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Originally Posted September 10, 2016
by Robert Baty
In July 2016, after weeks of research, Jim Allen, owner/operator of The Monthly View in Conecuh County, published an editorial regarding Kent Hovind’s appearance in Conecuh County.
It was critical of Kent and his operations.
Kent Hovind responded with a YouTube video broadcast on August 24, 2016 which can be found at:
Jim Allen has now begun his response with another editorial published today, Saturday, September 10, 2016.
Editorial by Jim Allen
September 16, 2016
I’ve been a bit preoccupied the past couple weeks.
In case you haven’t heard, it seems Kent Hovind, aka “Dr. Dino” took exception to our July Issue, and with the assistance of one of our County Commissioners, Johnny Andrews, produced a video that’s gone somewhat viral in Mr. Hovind’s fundamentalist circles.
It’s certainly run the course through political circles in Conecuh County.
The Hovind Effect I wrote about has come to roost in Conecuh County, and the predictions I made concerning Hovind’s presence here have come true. It didn’t take long.
As a result of the video, or as part of the attack, several of my advertisers have been harassed by Hovind’s people, and I’ve received threatening emails and a couple of letters.
I’ve been working with law enforcement concerning this matter – and will continue to do so.
Hovind said he wants this newspaper shut down.
That’s not going to happen.
As for the video itself, what Commissioner Andrews says in this video is completely untrue. Neither myself nor this newspaper endorsed the proposed landfill outside Repton.
Mr. Hovind’s performance in front of his followers goes a long way towards proving what has landed in Lenox is indeed a cult.
If the conduct displayed in this video, and the blatant attack on this newspaper by Hovind and his people, is his example of “fine upstanding Christians,” then a lot of people have been led down the wrong path. And perhaps, as it turns out, by the wrong man.
All I can say is stay tuned. This can only get more interesting – and indeed it already has. Hovind may already be paying a price for his unjust attack on this newspaper and on me personally.
I’ve always said God gave me this newspaper. But people from around here know that.
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UPDATE September 12, 2016 – Another Round Fired by Jim Allen
From: Jim Allen / The Monthly View
To: Conecuh County Commission
Date: September 12, 2016
(It is reported that Jim Allen read this letter before the Commission’s Open Meeting that was held today in Conecuh County, AL. – RLBaty)
Monday, September 12, 2016
On August 24, 2016 in his official capacity as a Duly sworn Agent of Conecuh County, and representing himself as a member of this Board, Commissioner Johnny Andrews participated in a Youtube video with Mr. Kent Hovind at his compound in Lenox, Alabama.
The video was a direct attempt by Commissioner Andrews and Mr. Hovind to damage my good name, question my character, and damage the credibility of my newspaper.
Commissioner Andrews began this video by stating that myself and my newspaper, The Monthly View, had publicly endorsed the former landfill project outside the town of Repton.
My request is a simple one: since Commissioner Andrews was acting as a Representative of this County and this Board when he participated in this video, I would like the Commission to please provide me with documentation that myself and my newspaper publicly endorsed the landfill as Commissioner Andrews claimed.
If no such documentation can be produced, a Public Apology in local media, commensurate with the number of people who have viewed the video, would be appropriate.
The Monthly View Newspaper