• You may have heard of Tona Barkley because she and her husband, John Harrod, are local musicians who perform throughout the region. Another reason you may know her is because she is on the ballot to serve as a director of Owen Electric Cooperative.

    We have known Tona for over 30 years. She is an intelligent, hardworking and honest person. She retired from KET in Lexington and has the time, energy and interest to serve the members of our electric co-op and help Owen Electric as it moves into the future.

  • I am writing this letter in support of Ann Bond to the Owen Electric Board of Directors.

    I have known Ann all of my life. She is a life-long resident of Owen County. Ann is just an all around good person and has served Owen County well over the years. She welcomes your questions and concerns regarding Owen Electric.

    I am asking members in her district to come out and support her on June 25 at the annual meeting. It is held at Grant County High School in Dry Ridge. The voting is held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and you are allowed one vote per household.

  • One of the lessons we all should have been learning through the last couple years is that large corporate enterprises can run extremely askew from the public interest. We have even seen them operate against their own best interests as their executives helped themselves to personal financial rewards while steering their companies into devastating circumstances.

  • I would like to take an opportunity to thank everyone who participated in Relay 2010 for all their hard work. Relay has grown to something that is bigger than a steering committee, bigger than team captains, bigger than participants – it has become a community in and of itself. As a community, we have raised over $71,000, in spite of other events and some weather challenges. What a huge accomplishment for a community our size.

  • My name is Ann Bond and I have served on the Owen Electric Cooperative Board of Directors for eight years. In that time, our cooperative has increased our renewable energy to 8 percent, more than any other utility in Kentucky. I have always been available for questions and concerns from our members. During my service, I have worked hard to keep the price of electricity to a minimum for you, our members, and I would like the opportunity to continue serving you.

  • It’s amazing how quickly mistakes can destroy a career.

    In case you haven’t heard, Jim Joyce,  the Major League umpire who called a runner safe when he was obviously out, cost Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Armando Galarraga one of the rarest feats in all professional sports – a perfect game, 27 batters up and 27 batters down.

    With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Joyce, who had a clear view of the play at first base, called the batter, Jason Donald of the Cleveland Indians, safe.

  • Two candidates running for the Owen Electric Cooperative’s board of directors envision a local utility open to its members’ ideas and active in providing affordable energy options that also create good, local jobs.

  • As far as we can tell, Nancy and I aren’t kin, not even a smidgen. However, my cousin’s grandmother (that would be Uncle Ed Hudson’s wife who was a Davis) is her great-aunt. Thus, in the exacting way of computers, her Google quest for roots led her to my Hudson Family tree posted on the Internet.

  • I planted knockout roses on the graves of my parents, grandparents and late husband last year. I visited their graves at the first of the month to see how they were doing and to trim them up a bit.

    Imagine my surprise when I went to decorate my loved ones’ graves this weekend and found one of them had been dug up, the hole filled and leaves spread over the now vacant spot where it once stood.

    Did you think I wouldn’t notice that I was missing one rose?

    Did you, perhaps think it might grow better in your yard and rescued it.

  • Much has happened over the last six years. My family has grown by two. Kentucky has seen three different basketball coaches, my VCR has been replaced by a DVR and my Internet is now wireless.

    Something else has been happening for a little more than half of the last decade. My wife and I became fans of a little television show called Lost. You may have heard of it. If not, indulge me for a second and let me recap it for you.

  • The Owen County Arts Council would like to thank everyone who came out to support the second annual Sweet Owen Arts in the Park. We had a great day with more than 660 people in attendance.

  • The Leadership Owen County 2010 Team continued our tour of the community May 5.

  • It’s me again, Margaret A. Murphy.

    Enthusiasm for the New Liberty Archives with a family research center and the vision for tourism is on the increase within the minds of our people of Owen County. Discussion and your thoughts revealed is good.

    Now, let’s consider adding a veterans memorial – a notable and enduring memory of their service for our country at the same location.

  • Although I was unable to attend the (May 10) board meeting, I would like to thank all the parents who did attend. I also want to thank the board members for all their hard work during this time and commend them for asking the right questions. I think that the large parent presence was very encouraging to the staff, and at this point encouraging the staff should be our main concern. Budget cuts are an unavoidable reality and they are everywhere; however, if the cuts are handled correctly our kids will not suffer. 

  • While I knew that Mr. Cleveland would have a rebuttal to my recent letter the editor, I do wish he had stuck to the truth. He knows exactly why I did not leave. The purpose of my speaking with Ms. Miller was to explain the law behind the request for the information. I’m not a legal expert, but I can read. Yes, I did have the requested documents in hand that morning, but it was a day late and a dollar short so to speak. I had requested them the day before as the law provides and was refused and told to return the following morning. That is why I was there.

  • Relay time is right around the corner. It will be held May 28 and 29 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. at the Owen County Park. As a county, we have so much to celebrate. We have more teams than ever, fund-raising is better than ever and most importantly we just opened the Owen County Cancer Resource Center Sunday.

  • Before I write this letter I want to make a statement.

    This letter is not written with malice or hard feelings. I want to say something I have witnessed quite often in the last few years.

    A lot of people seem to think that old people have no feelings. An incident that happened recently prompted me to write and say what I have on my mind – and you who know me know I say what I think.

    I have been in the Ogden family more than 65 years, and to my knowledge, this is the first election in those years that an Ogden hasn’t worked the polls.

  • Owen countians may not realize it, but as they visit with friends and reminisce about the “good ole days,” or gather with relatives on holidays to celebrate family traditions, they preserve their heritage and the history of Owen County. This is most evident on Memorial Day when streets and dirt roads in the county are lined with cars, filled with people who carry flowers, crosses, and other items to place on the graves of loved ones who served their country in the armed services.

  • There are some nasty rumors running around Owen County which are so untrue about Carolyn Keith. I hate it when dirty politics come into play but I guess that is how some candidates “toot their horn” thinking this will harm Mrs. Keith’s chance for re-election. Well … think again.

  • Due to a conflict with my employer, I have with great regret withdrawn my name from the first district constable election race. The conflict was unknown at the time I filed for the office.

    I would like to thank everyone I have talked to or visited thus far and has offered their support during this campaign. I would like to thank my wife and family, as well, who assisted during this process and supported me. I am sure I will pursue this office again in the future and will ask for your support at that time, but for now, thanks to all.