• Letter to the editor: Former resident participating in art competition with $200,000 prize

    I lived and grew up in Owen County for 18 years before moving away to pursue other ventures.
    I am competing in Artprize 2012, an open art contest in Grand Rapids, Mich. that takes place from Sept. 19 to Oct 7. It has a  grand prize of $200,000.00 and is based off of popular vote. Voting can be  accessed and take place online.
    I still have family and friends in the community, I thought this may be something of interest.

    Jen Bihl

  • Letter to the editor: Voting yourself more money drastic measure?

    The Owen County School Board should not raise property taxes.  
    Our schools will have to make due with less money like everyone else in Owen County.  The easy way out for the superintendent is to ask that taxes be raised, (Let the citizens of our community who are struggling for every dime in this Obama recession find a way to get by) rather than face what he proposes we all do – cutting our budgets.  

  • Letter to the editor: Manor enhances our community

    Last week as I read the News-Herald and saw the back page, I was not only shocked, but appalled. A group of lawyers from West Virginia took out a full page ad to try to get some of us Owen countians to bring charges against our Owenton Manor.

  • Letter to the editor: Do your part to protect the natural beauty of Owen County

    Another paradise lost.
    There was once a beautiful stream where the beaver built their damns, where deer would drink and play, where ducks would swim the day away, all the while, the bald eagle would watch from his nest.
    Now the beaver are dead, the dams are gone and the eagle has left.
    Think I’m talking about some big city far away? I’m not.

  • Letter to the editor: Zone change was proper and well researched

    This letter is in response to John Ashcraft’s (letter to the editor) about the zone change at 311 South Main Street.
    The planning and zoning ordinance was out of date since 1992 and the comprehensive plan is supposed to be updated every five years. The planning and zoning ordinance had not been updated since it was adopted in 1965.

  • Letter to the editor: Ford property zoning change process ‘flawed’

    After reading the article last week regarding the zone change for the former Ford property in town, I felt compelled to respond and clarify some of the facts surrounding the issue.  I was contacted for a quote prior to last week’s edition, but chose at that time to not make a comment as I did not want to speak emotionally and without much prior consideration.  It is not my intent to belittle any individuals or cause controversy within our community.  My intent is to simply state the truth that has been glossed over or neglected entirely. 

  • Letter to the editor: Freedom demands vigilance

    America! What shall we do? Our once great Christian republic is in serious trouble. Over a long period of time, the forces of the ultra-left have placed their legions into strategic positions in our government, our schools, and our churches. Their purpose was to prepare for their day of revolution when they will attempt to totally destabilize the republic of America and take it over.

  • Letter to the editor: Fan Fair organizer thanks some supporters

    Fan Fair 2012 was a great success and I have been blessed to be able to witness such a display of teamwork and sacrifice by so many different individuals and business owners in order to achieve what many thought was not possible. Months of planning, organizing, mailing, calling, begging, and borrowing paid off for me when I overheard representatives from WKYT Channel 27 in Lexington commenting to each other about how impressive our community is and how nice it must be to live in such a welcoming place.

  • Letter to the editor: Clarifying statements at recent planning and zoning meeting

    To clarify statements made at the re-zoning meeting June 25, I have no criticism of the planning and zoning commission’s activities and my comment wasn’t that I felt “Ford had been singled out by the Planning and Zoning Commission.”  
    My question was directed specifically to Mayor West as to why the Ford property request for re-zoning had required a second hearing, and I asked Mayor West for the specific statute which governed in this instance.

  • Letter to the editor: Webster's presence will be missed

    On behalf of Phyllis Webster, you will never meet such a wonderful and caring woman, who will go out of her way to help someone. Most people get out of the way so they don’t have to help someone, not even family.
    Not Phyllis Webster, she does it all, then some. It was a heartbreak for her to retire. Phyllis has not gone far, she will always be in our hearts and for some of us, Phyllis Webster became family. God bless you, Phyllis.