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Today's Features

  • A few weeks ago, my pastor’s sermon made me squirm in my seat.
    We’ve been studying the Old Testament book of Exodus. That’s the book that talks about God rescuing the Israelites from their centuries of slavery in Egypt, all the plagues upon the Egyptians, how Moses parted the Red Sea and fed the Israelites with manna — honey-tasting bread from heaven.
    At one point, Moses meets with God on Mt. Sinai where God gives him two stone tablets with his law written on them.
    God’s law is a gift to his people, my pastor said.

  • First Baptist Owenton
    Our study of John continued with a message from chapter nine on One Man’s Treasure Another’s Tragedy. Sunday evening we studied Genesis nine and examined the Noahic Covenant.
    The volleyball league will have its tournament on March 27 and 28. First Baptist will have games on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., and Monday at 8:30 p.m.
    Our annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Sunday, April 9 after the late worship service. Candy can be donated now since we will fill eggs on Wednesday, March 29.

  • They were a common sight on most Owen County farms in the 19th and 20th centuries. Some were built below the ground, but it wasn’t unusual to see many on ground level with dirt mounded up to form a roof.
    Before the age of refrigeration and canning, root cellars were built under homes or in a separate structure on the property; and into the mid-1900s they played a vital role in American life.

  • First, I wish to apologize for the terrible grammar in one of my sentences last week. The computer has “spell check, ” but it knows nothing about grammar. I have got to start reading what I write before I send it to Molly. Miss Martha Holbrook and Miss Lena Watson are turning in their graves. The few who went to grade school and high school will know what I mean. Anyone who went through grade school and high school and had them for teachers had proper grammar pounded into their souls.

  • The college professor asked a student in his class, “what is the opposite of joy?”
    “Sadness,” the student responded.
    And, to another student, the professor asked, “what is the opposite of depression?”
    “Elation,” was the reply.
    And to, Bubba, the professor asked, “what is the opposite of woe?”
    “I believe that would be giddy-up,” Bubba answered.

  • Last weekend I finally watched “Whiplash,” the movie with Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons.
    Miles grew up here in Citrus County, and J.K. Simmons is the bald guy in the Farmer’s Insurance commercials and used to be the psychiatrist on “Law and Order”, plus he was in a whole bunch of other stuff.
    The movie focuses on the relationship between Andrew Neiman (Teller), a student drummer at an elite Juilliard-type music school in New York City, and the studio jazz band instructor, Terence Fletcher (Simmons).

  • Mt. Pleasant Baptist
    What a beautiful day to be in God’s house!  Pete Dawson and Joe McNay teamed up to sing and play their guitars on “In the Garden” and “How Great Thou Art” Sunday morning. Colossians 2:9-14 was the basis for Bro. Dale’s message. The children and youth did an excellent job showing us what they have learned and demonstrating their Bible drilling skills Sunday night. Great work.
    We welcomed Jerry Ellis into our congregation, by transfer of letter, Sunday morning.
    Nancy Walker had a praise report.

  •  The stream was named after Revolutionary War veteran John Guill. It emptied into Big Eagle Creek, and although most of the time it displayed a serene demeanor, torrential rainfalls could transform its sleepy countenance into a rugged raging deluge.
    John Guill settled in the New Columbus area in 1780, and it was here he built his cabin and raised his family near the stream that bore his name.

  • 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