For the best part of the last two years, I've accessed Usenet news by running slrn on my dedicated server, hosted at ThePlanet in Dallas. The server 'news.theplanet.com' happily served me via NNTP.
"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead