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Guest Editorials

  • Senate moves for more transparency for districts

    With only a few days remaining in the 2013 Session, the Senate is working overtime to ensure that action will be taken on the most important issues for moving Kentucky forward, addressing job creation and economic development, special taxing districts, education, drug abuse, and religious freedom.

  • County Clerk Corner: I’m losing sleep over districting

    What do you think about when you find yourself unable to sleep and looking up at the ceiling in the middle of the night?
    I sometimes think that during this time, I do my best thinking on issues.
    Since the beginning of the year, I have been thinking about changes that are going to have an impact on the Owen County Clerk’s office in 2013 and 2014.
    Questions such as:
    • Will the redistricting be done in 2013 or 2014?
    • Will we be able to get all the maps and description changes done and approved on time?

  • Guest Columnist Damon Thayer: Pension reform protects present and future

    Tuesday, the Senate went back in to session for the second part of the 2013 General Assembly session.

  • Like a kiss, you can’t do it alone

    John Cheeves said, “I can’t write without a reader. It’s precisely like a kiss, you can’t do it alone.”  Life teaches us that we can’t accomplish important tasks by ourselves.  The same can be said for barn murals. Certainly, without the dedication and cooperation of many folks, we would not have been able to complete four barn murals along the Agricultural Heritage Trail in less than three years.

  • Help stop summer learning loss

  • Testing facelift: What parents can expect as testing begins

    Can you believe it’s that time of the year again? That short span of time where students are provided the opportunity to demonstrate what they know and are able to do based on their educational experience this past school year. I’m sure by now you are aware that your child will be participating in the state assessment.
    That’s right, it’s testing time again in the Bluegrass. The state test has changed considerably from what your child has been experiencing in the past. I’d like to devote this column to making you aware of those changes and why they took place.

  • Leadership Owen County 2012: Opening retreat

    By Danny Osborne
    Director of Instructional Support Services of Owen County Schools
    David Raleigh
    Superintendent of Owen County Schools
    Not originally being from Owen County, we were very excited about the opportunity to participate in Leadership Owen County. We viewed this as our opportunity to learn more about the rich heritage and tradition of our county while at the same time working with other Owen County leaders with a passion for continuous growth and improvement of our beautiful county.

  • Guest Column: Annual tournament honors Satterwhite’s legacy

    We are proud to announce that we have set a date for our 12th annual Charlie Satterwhite Memorial Golf Shamble.  This year’s tournament will take place on Saturday, March 31st at Fairway Golf Course in Wheatley.  Your participation over these past eleven years has been greatly appreciated.  Your efforts have allowed us to raise over $110,000 for our two charitable organizations.

  • Letter to the editor: Santa is pure in spirit to all


    Santa has been the most important person in my life, at least for November and December, for as long as can remember.
    Sad to say, but our world is full of sadness, crime, political problems, a bad economy, and illnesses top today’s news. 
    Santa is the only guy we can count on a couple of months out of the year to bring a surprise and reward for personally doing a good job! 
    Santa’s job is to bring gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

  • County Clerk's Corner: New year brings changes, new options

    Now, as the election is over and the holidays approach, I want to focus on public awareness of the office scheduled closings due to the computer system outages statewide. The office will be closed Dec. 23, 24 and 26 for Christmas holiday and Dec. 30, 31 and Jan 2 for New Year’s holiday.