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Today's Opinions

  • 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

  • Letter to the editor: Kincaid endorses Stivers for county clerk

    I am pleased to write this letter of recommendation for Laurel Stivers for Owen County Clerk. I highly recommend Laurel as a candidate to serve as our county clerk.

  • Letter to the editor: Alcorn shares our values

    I just want to start out saying that our family follows all political aspects within Owen County. We have yet, but one, candidate that has cared enough to show up and share his views and outlooks for our county.
    This man is Gary Alcorn. I see how he enjoys meeting new individuals and sharing why he should be sheriff of Owen County.
    There are numerous signs of different candidates that have been through my residence and I feel that unless I meet and hear their values and outlook for our county, I may just be voting for one candidate, and that is Gary Alcorn.

  • Clerk’s Corner: Primary day on horizon

    It’s of no surprise to anyone who has spent time in and around the county clerk’s office that the clerk and staff have been busy. We are preparing for both the primary election May 20 and for the delinquent real estate tax bills to be turned over to the clerk from the sheriff on April 15.
    On May 20, voters will go to the polls to vote on candidates for United States senator fourth congressional district, circuit clerk judge 15th judicial circuit, county judge-executive, county clerk, sheriff and magistrates for Owen County.

  • Guest columnist Julian Carroll: March was a reminder of our history

    Many lawmakers and myself joined thousands of Kentuckians gathered along Capitol Avenue Wednesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr,’s March on Frankfort.  Dr. King led 10,000 others in a march up to the front door of our Capitol on March 5, 1964 in support of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act and I was there too.