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Today's Features

  • It has been said that volunteer firefighters are unpaid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.

    Up until the 1800s, fighting fires was done by volunteers, and fire equipment was rudimentary.

    In colonial towns, fire buckets had the owners name painted on them, and laws required town residents to purchase their own buckets and keep them repaired.

  • BY BONNIE STRASSELL
    Owen County Historical Society

    Someone once said the Christmas season waves a magic wand over the world, and when the grand finale arrives, the child in everyone comes to life.

    Perhaps one of the most poignant Christmas memories of the early 1900s revolved around the kitchen, where  delectable scents, wafting from the oven of a wood cook-stove, offered promises of good things yet to come.

  • BY ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

    Three Kentucky men were sitting around the general store talking about issues they have with their wives and how they had resolved them.

  • BY NANCY KENNEDY
    Grace Notes

    Years ago I read about a college student in the middle of final exams, distracted and distraught because her mother was ill and she wanted to be home with her.

    The mom assured her daughter that she was fine, that she would be OK. 

    After her last exam, the college student raced home, and as she walked in to see her mom, her mom opened her eyes, smiled -- and died.

  • Cedar Hill Baptist Church

    Great message Sunday morning on the “Gifts of Christmas” taken from Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6-7. Jesus brought the gifts of wisdom, power, and peace to us if we call upon Him to be our shepherd.

    We delivered our Christmas stockings Sunday evening.  

    There will not be ARC tonight. It will resume Jan. 6.

    Remember to bring new tennis shoes, any size, by Jan. 10.  

  • BY BONNIE STRASSELL
    Owen County Historical Society

    They were designated Agee, Beech Grove, Buck’s Run, Clark Ridge, Fortner, Hawkins, Little Hope, Mint Springs, Slab Lick, Panther Lick and White Chapel. They dotted the hillsides and backroads of Owen county, and according to the July 4, 1974 Bicentennial issue of the News-Herald, at one time there were more than 70 of them in the area.

  • Cedar Hill Baptist Church

    Bro. Bill’s message was from Matthew 2:1-12 called “Returning a New Way.”  He shared how the wise men enjoyed their purposeful journey and after seeing Jesus came back home new people.  Ronnie share the song “Lord, Please Come Down to Me.”

  • Over the past few years, my friend Mike and I have had some rather unorthodox conversations about faith and stuff.

    Mike’s the one who once prayed that God would fix his toilet and it was fixed miraculously. He’s also the one who assured me that it’s OK to tell God when I’m angry at him since he knows it anyway and he won’t smite me with boils for being angry.

    Mike is also the one who one year ridiculously announced he was giving up pride for Lent, which I still remind him of 10-plus years later.

  • By ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

    I’ve always enjoyed the story about the little girl who asked her father where people came from. The father explained that God made Adam and Eve and that they had children, and their children had children, and soon the world was populated with people.

    The little girl then went to her mother asked the same question. The mother told her that people evolved from monkeys through a process known as evolution.

  • “Christmas Eve will find me. Where the love light beams. I’ll be home for Christmas. If only in my dreams.”