Today's Features

  • This has been a hectic week. I awoke Wednesday morning to a siren going up the road. I really didn’t wake up for that one, but in a minute or so there went another one, and another.
    By that time, 5:00 a.m., I was awake and went out on the screened in porch to see what was happening. I saw the sky to the left of my road light up over the tree line. Fire!

  • Kenzie Criswell, the daughter of Mark and Nancy Criswell of Owenton, will be united in marriage to Tyler Fitzgerald, the son of Kristi Collins and Chris Fitzgerald of Owenton, at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15, at Richland Baptist Church in Hesler.
    The maternal grandparents of the bride are the late Bobby and Willetta Cooke of Hesler. The paternal grandparents of the bride are the late Don and Mary Geneva Criswell of Owenton.

  • Desiree Cheyenne Reese and Joseph Thompson Williams are set to unite in marriage at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at Hilltop Farm on Hwy. 227 N. in Worthville.
    The bride, a 2009 graduate of Carroll County High School and a 2013 graduate of Beckfield College, is the daughter of Chris and Ann Reese. She is employed as a registered nurse at Carroll County Memorial Hospital.
    The groom, a 2008 graduate of Owen County High School, is the son of Tommy and Kathy Williams. He is employed at North American Stainless.

  • Savannah Lee Walker, daughter of Timothy Lee Walker and Cindy Bruce Walker of Owenton, will be united in marriage to Alec Keith White, the son of Jeff White, of Newburg, Ind. and Tomsie White, of Georgetown, at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at the Carter House in Frankfort.
    The bride is a 2008 graduate of Owen County High School and a 2010 and 2012 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. She is a pretrial officer for the state Administrative Office of the Courts.

  • The U.S. 127 Yard Sale is this week.
    As I was going to church Sunday, I saw that Billy Ballenger had his flat-bed trailer out and already loaded up with his offerings for this week.
    The signs were out at Joyce’s house advertising space for people to set up. The New-True Clan is organized and ready for the influx of visitors. Charles will be making the burgoo that David always made in years past. Fay said they were undecided on whether they would make the trip down 127 this year.

  • Going to kindergarten this fall?  Well, we have the program for you!  Kindergarten 123 will meet 3 times in July with activities and ideas for parents and children getting ready for this next big step in their lives.  The activities are focused on preparing children to be successful in the classroom.  Come join in the fun on Thursday evenings!!    Our Christmas in July series continues for those of you who want to get an early start on making things for the Holiday season.  Join De every Wednesday in July for fun and easy Christmas crafts.

  • Sorry about last week. My Computer lost Internet service sometime over the weekend and was offline till Wednesday.
    I thought Harley had chewed the line but it must have been the electric storm we had, because the men who came to repair it did it from inside on the computer. They were here and gone in less than an hour. Even if the computer was functioning I couldn’t have typed the column.

  • For thousands of years the Kentucky river has sung its ancient song in whispers, gurgles, and at time in furious tirades. It makes a wide sweeping bend at Gratz; and according to the “Owen County 1883 Atlas,” the river collected the waters from two creeks on either side of the town. The names assigned these tributaries were “Clay Lick Creek” and “Lowdenback or Hogs Thief Branch.”

  • They roamed the hills of early Kentucky in great numbers and sightings of their sinewy forms on nightly forays in Owen County have been recorded  throughout the years.
    Their eerie midnight screams have sent goose bumps scrambling along the arms of even the most brave and family stories of confrontations between man and these fierce predators have been passed down through generations.

  • Although technology contributed much to the advancements of the 1940s-1960s, it also changed the fabric of rural America.
    In the wake of progress, small Owen County communities were forever transformed.
    Gratz is nestled amidst the hills of Owen County and is poised along a stretch of the Kentucky River.