• Recently my mother got an invitation from Lincoln Institute to attend her high school reunion. It was the secondary school in Shelbyville area where black people sent their children “back in the day” because there was no high school available to them in the county.

    I mention this for a couple of reasons.

  • March 21 through 27, 2010, marks the 12th anniversary of Commonwealth Cleanup Week. Commonwealth Cleanup Week is an annual week-long event implemented by the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC), and it also kicks off the Great American Cleanup, spanning from March-May. Its purpose is to provide Kentucky communities an opportunity to “spring clean,” recycle and promote personal responsibility across the Commonwealth.

  • This week, an old friend who lives on the other side of the continent dropped back into my life. We were classmates and sorority sisters during our college days at Transylvania, but we haven’t seen each other in over 40 years.

    Reunions are as sweet as ripe fall pears when you’ve reached our stage of life. We’ve talked non-stop about the old days, the new days, and many of the ones in between.

    But we haven’t talked about the elegant, wide brimmed felt hat I wore to the Freshman Tea. Because I can’t, even now, do so without blushing.

  • To the people residing in Owen County:

    The U.S. Constitution requires a national census once every 10 years to count everyone residing in the United States. It is important to count all residents - both citizens and non-citizens.

    The purpose of the census is multi-faceted, but key to the census collection is that it helps define who we are as a nation; it affects our political representation; and most important to the school system is that it directs the allocation of billions of dollars in governmental funding.

  • In the coming days and weeks, the pages of the News-Herald will be filled with election stories, campaign advertisements and letters from you, voicing your concerns on the upcoming May primary election.

    There is no doubt that election time is an exciting time for everyone involved, even the average citizen.

  • Children learn by watching and listening to adults. They also take notice of store marquees, especially in  our rural town of Owenton. While my husband and I were traveling to church this past Sunday morning, I was appalled when I read what the marquee at Dairy Queen said “Gallatin Sucks.”

    Well, without thought, that immediately told me that Owen County had lost to Gallatin County at Saturday night’s ball game.

  • The beautiful Elk Creek Vineyard and Winery was the setting for the “2010 Leadership Owen County Opening Retreat.” The date was Feb. 5 and 6. The weather was not a deterrent for the future leaders of Owen County. The day started off with a “meet and greet.” Angie Woodward from the Leadership Kentucky had a fun activity to get everyone energized.

  • It’s easy to forget, but our 300 miles of county roads are equal to the driving distance from Owenton to Chicago, Detroit or Chattanooga.

    Keeping that enormous length of roads passable under very challenging conditions is a noteworthy achievement.

    As the snow begins to melt and the storms of the last month fade into memory, let’s remember to send a note of appreciation to hard-working road crews and administrators. 

    With limited resources they worked day after day and night after night, their trucks making a repeated and reassuring rumble.

  • The last U. S. Census was taken in 2000. Since this information is compiled every 10 years, this mean it’s that time again. Your form will be mailed to you within the next few weeks.

    Why is this information so important?

  • I have been advised that a new library is going to be built, but what concerns me is that they are planning to move outside of the city limits.

    A lot of people walk to the library daily and even though there are sidewalks all the way to the school, how many people are going to let their kids or themselves walk that far?

    The city (could) lose the (payroll tax) revenue.

    We don’t need to lose another business in town. Please let their board know.

    Larry Dale Perry

    Owenton City Councilman


  • I believe Black History Month is a great way to pay tribute and honor a lot of deserving people – the men and women who gave so much to make the world we live in today a better place to live.

    The civilization, freedom, education and all the good things most people enjoy today come with a high price. The price was blood, sweat and tears; mistreatment; prejudice; segregation; and wars fought at home and abroad.

  • Last week, Ernie and I made the 70-mile trip from Lexington to Owenton to tend to a little business. We had several stops on our do-list, not the least of which was meeting up with a friend. We wanted to give her a copy of an old picture of particular interest to her family, and she in turn had several she wanted Ernie to see. His hobby is computer restoration of historic photographs, and we both are local history buffs, so we make time for such encounters whenever and wherever we can.

  • Editor’s Note: Senator Damon Thayer represents the 17th Senate District which includes Owen County.

    Toyota has been a great corporate citizen of Georgetown and Kentucky because of the way it has conducted its business in Kentucky and other American communities for more than 50 years.  They’ve set an example for other companies to follow.

  • First of all, I would like to thank you for having the vision to try to get casino gambling in this state.

  • Each year shortly after Christmas, department stores, drug stores and the like turn red. Flower shops advertise bouquets of roses. Little kids pick out their favorite cartoon character Valentines to exchange with their classmates. Everyone scrambles to buy that special someone the perfect Valentine’s gift.

  • Have you considered becoming an election officer in Owen County?

    The election officers are a vital part of having a smooth, fair and accurate election.

    In order to serve as an election officer, you must attend election training sessions; you must also be a qualified registered voter. You can serve as a precinct officer as long as you will be 18 years old on or before the general election.

  • The snow finally arrived early this morning. It’s a measly three inches, but it’s better than nothing. I don’t know who is more relieved to see it – me or Bill, the nice weatherman on Channel 18.

  • For the past three weeks we have all seen the images. Each time we saw the horrific pictures flash across our screens we have each thought about what we can do about it.

    The stories coming out of Haiti have been filled with destruction, disbelief and despair. According to those who have come back, it is actually much worse.

    Already orphaned children are now wondering where they are going to end up. Other children who once had someone to take care of them are now orphaned.

  • A guest editorial about the Owen County dog shelter ran in last week’s paper. Due to space constraints some information was omitted. The following is the information that was not included. OCFA would like to express our gratitude to Editor John Whitlock and The News Herald for running the weekly ad and periodically updating the community on the shelter’s progress.

  • Owen County Friends of Animals Inc. has been working diligently to improve the plight of homeless dogs in Owen County since the organization’s inception in 2005.

    The organization began when 42 citizens addressed the fiscal court voicing concerns about the lack of care for dogs in the county’s custody. At that time dogs were housed in a dilapidated barn with no heat. The primary issue of concern was that 100 percent of the dogs that were picked up by the county were euthanized (a more gentle term for killed) regardless of their adoptability.