Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that its time that our elected officials be held accountable for the bad business decisions they make in our behalf?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports. IS IT TRUE we are told that the Vanderburgh County Commissioners will be selecting a well known and highly respected community leader at their next meeting to serve on the Evansville/Vanderburgh County Public Library Board? …we are told that the vote to put this individual on the Library Board will be unanimous? We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? IS IT TRUE that Senate Bill 479 authored by Sen. Vaneta Becker, Sen. James Thomes, and Sen. Mark Messmer and sponsored by Rep. Holli Sullivan, Rep. Ryan Hatfield, and Wendy McNamara states the following? …it says; “Transfer of state real property. Requires the conveyance of certain real property by the state to the University of Evansville to remove restrictions on the use of the property by the university that was required by legislation enacted in 1988 and 1997”? …we wonder what this is all about? IS IT TRUE until recently Evansville seems to have landed another Arena Football team and this one will be playing in the $127 Million Ford Center? …the plans were seemingly dashed because of a lack of funding from the Corporate office? …if the Firebirds were able to start the season it was highly likely that they would have been able to finish it because of the lack of marketing and long term financial support from the Corporate office? If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: Any comments posted in this column by our readers do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. IS IT TRUE that the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed suit against an action by the town’s public libraries that banned citizens from holding a Drag Queen Story Hour in that library’s facilities? …The ACLU won that decision? IS IT TRUE we have written many times in the past, it is winning that sell seats and not the money spent on the Arena they play in?…we have been down this path before with both indoor and outdoor football and the song remains the same?…it was highly feasible that this team like the others may have been a bunch of former high school and college players who are longing for another shot at the gridiron?IS IT TRUE that the Bluecats had a run of several years and drew about 2,500 attendees per game with many of them being free tickets? …the Bluecats and the Vipers both fell on hard times in the win department and at the box office and ceased operations?…the Vipers eventually moved their games to Morganfield, KY to play on a field that is otherwise only used for little league? FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail IS IT TRUE when the mainstream media becomes a lap dog for elected officials instead of being a watchdog for the people and the taxpayers are the one who pays the price for bad business decisions made by politicians? IS IT TRUE last week we correctly predicted that the potential Democratic candidate for the Mayor of Evansville will not be filing on Friday? …If this individual decides to run for Mayor of Evansville he will ask the Democratic party officials to select him as their Mayoral candidate in a political caucus in the very near future? …we are told if he decides to runs for Mayor of Evansville his campaign will not only have an awesome social media presence but he will also be well versed with the political decisions that the Mayor have made since he been in office?IS IT TRUE we were impressed with Vanderburgh County Commission President Ben Shoulders comments he made just before he opened the “Public Comment Section” of the meeting? …he said; “It looks like we have 3 individuals here to speak today and it looks like all 3 are here to speak about EVPL. I want to preface this portion of our meeting by saying this to everyone. First, please be cognizant of time, especially due to the number of speakers here today. But more importantly, I want to emphasize the importance of all speakers being respectful, polite and courteous to all parties. As a governing body, we are here to welcome comments; however, we will not tolerate any form of hatred, demeaning or bullying of ANY kind at ANY time. We are all Vanderburgh County citizens and fellow taxpayers and here for the greater good of OUR community.?” …commend Mr. Shoulders for making the above comments to the taxpayers who wanted to speak before the County Commission?IS IT TRUE we wonder why the management of the Ford Center wasn’t interested in advertising in the City-County Observer anymore? …could it have been because during the last several years the CCO has written some less than complimentary articles concerning the funding of the Evansville Thunderbolts? …if any advertiser expects to use the CCO for propaganda purposes we suggest that they better spend their adverting elsewhere? ..the CCO takes pride in being Evansville’s Watch Dog and we will continue to do so even if it picks our own pocket? IS IT TRUE last week three Vanderburgh County Commissioners appeared on the weekly WNIN “Lawmakers” show over the weekend? …they answered questions about the jail overcrowding, the public library, roads, economic development, and many other topics?…we commend the Commissioners for doing an excellent job in explaining their future plans to serve the taxpayers of this community?
Two Donegal men were part of a four-man cross-border drugs gang who were jailed in the North today.All were handed prison sentences today at Craigavon Crown Court after pleading guilty to a number of drugs offences. Ramelton man Desmond “Dessie’ Enfield (34), Kieran Austin (61) from Lurgan and Darren Donnelly (33) of Sixmilecross, Omagh, all previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class B controlled drugs, while Seamus Boyce (38) of Letterkenny, previously pleaded guilty to possession of Class B controlled drugs and conspiracy to supply Class B controlled drugs.Today they were given the following sentences:• Desmond Enfield – 24 months imprisonment – 12 months to be served in prison and 12 months on licence, as well as a Forfeiture Order issued for a Audi vehicle;• Seamus Boyce – 16 months imprisonment – 8 months to be served in prison and 8 months on licence, as well as a Forfeiture Order for a Ford vehicle;• Kieran Austin – 16 months imprisonment – 8 months to be served in prison and 8 months on licence;• Darren Donnelly – 12 months imprisonment – 6 months to be served in prison and 6 months on licence.Today’s sentencing brings to a close a proactive joint investigation between the PSNI’s Organised Crime Unit and An Garda Siochana, into the importation and supply of controlled drugs.Desmond EnfieldDetective Inspector Tom McClure, of PSNI’s Organised Crime Unit, said: “On April 22, 2016 officers searched three vehicles in a layby at Derrymacash Road, Lurgan. In one of the vehicles, officers uncovered herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of £300,000 in 15 vacuum packed plastic bags in the back of one of the vehicles.“The three male occupants – Desmond Enfield, Seamus Boyce and Kieran Austin – were arrested at the scene as they were caught in the act of supplying £300k of herbal cannabis.“Further enquiries by the PSNI’s Organised Crime Unit resulted in significant evidence which proved the involvement of HGV driver Darren Donnelly in this drugs ganga. All four have now been sentenced for their role in the supply of controlled drugs by an organised crime gang operating in Derry/Londonderry and County Donegal areas.“I would particularly like to acknowledge the assistance provided by our partners in An Garda Siochana who worked closely with us in this cross-border proactive investigation. This organised crime gang were supplying large quantities of controlled drugs into the Derry/Londonderry and Donegal areas which had the potential to cause significant harm.“We will continue in our efforts to make Northern Ireland a safer place to live and work by proactively investigating and arresting people involved in serious criminality. The supply of controlled drugs by gangs is the cause of significant harm in our communities. Those who involve themselves in such criminality should expect to end up in a prison cell.“There is no place in our society for these individuals who are only interested in making money for their own personal gain at the expense of others. They do not care that their actions could end up killing people. Drugs not only affect the person taking them, their families and the community also suffer.“I would ask anyone who has any information about the use or supply of illegal drugs to contact police on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”Two Donegal men jailed for their part in cross-border drug trafficking was last modified: March 16th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)