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Today's Features

  • Jordan and Elisha Alford are proud to announce the birth of their third child, Deacon Clyde Alford.
    Deacon was born Nov. 19, 2013 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood. He weighed 8 lbs. and 11 oz. and was 21 inches long. He was welcomed home by his big brother Fisher and big sister Fynlee. Maternal grandparents are William and Rhonda Glacken of Poplar Grove. Paternal grandparents are Terry and Cathy Alford of Sweet Owen.

  • Thanksgiving is behind us and this column will be a list of dinners, birthdays and eating.
    Wanda said they celebrated Joyce’s birthday at the Pizza Inn buffet. They had taken her there before and she enjoyed it so all the children and several others joined her there once again. She was celebrating her 83rd. Wanda said her birthday fell on Thanksgiving Day this year.

  • Winter is definitely here, 18-degrees yesterday morning and a balmy 22 degrees this morning, but all is well on the Branch.
    Deer season is over and the hunters have gone back to their real life.
    Wanda said she talked to some of the guys at the hunting shack and the unofficial count was 31 or 32. After a slow start, they did pretty well. That was just the count on Cedar Creek Road and the Branch.
    I forgot to mention the Kentucky Book Fair and/or I didn’t know about the Kentucky Voices, held at the old state capitol on Nov. 15.

  • 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.