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Today's Features

  • by Roger Alford

  • When I first met Charlie Campbell, he was at the end of his rope — the end of his hope.
    Earlier this year, his wife had a series of strokes that left her paralyzed on her right side and bedridden.
    Himself disabled, he has been caring for his wife and two daughters, one who is autistic.
    A man in the community told me about Charlie and his need, among other things, for a wheelchair-accessible van so he could get his wife out of the house so she could feel normal again.

  • Owenton First Baptist
    A full day of worship was enjoyed by all this past Lord’s Day. We began with a message on the blessings of his birth, in which our pastor revealed that because of his coming we now can enjoy the blessing of God with us, God in us, and God for us. Our adult choir then brought their special Christmas musical that brought great glory to God. The evening service was filled with the voices of our children as they presented the Christmas production, “Too Busy.”

  • He was born in Owenton but was raised in Wheatley by his grandmother. As a young boy he was apprenticed to a Wheatley cabinet maker, and when the Civil War broke out in 1861, 17-year-old John Clayton (J.C.) Hartsough joined the Confederate Army. He served in the acclaimed Orphan Brigade, but before long his boyhood naivety was traded for the realities of war.

  • Weather is always paramount on the Branch. It’s either too dry and hot or too wet and cold. Cold I can manage but dry is a problem. I am happy to report that we got a very good rain last night. With the piddly rains we have been having, my cistern is now at a good level. We also had the first snow last week. Really not worth mentioning, but I am short of content this week.

  • by Roger Alford

  • We had been planning this particular weekend for months, Part One of our Christmas 2016 Celebration Extravaganza.
    Part Two happens on Dec. 24 with a trip to Orlando for a replay of a Christmas Eve we spent there two years ago.
    We had begun with a Christmas Eve service at a church near the downtown area, followed by pizza and hot, gooey garlic knots.

  • Monterey Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
    One of the joys of this season is coming together to renew our community ties. We invite you to join us at 11 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 18, for a worship service that will include a children’s Christmas play. Then, at 11 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 25, as we will observe the Christmas story sung in all the favorite Christmas carols. Come sing and celebrate with us. Come early and stay after to enjoy conversation and refreshments on both dates.

  • Historians agree that the winters of 1778, 1779 and, 1780 were the most brutal ones in America.
    On Christmas Day, 1779, Daniel Boone and his family traveled across the frozen Kentucky River to a site six miles from Boonesborough and set up camp. Here Boone planted his new settlement of Boone’s Station.

  • We’re in the dead zone, between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Everyone is staying home to clean, decorate and shop for Christmas gifts. Teri was coming Monday to help me do the decorating. I usually have all that done by now, but somehow, it gets harder and harder to get in the mood.