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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the editor: West points to city’s accomplishments

    I would like to announce my candidacy for re-election for mayor of the city of Owenton.
    I have done what I said I would do four years ago and more.
    We have resurfaced 21 streets. We have had 12 houses torn down, one of which had been condemned since 2005 plus one car garage and one small building.
    We have cut our regular budget by $100,000 a year plus some salaries that were too high.
    Six sections of land have been annexed into the city limits in the last 20 years that are now certified at the secretary of state.

  • Letter to the editor: Volunteers appreciate community’s support of Morgan tournament

  • Letter to the editor: Sipple will focus on family as councilman

    My name is Milford Sipple and I’m announcing my candidacy for Owenton City Council.
    I have lived most of my life in Owen County and have raised my family here. My eldest daughter Stacey Sipple Long is the director of the Owenton Senior Center. My youngest daughter, Robbyn Sipple Wainscott, is the accounts payable clerk for the Owen County Board of Education. I also have two grandchildren who attend the Owen County School System.

  • Letter to the editor: Bess will bring new energy to Owen Co. sheriff’s office

    I want to encourage people to get out and vote on Nov. 4.
    I agree with our Owen County Clerk Laurie Stivers that it is a shame we did not have a better turnout for the Sept. 16 election.
    Now that the alcohol vote is over, I agree with you in that our community needs to focus our energy on fighting the battle on drugs in our county.
    I believe one step we can take in that direction is to vote for Mark Bess for Owen County Sheriff on Nov. 2.

  • Letter to the editor : Tackett will make great state representative

    Chuck Tackett is a local Scott County farmer and magistrate running for state representative for the 62nd District which includes Scott and Owen counties. Without a doubt, Chuck Tackett is the most qualified man to represent us in Frankfort.
    I have known Chuck for many years. He has always been a dear friend to my family, a leader among our farmers, and rock for the community as a whole.

  • All I’m saying is ... With wet/dry vote over, community should focus energy on fighting drugs

    Now that the wet/dry issue has been settled in Owenton for the foreseeable future, the public’s focus should be turned toward an epidemic that claims victims on an almost weekly basis in Owen County.
    If you talk to police in Owenton, you’ll find they respond to a potential overdose with shocking regularity. Recently at a meeting of the Owenton City Council, Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry said his officers worked three overdoses in a single weekend.

  • Letter to the editor: Take a moment to remember 9-11 and thank first responders

    Our lives seem so busy in today’s world that we do not take the time to express to others, and more importantly God, our thanks for the freedoms and privileges we have as Americans.
    I invite all Owen countians to join us around the flagpole at the Owen County Courthouse for a memorial prayer remembering 9-11 and those who lost their lives on that day.
    We also need to pray a prayer of thankfulness for our first responders and the many volunteers in Owen County who daily aid those in need.

  • Letters to the editor: Be ready to help emergency workers

    Care to take a guess as to how many cell phones there are in Kentucky?
    According to date released by the Kentucky State Police in 2012, Kentuckians held approximately 3.2 million cell phones.
    Care to take a guess as to how many calls are placed to Kentucky 911 emergency centers per year? According to 2012 data, that number is 3.6 million.
    Yes, that number is staggering. But as we all know, dialing 911 in an emergency is the most important thing you can do.