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Today's Features

  • The big news and almost the only news on the Branch this week is the snow and cold, for once the “talking heads” got it right.

    They said there would be a blizzard of gigantic proportions and they were right. John played “fruit basket turnover” with all the vehicles so he could clean out his garage to put the tractor in it so when the snow did arrive he could dig himself out and get to Ann and me.

    We had the ability to get out, we just didn’t want to. The high Sunday morning was 11 degrees. At one point it read 7 degrees.

  • The three most important things you can do to protect livestock in cold weather are providing sufficient water, giving ample high-quality feed and offering weather protection. Cold stress reduces livestock productivity, including rate of gain, milk production and reproductive difficulty, and can cause disease problems.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    Up until recently our mild winter has seen little snow. Snow has an insulating effect which is particularly useful when we have frigid temperatures, otherwise it can be a joy to snow lovers and a nuisance to those who would rather be “snow birds.”

    Ground level snow will actually protect the roots and crowns of perennial and woody plants, but you may notice a little burn above the snow level when it comes to broadleaf evergreens.

  • BY ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

    I got such a kick out the story I heard the other day about two good ol’ boys who had arrived back home separately after an evening out.

    “Here’s your hat,” one friend said to the other. “You forgot it when you left that place.”

    The other replied: “That’s not my hat.”

    “Well,” said the friend, “no wonder that fellow put up such a fight.”

  • Since my friend Mike has been sober, he’s taken me to one of his AA meetings every so often.

    I don’t struggle with alcohol, but I have my own compulsions and obsessions.

    It’s my opinion that every one of us is addicted to something and that those somethings can and do change, sometimes daily.

  • Monterey Baptist Church

    The fifth Sunday of the month, Jan. 31, has been declared “Sweat Suit Sunday” by the pastor. Wear comfy clothes to church that morning!

    Fill the pews with shoes is a community wide activity to support the Family Resource Center and Youth Services Center. Bring new tennis shoes to church on Sunday, Jan. 31, so we can fill the pews with shoes. The minimum size for children is 5; ladies maximum size is 10; and men’s maximum size is 13. Only new tennis shoes will be accepted.

  • Early Owen County settlers called it “locust and pawpaw” land. Its rich loamy soil nourished a great number of locust and pawpaw trees and provided bumper crops of tobacco and produce.

    There was a time when Severn Creek Valley was home to mills, a school, a church and a number of households. By 1958 only a few families lived along the five-mile stretch from the mouth of Severn to where it crossed by Highway 35.

  • Cedar Hill Baptist Church

    We were greatly blessed Sunday as we celebrated graduation and completion of ARC.  It was great to have many of our ARC participants with us.  Following service we had a time of fellowship for them. Bro. Bill’s message was from John 13:1-5 entitled “Love Wears an Apron.” 

    Join us at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) for prayer meeting. Prayer is the first and most important thing we can do for ourselves and others. We need to always seek God’s will through prayer.

  • On my last birthday I turned 61.

    I thought by this age I’d get the hang of the whole sainthood thing, at least the Protestant definition of a saint as simply being a follower of Jesus, although that somehow doesn’t seem to be enough. Shouldn’t there be more to it than that? Hitting a benchmark of obedience? Praying without ceasing? Saying no to temptation eight out of 10 times, or at least two out of 10?

    If so, then I’m a poor excuse for a “saint.”

  • BY ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

    There’s the story of the husband who was always telling his wife she should never leave her car keys in the ignition, that that’s a sure way of having a vehicle stolen.

    So, one day after an especially tiring shift at work, she walked out into the parking lot, and, sure enough, her car wasn’t there. Her heart sank. Her first move was to dial 911 to let police know it had been stolen.