• I will be so glad when this election is over. I am sick and tired of all the political ads — on both sides. I mute them or watch DirecTV now to get away from them. Neither party of any of the races have shown themselves adult enough to be a representative of this state or any other elected position, which doesn’t mean to say I won’t vote. I have voted in every election since I got the privilege at 18. If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain.

  • The Civil War tore at the very fiber of America. And though the state of Kentucky initially declared neutral, it soon found itself embroiled in the battle, with loyalties dividing families, friends, and neighbors.

  • I would like to tell you about my experience with the Owen County Adult Learning Center and its staff.

    First, let me start off by saying that I dropped out of high school back in 1995. Needless to say, when I came into the center this past February, I was nowhere near prepared to take the GED test.

    I took the pre-test, had it explained to me where I placed, what actions to take next, and to come back on Tuesday to start classes.

  •  I am writing to voice my support for Neese Chilton who is running for Owen County School Board for district five. I have had the honor and pleasure of knowing Neese and her family personally for five years since she has trusted me to watch her son during the day time (I have known Neese for much longer but the past five years I have gotten close to her and her family).  Neese is from Owen County and lives in the Wheatley area.

  • Ms. Mason, it sounds to me as though you have judged all Christians. Maybe you talked to or heard five or 10 saying something. I believe there are thousands of Christians that don’t say such things.

    I am a sinner saved by Grace. I’m not a model Christian or a Bible scholar, but Jesus said, “Judge not that ye be not judged” Matthew 7:1-2.

    Did you open the door. We are to separate ourselves from such.

  • I hope that four to five years from now, we’re on our way to a strong recovery, based on the fact that a record number of voters embraced their rights and made an informed decision at the voting booth in 2010.  

    There couldn’t be a more important election than this one.

    The corporate power behind many of the candidates is not out of generosity, but out of greed and the need for control. 

  • To the voters in district four:

    Troy Bramblett is running against Ray Smith for Owen County fourth-district magistrate in the Nov. 2 General Election. 

    Our district includes the areas of Wheatley, Monterey, Gratz, Pleasant Home and Perry Park.  There is a crucial need to have new blood to represent our district.

    On Thursday night, Oct. 14, a district-four forum was held at the Monterey Fire House for the purpose of meeting and asking questions to the incumbent Ray Smith and Troy Bramblett.   

  • John Waltz in campaign literature claims that Congressman Geoff Davis “refused to help him get treatment he needed from the VA.” When an experimental anthrax vaccine caused Waltz health problems.

    There is no record to tell us what Congressman Geoff Davis did, or did not do for Waltz, just the claim to by Waltz, who is running for congress against Geoff Davis.

  •  She claimed she was not a historian but a memoirist; yet the words of Georgia Green Stamper, guest speaker at the Owen County Historical Society meeting Thursday, skillfully took on the cadence of the color, life, and movement of Owen County history.

  • I have noticed in the News-Herald that many animals in several counties in Kentucky are being mistreated. Many dogs and puppies are being abandoned in our area. The Owen County Friends of Animals Inc. — (502) 514-1439 — has several dogs for adoption. They do a wonderful job taking care of homeless dogs, but financial help is needed. Please help “Man’s Best Friend.”

    The following by an unknown author was found on the Internet:

    A Dog’s Plea

  • 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.