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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • 5 years ago
    June 19, 2013
    Relay Revelry

    Cancer survivors were met with cheers as they made their way around the track at Itron Field Friday during the annual Owen County Relay for Life.

    The yearly event raises money for the American Cancer Society and this year’s Relay committee members say they expect to reach their goal of $49,000 later this year.

  • It is a mystery that has remained unsolved for 230 years. Was it a crime committed by an Indian who acted alone or was it an accident?

    The mysterious death in 1788 of Kentucky’s first historian, John Filson, was the subject of the historical society program last week.

    Jason French, curator of collections at the Beringher-Crawford Museum in Covington, presented several possible scenarios for Filson’s death; leaving final conclusions to his captivated audience.