There have been a few complaints about the search feature on openwebnews not working. This feature has now been fixed. Unfortunately for now it uses google for searching openwebnews. I will be switching to duckduckgo in the future for better privacy once the site is better indexed by duckduckgo.
Be cautioned that google does not believe in your privacy. Any searches done through google may reveal your identity. Especially if you are logged in via google.