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Columns

  • Gee highlights Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser Oct. 8

    Dawne Gee is coming to Carrollton!

    As if her love for Jesus and James Taylor is not reason enough to appreciate Dawne Gee of WAVE-3 News, she is adjusting her schedule to be in Carrollton for our Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser dinner on Oct. 8.

  • Rand highlights some of the state’s many woman pioneers

    Last week, the United States celebrated the 95th anniversary of women’s right to vote, a milestone made possible by the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

    Kentucky was the 23rd state to ratify that amendment, but it did not clear its final legislative hurdle until Tennessee became the 36th in August 1920.  Interestingly, that decision was a close one, occurring only when a young legislator voted in favor at the request of his mother.

  • What do you stand for? A message to high school athletes

    As someone who trains to become better at your given athletic endeavor(s) this should mean a great deal to you! Those of you who play a team sport and look at your team as an extended family this should mean even more!

    The direction you take in life is up to you. Regardless of your circumstances, there is a way to rise above and be successful. It starts with being honest with yourself. Deep down, you know the truth and you know what needs to be done to be a successful family member, student and athlete.

  • Champions is ready for new school year

    The new school schedules are in full swing! Busses are loaded up, lunchboxes are packed and students have returned to schools in Carroll County. At Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County, we are geared up and excited for another fun-filled year with education and prevention at our forefront, as always. While we are an organization that heavily focuses on community needs and issues, we also are very student-driven and oriented and place most of our time planning school functions and fun.

  • State works to aid veterans in cutting through red tape

    One of the ongoing challenges our country faces is making sure our veterans receive the full benefits they have rightfully earned.

    Unfortunately, as we discovered during a legislative meeting earlier this month, there are still some who are either unaware of what is available or who have become mired in bureaucracy.  The good news is that, thanks to the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, we are making great strides in closing these twin gaps.

  • Ky. unemployment insurance fund in black

    When it comes to policy, unemployment insurance may not generate as many headlines as education and public safety, but for working families dealing with the loss of a job, few programs are more important.

    President Roosevelt signed this safety net into law 80 years ago last week as part of the Social Security Act.  Since then, it has weathered numerous ups-and-downs in the economy, but beyond the Great Depression itself, none tested the system quite like the crisis that hit the country in 2008.

  • Massie co-sponsors a bill to sanction Planned Parenthood

    “It’s been years since I’ve talked about compensation [for the sale of fetal body parts], so let me just figure out what others are getting ... If [the price for selling the body parts is] low, we can bump it up. I want a Lamborghini.”  

  • Find YOUR Way To Fitness

    Physical fitness is the key to a long life and good health. There is no right or wrong way to get fit. It starts with the first step of finding what works for you and what you will enjoy doing so there will be consistency in your exercise routine. Consistency will lead you to success in your fitness goals.

  • Test your football (or guessing) skills in upcoming contest

    In my last column, I talked about how much I loved going back to school. This time of year also signifies the beginning of something else near and dear to my heart: football season.

    I am a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. Did I grow up in Texas, or know anyone that did for that matter?

    No.

    The Cowboys were in their prime when I was growing up and just starting to pay attention to sports. Emmitt Smith was my favorite player, despite the fact that he went to the University of Florida.

  • Report finds state spending, local revenue up in education

    There is a saying that you can’t know where you are going until you know where you have been. That’s especially true when it comes to our schools.

    Since education represents the single-largest category in state spending–more than half of every dollar when you include our public colleges and universities–the General Assembly understandably keeps a close eye on its progress, and with a two-year budget to enact in 2016, now is a good time for a more comprehensive review.