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Today's Features

  • They came on horseback, by wagons laden with worldly possessions, or on foot, driving a bony family cow over twisted trails.
    For many, the long wilderness trek from Virginia and the Carolinas ended among the rolling hills and winding creeks of what is today Owen County, Kentucky. 

  • The wedding of Bryan Burton and Basha Baczyk will be celebrated with a special wedding shower July 13, 2013 at noon to 3 p.m. at the Owen County Extension Building. All friends and family are invited to attend and share this special time.

  • I am typing to the sound of rain falling outside. We actually needed it this weekend. The farmers have managed to get their hay cut and rolled and from the looks of the hillsides I pass on the way to Owenton or Frankfort, it is plentiful this year.
    Gardens are being harvested.
    Fay, Lou Ann, Jean O’Banion and Jenny Banks are all canning beans and putting up corn.
    Wanda said she got some corn in the freezer this week too. She was nice enough to bring me a few ears. She and Fay are very good neighbors.

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    July? 

    I awoke to July this morning and had hardly had time to get used to June. It seems like I have spent the last two months on the lawn mower. I got the very last bit of mowing done on Saturday, but it wasn’t easy. 

  • Clad in buckskins breeches, a tomahawk belted at his waist, the slim young boy evoked a classic image of a frontier Kentuckian.

  • The descendants of Joan (Jim) Glass recently increased by two.
    On June 17, 2013, daughter Meghan gave birth to Austin James Bray. He weighed 3 pounds and 8 ounces and is doing well.
    On Friday, June 21, Robin’s daughter Erica gave birth to her second child Acacia LeVaugh Howard. She weighed 7 pounds and eight ounces.
     

  • The glass light fixture on the ceiling in the foyer presented a challenge for the little boy.
    No matter how high he jumped, his fingertips couldn’t quite reach its smooth surface.
    It wasn’t until the lad’s family had moved away and then returned to live in the white house on Main Street that the youngster, who had grown a bit, could accomplish this feat.

    This Owen county memory was shared by Gene Rose who lived in the Hartsough home in his youth.

  • It’s cool at the moment, but our all-knowing weatherman says it will be hot by afternoon, so I must get this written and get what “work” I do out of the way before that happens.
    Right now, it is very quiet on the Branch. The big trucks haven’t started rolling by, nor are the dogs barking at the tow does that have taken up residence under the apple trees, waiting for the apples to drop.
    My June apple trees are full of apples that get ripe the beginning of July. I’ve never been sure why they call them June apples.

  • It all began in Kentucky.
    Rowan County lies amid steep hills, and its hollows are nestled deep within their folds. In 1911, before electricity came to shed light on the area,  the night was navigable only when the moon was visible.
     It was in the Rowan community of Farmers that a young woman’s dream was fulfilled as she concentrated her efforts in fighting adult illiteracy.