Today's Opinions

  • Only in a small town

    You always hear of small town love, support and pride – but what does that really mean?

    Unlike John Mellencamp, I wasn’t born in a small town, but my family’s roots were pretty deep in one. Born and raised in Frankfort, we had the conveniences of more than a choice of either a burger or pizza and a bigger selection than the Dollar Store and Save-Way could provide.

    I guess I really didn’t understand it and fall into the mindset of loving the small-town atmosphere until I made Owen County my home in 2000.

  • Letter to the editor | Dog napping not just in Gallatin Co.


    The News-Herald said there were dogs missing in Gallatin County.

    Well, they are in Owen County too.

    I, Bert Wooten, had a dog taken from me in front of the county barn. A friend named Walker on Highway 22 East had one taken off the chain at his place. This needs to stop. The dogs had name plates on them.

    Bert Wooten

  • Could you rig an election in Kentucky? Experts say it would be difficult

    By Chris Kenning
    The Courier-Journal
    Donald Trump’s rhetoric about election rigging and voter fraud might not sound so far-fetched to residents of Clay County, Ky.
    In 2010, a handful of locals including a former circuit judge were convicted in a scheme that included vote-buying and changing votes at polling machines, fraud that the FBI said impacted the outcome of local elections.

  • Letter to the Editor: Drug prevention coalition hopes to host Faith to Stand event

    On April 1, 2017, Champions for a Drug-Free Grant County partnered with the Grant County Drug Task Force to host the first Faith to Stand event at Grant County High School. Members of the Faith sector had had enough of sitting idly by and watching their loved one’s battle drug abuse and addiction and not doing anything about it.

  • Are you getting the proper amount of sleep?

    by Judy Hetterman

  • Letter to the editor: Readers dismayed by newspaper’s coverage of arrest

    I was dismayed when I opened a recent News-Herald and saw a very large picture and headlines concerning the Carolyn Keith arrest.
    I would rather have seen the lead news story be about Carson Williams bringing the national spotlight to Owen County. Better yet, fill the entire front page with the story and pictures of the Williams brothers and run the Keith story elsewhere in the paper. The News-Herald missed an opportunity to showcase two young, successful Owen County men.

  • What passed, failed in 2017 regular session

    By Tom Loftus
    The Courier-Journal
    Here’s a look at what the Kentucky Legislature did during the 2017 regular session, which ended at midnight Thursday.
    l Charter schools
    House Bill 520 will allow publicly funded charter schools to operate in Kentucky beginning next school year, although none are expected to begin operation until 2018-19.
    l Education reform

  • April is national Donate Life Month

    By Margaret forsee
    Owen County Circuit Court Clerk
    National Donate Life Month is celebrated each April to bring much needed attention to healing lives through organ, tissue, cornea and living donation. Through the entire year, Kentucky’s Circuit Clerks are dedicated to providing education and registering Kentuckians as organ donors while obtaining a license or ID.