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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the Editor: Owenton police chief endorses Steve Miller

    To the voters in the upcoming Owen County Sheriff’s Primary Election, I would like to take this opportunity to support the Republican candidate Steve Miller. I believe the number one problem facing our community is drugs and the crimes associated with it. Based upon discussions I have had with many Owen countians, I am certain the majority of you feel the same.

  • Aint it The Truth: We should do whatever it takes to serve God

    The story is told about an old man who was having no luck at his favorite fishing hole. Try as he might, he could catch nothing. Meanwhile, a boy just down the way was pulling them out one after the other.
    Just as we might have done, the old man swallowed his pride and asked the boy how he was catching all those fish. The boy mumbled back something that sounded like “roo raf roo reep ra rums rarm.”
    “What was that?” the old fellow asked.
    The boy responded again: “Roo raf roo reep ra rums rarm.”

  • Guest columnist: Politics take center stage during final session days

    As the dust settles on the 2014 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly, I thought I would take a moment to discuss a few highlights.  Of the more than 800 bills filed for consideration, only a handful became law including two of my own.  
    This year’s legislative session produced a budget that better funds our schools and provides raises for our teachers and state employees after years of staying stagnant.  

  • Letter to the editor: Facebook page to honor Owen Co. servicemen from the 1950s

    I have created a Facebook page of 1950s Owen County servicemen photos and  news from the News-Herald.  The address is www.Facebook/owenmilitaryphotos-1950s or you can type in the Facebook browser these words:  Owen County, KY Servicemen photos - 1950s.
    I have been pleased to hear recently from several old Owenton friends and classmates.  My email address is:  owen58wolfe63@yahoo.com

    Bobby Bickers
    Downey, Idaho

  • Letter to the editor: Volunteers can touch many young lives

    On April 22, 2014, Girl Scouts throughout the eastern half of Kentucky honored their volunteers on Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day during National Volunteer Week.
    Our dedicated leaders give of their time on a weekly basis to plan and lead fun, educational Girl Scout troop meetings and field trips.

  • Letter to the editor: Think and pray about alcohol issue

    Last week, our conscientious son-in-law was late to work for the second time in 20 years. This was because of a wreck on Interstate 24 near Nashville, Tenn.
    It turned out that one lady had a flat tire on that interstate. Her 13-year-old boy was with her. He, being a Boy Scout, got out to change the tire.
    A second lady came speeding past.
    Unfortunately, the second lady was allegedly under thee influence. The influence drove her to run into the 13-year-old scout at the side of the road.
    He died before anyone could save his life at the hospital.

  • 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.