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Letters to the Editor

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By The Staff

Folding senior center thanks supporters Editor:

We of the Senior Citizens of Carroll County Inc. wish to thank everyone in Carroll County who has made the past eight years such a great time at our center. Without your support, it would not have been possible.

Although we closed the center on Jan. 1, it has been a pleasure to serve the senior citizens of Carroll County these eight years.

Our special thanks go to the Carroll County Fiscal Court, I.O.O.F.  No. 64 Lodge, Arvin Meritor, Dow Corning, North American Stainless, Gallatin Steel, Kentucky Utilities, Kroger, Walmart, Arkema, the United Way and everyone else who has given  financial support to the center.

Very special thanks also goes to the volunteers who gave so generously of their time to prepare food, clean and take care of the centers’ needs. You have been a godsend over the years.

If we have not mentioned anyone in this letter, it is not intentional, and we apologize. We appreciate everyone’s contributions so much.

We would like to wish everyone a successful 2009 and again our deepest appreciation.

Emma Jean Pate and

the Board of Directors

Senior Citizens of Carroll County Inc.

    January is School Board Recognition Month Editor:

In difficult economic times like these, a community’s elected officials face incredible challenges.  Often, they are required to make choices and decisions that they never dreamed they might face when agreeing to offer themselves up for public service. It’s called being a leader, and our community is fortunate to have five such individuals on the Carroll County Board of Education.

Kentucky’s January observation of School Board Member Recognition Month provides a perfect opportunity to honor the contributions being made daily by Jennifer Beach, Mona Kindoll, Mary Ann Pearson, Rob Riley and Tommy Unker.

Serving on a local school board has always been more than what the public sees: They attend meetings once or twice a month and, on occasion, must deal with tough issues, such as setting the school-year calendar, establishing dress codes or drug-testing and attendance boundaries.

Beyond that, our board members play an integral role in moving our schools and our students forward toward proficiency (and beyond) in achievement within the next five years. They also help spread the word about the individual and collective successes of our students and our professional staff.

This year they will face perhaps the greatest test of their leadership as we work to ensure that tight financial situations don’t translate into a step backward in the education and development of our students.

Yes, these are tough times and this community is fortunate to have a team of dedicated men and women on the Carroll County Board of Education who are champions both of fiscal responsibility and community progress.

For these and many other reasons, they deserve our support and appreciation during School Board Recognition Month.

Lisa James, superintendent

Carroll County Schools

  McArter resigns as 2008 Miss Carroll County Fair Editor:

Due to personal obligations, at this time I must resign as Miss Carroll County Fair. Best of luck to third runner-up Ericka Moore of Henry County, who will be representing Carroll County at the Kentucky County Fair Pageant later this month.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kevin Craig and the other Carroll County Fair Board members for their support during my reign as Miss Carroll County.

A special thank-you goes to Becky Kinman and Kinman Chevrolet, and to Lisa and Kaelyn Gault, for their kind generosity.

Thanks to my mother, Shelly Hunt, for being very understanding about everything, and for always being there for me. I love you.

Although I am resigning as Miss Carroll County, it is a title I will cherish the rest of my life, because it was a dream come true since my 1997 crowning of Little Miss Carroll County.

Again, I would like to wish the best of luck to Ericka Moore at state, and thank you for upholding the 2008 Miss Carroll County title.

Chelsea McArter

Carroll County

  Boyd clarifies information about library funding Editor:

Thank you to everyone for the kind words expressed in the past few days as I ended my 26.5 years as director of the Carroll County Public Library. It has been my pleasure to serve in that position.  I will be forever grateful for the opportunity.

Thank you, too, for the very nice article in The News-Democrat, but I would like to clarify the funding for the renovation and expansion that was completed in 2007.

The entire project was projected to cost $2,000,000. The Library Foundation borrowed $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development and set out to raise $500,000 locally. With the generous donations from Carroll County Fiscal Court, North American Stainless and Dow Corning, we were well on our way.  Other businesses and many individuals came forward and we soon had almost $600,000 to complete the project.  

Shortly before the groundbreaking, the Department of Libraries and Archives made available construction grant funds. I wrote a grant application and was awarded $64,000 a year for 20 years.  These funds make it possible for the library to pay the $1.5 million loan without sacrificing service to the people of Carroll County.  

Indeed, hours of service, available materials, and programming have increased dramatically in our new facility.

Jarrett Boyd

Carrollton

  Carrollton Manor thanks businesses, donors Editor:

The residents and staff at Carrollton Manor would like to thank the following for helping us have a wonderful Christmas: the Carrollton United Methodist Church; Arkema; Ten Mile Association; Open Door Baptist Church; the students and staff in the Health Science class at the Carroll County Area Technology Center; and anyone who donated items.

Thank you again, and we hope you have a wonderful year.

Melissa McBurney

Carrollton Manor