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Today's Opinions

  • Message from the magistrates

    To the people of Owen County,

    With the embarrassing state of affairs our county is facing, we the Owen County Magistrates would like to address a few things so everyone knows in what order we found them out.

    July 28, 2008 – The judge informed us that three problems were found in the 2006/07 audit

    July 29, 2008 – We requested payroll reports at all fiscal court meetings.

  • Judge should step down

    The 9-25-2008 edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer quotes Judge-Executive O’Banion’s lawyer as saying “”O’Banion will continue working as judge” and “we intend for him to maintain office” in response to charges that O’Banion stole more than $6,000.00 cash and over $600.00 in services from Owen County. The legal system in the United States operates on the concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty’.

  • Officials face theft charges

    The subject article I read in the Ky Enquirer dated Sept. 25 was a real eye opener with inclusive information provided by the Ky Enquirer reporter. The news article, which most of Owen County residents are aware of, stated that two Owen county officials have been charged with stealing public money and a third has ben charged with allowing it to happen. I agree with auditor Crit Luallen that “It is a sad day whenever public official are accused of breaking the public’s trust.” Everyone is also aware that the Deputy Judge-Executive has resigned.

  • Litter gatherers, beware!

    On Sept. 4 Owen County had a great opportunity to learn about substance abuse from the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force. Dwayne Rolfson showed us samples of the drugs confiscated from individuals throughout northern Kentucky and informed us about the ways these drugs are being distributed in our area. However, the main bit of information that I want to share with readers is about the dangerous method of producing methamphetamines in two-liter bottles.

  • Gaines’ manipulation of payroll

    After reading the Kentucky Auditor Crit Luallen’s audit report dated May 8, 2008, and several news articles that have been published in the past weeks by your newspaper regarding the Gaines issue, I am compelled to write this letter.

  • Respect for veterans

    What does the word Veteran mean to you?

    Is it a word that you take lightly, or maybe you don’t consider the true meaning. Is it only a word you hear during War time? Or is it a word that draws near to your heart? Maybe you’ve had a loved one who has served or is serving now.

    Our country was established by young men and women who stood up for what they believed and they laid down their lives to give us freedom. Sometimes I wonder if they think we take then for granted.

    The definition of a vertern:

  • Update from the Mayor

    The purpose of this monthly article is to better inform the citizens of Owenton and Owen County of all the events, activities and specifically the precedings of our monthly City Council meetings.

  • Starting a land trust

    Many landowners are concerned about the fate of their land beyond their lifetimes. Cherished farms, forests and the family histories they hold are often lost to development when subsequent owners need to settle a divorce, pay bills, or divide up an inheritance. Being able to pass land to the next generation with the knowledge that it will stay intact is a legacy many landowners would welcome.