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Opinion

  • The major task of the General Assembly this session is to pass a $20 billion financial plan to carry Kentucky through the next two years. On Tuesday, the governor will present his budget recommendations through a joint session of the House of Representatives and Senate.

    While state senators wait to receive the general and transportation budget bills, they have used the first three weeks of the 2016 General Assembly to pass a series of other bills. This allows for discussion on those bills before the budget debate overshadows the remaining weeks of the session.

  • For this first quarterly article of 2016, I wish to update you on the current situation with our local hospital, clinic, EMS service and the availability of quality healthcare in Owen County.

  • The great radio talk host, Paul Harvey, once did a segment on firefighters. In his deep, monotone voice, he said that no one could really understand the mentality of a firefighter, not even a fireman.

    When most people are running out of the burning building, firefighters run in. Wives hate the hours and children love the noise and lights. It is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, yet it’s the job that has the most early clock ins prior to the beginning of a shift.

  • Rep. Thomas Massie
    R-KY 4th District

  • It’s hard to believe that 365 days have come and gone since families across America huddled around televisions last year to watch the ball drop in Times Square. Now is a perfect time to reflect on everything that has happened this year and how to look forward to the next 366 days. Yes, it’s a leap year.

  • Editor’s Note: The following column, famously known as “Yes, Virgnia,” is the most reprinted newspaper column in any English-language newspaper. 

    DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.

    Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

    Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’

  • Editor:

    I would like to invite your readers to embark on a big reading adventure, “The Kentucky 120 United Bible Reading Marathon.”

    We are asking for 120 readers to read from Genesis 1:1 on 12:01 a.m., Jan. 1, to Revelation 22 ending at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 4.

    All 120 counties will be reading the exact same scriptures at the same time. Our location is the IOOF Lodge on Friday, Saturday and Monday and on Sunday we are asking every church to read Ezekiel and Daniel.

  • Local Republican Party vice-chairman endorsing Carson for President

    Editor:

    Thanks to the 58 percent of Owen County Republicans, Democrats and other voters who voted for Matt Bevin. Owen County also chose all Republican candidates for state Constitutional offices and five won statewide. You’ve helped Kentucky immeasurably.

    But now, non-Republicans must decide whether to participate in the Owen County Republican Caucus, to be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., March 5, 2016, at the Lighthouse Church.

  • Long before modern instruments were available to make weather predictions, animals and farmers observed their surroundings in order to prepare for a hard winter.
    Squirrels rushing about to store an abundance of acorns was an early sign of a hard winter. The small woolly worms also gave clues about what to expect in the upcoming winter season.
    If the orange band encircling the middle of the worm was narrow, most certainly heavy snow was on the way, and if the woolies were bigger and fatter than usual, bitter cold was in the forecast.

  • I’ve debated sharing my opinion about the rush of the Christmas season and skipping Thanksgiving.
    The Christmas lights going up in town last week was the icing on the cake for me.
    It’s a shame that Thanksgiving is nearly forgotten, with early Christmas sales and the rush to save a few dollars
    I’m not that old, but I can remember when the earliest you put a Christmas tree up was three weeks before Christmas and Thanksgiving Day was an entire day spent with family eating and having good, quality time together.

  • “Held for a moment. Loved for a lifetime.”
    These words, etched into the tiny white tombstone, had been been pulmetted by the elements and passage of time. Yet, they whispered across the years and told the story of a heart-rendering loss.
    A small cast angel lay upon the ground in front of the small marker, its outspread wings somehow giving the impression of a protective covering for its tiny charge.

  • CASEY ELLIS | Owen County Judge-Executive

  • The Breeder’s Cup gallops into Lexington next weekend for the first time in history. Since it’s about the biggest do in horse racing, our town is putting on its company best. From abundant flowers to stunning street murals, to charming sidewalk cafés and gourmet food trucks, we’re looking good. We’ve even gilded the lily, and made  Keeneland – already one of the prettiest places in America – more lovely and accommodating.  

  • Editor:
    Voters who are eligible to vote for third-district vacancy for Owen County Board of Education on Nov. 3, 2015: This letter is to endorse Kae Crenshaw for the vacant seat of District 3 of Owen County Board of Education.

  • The aged photograph revealed a steamboat captain whose chiseled features were accentuated by a neatly trimmed beard.
    Gazing at the image one could imagine a slim, energetic figure pacing the deck of a steamboat as he barked orders to his crew and guided his vessel to an Owen County landing in the late 1800s.
    Captain Samuel Sanders was born in 1813, and when not on the Kentucky commanding one of his packet boats, he could be seen roaming the hills on his farm in Monterey.

  • JENEEN WICHE – Weekend Gardner

  • BONNIE STRASSELL – Owen County Historical Society

  • Relay team appreciates community support

  • “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” - Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NIV)
    Thank You!
    I cannot say those words enough.

  • I fired my personal assistant. I got worried she was a spy for the CIA using my ho-hum life as a front. Bumbling around working for me, a Kentucky grandmother on Medicare, she was respectably dull and invisible, ready to take on any ISIS terrorists who may have penetrated the frozen foods section of my local Kroger.
    If not an undercover agent, however, she certainly was the most incompetent assistant in history. Or maybe the most impertinent.