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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the editor: Commemorate King's march for civil rights

    February, consecrated as Black History Month in the United States by  
    President Ford’s Administration in 1976, is a month we should take the time  
    to remember the bad, recognize the good, and honor the heroic. There are so  
    many untold stories of resilient individuals who overcame the atrocities of  
    enslavement, segregation and the denial of basic human rights, by propelling  
    themselves and others into successes that would have been unimaginable just a  

  • Letter to the editor: Crash victim, family appreciates help

    Greetings from Lexington.
    My husband is the truck driver who had the accident on Cedar Creek Road last week in Kay’s Branch. One of his co-workers who drives the route frequently, picked up a copy of the News-Herald for us today and told us of the article about his accident.

  • Letter to the editor: Historians seek Canby stories

    Preserving the history of Owen County presents challenges especially when elderly people of Owen County pass away and their stories and remembrances are not shared with others.
    The Owen County Public Library and the Owen County Historical Society are involved in a joint effort to preserve the history of Owen County communities, the early schools and businesses, and the events that contribute to the traditions that provide a rich legacy for the future.
    Currently, we are searching for information and/or pictures of the Canby community.

  • Letter to the editor: Urge A.G. to enforce state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

     A federal district court judge has ruled that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Kentucky’s Attorney General Jack Conway says he has not yet decided whether to defend Kentucky’s constitution by filing an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals of the federal district court judge’s ruling.

  • Letter to the editor: Support the excellent staff of New Horizons

    On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, I was admitted to the emergency room at New Horizons Hospital.
    What a busy place!
    The ambulances come and go 24/7.
    In spite of how busy they were, I received excellent care.  
    The doctors are outstanding and I especially appreciated Dr. Betty Mitchell and our own Dr. Christy Johnson.  
    My guardian angels were Nancy, Tink, Donna, Amy, Shari, Celia and others.  
    I got to bring Kasey home with me, and that is a blessing.  

  • Letter to the editor: Threlkeld will make excellent judge for Owen

       I am William Ford Threlkeld, the proud father of John Brent Threlkeld. My son is seeking to serve as our next circuit judge in the 15th judicial circuit that includes Carroll, Grant and Owen counties.
    I opened my law practice in 1949 and I retired in 2010. I practiced law in front of many judges you may have known - Ward Yager, Jim Ford, Charles Satterwhite and our current judge Stephen Bates - as well as countless other state and federal judges.

  • Letter to the editor: Kimberly Smith announces county clerk bid

    I would like to officially ask for your vote and support in the upcoming primary election. I am seeking the office of county clerk. My name is Kimberly “Kim” Smith. I currently work at Commonwealth Credit Union and have been there for over nine years. I deal with auto loans and I am a registered NMLS to assist with mortgage applications. I have worked with many of you over the years and if elected I vow to work hard for you. I have the skills needed to effectively run the clerk’s office and oversee the development the staff.

  • Ryan Quarles: New budget includes teacher, state pay hikes

    This past Monday, I was proud to vote for a responsible biennial budget which includes higher funding for Owen County schools and pay increases for our hard working state employees as well as our teachers.  
    As the 2014 General Assembly winds down, the budget process yielded a two year plan that raises the K-12 education SEEK base from $3,827 to $3,981 by 2016.  The budget also provides funds to increase internet bandwidth and school safety.