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Today's Features

  • BY ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

    A little boy opened his lunchbox and, peeking inside, saw a peanut butter and dill pickle sandwich smeared with mayonnaise and ketchup.

    “Oh, another of these crazy sandwiches,” he sighed as he pulled it out and took a big bite.

    The next day, the little boy opened his lunch box and exclaimed: “Won’t you look at this, another one of those peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches smeared with mayonnaise and ketchup.”

  • On Dec. 8, 2014, no one got eaten alive on the Discovery Channel’s “Eaten Alive” – and some viewers who tuned in to see carnage were outraged.

    On May 6 of the same year, actress Shailene Woodley outraged feminists by announcing that she’s not a feminist, and on Aug. 28, Hello Kitty fans were outraged when the Sanrio company said Hello Kitty “is not a cat.”

  • Cedar Hill Baptist Church

    We were greatly blessed today as Ben Allen shared God’s Word with us. Using scriptures from Mark and John, he challenged us to answer the question “What do our lives say Christianity is?” We too often fall into the trap of sharing our religion instead of Christ. Sometimes we know all the “churchy answers” but we don’t truly know Christ. It was great to have Helen Allen and Mary Cobb and her family back worshipping with us today.

  • By JOAN GODERWIS AND KATHLEEN MARTIN
    Leadership Owen County

    Owen County Leadership spent a great day in early June discovering some of the many privately owned businesses here in our county. In this day and age of big box stores and chain franchises, it’s really nice to see successful, home-owned businesses thriving like the good ol’ days.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    This year the hydrangea display is proving to be spectacular. It’s the big-leafed, or French hydrangea, which elicits the most attention because of the volume and size of the blooms. Hydrangea macrophylla got its common moniker because they were predominately cultivated in France starting in the early 20th century. Hydrangea macrophylla prefer cool, moist and shady conditions and the temperate climate in France proved favorable to the native Japanese species that was brought to the West.

  • BY STEVE MUSEN
    Owen County Extension Agent for Agriculute and Natural Resources

    Summer months are the harvest season for blueberries and blackberries, both of which have the potential to grow very well in Kentucky. Harvest time for blueberries, which are native to North America, is from early June through early August. Blackberry harvest is from mid-June to early October. These delicious fruits offer several health benefits, and they capture the essence of summer in their sweetness.

  • In the 1900s it was a common sight in most backyards. During the summer it gleefully skipped through the air, wrapping its ends around sturdy trees or poles secured in the ground.

    Clothespins provided a solid anchor on its expanse, and for many years the lowly clothesline seemed to bask in the attention of the American family.

    A long, forked wooden pole propped in the middle of the line would lift the laundered clothes to just the right height for youngsters to duck under as they galloped about in their pretend world.

  • I didn’t write last week. I just didn’t feel good. It wasn’t anything physical, I just felt like a big, wet balloon was hanging over my head and I couldn’t breathe. There were no productive juices in my brain. I am back now and have two weeks of Wanda’s news, so I’d better get to it.

  • BY ROGER ALFORD

    I heard this week about the fellow who went to the doctor and found out he had a very contagious disease. The doctor told him he was going to have to be quarantined and put on a bologna and see diet.

    “I understand being quarantined,” the fellow said. “But how is a bologna and cheese diet supposed to help me?”

    “It’s not that bologna and cheese will help you,” the doctor said. “That’s just the only food that will fit under the door.”

  • Ten years ago I wrote: “My friend Mike ate breakfast last week, which is nothing short of a miracle.

    “He doesn’t shake anymore or wake up in the middle of the night sweating. The little green monkeys that haunt him are gone too.”

    This week, my friend Mike is celebrating 10 years being sober. Not just sober, but healed and forgiven, whole and hopeful. He’s tasted the mercy of God, felt his hand of grace that pulled him from the abyss.