Today's Opinions

  • Guest columnist: Addiction nearly cost me everything

    My addiction had finally hit rock bottom. I have been struggling with drug addiction since I was in high school. I was living both sides of the fence. It was like I was wearing a lampshade of who I really was. Many family members and friends were not aware of what I was doing.
    By the grace of God, we all escaped with minor injuries. Every time I see this picture I want to bawl my eyes out. I definitely count my blessings now.  

  • Letters to the editor: Champions for a Drug Free Owen County making plans

    The Champions for a Drug Free Owen County recently met at the Wild Goose. We had 15 attendees and came up with some great ideas.
    I’m happy to report that as a result of our first meeting we had three people seek treatment and $100 was sent to Grace Happens as a donation toward the recovery of a 31 year old female from Owen County who is fighting addiction. Yay God.

    Sweet Owen Day
    We will be setting up an informational booth with REACH for Sweet Owen Day Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Letter to the editor: Family of lost elderly man grateful for help

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their help in searching for my stepdad on Sunday, Aug. 18.
    Everyone’s help was greatly appreciated. A very special thanks to the Owen County Sheriff’s Department, the Owen County Search and Rescue team, Grandpaws, the Owen County Life Squad, PHI and all the other volunteers and agencies who were involved in the search.

    Lisa Renfro
    Owen County

  • Letter to the editor: New fight against drug abuse kicks off

    We had an a great turnout for our first event with more than 35 people in attendance. We had 20 volunteers sign up to join our growing team of Owen County residents ready to fight drug addiction in our community.
    If you missed this meeting, you definitely missed a blessing but don’t worry we are just getting started and there will be many more.
    In fact, this Friday from 8 to 9 a.m., we will be having a planning meeting at the Wild Goose Café to schedule future meetings, fund raising events and Celebrate Recovery ideas.

  • Letters to the editor: Company reps say pipeline will be an important part of state’s economic, logistic future

    Learning that a new underground pipeline may be coming through Kentucky has some folks asking questions. What are the risks? What about my land? What about the environmental impact? These are just a few things Kentuckians have a right to know about the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline Project.
    But those parties that use scare tactics to oppose such projects do not want you to hear the truth: that underground pipelines are a safe and effective method for transporting the energy products on which the American economy depends.

  • Letter to the editor: Public invited to honor and celebrate Wallace’s distinguished career

    This Sunday, Aug. 11, the Owen County school system will honor a long-time valued educator as she retires.  
    Ms. Jo Wallace moved to Owen County to teach in the fall of 1970 and has made this community her home and its children her family. We would like to encourage all who have been touched by her 43 years of dedicated service to join us as we wish her well in her retirement.  
    The open house is from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Maurice Bowling Middle School.

  • I'm just saying... I'm living with a Jack Russell terrorist

    I love my dog.
    She was a gift for my oldest daughter Elizabeth and the honor of naming the new puppy was left up to her.
    Being an 8-year-old little girl, Elizabeth chose “Cupcake.”
    Not since my friend Billy Johnson named his three-legged Irish setter “Speedy Gonzales” has an animal had a less appropriate name.
    When I got her from an animal shelter nearly nine years ago, she was excitable, sweet, fun, smart and mostly obedient.

  • I’m just saying ... Time to say goodbye to our latest addition

    By the time you read this, Mary will be gone and we will all miss her.
    When you have worked in newspapers as long as I have, you tend to get a little jaded. Reporters have seen a lot, done a lot and heard a lot of stories. Sometimes, a reporter or an editor has to have a fresh set of eyes to see what is in front of them.
    That’s what Mary Alford brought to the News-Herald this summer.
    She was hired for a 10-week summer intern program through the Kentucky Press Association.