• I enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of 17 and served four years during World War II. After being honorably discharged, I returned home and met my wife, Jackie, who was two-years younger than I and still in school.

    We went to her prom, and it turned out to be the longest prom date in history, as we eloped that very evening. We enjoyed 59 years and 9 months together before Jackie passed away in January last year. Soon after, I moved to Owen County and became a permanent resident in Perry Park Country Club.

  • The family of Eric Garvey would like to take this opportunity to let the OCHS Class of 1988 know how appreciative we are for the living memorial in Eric’s, and other fallen classmates, memory.

    We were blessed when we read the paper and saw the pictures from the 20-year high school reunion.

    Eric would have been pleased to have known you had remembered him in such a special way.

    May God bless each and everyone.

    Ron and Diana Garvey and family

  • I would like to submit the following about our Veterans Day activities Nov. 11.

    There were several people who were responsible for putting it together who deserve recognition. Several students were involved in the activity. Those were Elaina Callahan, Cory Warren, Heather Patton, Danielle Hoop, Emma Englemann, Caleb Ashcraft, Alexa Howard, Ty Goodridge, Daniel Dauwe, Christina Johnson, Sarah Paige Tuttle and Lindsay Slayback. A special thanks also goes to Chuck D

  • Over the past couple of weeks, we have been talking to new and returning local officials following the general election earlier this month.

    Plenty of promises have been made and lots of goals and ambitions established in hopes of winning support from the public.

    In the next few months, we will monitor the progress of these issues and many others topics.

    The News-Herald will support and encourage their agendas for the betterment of the community while still working as watchdogs for the effective use of taxpayers’ money.

  • I would like to take a moment and say ‘great job’ to all primary students who played soccer this fall.

    My son played for the first time as a first-grader and loved it. Every time they won a game, he felt so good about himself.

    They won all seven of their games. All of these kids deserve more recognition. There were no tournaments, no articles, no pictures, nothing.

    There is always something about middle school or high school sports.

    My point is even though this is park and rec. sports, these kids don’t try any less.

  • I’d like to answer Tracey Westover’s guest editorial “Times are Changing,” dated Nov. 12, 2008.

    It is of utmost importance that all Christian America pray that our elected officials, including the new president, are instruments in bringing God’s will in America for all Americans.

    Ms. Westover stated that at a place of business her son was told “speak up – just because we’re all white doesn’t mean you can’t speak up.”

  • Racism In response to the letter by Tracy Westover, I identify with you completely. My son was faced with racism while in school. By the grace of God and after years of searching and finally being comfortable with who he is, he grew up to be a fine young man. He respects others for who they are, not by the color of their skin. Racism couldn’t take the goodness out of his heart.

  • We would like to invite you to attend the Fido Fiesta from 3:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Elk Creek Winery.

    There will be silent auctions, in house raffles, a private wine tasting tour by reservation only and musical entertainment by Jake Walls throughout the evening. Proceeds will go towards completion and operation of the Owen County dog shelter which will be operated by Owen County Friends of Animals Inc. under a contractual agreement with the county.

  • Let’s get one thing straight first – I’m not a racist.

    I’m a Democrat and more likely to be accused of being a member of “the liberal media” than a conservative mole.

    Last week, two ladies called me following the election of Barack Obama and the publication of our election edition.

    They both said they were African-American who live in Owen County.

    They both wanted to know why the paper chose to run a picture of John McCain on the front page instead of announcing the presidential victory of Barack Obama.

  • The year was 1953. A small school in Milan, Ind., and its young coach prepared for the upcoming season.

    The expectations were high following a trip to the final four the year before. Even with four returning starters, no one could have imagined what happened.

    Milan High School, with an enrollment of 161, finished off the 1953-54 season by doing what many believed to be impossible.

    The Indians won the Indiana High School basketball championship. Milan remains the smallest school to ever claim the title.

    How did they do it?

  • I just wanted to let the employee at (a local institution) that was worried about the “coon” running for president – he’s your president now.

    At another business, my son was told “speak up – just because we’re all white doesn’t mean you can’t speak up”

  • It’s time for a change!

    I should have written this sooner. But with all the recent changes we have seen, I feel there is not a better time than now.

    Every school night, my three girls – twins age 5 and another daughter age 13 – come to me and ask, “Mom, is this OK?”

    I say what I think is appropriate.

    We go through a regular routine. My 13-year-old comes to me and asks is this OK. I say I think so.

  • We expect a peaceful exchange of power. Once a presidential term is complete, he/she steps down and someone else steps up to take their place – no guns, no violence, no military take-over. It seems typical, completely natural. But it is really amazing that every four years we have the opportunity to overhaul our government.

  • The organizers would like to thank everyone for their help and cooperation in this year’s high school mock election. We feel it is very important to inform our students on the issues and candidates, and although most of our students cannot vote in tomorrow’s election, the winner of this election will affect all of our students as they enter college, the military or the workforce in the next four years. Again, thank you for your participation and cooperation over the last few weeks.

    And now for the news you have all been waiting for:

  • There is an older couple in my neighborhood. They are nice enough. Both of them are retired and stay pretty much to themselves most of the time.

    Since we only moved to the neighborhood a few weeks ago, my wife, Kellee, asked the lady neighbor if we could expect a lot of trick-or-treaters this Halloween.

    I was kinda shocked by their answer.

    My wife was told that they don’t participate in trick-or-treat – not because of a religious belief against Halloween but simply because they don’t want to hand out candy.

  • My how times have changed!

    I was second district magistrate in the late 1950s until 1965.

    I was appointed by then Gov. Bert Combs to fill out the term vacated by Edgar Sowder and won a full term in 1960 with Paul J. Jones as my opposition.

    I served under two county judges – Horace Ransdell and Kepple Roland.

    The fiscal court at that time had jurisdiction over the courthouse, jail, roads and the hospital along with the commodity program and the food distribution program.

    The magistrates were paid $15 a month and no benefits.

  • Our founding fathers spent much time in prayer and fasting for this great nation. I hope each reader has spent much time in prayer and fasting for this election.

    We sure have.

    Our forefathers knew full well that our great God Jehovah is a jealous god and will have no other gods before him (Exodus 20:3) Blessed is the nation whose god is The Lord (Psalm 33:12).

    Please consider each party platform and judge it by the Bible and then everyone go vote.

    It is my prayer that you vote the Bible.

  • I would like to invite you to join in this year’s Christmas Child project, a worldwide outreach of Samaritan’s Purse that touches the lives of millions of hurting children each year through the power of a simple gift. Shoe boxes filled with presents by caring people can bring love, joy and hope to little ones living in some of the most desperate circumstances imaginable.

  • The news media coverage about the abuse of authority by the top Owen County officials has been an embarrassment to Owen County and is the topic of discussion among everyone.

    The bad news is that (some of) our county officials - Judge-executive Billy O’Banion, former Deputy Judge-executive Renaee Gaines, and Treasurer Gayla Lewis - are giving our county government a bad name.

  • It doesn’t really matter if you vote for Barack Obama.

    It doesn’t really matter if you vote for John McCain.

    Whether you support Mitch McConnell or Bruce Lunsford is kinda beside the point.

    The point is to just get out there and vote.

    Almost everyone has had the old saying “if you don’t vote, you have no right to complain” drilled into their head by their mother.

    And complaining about politics appears to have replaced baseball as America’s true pastime. It could probably give NASCAR a run for its money.