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Today's Features

  • It galloped across Kentucky, leaving devastation in its wake, but its destructive power also affected the lives of almost every American.  Many were at a loss as to how to fight this deadly enemy, and before it vanished the following year, 675,000 Americans had succumbed to its attack.

  • This will be a short column. Nobody on the Branch did anything of note, except have birthdays. I wonder why so many people are born in late January and February? 

  • by Roger Alford

    There’s the story about an explorer in the Congo who walked into a clearing and found a Pygmy standing beside the carcass of a monstrous crocodile.

    “Did you kill that?” he asked.

    “Yes,” the Pygmy answered. “I killed it with my club.”

    “That’s incredible,” the explorer said. “How big is your club?”

  •  Awhile back, I went to a 12-step meeting with a friend.

    I like to do that occasionally because the things they believe are applicable to anybody, even those who aren’t addicted to any particular substance.

    The first step says, “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.”

  •  Mt. Pleasant Baptist 

  • Images of Owen countians were captured in photographs, their daily lives recorded in letters, diaries and family histories, and stories of their undaunted spirit were shared by one generation to the next.

    It is these vital pieces of long ago that bind the past to the present and give us insight into our history.

    In a 1950 News-Herald insert, articles written by several Owen countians created a nostalgic journey to bygone days.

  • I have finally shaken the cold I took just before Christmas. I didn’t have a cough or pain, just sat for almost two weeks in my chair in the sun room with Dobbs and sneezed and blew my nose. My appetite has returned, along with my ability to think and form full sentences. 

  • After deep and serious thought, I think I have a solution for all the world’s major problems:

    Everybody stop.

    Just stop. Take a breath. Step back. Chill out.

    Protesters, go ahead and protest, but you don’t have to riot, so put down your bricks and rocks. Stop looting. Stop damaging people’s property. Stop shouting obscenities — and clean up your litter on the streets.

  • Mt. Pleasant Baptist

    “I Believe” was beautifully sung by Barry Winkle last week. Flo Parker joyfully sang “Follow Me” Sunday.  

    “He Didn’t Throw the Clay Away” from Jeremiah 18:1-6 was the basis of Bro. Dale’s message. God is a patient potter, and we are the clay. We were made by God but marred by sin.

  • Sought after by both the American Indians and the early frontier settlers, it was necessary when hunting game in the wilderness, and a means by which an army attained victory on the field of battle. 

    Round balls, molded from lead, was the ammunition of early America. They were used in muskets and the famous Kentucky rifle, and this vital commodity helped conquer the American frontier.