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Today's Features

  • Zachary and Elizabeth Smoot of Owenton are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail Grace Smoot. She was born June 11 at Frankfort Regional Hospital, weighing 5 lbs. and 11 oz. and was 18 1/2 inches long.  Her grandparents are Jesse Smoot of Owenton and Summer Bruce of Owenton and Steven and Lucinda Wright of Frankfort.

  • When you have nothing to say, you can always talk about the weather.
    This past week has spawned a lot of conversation.
    We set a new record on the Branch this week for a low in July. It was 52 degrees when I got up at 8 a.m. Thursday. I had already closed all the windows and doors against the cold weather on Wednesday. We didn’t need the A/C at the Smith House when we played bridge on Tuesday afternoon.
    Last week seemed like the end of September. The weatherman said the temperature would rise and we would have sun on Friday—NOT.

  • It’s cloudy and cool this morning. We had about 1.2 inches of rain yesterday and last night. We really needed it.
    Wanda and Fay said their gardens were beginning to wilt. Wanda, Ray, Joyce and Barbara were all picking and canning last week. Fay and Bruce got the last of the summer hay cut and baled. Now they must run the fences and see that there are none down so the cows can stray. There is always something to be done on a farm.

  • This past week had been the poster child for the Kentucky Bureau of Tourism. It’s been just about as good as it gets.
    John and I (mostly John) got the bridge to the garden lot repaired and back in working order. I got across the creek and got it mowed, then went over the main yard.
    Bro. Croft, owner of the “Dog House” came up from Whitley County and did some more work on his place and mowed.

  • The little girl’s eyes danced at the sight of the bright red dress. No princess could have been more pleased nor could she have dressed more elegantly than in that scarlet wonder. As the light gently skipped over the soft folds of the dress, it captured the little girl’s heart; and she was delighted with this special gift from her grandparents.

  • After all the birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and graduations last month, I am out of news.
    I can’t believe June is over and we are going into the Fourth of July weekend. I have spent too much time in the basement. I have missed half the year. We got two nice rains this past week. I got all the yard and garden lot mowed before that happened so I have little to do this week.
     Tomorrow is bridge and I will come to Owenton to do errands and see Dr. Clements about a chipped tooth.

  • I went to David’s funeral on Tuesday last - June 10. The weather cooperated and they were able to have it in Joyce’s backyard. It was very appropriate because that was where the New-True Clan had gathered for many years on lazy Sunday afternoon’s to eat, play, relax and be with family.
    It is a beautiful setting on the creek with large trees to set under and acres of grass to play any game that meets your fancy.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ratliff of Lancaster and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Powers, Jr. of Versailles and formerly of Owenton, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children Raeanne Ratliff and Stephen Michael Powers. 
    Raeanne is a graduate of Garrard County High School and the University of Kentucky with a bachelor of arts in mathematics secondary education and an associate degree in science from Bluegrass Community and Technical College.  She is employed by Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington.

  • It’s overcast, mild and the birds are having lengthy conversations with each other around the screened in porch. I have just turned off the TV and am in writing mode.
    All the pieces have fallen into place and the basement is finished.
    Teri came last Wednesday and helped me hang pictures and rearrange the back wall and do some more cleaning. That only left the cleaning of the tables and furniture down there which I could do alone.

  • When schools closed that bad winter, a young boy spent his days in the stripping room on the farm.
    Amid the pungent odor of tobacco, the lad listened to his granddad’s stories.
    Those narratives, along with a love of farming, created an intense yearning in the young man; and he followed a life-long dream which included his supportive wife, his family and his beloved Southdown sheep. 
    Kentucky has embraced the Forsee family for eight generations.  Owen countian Brian Forsee, who is a seventh generation Forsee, was the special guest speaker at the historical society meeting last week.