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Today's Features

  • A family of country bumpkins went to the city for the first time for a vacation.

    The man of the family and his son stood in the hotel lobby looking at an elevator. They’d never seen one before, and they were wondering what it was.

    That’s when a rather large and unattractive woman walked up to that elevator and pushed the button.

    The father and son watched her step inside and watched as the doors closed behind her.

    A minute or so later, they heard a ding. The elevator doors opened and beautiful young lady walked out.

  • Years ago when I did a lot of conference and retreat speaking, I was invited to speak at the annual Episcopal women’s diocesan meeting at the cathedral in downtown Orlando.

    A local Episcopalian woman who had suggested my name offered to take care of all the details for me. All I had to do was show up, which is what I do best.

  • Monterey Baptist Church

    What a glorious weekend as we celebrated the death and resurrection of our Lord. We were blessed to have the Rock Stars sing during the service.

    The men’s fellowship will be at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 2.

    There will be a church workday beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 16. Lunch will be on your own.

    Rock Stars will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Bible study will also be at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. There is also a Bible study for the youth led by Shanna Osborne.

  • The constant movement of horses, wagons and immigrants, making their way across the Appalachian mountain chain into the wilderness of Kentucky, created visible paths from  previously indiscernible buffalo trails. However, it would take over 50 or more years before the mucky, muddy roads in Owen County became more navigable . Even then, Owen’s outlying communities found themselves quite isolated during the spring rains.

  • I’ve heard it said that a man’s worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he like.

    If I could do whatever I like, I’d eat several massive cinnamon rolls every morning for breakfast, spend the day on my couch watching reruns of “Gilmore Girls,” punch a few people I know in the nose, never pay my taxes or dust my house.

    That’s just off the top of my head.

    Most of us think freedom is doing anything we want, making our own rules, not submitting to any type of authority – if it feels good, do it.

  • By ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

    A travel agent looked up from his desk to see an elderly lady peering through his office window at posters advertising exotic vacation getaways. Behind the lady was an equally elderly gentleman.

    The agent, in a fit of generosity, invited the two inside and announced that he would send them both on a fabulous, all-expenses-paid vacation to Hawaii.

    He told his secretary to get them airline tickets and to book them in a five-star hotel.

  • Lighthouse Church

    We will be having our Easter celebration service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 27. There will be an Easter egg hunt following the service.

    Monterey Baptist Church

    Rock Stars will meet at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday). Bible study will also be at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

    The youth meet at 5 p.m. on Sundays.

    We will have a Good Friday service at 7 p.m., Friday, March 25.

  • “Without him tyrants and humbugs in all countries would have their own way. Of all inventions, of all discoveries in science and art, of all the great results in the wonderful progress of mechanical energy and skill, the printer is the only product of civilization necessary to the existence of free men.” (Charles Dickens, circa 1850)

    Tom Strassell of Poplar Grove has spent a lifetime amid the magic of historic printing, and at the historical society meeting last week he took the audience on an enlightening journey into Kentucky’s past.

  • BY ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

    My friend Ricky Jacobs told me a funny tale about the fellow who absolutely despised his wife’s cat and decided to get rid of it by driving down the road a couple miles and dropping it off.

    As that man pulled back into his driveway, he saw the cat sitting on the porch waiting for him.

    The next day, he drove the cat farther away, put it out, and headed home. Again, to his surprise, the cat was sitting on the porch waiting for him.

  • Years ago, I attended a seminar at my church where the speaker, a pastor from a church in San Francisco, quite possibly the coolest city on earth, talked about the “counterintuitive way of doing church.”

    He challenged us to make church a place where those outside the faith could feel welcome as they worked out their process.

    Church, he said, should be a place that encourages questions, gives space for doubt and doesn’t demand that people make on-the-spot faith decisions. Church should be a safe place where people can try faith on, test it out.