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Today's Features

  • As he cradled the concertina and coaxed it to sing, the strains of “Rosin The Bow” gallantly galloped across its pleated folds, and for one brief moment in time, the melodious instrument captured a piece of history.

    Brother Matt Merrill, his passion for history lighting up his bearded countenance, was the historical society’s special guest speaker last week.

    Matt is pastor of First Methodist in Owenton, a history teacher in Woodford county, a former historical reenactor, and a delightfully informative scholar of the Civil War.

  • Winter has finally reached Kentucky and the Branch. It was 7-degrees on my outside thermometer this morning.

    Thank God for a good wood burning stove and John, who cuts the wood and brings it to my back porch.

    He brought in another load yesterday while I was at church, so I am good for another three weeks. I only have two appointments outside of the house this week, bridge tomorrow and another dentist appointment on Wednesday. By the time the snow “they” are predicting gets here, I will be in at home with my zoo.

  • I rarely make New Year’s resolutions, and I’m not sure if this counts as one, but around the end of December I noticed that whenever I was in church my eyes would be drawn to the big steel crossbeam in my favorite window.

    I’d look at it, unable to look away, and think about what it means, why the cross was necessary in human history and my part in it.

    I’d think about sin, my sin, and I’d find myself praying, “God, show me my sin, that I might hate it as much as you do.”

  • BY ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

    A rather cocky young sheriff’s deputy pulled in the driveway and told an old farmer he was going to search his farm for marijuana.

    The old farmer said, “OK, but don’t go in that field right over yonder.”

    The deputy said: “Mister, you see this badge? This badge means I can go wherever I want to go, whenever I want to go there, no questions asked. Do you understand? Have I made myself clear?”

    The old farmer nodded politely and went about his chores.

  • Cedar Hill Baptist

    Bro. Bill’s message was from Mark 1:14-15 on believing and sharing the gospel.  If we walk with Jesus we have good news to share and our hope is in Christ.

    ARC will resume at 6 p.m. Wednesday, weather permitting. We’ve missed our time with our young people on Wednesday evenings and look forward to seeing them soon.

    The Capital City Boys will be with us to share their musical gifts, followed by a time of food and fellowship at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Please come join us for this special time.

  • Police honor passing of former dispatcher
    Jan. 12, 2011
    Five years ago

    Local law enforcement vehicles lined West Seminary and North Main streets Monday in honor of a former Owen County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher.

    Marvin C. Ogden, a lifelong resident of Owen County, died Jan. 6.

    Ogden was a former deacon of the Owenton First Baptist Church, a 75-year member of the local Oddfellows Lodge No. 213 and a Purple Heart recipient.

  • Changes are coming in K-12 education at the national level with passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, with the potential for more change at the state level at a time when the Commonwealth’s new budget will be squeezed.

  • BY DAVID LILLY
    Owen County Emergency Management Director

    Owen County Emergency Management has announced the launch of Kentucky’s Yellow Dot program, designed to improve emergency care to motorists involved in a vehicle crash.

    The “dot” is a circular yellow sticker which is placed on the lower left corner of the driver’s side rear window and alerts emergency responders that a pamphlet with identification and medical information about the motorist is in the glove box.

  • 25 ways to eat better in the New Year:

    To help with portion control, use the smallest plate that will hold your food.

    At mealtime, serve from the stove instead of putting a serving bowl on the table.

    Make double vegetables and serve them first, to take the focus off meat.

    Switch to whole wheat pasta.

    Eat vegetarian one night a week.

    Cut back on butter or margarine—newer whole grain breads are tasty on their own.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    Indeed, the fall season lasted just into January 2016! The ferns that hang from lamp posts in Old Louisville finally got zapped by a freeze just after the new year. Winter jasmine is in bloom, among other late winter bloomers, and a few spring flowering trees have broken bud! Our current cool down is welcome just to slow things down a bit.