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Opinion

  • Annelise wants to be a spaceman, she told me, so that she and I can fly to the moon.

    “What will we do when we get there?” I asked, not telling her that the astronauts had found the moon to be a cold, dark place.  I sank deeper into my easy chair, though, in case she had any ill-timed illusions of leaving the earth’s atmosphere that afternoon. My bones have been achy lately, and I wasn’t sure I was up to spur of the moment space travel.

  • At the beginning of time — so the stories went — my people decided to leave the faraway land of Virginia, and made a great pilgrimage across the mountains, and through the gap, seeking our “Promised Land.” It was the singular most extraordinary event in our history. Our people became legends, our stories myths, our places hallowed.

    With these words, columnist and Kentucky author Georgia Green Stamper, who will be the special guest of the historical society Thursday evening, describes her forefathers’ journey from Virginia to Owen County, Kentucky.

  • Once again, the city of Monterey became a small river town brought alive by the past and present people of Owen County for the homecoming fair. The week before the fair, the town was full of volunteers, painting, mowing and trimming weeds. They really cleaned the city up beautifully.

    Amanda Hammonds and Emma Thornton did a great job on the parade this year.

  • Recently, we learned that another young person in our nation took his own life after he had been ridiculed, shamed and publicly humiliated because he was gay. He was 18 years old, a college freshman and an accomplished violinist. Within the last three weeks, we learned that at least five young people in our nation, who were either gay or labeled as gay, committed suicide because they were treated so despicably by others. Two of them were 13 years old. Are you as heartsick to hear this as I am?

  • Over the past few months, our community has been a beehive of conversation around the goings and comings of several school administrators, including our superintendent, high school principal, athletic director, board members, some coaches and other employees some community residents would prefer no longer worked for the school system.

  • There is nothing more rewarding than to see the eyes of a small child light up on Christmas morning after seeing the presents left by Santa.

    Unfortunately, there are many children in our area that will not be able to share that experience.

  • Last Friday, I attended the homecoming festivities of Owen County High School. Having graduated in 1967, it was good to go back and see some ‘old’ friends, particularly Larry Dale Perry and Irene Cook Perkins.

    I watched with immense pride the crowning of my great niece as 2010 homecoming queen. Owen County is probably one of the few remaining counties where a young girl who shows big bulls for a hobby can still earn the title of homecoming queen.

  • Greetings From Dubai,

    This message might meet you in (utmost surprise), however, it’s just my urgent need for foreign partner that made me to contact you for this transaction. I am a banker by profession from United Arab Emirates and currently holding the post of director auditing and accounting unit of the bank.

  • The members of the Owen County Arts Council would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to all those who helped make our Sweet Owen Days fund-raiser a success.

    We’d especially like to thank the artists who donated items for this raffle — without whose generosity we could not have succeeded.

    Your interest and support mean so much and is a source of great encouragement.

    Thanks again,

    The Owen County Arts Council

    Patty Petzinger

    Barbara Duvall

    Joan Goderwis

  • This is in response to Teresa Biagi’s letter to the editor last week. First of all, I would like to say I am writing this as an individual and not as a representative of First Baptist Church. I am a proud and active member of Owenton First Baptist and it was the collective membership of the church that made the decision to take down the Morgan house as opposed to spending a great deal of money to restore the building. I love historical homes. I grew up in one on North Adams Street and hated to see the Morgan house’s life come to an end.

  • Lately I’ve been fascinated by stories of people who grew up in church and now have abandoned the denominations of their youth, and sometimes church altogether.

    In a very funny memoir, “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress,” Rhoda Janzen writes about having to wear frumpy skirts, granny panties and doilies on her head and eating lots of potatoes.

  • As I was on my knees one Saturday afternoon, I had an epiphany.

    Lest you think I was on my knees praying, I wasn’t, although Lord knows I should have been. And it wasn’t so much an epiphany as it was a random thought.

  • In the next few weeks, the candidates for several different offices in Owen County will hit the streets and try to convince their neighbors that they are the best person for the job.

  • In light of recent events, I felt compelled to personally and publically thank Mr. Tim Marcum for his continuing service to Owen County schools, Owen County athletics and Owen County students.

  • The other day, I was throwing together a hash-brown potato casserole at the last minute for a potluck family reunion when I realized the recipe called for a can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup, an item I’d forgotten to pick up on my run to the grocery store. But not to worry, I thought.

  • In 2006, we were told by doctors in another hospital that our mother would die in the next few days.

    The reason I am sharing these thoughts with you is I was approached by someone who wanted more information on the home dialysis and I feel there are more people out there who one day may need to think about going this way instead of going to a clinic and going through a more aggressive treatment.

    Instead of doing it daily, you do it every two to three days and it is more aggressive.

  • Thank you, Owen County.

    I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the Rotary Club’s “Owen Countian of the Year” award, presented to me at the Owen County Fair 2010. I was so surprised.

    I was about age 42 when I felt the urge to record Owen County’s local history. My dreams, aspirations and desire of yester years began to unfold into action.

  • 1 John 5:2 says, “This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.” 

    Notice the word of God tells us to first of all love God and also carry out his commands. During the summer months of 2010, the Baptist churches in Owen County surely showed their love for God and his children; and by doing this they also followed his commands. Almost 100 percent of the Baptist churches collected school supplies for the Owen County Schools.

  • My name is Patty Barnes and I have been on dialysis for almost a year.

    Three times a week I travel to northern Kentucky to receive dialysis treatment. I also see Dr. Mital, a kidney specialist in northern Kentucky.

    If the dialysis clinic had opened here in Owenton, I could see him more, instead of traveling.

  • I’d like to take a moment to say thank you to those who have been taking the time and energy to pick up trash along the roads in Owen County. I’ve seen them a few times on my way to Frankfort and I saw a group working on the Sparta Road the other day. It surely does make a difference when people care enough to keep our county clean.

    It would be wonderful if people wouldn’t throw the trash out in the first place, but thank goodness there are those willing to pick it up. Your efforts are appreciated. If I were able, I would help you myself.