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Today's Features

  • BY ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

    A woman came home to find her retired husband waving a rolled up newspaper round his head.

    “What are you doing?” she asked.

    “I’m swatting flies,” he said. “So far, I’ve gotten three males and two females.”

    Puzzled, his wife asked how he knew which gender they were.

    “That’s easy,” he explained. “Three were on my recliner, and the other two were on the telephone.”

  • I’ve been thinking a lot about the Serenity Prayer.

    That’s the one that goes: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”

    Although the prayer is often attributed to St. Francis, it was written in 1926 by Reinhold Niebuhr, a Lutheran theologian.

    Fun fact: Niebuhr also wrote one of my favorite quotes about humor being the “prelude to faith” and laughter being the “beginning of prayer.”

  • Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church

    Flo Parker inspiringly sang, “All on the Altar.”  “Til the Storm Passes By” was sung by the choir, led by Barry Winkle. Congratulations to Angie Weddle on her profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ!  She will be baptized during worship on Sunday, Aug. 28. Bro. Dale’s sermon, “Jailhouse Rock- Part One” from Acts 16 showed us how the jailer’s actions and attitudes changed when he got saved.

  • BY JENEEN WICHE
    Weekend Gardener

    We cannot control the weather but we can control what our tomatoes eat, so to speak. At planting time we prepare the soil with composted hen manure and a little organic fertilizer. We also mulch around the plants immediately in order to moderate soil moisture and to prevent the spread of soil-borne diseases. This year our work at building healthy soil has paid off because the tomatoes are thriving. Some folks have not been as lucky as the rain poured down earlier in the season!

  • BY ASHLEY CRAIGMYLE
    Owen County Summer Intern for 4-H Youth Development

    Four girls represented Owen County during the 4-H State Fashion Revue on Wednesday, June 14. Carlee Rohling, Laura Duke, and MaKinnon McAnally placed in the top 5.

  • The public is invited to attend the annual free Founders’ Day Pipe Organ Concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, August 7, 2016 at the historic Dry Ridge Presbyterian Church.  This year’s organist, Leah Giannattasio, will perform familiar and lively pieces on the circa 1850s single manual Hook and Hastings hand pumped pipe organ, the only pipe organ in Grant County. Jessica Graff, violinist, will join Leah at the performance.

  • BY STEVE MUSEN
    Owen Extension Agent for Ag. and Natural Resources

    Squash vine borer is active, with several reports from commercial producers and home gardeners. This pest often goes unnoticed until their larvae have done considerable damage to vines of summer squash, winter squash, and pumpkins. While UK Entomology is not trapping for this pest this year, previous studies have shown that the adults are active from mid-June until the end of the summer.