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Today's Features

  • They were passed down through families, and their content ran from exhilarating to tragic, from rousingly humorous to almost unbelievable.
    They were the stories of life on the fire-belching mammoths that ruled the Kentucky River for over 100 years, and they have entertained Kentuckians for generations.

  • Rain, rain, rain — that’s about it for the news from the Branch this week. I did manage to get all of the yard mowed before the deluge started. The bad storm Thursday night scared Dobbs to death. I could have slept through it, but she kept digging her way further and further under the covers and kept me awake till it subsided about 4 a.m. I thought we must have had 3 inches of rain, but Fay assured me that it was only a little over an inch and a half. She has been trying to get her flowers planted between showers.

  • by Roger Alford

  • On April the 27 the Owen County Prayer Coalition, Pray Owen County, met at the home of Letha Lowe. This was the second such meeting she has held since accepting the KPC position as the county coordinator. The seed for the formation of the Kentucky Prayer Coalition was planted in 2014 and grew to fruition through ongoing intercessory prayer by many who have a passion for covering our state and it’s leaders in prayer. In 2016 Aprile and Howard Hunt became the official leaders and coordinators of the KPC effort across Kentucky.

  • Old Cedar Baptist
    We had a great day Sunday at Old Cedar. David Stahl was our guest and he shared in music and testimony with us and blessed all who came.
    He is so talented and gifted as a singer and musician and we hope to have him back soon.
    Cecilia Webber sang a beautiful song entitled, “Even If.” It was spot on for what we have been going through as a church.

  • I have had to get out the winter clothes and put them back up this weekend. The weather has turned on us again. Spring in February and winter in April; I should have known not to change out my closets before June.

  • by Roger Alford

  • Last week, the Rev. Doug Shepherd died.
    I met him in 2002 at his auto parts business.
    His dad was in the auto business too, and they were both Pentecostal preachers.
    I had been writing a story for the paper about the 100th anniversary of Pentecostalism, and although I had lots of history and background information, I wanted to talk to a real-live Pentecostal.
    At the time, “Brother Shepherd” preached on Sundays, but during the week he fixed cars.

  • Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church
    Our pastor is the Rev. David “Milkweed” Wotier. The deacon of the month is Ralph Toole.
    Early morning worship begins at 9 a.m., Sunday; Sunday school at 10 a.m.; worship service at 11 a.m.; youth group fellowship at 5 p.m.; choir practice, adult and youth group at 6 p.m. and evening worship service at 7 p.m.
    Family night and organizational meetings and all other graded activities begin at 7 p.m., Wednesday.

  • They were a people stalwart of frame, hale and hearty, vigorous and strong, with muscles hardened under the strain of taming the sometimes cantankerous Kentucky River. They were the substance of river lore, and their stories have been preserved from the time the Kentucky made its debut on the stage of river history. They were the rivermen of the 19th and 20th centuries.