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Today's Features

  • by Steve Musen

    During the winter months, home orchard owners need to protect their fruit trees from rabbits and voles. But hold off on any pruning until after the worst of the cold, winter weather has passed.

    Rabbits and voles injure fruit trees by chewing the bark from the lower trunk and portions of the roots. This damage may kill or severely weaken the trees.

  • by Jeneen Wiche 

    Cut flowers are undoubtedly the most popular manifestation of showing your love for someone on Valentine’s Day but potted flowering plants can do the trick, too. Perhaps the potted bloom has the potential to remind your lover that the sentiment lasts all year, but what does it mean if you can’t get it to bloom again? Is your love doomed? Of course not, but here are some tips just in case.

  • It galloped across Kentucky, leaving devastation in its wake, but its destructive power also affected the lives of almost every American.  Many were at a loss as to how to fight this deadly enemy, and before it vanished the following year, 675,000 Americans had succumbed to its attack.

  • Jon and Abby Gray of Georgetown announce the birth of their daughter, Hattie James Gray. Hattie was born Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. She weighed 8 lbs. and 2 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. Hattie was welcomed home by her big brother, Hudson Cruz, age 3.

    Maternal grandparents are Sherry and David Lyons of Owenton and Danny Cobb of Owenton. Paternal grandparents are Arkus and Janice Gray of Manchester, Ky.

  • This will be a short column. Nobody on the Branch did anything of note, except have birthdays. I wonder why so many people are born in late January and February? 

  • by Roger Alford

    There’s the story about an explorer in the Congo who walked into a clearing and found a Pygmy standing beside the carcass of a monstrous crocodile.

    “Did you kill that?” he asked.

    “Yes,” the Pygmy answered. “I killed it with my club.”

    “That’s incredible,” the explorer said. “How big is your club?”

  •  Awhile back, I went to a 12-step meeting with a friend.

    I like to do that occasionally because the things they believe are applicable to anybody, even those who aren’t addicted to any particular substance.

    The first step says, “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.”

  •  Mt. Pleasant Baptist 

  • Jan. 25, 2017

     

    Cattle Receipts: 717

    Jan. 18: 423

    Last year: 726

     

    Compared to last week: Feeder steers and heifers sold steady-firm, slaughter cows steady, bulls $2-$4 higher.

     

    Feeders: 673

    Slaughter: 66

  • by Steve Musen

    Soon you’ll be receiving seed catalogs for the 2017 vegetable-growing season. While listening to the cold wind blow outside, what a comfort it is to think about spring and summer and planning your garden.

    To make the most of your garden, every aspiring gardener should follow seven steps to have a successful gardening season.

    1. Plan your garden on paper before you begin.