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  • Suspect with only 1 eye and 1 ear doesn't wear glasses

    BY ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

    Dreaming of lives filled with excitement, three good ol’ boys decided to apply to become police officers. Part of the interview process involved an exercise in observation, led by a rather ill-tempered sergeant.

    The sergeant held up a photograph of a suspect for 5 second, put it away, and then asked the first of the fellows what he observed about the suspect that would help to apprehend him.

    “That’s easy,” the fellow said. “He had only one eye.”

  • Local Church News | May 18, 2016

    Cedar Hill Baptist Church

    We enjoyed hearing about the past and upcoming trips to Haiti from Ben Allen.  After services we had a fantastic lunch as a fundraiser for Ben and Ashley’s trip to Haiti.  We are praying for their safety and God’s will to be done as this group travels there this summer.

    Bro. Bill’s message was from Psalms 1, entitled “The Truth, Now What?”  This Psalm is clear that if we don’t seek God daily we are settling for less than what He has planned for us.

  • Email reveals facts about maternal ancestry

    When I opened my email account on Mother’s Day morning, I was surprised to find a “holiday greeting” from, of all people, the search engine at Ancestry.com. I’ve pictured him as a C-3PO sort of robot hunkered in a lonely basement alcove of the National Archives who earnestly tries to answer my requests for old census records and land deeds. Previously he had displayed no sense of humor. Now, out of the blue, he wanted to share “fun facts” about the mothers in my family tree.

  • Peddler Black once a favorite visitor among locals

    His stooped figure was a familiar sight among the hills of Owen County in the early 1900s. At times he would exit the road and stroll through fields to visit an isolated family. His age was unknown, but his deeply-lined weathered face acknowledged years of exposure to the elements.

    Two heavily-laden packs settled themselves comfortably on his shoulders and boasted of small necessities, along with a few frivolities that brought pleasure to young and old alike.

  • Kay's Branch ladies enjoy Mother's Day

    Mother’s Day wasn’t the prettiest day I have ever seen, but it was one of my best.

    All my children came to church with me. Teri, her husband Ray, Ann, John and Charity, Teri’s daughter Rachel and her three children Allie, Sean and Caitlin. We filled two pews.

    Joyce Claxon beat me as “oldest mother,” but I had the most children there. Joyce, Wanda’s mother, was oldest mother and mother with the most children at Old Cedar. Wanda, Barbara, Noel and Ray went to church with her.

  • At the Library | May 11, 2016

    Baby and Toddler Open Play

    Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: Touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Stop by the Toddler Tower to let your little one explore and learn through play from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Thursdays, May through June.

    Storytime for Pre-Schoolers

    Join Miss Susan at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12 to enjoy picture books, crafts and fun. Caregivers are an essential part of the experience for the children.

    Middle Grades Book Club

  • The first years of my child; community baby shower

    Baby at two months: Smiles at people; can briefly calm him or herself (brings hands to mouth and suck on hand); tires to look at adult caregiver; coos, makes babbling noises; turns head toward sounds; pays attention to faces; begins to follow things with eyes; begins to act bored (cries, fussy) if activity doesn’t change; can hold head up; makes movements with arms and legs.

  • 69th annual 4-H Fashion Revue held

    Owen County 4-H held its 69th Annual Fashion Revue and Variety Show April 29 at the Owen County Extension Office.

    Eighteen sewers modeled the garments and bags they worked so hard on throughout the spring, though a total of 25 youth completed sewing projects. The sewing season would not have been a success without the help of the many ladies who volunteered their time and expertise.

    All participants received blue Danish ribbons this year, indicating excellent quality in both garment construction and modeling.

  • Digging and dividing this year’s plants to prepare for the next

    BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    The most common form of plant propagation is digging and dividing which is best done in early spring before new growth or in the fall before plants go dormant. Digging and dividing is great for herbaceous plants but those plants that are considered woody ornamentals do not divide as easily with a spade. In this case we can look to the technique of rooting out softwood cuttings from the mother plant.

  • Prevent pests from pillaging the home garden

    BY STEVE MUSEN
    Owen Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources

    It is a good time to think about pest control for your home vegetable garden.

    You can control pest problems, and perhaps prevent future difficulties, in your garden by doing some advance planning and following a few simple Integrated Pest Management practices. IPM promotes minimal pesticide use and emphasizes the use of all available pest control methods including cultural, mechanical and biological practices to prevent pest problems.