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Today's Opinions

  • Bidding farewell to sweet Owen

    In May 2015, I was like one of many college graduates that walked across the stage, shook hands with the dean, grasped the diploma cover and walked away. But I was one of the graduates that didn’t have life figured out. I had interviewed at several places both inside and outside of our particular company and didn’t have a full-time job lined up after graduation. The interviews and numerous job applications came to an end early in September when News-Herald Publisher Jeff Moore told me about this opening. It was a glimmer of light in what was otherwise a bleak summer.

  • Letters to the editor | Aug. 10, 2016

    Editor:

    I want to take a moment and share my thoughts on how Owen County Government has changed in the past decade and the bright future that I believe Owen County is facing under the leadership of our county Judge Executive Casey Ellis and the reorganization that is continually underway.

  • Local prohibition a deterrence to visitors; Olds thankful for honor

    Editor:

    When I travel outside the Commonwealth and meet various people, two of Kentucky’s signature industries are almost always brought into conversation.

    “Do you attend horse races?” and “What is your favorite bourbon?”

    “Yes, and heck yes,” I say!

  • Stafford sacrificed for her children

    My brothers and I would like to nominate our beautiful Mama for the 2016 Mother of the Year award.

    She was born and raised in Owenton and has since spent her entire life being a contributing citizen of this beautiful county. Mom met Dad when he came to Owenton to be a 4-H agent back in the 1970s. As she does with so many, she quickly stole his heart. They married on a beautiful Kentucky fall day in October 1976. Over the next eight years, she had me (Kristin) and my two brothers, (Mike and Matt).

  • Ellis reflects on past year, looks ahead in state of the county

    Editor’s note: Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis gave his second state of the county address July 14 at the Owen County Chamber of commerce breakfast meeting. The following is a transcription from a recording of the address.

  • Don’t miss 2016 4-H Fair & Horse Show

    Editor:

    It’s that time of year, the Owen County Fair will be held July 16-23.

    The fair will begin Saturday with baby pageants beginning at 10 a.m., with Miss Teen, Miss Pre-teen starting at 3 p.m. and Miss Owen at 6 p.m., also the Horse show at 7 p.m.

    On Sunday, the Fair Board will be showing their appreciation to all Veterans of Owen County with a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Extension Office honoring our Veterans.

  • Locals recall relief from heat in swimming holes

    “Oh! the old swimmin’-hole! In the long, lazy days

    When the humdrum of school made so many run-a-ways,

    How plesant was the jurney down the old dusty lane,

    Whare the tracks of our bare feet was all printed so plane

    You could tell by the dent of the heel and the sole

    They was lots o’ fun on hands at the old swimmin’-hole.” - James Whitcomb Riley

  • Criminal justice reform in Kentucky

    We’ve reached a critical point in Kentucky – one where our prisons and jails are full, overdose deaths continue to rise and far too many children have parents who are imprisoned.

    We can no longer afford to cling to the outdated idea that prison is the only way to effectively hold people accountable for their crimes. Instead, we need to take a smarter, more measured approach to criminal justice.