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Today's Features

  • By: Roger Alford/N-H Columnist

  • Last Monday as I was typing the column and getting ready for another week, John came and borrowed my van to take his family on an excursion. He, Charity, her daughter Jordan and husband Chad were taking the grandson, Liam, who is 19 months old, to the The Louisville Zoo.

  • In early America, inns offered overnight places of rest to weary travelers. Many of these stops were built along stagecoach routes and provided for the needs of travelers, including food, lodging, stabling, fodder for the traveler’s horse and fresh mounts for the mail couch.

  • Aug. 24, 2016

    Cattle Receipts: 401
    Aug. 17: 290
    Last year: 242

    Compared to last week: Feeder steers and heifers sold steady to $2 higher, slaughter cows and bulls steady.

    Feeders: 354
    Slaughter: 46
    Replacements: 1

    Slaughter cows made up 9 percent of the offering, slaughter bulls 3 percent, replacement cows 0 percent and feeders 88 percent. The feeder supply included 45 percent steers, 33 percent heifers and 22 percent bulls. Near 37 percent of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

  • As the oppressive heat of August bears down upon Owen County, local churches make preparations for their annual revivals.
    Revivals, or camp meetings as they were called in early Kentucky, beckoned the faithful and the penitent and presented the opportunity to listen to sermons, enjoy fellowship with other believers, partake in communion, and renew one’s Christian walk.
    An entry in Mariam Houchens’ book, “The History of Owen County, Kentucky,” written by Mrs. Ira L. Arnold, described a Squiresville Baptist revival in August 1900.

  • Aug. 23 was John’s birthday. Thank goodness for the new air conditioners.

  • In the 1830s the Second Great Awakening spread like wildfire across frontier Kentucky planting deep religious roots along the way.
    During the same decade, the hero of the Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson, was reelected president, the Oregon Trail beckoned the out to the western frontier and staunch American patriots were slaughtered at the Battle of the Alamo.

  • As I begin writing this morning, I’m sitting in long pants and a sweatshirt. The house is still open, and it will warm up as the day progresses, but there is a hint of fall in the air. The grass is still green and growing as I sit here, but fall is definitely on the way.
    Tuesday was John’s 51st birthday, and his only wish was the annual roast beef and veggies and all the trimmings, plus chocolate cupcakes, which meant I had the oven going on Monday and Tuesday, so I welcome the cooler weather.

  • She’s a home-grown girl and her down-home humor danced about the room like a tonic.
    Owen County Mother of the Year is just one of her titles, but on any given day, whatever hat Melody Stafford wears is sure to be overflowing with love and laughter, at times accompanied by lively antics.

  • The 127 Yard Sale is over; the kids are back in school, and high school football will soon begin. The Olympic games have had everyone with a TV glued to their sets this week.