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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • BY BEE SPICER

    Christmas week! The house is decorated, the shopping done, the tree in place and the gifts wrapped and under the tree. The menu is set for the Christmas afternoon brunch. This is the shortest day of the year. 

    I guess you all know I write on Monday so Molly can get it into the paper and ready to be distributed on Wednesday, so this is the shortest day of the year. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  •  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. 

  • Monterey Baptist Church

    We are back on schedule after the holidays. Bible study and Rock Stars meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

    The deacons will meet at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6.

    There will be a baby shower for Shelby Carter at 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 10 at the church. Shelby is having a boy and is registered at Wal-Mart and Babies R’ Us.

    The ladies fellowship will be at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 16. Please come and bring a friend!

  • The last time we visited the church we like in Tampa, the pastor’s message was titled, “Let’s Eat Grandma — the Importance of Punctuation.”

    My first reaction was, “Hmmm. Punctuation? Really?”

    He spoke about commas.

    I’m a word person and I know a little bit about grammar and punctuation, although not much. And commas always throw me off.

  • BY ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

    A redneck making his first skydive was falling through the air, unable to get his parachute to open. Try as he might, it wasn’t budging. In a panic, he yelled to a fellow who was flying up toward him: “Hey buddy, do do you know anything about parachutes?”

    “No,” the fellow responded. “Do you know anything about propane stoves?”