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Today's Features

  • At one time over 60 communities thrived amid the hills of Owen County. Each one was unique and most shared special stories that have been passed down from one generation to the next.
    An 1886 article in the Owenton Democrat described a rather entertaining story that occurred in Gratz at the dedication of the Gratz Baptist Church.

  • There is very little news this week from the Branch. Our new neighbors have settled into their house. Wanda bush hogged the area outside of the fenced-in house lot, and she is keeping that area mowed now. It looks very neat. I got all my mowing before the rain started again.
    Wanda said the Kentucky State Fair is taking place through Aug. 26. She said they advertised 26 free concerts with admission tickets, so there will be lots of music for everyone.

  • Dave and Amy Williams of Wheatley are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their son, Trevor Dean Williams to Audree Layne Harper. Harper is the daughter of Shawn and Ginny Harper of Murray.
    The ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Murray. A reception will follow at First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
    Please RSVP at www.theknot.com.

  • Rain, rain, rain. I could stop right there. That has been the news on the Branch this week. We have had 5-plus inches of rain this week.

  • In 1872 the Concord Association of Baptists held a revival in Owen County. It was attended by crowds from Owen, Carroll, Henry and Gallatin counties who met in the woods on the farm of Josephus Vanderen, about a mile southeast of Dallasburg.
    Several local preachers delivered stirring sermons which were accompanied by hymns of praise reverberating throughout the sultry summer air.
    After three days the faithful proceeded to Mussel Shoals where they continued to fellowship and share their faith.

  • “Oh! The old swimmin’-hole! In the long, lazy days
    When the humdrum of school made so many run-a-ways,
    How pleasant was the jurney [sic] down the old dusty lane,
    Whare the tracks of our bare feet was printed so plain.”
    In his poem, “The Old Swimmin’ Hole,” James Whitcomb Riley reminisced about the carefree summer days of his childhood and recalled the old swimmin’ hole that beckoned the young to plunge from the fiery heat of summer into the refreshing respite of invigorating coolness.

  • The Fourth of July was the hottest day of the year so far. My thermometer at the front of the house read 91 degrees at noon, and the sun had already moved to the back of the house. I spent the day inside under the air conditioner. Dobbs and I watched the Fourth of July spectacular on KET.

  • By Roger Alford

    I sometimes wonder if I’m just too easily amused, but I got a big kick out of the old joke about a fellow who showed up for work visibly upset.

    His coworkers gathered around and asked what was wrong.

    “My wife has been missing for about a month, and the detective working the case came by the house this morning and told me something that hit me like a ton of bricks.

    “He said my wife has been missing long enough that I may want to prepare for the worst.”

  • When I was a kid, my grandmother on my father’s side owned a bakery.

    Whenever we’d visit her we would come home with huge pink bakery boxes filled with assorted butter cookies, plus bags of bagels and loaves of bread and the best cinnamon rolls and bear claws you could ever eat.

    Fun fact: My dad used to say that when Uncle Benny swept the floor at night, whatever he swept up was what he put on the bear claws as toppings.

    I’m pretty sure he was joking, or else he wanted to gross us out so he could eat all the bear claws. 

  • Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church

    Jerry Ellis sang, “Higher Ground” Sunday morning. Happy birthday to Terry Burke! Please pray for Tony Collins, Larry and Phyllis Adkins, Wayne & Ginny Smither, Sue Sipple, our military, police and first responders, our president and leaders, peace in Jerusalem and Korea and our great country.

    Tonight (Wed.) at church from 6 to 6:45, Felecia Collins and family will receive friends to honor her mother, Janet Smoot. The memorial will start at 6:45 p.m. with a balloon release and fellowship meal at 7 p.m.