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Time flies, whether you’re having fun or not, so Happy Thanksgiving!

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By Phyllis McLaughlin

Let’s see, the last time I checked, it was still October. Honestly, I blinked and suddenly tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I really don’t know how that happened.

’Tis the season, so let me remind everyone that if your organization has changes to its regular meeting schedule because of the upcoming holidays, please let me know so the Community Calendar on Page 7 will be accurate. Send an email to pcodling@mycarrollnews.com.

It’s tough to imagine that Christmas is now less than a month away, and for that matter, 2008 is almost history. Funny, how during the last few weeks of the presidential election, time seemed almost to stop. I think it must have shifted directly into warp speed on Nov. 5.

But, let me just take a minute to remember what I’m thankful for. ... For starters, I’m thankful that I can fill the gas tank on my not-so-fuel-efficient Jeep Cherokee for less than $30. I never thought I’d see gas prices drop back to the $1.60 range. I’m also thankful I didn’t sell my Jeep and go into debt to get a more fuel-efficient model. We plan to do that, eventually; but I’d rather not do it at a financial loss.

I’m thankful that my job seems to be pretty secure, even in these hard economic times. The newspaper industry is falling into turmoil, but mostly it seems to be affecting the bigger daily papers. One thing about a community weekly newspaper – you may not always like or agree with what’s in each issue, but there are few other sources for the information and news we provide about Carroll County, Ky., for those who live and work here.

Continuing along that line, I’m thankful that our staff is intact, and to have two very competitent and committed people in the editorial department – reporter Sharon Graves, who recently marked her one-year anniversary, and Joan Wright, who became editorial assistant several months ago. Of course, I’m thankful for the rest of our talented staff: Carla Kidwell, graphic designer/circulation manager; Deborah Garrett, advertising representative; Doris Miller, our bookkeeper/office manager; Raymond Taylor, our driver; and Jeff Moore, publisher.

Seriously, it’s the best team we’ve had since I joined the paper almost seven years ago.

I’m thankful that the Prestonville-Carrollton bridge is open this week for the holiday, and hoping the repairs to the sidewalk – which will require lane closure – is done quickly.

Also, I’m thankful that I work in a community that is very caring about it’s less-fortunate residents. It seems the annual Scouting for Food collection drive was very successful. I hope we all remember, too, that the Community Food Pantry will still need donations after the holidays are over. With factories in the area and the state slowing down production, laying off employees or shutting down completely, there is sure to be a much greater need. So, we should remember to make sure the Food Pantry’s shelves don’t go bare.

Additionally, there were two area churches who collected shoe-boxes filled with much-needed items for needy children around the world. First Baptist Church sent off 51 containers with 538 shoe-boxes filled with gifts, according to Mary Frances Mefford. Kudos to all those who gave, collected and packaged the gifts.

Of course, I’m thankful for my family – my sisters, nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins, and my only remaining aunts and uncle. Most of all, I’m thankful for my husband and his sons. I truly have the cream of the crop, all the way around.

On behalf of everyone here at The News-Democrat, I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. Eat a lot of turkey and watch a lot of football. I know the McLaughlin family will.