• Grassroots helps keep party strong

    I am writing to thank the Owen County Republican Committee for inviting me to speak with them at The Smith House recently and to congratulate them on their successful re-organization this year.

  • Truck will be valuable to entire community

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    Truck will help our community

    The Owen County Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank the following people:
    • Vogel/POH/Fire Services and E-One for building our truck.
    • The 2011 Owen County Volunteer Fire Department truck committee was Robb Chaney, Greg Estes, Jeff Wright, Marlin Webster, Jackie Webster, Darrel Hearn, David Lilly, Rick Morgan and Josh Willobuy for countless hours of meeting, discussing what we needed.

  • Letter to the editor: Let there be a lesson

    God did a good job creating Whitney Houston. She was beautiful, smart, and talented. At least, she reportedly sold 170 million records.
    But somebody “hooked” her on drugs, I’m told. Someone, they say, taught that bright young lady to like alcohol. Wouldn’t you hate to be that first “somebody” that introduced Whitney to drugs and alcohol? And, wouldn’t it be awful to have given (sold) her the last dose?

  • Letter to the editor: Faith and economy should be linked

    Although I understand that city council has decided not to pursue the reclassification of the city of Owenton, I would like to address comments made by Curtis Sigretto in the Feb. 8 issue of the News-Herald.
    Mr. Sigretto supports the reclassification and gave several reasons for his stand. He stated that reclassification should not be a religious decision but instead more of an economic decision.
    The word “economy” is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as: the frugal and judicious management of land, family, money, business, or government.

  • Letter to the editor: U.S. House candidate to visit public at Smith House Thursday

    We are recruiting candidates for Geoff Davis’ Congressional seat to come to Owenton to meet our residents and answer your questions. 
    This is an important election and we should meet the candidates. 
    The first to accept our invitation is Thomas Massie.  He is 40-years old, an electrical and mechanical engineer and businessman. 

  • Letter to the editor: No pot of gold at the end of a rainbow

    We now have a month of 2012 gone and most our New Year’s resolutions already broken. I was driving on several county roads the other day and reflecting on Owen County’s past and thinking of our future.
    As I drove and thought of all the personal agendas of various folks in Owen County and those from the outside that do and would take advantage of our citizens, I ask myself a question – Is there hope for our county?

  • Letter to the editor: Don’t forget employee license tax due soon

    Any proprietorship, partnership, corporation or individual owning a business or working within the city limits of Owenton is required to obtain an occupational license and submit quarterly 1 percent employee license.
    This includes any trucks making deliveries and mail carriers.
    Any employee working for a business that does not withhold the 1 percent employee license tax is required to submit their earnings individually.

  • Letter to the editor: Firefighters appreciate community’s help with food and coat drive

    The fire departments of Owen County would like to say thank you to the community for its generosity during the coat and food drive.
    The fire departments collected over 800 cans of food, 200 coats and three boxes of toys.
    The fire departments also received cash donations from members of the community to buy food for the foood drive.
    All the donations were greatly appreciated. They were able to help serve 29 needy families and they were also ale to give 116 people coats.

  • Letter to the editor: Annexation plan would only affect businesses

    It has been brought to my attention that the residents on the roads that we are annexing into the city seem to think they will be in the City of Owenton. That is not true. The only ones that we can bring in without a vote are the businesses.
    We have had the original boundary of the city resurveyed because there were some question as to where the actual lines were. It seems that there is more property in the city than we thought.
    The reason we are annexing all the roads is for future economic development. If we don’t grow, we will not exist.

  • Letter to the editor: West reflects on first year as Owenton mayor

    2011 was a year of a lot of changes here in the city of Owenton.
    We have cut some salaries, made changes in the administration, cut our budget by $80,000, changed our phone service at city hall, the fire department and the industrial foundation for a savings of $2,500 per year. We’ve had seven areas resurveyed that had been done since 1981, but were not sent to the secretary of state, nor was it filed at the county clerk’s office. We also got back half of our property that was mistakenly deeded to Kentucky American Water when it was sold in 2005.