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Today's News

  • Prescription drug abuse has decreased since state legislation passed in 2012

    Earlier this year, when the General Assembly approved legislation designed to curb the state’s heroin epidemic, many called the law a national model because of the way it blended additional treatment, smart-on-crime measures and tougher penalties for traffickers.

    On Monday, we learned that another comprehensive law in this field, this one targeting prescription drug abuse, is making the significant difference that other legislators and I had hoped when we passed it in 2012.

  • Rural mail study puts focus on problems

    Kentucky New Era

    Here is some good news for rural Americans who are concerned about the reliability of mail delivery following postal cutbacks for several years: Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee ordered a study of on-time mail delivery outside of the country’s urban areas. The National Newspaper Association, long an advocate on rural postal service issues because many smaller newspapers are delivered through the mail, applauded the study.

  • Death by confinement

    The State Journal

    Whether it’s from stupidity, negligence, being distracted — or some combination of the three — the number of children and pets that die in closed-up cars each summer is staggering. Perhaps in relative terms the numbers aren’t so large — 38 kids and more than 150 dogs — but for something that is totally preventable, even one of each would be far too many and a tragedy in the lives of those involved.

  • Leading the way: McKinney, Gray hired at iLead Academy

    Personalized learning will take another step forward this school year with the opening of the iLead Academy, a regional career academy focusing on nontraditional education for students who are accelerated in and math science and are interested in a career in engineering.

    Forty incoming freshman from five counties–Henry (9), Owen (9), Carroll (8), Gallatin (8) and Trimble (6)–will make up the inaugural class. A few students who are on the waiting list may be added before the beginning of the school year.

  • Back In My Day | Pauline Suter

    Imagine living through World War I and II, the Great Depression and 12 Triple Crown winners. That has been the life of Pauline Herald Suter, who turned 100 on June 26.

    Suter was born on the family farm close to Monterey, Ky., to Elmer and Olia Breeden Herald. She had two older sisters, Lela Wilson and Mabel Stephenson and a younger brother Ralph Muriel Herald.

  • New courses, students, instructors at Area Technology Center

    Carroll County Area Technology Center principal Tony Jury is excited about the upcoming school year.

    There are many changes that occurred over the summer at the school, and what is most exciting for Jury is there is not an open seat in the building. The automotive and welding programs even have waiting lists.

    The seats are being filled with students from the new iLead Academy and Henry County High School.

  • Athletic complex construction full speed ahead
  • Carroll County Middle School addition slowly taking shape
  • College and Career Readiness gears up for new year

    Carroll County High School has its own superhero in Carroll County College and Career Readiness Counselor Rachel Mefford. She begins her third year at Carroll County High School in a position funded as part of the district’s four-year Race to the Top grant.

    Mefford’s mission is to make sure the students in grades 8th through 12th meet the Kentucky Department of Education’s standards for being college and/or career ready. 

  • Just A Thought

    Do you remember that commercial from a few years back, where the parents are dancing around the school supply aisle to the song “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” as their children look on with disdain? My dad used to tease me and sing along when it came on television, eliciting an exaggerated, “Daaaaaaaaad,” from his daughter.

    But we both knew the truth: I loved going back to school. And I especially loved going school supply shopping.