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Today's Features

  • Brittney and Chris Smoot would like to announce the birth of their son, John Paul Smoot.
    John Paul was born Sept. 15, 2017, at Frankfort Regional Medical Center. He weighed 7 lbs. and 13 oz. and was 21.5 inches long.
    Maternal grandparents are Rhonda and Johnny Denny. Paternal grandparents are Valerie and Paul Smoot. Great-grandparents are Emma Lou McComas, Bill and Beverly Stewart and Tony and Jean Carol Denny.
    John Paul was welcomed home by all his four legged brothers and sisters.

  • Friday John came down and cleaned out the chimney and put new piping on the wood stove to get it ready for the cold weather to come.
    Saturday we went to Ann’s to split wood that John had dropped and cut up and hauled it to my house and stacked it on the back porch. After he left, I mowed the yard for the last time this season. I am now ready to start a fire when the weather gets colder.

  • The other day someone congratulated our features editor, Sarah Gatling, on her promotion, which was nice, except she didn’t get a promotion.
    Sarah said if she got a promotion she’d like to be promoted to potentate — that sounds like a cool thing to be, she said.
    It reminded me of the hymn, “Crown Him With Many Crowns,” in which Jesus is called “the potentate of time,” and also reminded me that a few years ago, Sarah gave me a very old hymnal, copyrighted in 1924, called “Harvest Hymns.”

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  • By Roger Alford

  • Most days will find her at the Owenton Senior Center, and age doesn’t seem to prevent the spry 92-year-old Hattie Hill from enjoying life to its fullest.
    Hattie is also quite the storyteller, and her memorable reminisces evoke smiles, generate laughter, and at times create a lump in the throat as she recalls the hard times growing up in Owen County.

  • I’m back. I had just gotten reorganized after getting my billfold stolen when my computer died. Ann ordered another computer “box,” and hooked it up Wednesday, and it still wouldn’t work. We had a young man from Joel’s office come over to look at it and tell us why. He said it wasn’t the computer that was at fault, it was the monitor. He brought one over from Joel’s office, and it worked perfectly. Who knew?

  • By Roger Alford

  • When faith is your job, it’s easy to grow weary.
    I get a taste of it every week when I sit down to write this column. First, I have to think of something that’s hopefully both entertaining, worth saying and also something I think God wants me to say.
    Plus, it needs to be biblically accurate and I try to make it as faithful to my particular denominational tradition (in my case Reformed theology) as I can be without totally alienating the Baptists, Catholics, Methodists and/or Pentecostals.

  • First Baptist Owenton