• Lodge honors memory of Marvin Ogden

    Faith Rebekah Lodge #123 whereas, it has pleased God in his infinite wisdom to call from labor on Earth to his reward on high, our true and beloved brother, Marvin Collin Ogden, who departed this life Jan. 6, 2011 therefore be it resolved, that Faith Rebekah Lodge #123, in testimony of his loss, drape the charter in mourning for 30 days and whereas, he having been a true and faithful member of our order, therefore be it resolved, that a copy of this resolution be sent to the family, a copy sent to the News-Herald and a copy to spread on the minutes of our lodge as a memorial to him.

  • Transportation staff saving lives each day

    I am writing to let everyone know how thankful I am for the Owen County transportation services. I am a dialysis patient and have been receiving transportation from Phyllis Webster for almost two years.
    Phyllis is a wonderful person. She is always kind and caring. She devotes many hours of her time making sure others are where they need to be. She goes beyond just driving me to appointments; she always makes sure I make it on and off the van safely. Without the help of Phyllis and Owen County Transportation Services, I would not be able to receive the care I need.

  • Caring Hearts Backpack program becomes Power Packs but needs support

    We would like to give a big thank-you to the community for its support of the Caring Hearts Backpack Program for the 2010-2011 school year.
    The program was a success with approximately 375 students receiving food for the weekends. The program is run entirely on donations and grants, and we are blessed to say that it was fully funded this past year. Without this support from our community, many children would have gone hungry when there was no school breakfast or lunch.

  • Letters on wet/dry issue: Let's look at the wet argument

    Over the past several weeks, I have been reading the “Letters to the Editor” over the wet/dry issue.
    I, for one, am against the issue of Owen County becoming wet but I do believe that everyone should have the right to give their own opinion about the topic. However, if people are going to give their opinion about it, they should make sure that their facts are correct.

  • Letters on wet/dry issue: Cost of alcohol is too high

  • Letters on wet/dry issue: We are better off without bars

    On April 10, 1984, I lost my father to the actions of a drunken driver.
    My father and mother had just eaten lunch. Daddy gave her a quick kiss and went outside to finish mowing the grass. He never came back in.
    At that same time, two young men had been out on the river drinking beer with some friends. On their way home, they saw Daddy and decided to scare the “old man.” Daddy was 72, in perfect health and enjoying retirement after working 41 years for the Alabama Power Company.

  • Letter on wet/dry issue: Greed is at heart of wet drive

    I have personally been affected by alcohol in my life. Those who say that alcohol isn’t harmful are not facing reality. Anything that hinders your mind from thinking clearly and makes you do things that you wouldn’t ordinarily do sober is harmful.
    Who will benefit from Owen County going wet? A few greedy people who think that they can prosper from contributing to the delinquency of a county.
    We already have a terrible drug problem in Owen County. We don’t need alcohol sales too.

  • Letters on wet/dry issue: What’s best for Owen County?

    If you have ever had a close friend or family member who suffered from alcoholism, you will definitely know you should vote “no” on July 26. We are encouraged in God’s word to not do anything to cause anyone else to stumble. (Romans 4:21) While we all fall short of that at times, why intentionally do something we know can be so destructive for our county? “Wine is a mocker, beer is a brawler and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” Proverbs 20:1.

  • Letters on wet/dry issue: Judge-executive says voters should make informed decision

    I hope all registered voters go to the polls and vote on July 26. This is a privilege that a majority of the world’s population does not enjoy. This freedom and many others have come at a great price to those who have served our country and protected our democracy. It is my hope that we will respect each other during this time of voting.

  • Letter on wet/dry issue: Stay dry and be safer

    It’s been with great interest I’ve followed the letters and comments about the issue of voting our county wet.
    I’ve been a proud Owen countian for some 45 years. I’ve considered most of the people here caring folks who want only the best for their neighbors. I’m no longer sure of that.
    Our thinking has become selfish and unbalanced. Money seems to be all many people care about — the taxes we can collect from the sale of alcohol.