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Today's Features

  • No matter how many times we remind ourselves that “words can never hurt me,” we know better. We are careful about words, forbid certain words, and help people recover from certain words, because words obviously hurt us. Why else would people use them against their enemies? Why else do we fire people for using certain words? Why do we still remember most of the unkind words used against us? No, words work. And Jesus suggests in Matthew 5:21-26 that they work so well we should guard against them with the same energy we guard against the commandment against murder.

  • Westside Volunteer Fire Department will host a Valentine Buffet and Silent Auction Saturday, Feb. 17, from 5-9 p.m. at the firehouse, 680 Carlisle St., Prestonville. The meal is $5 for adults and children ages 18 and under are free. The menu consists of roast beef, pork, ham, green beans and corn, mashed potatoes, noodles and gravy, mac and cheese, hot rolls, and desserts. The event benefits needy children in Prestonville.

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  • Although it has been bitterly cold recently, spring is less than six short weeks away! Already, I have seen sweet little daffodils starting to emerge. Oh, how exciting!

    With spring on the horizon, it is time to start planning for this year’s vegetable garden. There are many items to consider when planning a garden. The decisions made can directly impact the potential for disease and other pest issues, in addition to overall yields. Here are a few areas to consider:

    Planting site

  • Carroll County High School juniors and seniors are gearing up for one of the biggest events of the year: the prom. Transportation is available for students who need a ride to the prom this year, which will be held out of town for the second straight year. This year’s junior/senior prom will be held from 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday, May 5, at The Prickel Barn in Verona, Ky.

  • Cartmell Elementary fifth-grader Brooklyn Prince is not your normal 10-year-old. First, she was diagnosed with Type I diabetes when she was two years old. She has been wearing an insulin pump since she was three. But she hasn’t let that slow her down. She also is recognized nationally as an up-and-coming Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor with plans to compete in the national tournament in November.

  • Libraries mean different things to different people. I do believe that it all depends on what you need from your library. It also means that we need to try to be many different things for different groups of people. There is the traditional view of libraries that I try to uphold. This includes books, programs for young children and cultural events for adults. While this view may not appeal to everyone, it really is the cornerstone of our industry. On the other hand, in order to stay relevant, we must shape our services to the demands of our community.