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Today's News

  • Looking back | Jan. 20, 2016

    Rate hike announced by electricity provider
    Jan. 19, 2011
    5 years ago

    The Kentucky Public Service commission recently granted a rate increase to Winchester-based East Kentucky Power Cooperative, the wholesale electric power supplier for Owen Electric Cooperative and 15 other member cooperatives.

    According to a statement released by the company, EKPC sought the rate increase to “strengthen its financial condition and continue building equity.”

  • Court News | Jan. 20, 2016

    Owen District Court
    Jan. 15

    FELONY

    Derrick Dempsey, 1989, probation violation; continue to Jan. 29 at 9 a.m.

    MISDEMEANOR

    Michelle Bitzer, 1969, second-degree disorderly conduct; alcohol intoxication in a public place; falsely reporting an incident; resisting arrest; not guilty plea, appoint public attorney, continue to Jan. 29 at 9 a.m.

    Miranda Hensley, 1995, harassing communications; not guilty plea.

  • Warm fire or smoky chimney

    BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    The fire season has finally started- in the fireplace, that is! Early winter was so mild I wasn’t sure if we would be in need of some extra warmth. Last week’s frigid temperatures changed all that and we have the wood stacked and sorted for easy access as we lay a fire for the evening. However, not all wood is created equal if you plan to use it for warmth in the fireplace.

  • Getting my hate on for my sin in the new year

    I rarely make New Year’s resolutions, and I’m not sure if this counts as one, but around the end of December I noticed that whenever I was in church my eyes would be drawn to the big steel crossbeam in my favorite window.

    I’d look at it, unable to look away, and think about what it means, why the cross was necessary in human history and my part in it.

    I’d think about sin, my sin, and I’d find myself praying, “God, show me my sin, that I might hate it as much as you do.”

  • A badge, a bull, and a smart aleck farmer make for fun

    BY ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

    A rather cocky young sheriff’s deputy pulled in the driveway and told an old farmer he was going to search his farm for marijuana.

    The old farmer said, “OK, but don’t go in that field right over yonder.”

    The deputy said: “Mister, you see this badge? This badge means I can go wherever I want to go, whenever I want to go there, no questions asked. Do you understand? Have I made myself clear?”

    The old farmer nodded politely and went about his chores.

  • Local Church News | Jan. 20, 2016

    Cedar Hill Baptist

    Bro. Bill’s message was from Mark 1:14-15 on believing and sharing the gospel.  If we walk with Jesus we have good news to share and our hope is in Christ.

    ARC will resume at 6 p.m. Wednesday, weather permitting. We’ve missed our time with our young people on Wednesday evenings and look forward to seeing them soon.

    The Capital City Boys will be with us to share their musical gifts, followed by a time of food and fellowship at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Please come join us for this special time.

  • Kentucky American Water: Prevent pipes from freezing in cold temps

    With colder, winter weather now here, Kentucky American Water is reminding customers of ways to prevent water pipes from freezing.

    Frozen water lines typically occur in areas such as crawl spaces or along the outside walls where unprotected plumbing tends to be more vulnerable to the elements. Implementing the following winterization tips now can help avoid headaches later:

  • Close the French doors and keep the grown-ups out

    My husband would say that we bought our nothing-out-of-the-ordinary suburban home because it had a walkout basement. That’s an uncommon feature, we were surprised to learn, in our more flat than not sub-division. The real reason, however, was its tiny front room.

  • What makes being a fireman so great?

    The great radio talk host, Paul Harvey, once did a segment on firefighters. In his deep, monotone voice, he said that no one could really understand the mentality of a firefighter, not even a fireman.

    When most people are running out of the burning building, firefighters run in. Wives hate the hours and children love the noise and lights. It is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, yet it’s the job that has the most early clock ins prior to the beginning of a shift.

  • 4-legged friends provide companionship

    “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” -- Roger Caras, author/photographer

    Though a bit blurry, the photo creates a poignant image of a man and his dog. Taken prior to his tragic death in 1947, William Duvall and Butch share a special moment together in a typical Owen County farm scene.

    William and Butch were inseparable until William died in 1947. When William was crushed between a truck and scantling at one of his barns, Butch tried to sound an alarm by constantly barking, but to no avail.