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Today's Features

  • Jayson Richelle Lowe of Sparta and Jordan Kent Shelton of Wheatley announce their engagement.
    The bride-to-be is the daughter of Jason and DeRhonda Lowe of Sparta. Lowe is the granddaughter of Richard and Judy Smith of Warsaw and Hardin and Katie Lowe of Sparta.
    Lowe is a 2010 graduate of Gallatin County High School and a 2013 graduate of Bluegrass Community and Technical College with a degree in business. She is employed with Osborne Law Office in Carrollton.

  • They are unwelcome residents and for hundreds of years they have squatted on Owen County land.
    New ones seemingly appear overnight and their appetites are insatiable. Gaping mouths are fed dirt, rock, lime, trash and an occasional rusty car or pickup, yet to no avail. These indefatigable giants are a constant irritation but from earliest times Owen countians have accepted their presence as part of the local landscape. Most don’t need an introduction to these sometimes cavernous depressions known as Owen County sinkholes.

  • Woke to a beautiful  Monday morning. There was 3 inches of rain in the gauge this morning.
    Wanda said Noel Thomas said that’s what his gauge read in Monterey and Fay agreed, so the downpour of late Saturday night into the wee hours of Sunday and beyond must have been pretty wide spread.
    Ann and I braved the dire predictions and went to Louisville to see a play at the Brown Theater Sunday afternoon. We say “Tom Jones,” a farce based on Thomas Hardy’s book, was a fun way to spend a gloomy afternoon.

  • The roads twist and turn and create a maze that at times leaves one wondering if he is coming or going.
    According to Owen County Property Value Administrator Jimmy Coyle, it’s easy to get lost if one is not familiar with the area. Doris Riley can attest to this fact. Three times, she visited a friend who lived in a community along Caney Creek and although she had no trouble finding her way in, all three times she got lost trying to find her way out.

  • The pickup trucks with the orange hatted occupants have turned out in abundance this weekend. Wanda told me this was the start of gun season.
    I kind of guessed that.
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    Bro. Bill was here last week to do some last-minute mowing and fixing some guttering and told me his grandsons would be here over the weekend.

  • Timothy and Megan Wood announce the birth of their daughter, Samantha Lucille, born at 9:05 a.m., Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Norton Hospital in Louisville. She weighed 9 lbs. and 4 ounces and was 19 inches long. Big brother Jonathan, 3, helped welcome her home.  Her maternal grandparents are Ted and Sandy Williams of Louisville; paternal grandparents, Stephen and Teresa Wood of Williamstown, and paternal great-grandparents are Frances and Frank Simpson of Williamstown.

  • The most exciting thing that has happened on the Branch this week is the high winds and rain we had on Wednesday night and Thursday night last week.
    We had an inch of rain on Wednesday and another on Thursday, but I’m not sure that inch actually hit the ground. The wind was blowing a gale. Luckily there was very little damage here. I had to pick up a lot of small limbs and trash on the yard and one larger limb blew off the tree in the front yard, but it was blown halfway down the yard away from the house.

  • “The muffled drum’s sad roll has beat
    The soldier’s last tattoo;
    No more on Life’s parade shall meet
    That brave and fallen few.
    On Fame’s eternal camping-ground
    Their silent tents are spread,
    And Glory guards with solemn round,
    The bivouac of the dead.”

     – Theodore O’Hara’s poem Bivouac of the Dead was composed after the Mexican War to honor the Kentuckians who lost their lives in that conflict.

  • Bransen Allen McKillop was born Aug. 23, 2013, to Brittany Allen Waldrop and Jared Allen Bransen McKillop of Fairfield. He weighed 6 pounds and was 19.25 inches long. He is welcomed to the world by his proud grandparents, Karen and Glenn Todd Waldrop of Frankfort and Tracie Allen of Cincinnati, Ohio; his great-grand parents, Darlyn and the late Glenn Waldrop of Owenton, Carol Saylor or Sarasota, Fla., Bob Allen of Mason, Ohio; and the McKillop families of Ohio and Missouri.

  • IT WASN’T MY FAULT.
    I didn’t drop it or anything, The little blue light just quit blinking and I was cut off from the outside world.
    Well, I do have a phone, but did you ever have to dictate a full-page column via phone?
    My Hughes Net internet provider went out late Thursday. I thought I could get it fixed on my own. It had been acting a bit hinky for a while but I always managed to get the lights to come on again.