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Today's Features

  • It has been said that volunteer firefighters are unpaid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.

    Up until the 1800s, fighting fires was done by volunteers, and fire equipment was rudimentary.

    In colonial towns, fire buckets had the owners name painted on them, and laws required town residents to purchase their own buckets and keep them repaired.

  •  Well, It’s all over but the rain. Wanda said the Halls had moved into their new home. Randell told her it hadn’t been easy because of all the rain and mud, getting the foundation ready, but he managed and they made it by Christmas. I am sure they are happy to be out of the small camper they had been living in. Landscaping will have to wait till spring. 

  • ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

     Fifteen minutes into a flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles, the captain announced, “Ladies and gentlemen, one of our engines has failed. There is nothing to worry about. Our flight will take a half hour longer than scheduled, but we still have three engines left.”

  • Editor’s note: Nancy Kennedy is taking a break for the holidays. This column first ran in 2011.

    I have been blessed with a terrible memory.

    It’s a blessing because I don’t remember things that haunt other people with better memories. I can’t remember most of the fights I’ve had with my husband or kids, or hurtful things people have said or done.

  • Elk Lick Baptist Church

    The sermon for the fourth Sunday of Advent was titled “For God So Loved Us.” Bonnie Glass and Hannah Adams lit the candle of hope and expectation. Ashley and Sarah Young lit the candle of joy. The Perkins family lit the candle of love. Jesus gives us hope and expectation.

    Bonnie Woodyard sang “Mary, Did You Know?” while Louise Johnson sang the “Twelve Days of Christmas.”

    Happy birthday to William Paul Elliston and William Gage Elliston.

  • Mayor hopes pipeline will bring business
    Dec. 22, 2010
    5 years ago

    With natural gas now in the city of Owenton, Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier hopes to see action in the industrial park. Wotier said Owenton’s lack of a natural gas line has hindered use of the spec building in the industrial park.

  • BY JULIE DONAHUE
    Special to the News-Herald

    Owen County students and adults may participate in this year’s annual Kentucky Bluegrass Award student choice program.  

    A state committee chooses 10 of the best new, current children and young adult books available covering a variety of quality literature.  Public and private schools as well as public libraries across the state participate in this program.  

  • JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

     Every couple of years I like to revisit my father’s favorite Christmas poem inspired by Clement Moore’s famous work ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas.’  The writer of the poem is unknown but he or she certainly was a gardener; and you may even get some last minute gift ideas from its verse.

  • George Orwell once said: “The planting of a tree, especially one of the long-living hardwood trees, is a gift which you can make to posterity at almost no cost and with almost no trouble, and if the tree takes root it will far outlive the visible effect of any of your other actions, good or evil.” 

    Now is the perfect time to consider adding value to your woodlot, making your land more attractive to wildlife or adding beauty to your home landscaping by planting some trees in the spring.

  • BY BONNIE STRASSELL
    Owen County Historical Society

    Someone once said the Christmas season waves a magic wand over the world, and when the grand finale arrives, the child in everyone comes to life.

    Perhaps one of the most poignant Christmas memories of the early 1900s revolved around the kitchen, where  delectable scents, wafting from the oven of a wood cook-stove, offered promises of good things yet to come.