Today's Opinions

  • Audit the federal reserve | Rep. Thomas Massie

    Congressional committees are jokingly referred to as the place where bills go to die.  However, I’m happy to report that my bipartisan bill to audit the Federal Reserve passed the House Oversight and Government Reform committee by unanimous consent this summer, and is now eligible to come before the full House for a vote.  Since 90% of bills die in committee, you could say that my legislation had a near-death experience, but that’s a good thing.

  • Letters to the Editor | Aug. 31, 2016

    My heart is indeed heavy over the recent decision to ask the voters of Owen County to choose to sell alcohol, which would permit four more locations to sell packaged alcohol.
    For those who signed the petition, it will cost Owen County taxpayers $12,000 to $15,000 to have the local option election on Sept. 20.
    John Eckhardt wrote in his book, “Spiritual Warfare,” “Do not be guiled by the pleasures of alcohol and by the pervasiveness of those who promote it.”

  • 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


    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


    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


    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.