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Today's Features

  • All in all, it has been a good week on the Branch, though Wanda, Barbara and Joyce started it by going to a funeral on Monday. Joyce’s brother Jimmy’s companion, Naomi, lost her sister, Jessie. She was also the sister of Charlie Carter. We send our condolences to the family. Uncle also had his 89th birthday on Saturday. Tim and Trina’s son had a birthday on the 28th. Trina is one of the Schimmoeller twins. Wanda also said she forgot to mention Butch Lawrence’s birthday on Valentine’s Day. Happy birthday to all the February celebrants.

  • by Roger Alford

  • A few years ago, I decided to give up recreational shopping for Lent, the 40 days prior to Easter.
    For a week prior to Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, I prepared for my shopping fast by buying new shoes and yet another pair of white pants, several tops, some earrings and a new purse.
    To prepare effectively, I rationalized, one must get one’s obsessions out of one’s system, sort of like the time I ate an entire box of Hostess Ding Dongs at one sitting the day before I went on a diet.

  • Owenton First United Methodist
    Bro. Matt’s sermon, “For the Love of God!” came from 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.
    Children and youth group meetings are being held after church each Sunday. Feel free to join us for music, games, lunch and more.
    Adult choir practice is also being held each Sunday following the morning service.
    Happy birthday to Ashley Buffin, Charlotte Lewis and Matt Merrill.
    Mt. Pleasant Baptist
    “I’d Rather Have Jesus” was beautifully sung by Michelle Justis Sunday morning.  

  • What is the secret to a long life?
    According to one recent study there are currently over 500 centenarians in the state of Kentucky, and when many were asked the secret for their longevity, their answers varied.
    Some declared long life was the result of good food and exercises, while others proclaimed it was their deep abiding faith. One Kentuckian, who at the age of 104 walked two miles a day, attributed three daily beers as the special ingredient that provided her with a long life.

  • A rather dense fellow with ambitious plans to build his first house went to the lumberyard and asked for a load of two-by-fours.
    “How long you want them?” the salesman asked.
    “I want ‘em a long time,” he answered. “I’m building a house with ‘em.”
    My friend Harold Wainscott of Long Ridge, Ky., passed that old joke along to me the other day. Harold always cracks me up with his tales that he kindly shares for use in my newspaper columns.

  • Recently, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren gave a speech criticizing then-nominee now Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stopped her from speaking.
    In his explanation for invoking a little-known rule to silence her, McConnell said, “Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
    Immediately, that became the battle cry of many women across the nation with #ShePersisted and #LetLizSpeak among the top trending topics on Twitter.

  • Monterey Baptist Church
    The church is hosting a family Valentine’s party at 6 p.m., Saturday. Come and bring a friend.
    A family movie night will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 4. The movie “The Trolls” will be shown.
    Wednesday night has something for all ages. The Rock Stars (children) meet in the sanctuary, the men’s Bible study meet in the fellowship hall and the women’s Bible study meet in the youth room. All begin at 7 p.m. If there is no school on Wednesday, there will be no Rock Stars that night.

  •   Her slight frame suggested fragility, yet beneath a delicate outward appearance was an undeniable strength of character and indefatigable spirit that inspired those who came to know and love Verna Kathryn Kemper Payne.