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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the editor: Think and pray about alcohol issue

    Last week, our conscientious son-in-law was late to work for the second time in 20 years. This was because of a wreck on Interstate 24 near Nashville, Tenn.
    It turned out that one lady had a flat tire on that interstate. Her 13-year-old boy was with her. He, being a Boy Scout, got out to change the tire.
    A second lady came speeding past.
    Unfortunately, the second lady was allegedly under thee influence. The influence drove her to run into the 13-year-old scout at the side of the road.
    He died before anyone could save his life at the hospital.

  • Letter to the editor: Support the excellent staff of New Horizons

    On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, I was admitted to the emergency room at New Horizons Hospital.
    What a busy place!
    The ambulances come and go 24/7.
    In spite of how busy they were, I received excellent care.  
    The doctors are outstanding and I especially appreciated Dr. Betty Mitchell and our own Dr. Christy Johnson.  
    My guardian angels were Nancy, Tink, Donna, Amy, Shari, Celia and others.  
    I got to bring Kasey home with me, and that is a blessing.  

  • Letter to the editor: Threlkeld will make excellent judge for Owen

       I am William Ford Threlkeld, the proud father of John Brent Threlkeld. My son is seeking to serve as our next circuit judge in the 15th judicial circuit that includes Carroll, Grant and Owen counties.
    I opened my law practice in 1949 and I retired in 2010. I practiced law in front of many judges you may have known - Ward Yager, Jim Ford, Charles Satterwhite and our current judge Stephen Bates - as well as countless other state and federal judges.

  • Letter to the editor: Kimberly Smith announces county clerk bid

    I would like to officially ask for your vote and support in the upcoming primary election. I am seeking the office of county clerk. My name is Kimberly “Kim” Smith. I currently work at Commonwealth Credit Union and have been there for over nine years. I deal with auto loans and I am a registered NMLS to assist with mortgage applications. I have worked with many of you over the years and if elected I vow to work hard for you. I have the skills needed to effectively run the clerk’s office and oversee the development the staff.

  • Ryan Quarles: New budget includes teacher, state pay hikes

    This past Monday, I was proud to vote for a responsible biennial budget which includes higher funding for Owen County schools and pay increases for our hard working state employees as well as our teachers.  
    As the 2014 General Assembly winds down, the budget process yielded a two year plan that raises the K-12 education SEEK base from $3,827 to $3,981 by 2016.  The budget also provides funds to increase internet bandwidth and school safety.

  • Letter to the editor: Travis Fitzgerald announces candidacy for magistrate

    I, Travis Fitzgerald, am excited to be a candidate for fourth district magistrate and I hope I can earn your vote May 20.

  • Letter to the editor: Dedication to community appreciated

    I would like to thank Tammy Bishop, Charlie Ellis and Carrol Ellis for their service to help the people of Owen County who are going to doctor appointments or the hospital.
    Their Christian love and kindness and prayers are awesome.
    They go above and beyond to help others.
    I feel so blessed and I’m very thankful to all who are involved in this service. They are always on time and Tammy always calls the night before to remind you!
    May we keep them in our prayers and thoughts and may God bless you.
    Michel R. Gordon
    Owenton

  • Guest columnist: Owen schools need snow days relief

    By RYAN QUARLES
    Owen County’s State Representative