‘It feels like living in a dictatorship and they are trying to break us’

Lee and Ellie Bienz stand on the porch of their Opal home earlier this year. The two have been at the center of a controversy over trash pickup for more than a year. (GAZETTE PHOTO/Rana Jones)

Opal trash saga continues with guilty verdicts

OPAL — The Town Hall building in Opal saw a busier than usual morning last week on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Judge J. Michael Lamp conducted the bench trial for the Town of Opal v. Ellie Bienz and Tracie Clayton. Witnesses were called to testify, and a ruling was made after more than three hours of proceedings.

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