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And So On

  • Enforce new laws on golf carts before someone gets hurt

    Everywhere I go these days, I see folks riding around in golf carts, UTVs or side-by-sides.

    They’ve become so popular that Carroll County and the city of Carrollton have put ordinances in place requiring setting new safety requirements they must meet. The new laws make good sense with them on our roadways, mixing in with regular traffic.

  • Actions help avoid conflict of interest in story’s coverage

    As you read today’s news related to the indictment of Sheriff Jamie Kinman, you may have questions about how we make decisions on coverage of stories such as this and maintain our ethical standards.

    I hope to provide you with answers that not only apply to our reporting on this case, but everything we cover, to explain the steps we take to maintain the integrity of the news we report.

  • Marrilla: Time to finish the job, clean up the mess

    After nearly two years, Carroll County Middle School students got to put their new gym to use Monday night.

    It’s been a long time coming. I’ve watched the work on the renovation and construction of the new gym up close for nearly two years now from my home directly across the street.

    It’s not been a pretty picture.

  • Volunteers help make the community a better place

    Living in a small town gives all of us the opportunity to volunteer in community organizations that make a big difference. It’s something that people who live in larger cities don’t get the chance to experience.

    I see it personally through the community groups that I am a part of. People join together and step up to provide the community’s needs.

  • Congratulations to community for meeting $4 million goal for JCTC campus

    Carroll County and the region pulled together and raised more than $4.1 million in just seven months to secure funding for the new Jefferson Community and Technical College Carrollton Campus.

    The committee led by now-retired Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson and attorney Ruth Baxter did an excellent job of demonstrating the need our community and those around us have for this new, larger campus. It will be constructed on 30 acres across from the entrance to General Butler State Resort Park on Hwy. 227.

  • City deserves open meetings, discussion on EIP oridinance

    Conducting meetings in the open and allowing the public to view how their government works is at the heart of what makes our government work effectively.

    That hasn’t been the case as three members of Carrollton City Council volunteered at the mayor’s request to work on revising the Enterprise Incentive Program.

  • Readers say newspapers are top local news source

    We hope you enjoy this special edition of The News-Democrat today. We are delivering this November issue in place of the River City Trading Post that we normally mail to you each Monday.

  • Don’t let negativity drive you away from voting Election Day

    Despite watching most of my favorite television shows on DVR, I still have seen more of the nasty campaign ads this year than I like. I’m sure you are in the same boat.

    The airwaves have been bombarded by the two U.S. Senate contenders trying to define each other through name-calling, taking things out of context and downright deceptive advertising.

  • First Friday kicks off summer full of events in downtown

    The weather has changed and I’m excited about all of the outdoor activities that are coming up in downtown Carrollton.

    Carrollton Main Street Program’s First Fridays at the Courthouse Square returns from 4-8 p.m., Friday, June 6, with live music from the Downtown County Band, a favorite of crowds from years past.

  • Set the course for our future – vote Tuesday

    In just a week, the campaigning will be over. Election signs will come down, and we will no longer be bombarded with political ads and the coverage of the national races on the evening news.

    We will know who is going to be the president, who will represent us in the 4th Congressional District and in the state House of Representa-tives, and who will serve on our local city councils and commissions.