• “I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training. This
    can be community college or a four-year school; vocational training or an apprenticeship. But whatever
    the training may be, every American will need to get more than a high school diploma.”
    President Obama
    Address to Joint Session of Congress, Feb. 24, 2009

  • June and July are National Fireworks Safety Month.  
    Rick Morgan, Owen County EM Director, would like to advise the public on the safe and responsible use of consumer fireworks so as to eliminate injuries.  
    Review these safety tips:
    • Use fireworks outdoors only.  
    • Obey local laws.  
    • If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
    • Always have water handy (a hose or buckets of water).  

  • Starting up a small business is hard enough.
    Countless hours of planning and many sleepless nights will be spent when a person decides to chase their dream and build something out of nothing.
    It’s part of the American dream.
    It doesn’t help when people are our to take advantage of you.

  • Recently, on a rainy, dismal day during my latest trip to Owen County, I stopped at the badly overgrown and neglected cemetery on route 127 at the Owen/Franklin County line. 

  • The Leadership Owen County class of 2012 had the privilege of visiting the facilities which provide health services for residents of Owen County.
    Parts of the dream have been accomplished.

  • No Cat convert this year

    We tried, Coach Cal.
    Thanks for the effort, Michael.
    I appreciate it, Anthony.
    You guys kept up your end of the deal.
    But unfortunately, it didn’t take.

    Last week, I shared my secret shame - my daughter is a Louisville Cardinal fan.
    Like a parent ushering their kid to rehab, I hoped that she would see the error of her ways by exposing her to a better way - The Way of The Wildcat.
    I had hoped that Saturday night’s Final Four showdown between Kentucky and Louisville would snap her back to her senses.

  • Nothing has hit me quite this hard since that fall morning in 2007, the morning I got in my car and turned on the radio to hear Porter Wagoner’s classic “Green, Green Grass Of Home.” I had assured myself that since I was starting my day off with Porter, it was sure to be a red letter day. As the last few notes of the song drifted off the airwaves, the DJ’s voice was solemn as he announced that one of country music’s last great gems had died.

  • It’s no secret that divorce can have a terrible impact on children. Some kids act out, get in trouble with the law or start hanging around the wrong crowd.
    This new crowd may lead to terrible changes in their behavior or world viewpoint.
    This happened to my own daughter Elizabeth.
    After our separation, Elizabeth moved to Louisville to live with her mom. I stayed in the bluegrass area.
    She quickly fell into the wrong crowd and that moment most fathers around here dread happening happened.
    She became a Cardinals fan.

  • The Senate had a full week of legislation and committee meetings, in addition to logging in long hours working on the state’s biannual budget. With 10 days remaining, you will see a flurry of bills voted through the chambers and updates on the budget and state’s road plan these last few working days.
    This week, the Senate considered and approved many important measures. Two in particular propose constitutional amendments.

  • I have had several inquires lately concerning farm tags. In this article I will try my best to answer some of your questions.
    On March 16, 2011 SB79 took effect. It created a weight class for farm vehicles to ensure that Kentucky farmers are not improperly ticketed and taxed when operating their vehicles across state lines. SB79 created weight classification of a 26,000 lbs. for farm tags.

  • Republican U.S. House candidates Gary Moore and Marcus Carey of Owen County addressed the Owen County Republican Party meeting at the Smith House Restaurant March 1.
    Boone County Judge-executive Moore said he expected most people from Owen County would vote for one of their own, Marcus Carey, but he hoped they would vote for him.
    Moore said he is a conservative, and very conservative Boone County has elected him many times, and he’s conservative on both fiscal and social issues.

  • By David Raleigh - For the News-Herald

  • It’s time to say goodbye to Damon Thayer.
    But it’s not him who’s moving.
    It’s us.
    Last week, the Kentucky General Assembly passed and Kentucky Gov. Steve Bashear signed into a law a new map of state senate districts. The changes were made necessary by the 2010 U.S. Census that indicated the several state senate districts had either lost or gained population.
    The old Senate District 17, which contained Grant, Owen, Scott and part of Kenton counties, was now about 13,000 residents over the ideal number for a senate district.

  • Have you ever wondered how school officials go about determining whether or not Owen County schools are in session on bad weather days?  
    With the chill of the January air upon us and the threat of wintry weather ahead, I thought you might be interested in learning how we go about making that very tough decision.
    Getting our students to and from school safely each day is the number one priority of Owen County Schools Transportation Director Jimmy Sutherland and the many bus drivers responsible for transporting your children.  

  • I’m not much a New Year’s resolution kinda person.
    I feel that if you are going to make a commitment to something, why wait until the calendar changes when you should probably start as soon as possible.
    I’ve made a few resolutions over the years but I’m still overweight and still carry most of my vices.
    But this year will be different.
    • I turn 47 in a few days. That’s when things that used to hold no concern for me start becoming a concern.
    It’s time to get everything checked out.

  • In October of 2010, I was out of work as a truck driver. Nothing on my part was keeping from going to work but one of the companies that I used to work for several years ago had placed the wrong information down on a national data base. This was resolved after nearly two months of sitting at home.
    I began to pray for I did not know if God was blocking my employment to place me in the ministry in a more full-time fashion.

  • If Joe B. Hall, Denny Crum or Rick Pitino had any role in protecting a child molester, I can’t believe there would be many people in Kentucky willing to stand up and defend them.
    Over the past few days, former players, fans and students at Penn. State have come out in support of legendary coach Joe Paterno after he was fired after 48 successful years at the university.

  • Have you ever had one of those days that you just didn’t want to end? You know the kind. It’s the day when everything is perfect, so perfect that you almost dread the sun going down because you fear that you may never have another day quite like it.
    This was the 2011 Owen County football season.
    It began in the summer when players and coaches took the field. They spilled sweat and blood in an effort to get ready for that first night when they could see just how much all that work might pay off.

  • It’s taken a  while to organize my thoughts on the “Occupy” protests.
    One phrase keeps running through my head.
    Who is that exclamation pointed at?
    To the protesters:
    The right-wing media is already trying to portray you as latter-day hippies — lazy malcontents unwilling to work hard and get ahead.

  • As fall arrives, it is also time to start planning and praying for shoebox collection through Operation Christmas Child. Collection Week this year is Nov. 14-21, and Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church will once again serve as your “relay center” to accept your shoeboxes during that week.