaid of Owenton. The wedding will be held May 31, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. at Harmony Baptist.

  • Ronnie and Laura Gambrell of Owenton announce the birth of their son, Tucker Taylor Gambrell.
    Tucker arrived at 1:18 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Frankfort Regional Medical Center. He weighed 7 lbs., 7 oz. and measured 20 inches in length. His maternal grandparents are Thomas and Anna Dews and his paternal grandparents are Rondal and Debra Gambrell. His great-grandparents include Frank and Wanda House and Herbert and Georgia Gambrell.

  • I love the story about the homesick son who wanted to buy his mom the perfect gift. He searched through every store but nothing struck a chord until he walked into a pet shop and found a parrot that spoke five languages. He immediately paid big bucks for the bird and shipped it home to his mother. A few days later he called and asked her how she liked the parrot. His mom responded, “It was delicious.”
    The son was sad that his mom had eaten a bird that spoke all those languages. Her response: “Well, why didn’t it say something?”

  • Engravings snaking their way around the aged powder horn reflected the soft lights of the room; and their story embraced over 200 years of American history.
    The horn belonged to Jacob Hesler of Heslerville, the first county seat in Owen County.
    Traveling to the territory of Texas with Jacob’s descendants, it was eventually  purchased by broker of fine Americana, Kentuckian Mel Hankla.