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Today's Features

  • Owen County’s 6-year-old Donnie Holleran has been racing go-karts since he was 4, and he is already receiving attention for his talent.

    Donnie, who is the son of Don and Adella Holleran, decided he wanted to race while watching the Daytona 500 on television with his dad.

  • The end of the year is usually the time we celebrate and give thanks. It is also time for producers and landowners to consider planning for the next growing season.

    Each fiscal year, the Natural Resources Conservation Service sets dates for program application ranking. Although dates may vary from one program to another, landowners may sign-up at any time for all conservation programs.

  • Calling the new book offered by the Owen County Extension Service a cookbook wouldn’t be telling half the story.

    Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science Judy Hetterman said the new book, “Living Well: More Than a Cookbook,” offers much more than traditional cookbooks including nutritional information, etiquette tips, financial pointers and plenty of helpful information about running a successful home.

  • Jacob Nicholas Rider of Owenton, a student at Owen County High School, was one of 96 young people preaching at the first annual Festival of Young Preachers in Louisville Dec. 7-9.

    The Festival of Young Preachers offers young preachers from all denominations an opportunity to preach for their family, friends, other young preachers, and seasoned evaluators. The event is hosted by The Academy of Preachers, a fresh initiative underwritten by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment.

  • A new event will take place here in Owen County during the holiday season. The community is invited to come out and enjoy some great music, acting, stories, along with some good food, while members of the band, elementary choir and drama students perform a Christmas classic, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

  • The Owen County School District is pleased to announce Bonnie Sharer has been chosen as the volunteer of the month for October.

    Sharer was nominated by Kristal New, kindergarten teacher at the primary school.

    “Bonnie is always willing and ready to pitch in wherever she is needed,” New said. “I can call her on a moment’s notice when I need a volunteer and she is here within 20 minutes.”

  • It was a very good week on the Branch. The weather continued to be very Octoberish. The leaves are gone. Even the Bradford pears have given up the fight, but they were a beautiful red this year. The splitter that we took to Mike’s a couple of weeks ago proved to be too much for even his expertise. Stony had it built in 1979. He had a friend, a cousin of Rube Goldberg, that put it together for him. The motor was used at the time. That was 30 years ago. The wee engine just died. It had been a good and faithful servant but enough was enough.

  • Tomorrow, families across America will gather together for the traditional Thanksgiving feast. There will be turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy and of course pumpkin pie. For a few short hours these families will laugh over burnt turkeys from Thanksgivings past and recall cherished memories of yesterday. Then, the festivities will come to an end and many families will part ways for another year.

  • Deer season started last weekend. The Whitesburg crew came down or up as the case may be, to hunt. It was a great weekend for walking in the woods, playing golf, raking leaves, even picnicking – but not for hunting deer. Only a very few were hanging at the hunting shack by Billy Ballinger’s house. It was just too warm for preserving the carcasses. They had to be skinned, processed and refrigerated to save the meat. Like killing hogs, one doesn’t do that till it’s 35 degrees and the meat can hang a while.