http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Community news vital to paper http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/community-news-vital-paper <p> Publisher and journalist Henry Luce once said, &ldquo;I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world.&rdquo;<br /> I&rsquo;ve found the same to be true about myself, except my world is contained to a rural county in northern Kentucky with a little over 10,000 residents.<br /> The past three months have been a learning experience for me. There have been a few tears here and there, but luckily I&rsquo;ve had our readers by my side to help guide and encourage me.<br /> Oct. 29, 2014: Letters to the editor http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/oct-29-2014-letters-editor <p> <strong>Not on ballot, but not out of picture</strong><br /> Editor:<br /> <br /> I am being asked why my name is not on the ballot for Owenton City Council. I was in the hospital Aug. 1-21 and was unable to file for this office.<br /> I deeply regret not having the opportunity to represent you. It has been a great honor to be on the city council. You have been a wonderful group to represent and I thank you for the help and support you have given me.<br /> Georgia On My Mind: 'Swag Money' fires incompetent cyber-assistant http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/georgia-my-mind-swag-money-fires-incompetent-cyber-assistant <p> 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.<br /> If not an undercover agent, however, she certainly was the most incompetent assistant in history. Or maybe the most impertinent.<br /> A moment with "Big Jim" will never be forgotten http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/moment-big-jim-will-never-be-forgotten <p> I&nbsp; met Jim Ware only one time.<br /> The occasion was an interview with Jim for information about his uncle Bill Livers. Yet my intended short visit stretched to&nbsp; over an hour as I was captivated by &ldquo;Big Jim&rsquo;s&rdquo; spell bounding talent as a&nbsp; storyteller. He regaled me with colorful tales of not only his uncle, but of his own life growing up in Owen County.<br /> Belying his illness, Jim&rsquo;s booming voice seemed to fill the room and his laughter was contagious as it tumbled from within him in loud delightful guffawing.<br /> Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Department News http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/owentonowen-county-volunteer-fire-department-news <p> <strong>BY JUDE CANCHOLA<br /> </strong></p> Take a little detour for Christmas parade http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/take-little-detour-christmas-parade <p> A couple of years ago the now-editor of the Frankfort State-Journal, Phil Case, wrote a column about his accidental entry in the Owen County Christmas Parade.<br /> Mr. Case wrote of traveling home to Franklin County from northern Kentucky via Highway 127. Apparently, in an attempt to circumvent the parade, he accidentally fell in behind Santa Claus riding on one of the Owenton fire trucks.<br /> Letter to the editor: Bess will work hard to make Owen County better http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/letter-editor-bess-will-work-hard-make-owen-county-better <p> Mark Bess should be your choice for sheriff. I have known Mark and Machelle Bess for many years. He is a Christian and will work very hard for the county to maintain safety for its citizens. He will work on shutting down the rapid drug growth that our children and grandchildren face daily. He is committed to having more police to be seen and available quickly to the southern and southeastern part of the county.<br /> Letter to the editor: Former mayor says his record is being distorted http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/letter-editor-former-mayor-says-his-record-being-distorted <p> It appears that my opposition is up to his same old tricks&nbsp; - half truths, misleading information and even straight-out lies. Let&rsquo;s start with the money we had in the bank when I left office four years ago. There was $1.3 million in the city coffers. That is a fact that is on record and is documented.<br /> The city has records and our CPA, at that time, Raisor, Zapp &amp; Woods, have the same records. Currently the city has less than $600,000. I think the citizens of Owenton deserve to know where some $700,000 has been spent in less than four years.<br />