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Today's Features

  • Baby at two months: Smiles at people; can briefly calm him or herself (brings hands to mouth and suck on hand); tires to look at adult caregiver; coos, makes babbling noises; turns head toward sounds; pays attention to faces; begins to follow things with eyes; begins to act bored (cries, fussy) if activity doesn’t change; can hold head up; makes movements with arms and legs.

  • Owen County 4-H held its 69th Annual Fashion Revue and Variety Show April 29 at the Owen County Extension Office.

    Eighteen sewers modeled the garments and bags they worked so hard on throughout the spring, though a total of 25 youth completed sewing projects. The sewing season would not have been a success without the help of the many ladies who volunteered their time and expertise.

    All participants received blue Danish ribbons this year, indicating excellent quality in both garment construction and modeling.

  • BY STEVE MUSEN
    Owen Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources

    It is a good time to think about pest control for your home vegetable garden.

    You can control pest problems, and perhaps prevent future difficulties, in your garden by doing some advance planning and following a few simple Integrated Pest Management practices. IPM promotes minimal pesticide use and emphasizes the use of all available pest control methods including cultural, mechanical and biological practices to prevent pest problems.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    The most common form of plant propagation is digging and dividing which is best done in early spring before new growth or in the fall before plants go dormant. Digging and dividing is great for herbaceous plants but those plants that are considered woody ornamentals do not divide as easily with a spade. In this case we can look to the technique of rooting out softwood cuttings from the mother plant.

  • The predominant news in the Branch this week is rain.

    I have become fascinated with the channel 27’s weather map. The storms block out DirecTV, so I turn to the weather map and watch the red and yellow blobs moving slowly across the Franklin County line and into my little area of Owen. You can tell I lead an exciting life.

  • On Wednesday, April 6, the 2016 Leadership Owen County class participants had the opportunity to expand their knowledge regarding healthcare availability in Owen County.

    They spent the day listening to healthcare professionals present information on their particular areas of expertise and visiting some of the facilities in the community.

    Diane Coleman, of Three Rivers District Health Department, provided a wealth of information regarding the multifaceted services they provide.

  • BY WHITNEY DUVALL
    Owen Electric Cooperative

    Owen Electric Cooperative and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are partnering with the American Red Cross to improve emergency response services in Kentucky. The cooperatives have joined together to acquire a new disaster relief vehicle, trailer and resources that can be deployed to provide aid.

  • Civil Air Patrol Frankfort Squadron’s Owenton Flight went on a field trip to Owen County EMS last Thursday night. EMT Rucker, Paramedic Emily Kercheval, and Fire Chief Rob Chaney gave a tour of the facility and one of the ambulances. The EMS crew demonstrated life saving techniques on a training dummy and gave the cadets a hands on experience that was top notch.

  • Virginia Ruth (Lewis) and Billy Bates Davis will be celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary on Thursday, June 23, 2016.

    The couple were married in 1951 at the home of Virginia’s Aunt and Uncle Judge Thomas and Emma McGregor in Frankfort, Ky. The Davis’ made their home in New Liberty, on the family farm where they reside today.

  • Though seemingly endless, the narrow winding road eventually reaches its destination at Browns Bottom, where the historic  Blue Wing Inn welcomes visitors.

    Formerly the summer home of Mason Brown, the inn was built circa 1850. Its Greek Revival architecture is punctuated by  gingerbread trim galloping delightfully around the house, adding character to the exterior.