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Today's News

  • New friends visit the Branch

    I didn’t write last week. I just didn’t feel good. It wasn’t anything physical, I just felt like a big, wet balloon was hanging over my head and I couldn’t breathe. There were no productive juices in my brain. I am back now and have two weeks of Wanda’s news, so I’d better get to it.

  • Leadership class receives lesson in local business

    By JOAN GODERWIS AND KATHLEEN MARTIN
    Leadership Owen County

    Owen County Leadership spent a great day in early June discovering some of the many privately owned businesses here in our county. In this day and age of big box stores and chain franchises, it’s really nice to see successful, home-owned businesses thriving like the good ol’ days.

  • When blooms fade, time to prune hydrangea

    BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    This year the hydrangea display is proving to be spectacular. It’s the big-leafed, or French hydrangea, which elicits the most attention because of the volume and size of the blooms. Hydrangea macrophylla got its common moniker because they were predominately cultivated in France starting in the early 20th century. Hydrangea macrophylla prefer cool, moist and shady conditions and the temperate climate in France proved favorable to the native Japanese species that was brought to the West.

  • Tips for harvesting berries

    BY STEVE MUSEN
    Owen County Extension Agent for Agriculute and Natural Resources

    Summer months are the harvest season for blueberries and blackberries, both of which have the potential to grow very well in Kentucky. Harvest time for blueberries, which are native to North America, is from early June through early August. Blackberry harvest is from mid-June to early October. These delicious fruits offer several health benefits, and they capture the essence of summer in their sweetness.

  • Quarantined man put on bologna and cheese diet

    BY ROGER ALFORD

    I heard this week about the fellow who went to the doctor and found out he had a very contagious disease. The doctor told him he was going to have to be quarantined and put on a bologna and see diet.

    “I understand being quarantined,” the fellow said. “But how is a bologna and cheese diet supposed to help me?”

    “It’s not that bologna and cheese will help you,” the doctor said. “That’s just the only food that will fit under the door.”

  • All Christians have some sin they hate, sin that brings them to their knees

    Ten years ago I wrote: “My friend Mike ate breakfast last week, which is nothing short of a miracle.

    “He doesn’t shake anymore or wake up in the middle of the night sweating. The little green monkeys that haunt him are gone too.”

    This week, my friend Mike is celebrating 10 years being sober. Not just sober, but healed and forgiven, whole and hopeful. He’s tasted the mercy of God, felt his hand of grace that pulled him from the abyss.

  • Local Church News | July 13, 2016

    Monterey Baptist Church

    If you haven’t returned your baby bottle for Avenues for Women clinic, please do so as soon as possible. Please return all bottles whether or not they are filled.

    The monthly planning meeting will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 19. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

    A Night of Prayer will begin at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 23 at the church. This is a time for the church to come together for corporate prayer, as well as individual prayer.

    Adult Bible study meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

  • Keselowski earns third Ky. NASCAR Sprint Cup victory

    BY DAVE TAYLOR
    Landmark News Service

    SPARTA, Ky. — Brad Keselowski squeezed enough fuel out of his Team Penske Miller Lite Ford to hold off hard-charging Carl Edwards to win Saturday’s sixth annual Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts. The win was “Bad Brad’s” third to go along with two other top five finishes in the six Sprint Cup races held at Kentucky Speedway.

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup driver visits Elk Creek

    A good-size crowd was on hand for the 2016 NAPA Ultimate Shootout Thursday at Elk Creek Hunt Club. During a lunch break for the shootout, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, answered questions from the crowd.

  • Community News | July 13, 2016

    OCHS Class of 1961 reunion

    The Class of ‘61 will be having their 55th class reunion on July 30 at the Owen County Extension Office. The committee is very excited about the reunion and looking forward to see all classmates together again. If you have any questions, contact FaDana Bramblett at 484-5598.

    Backing the Red, Black/White & Blue