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Columns

  • Teen Court, Rocket Docket coming to local judicial system

    Over the past couple of months there has been quite a bit going on in the Carroll County legal community, and I am not talking about all of the activity on the public records page of the newspaper. I am referring to the two new initiatives that are being put in place in our court systems: Teen Court and Rocket Docket.

    Teen Court

  • Rapid DNA testing discussed before Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary

    Laura Sudkamp with the Kentucky State Police crime lab remembers when it took months to process one DNA sample.

    “You literally had to stick the film in the freezer for six to eight weeks,” the KSP Central Lab manager told the Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary last week. Her lab can now generate a profile on a DNA sample in one or two days, she said, but even that’s a bit longer than need be under some new technology.

  • Turning 30 brings ‘lessons’ for life

    Is a minute always 60 seconds? An hour always 60 minutes? A day always 24 hours? I don’t think so.

    Why? Because it feels like time just keeps flying by quicker and quicker every year.

    As I’m sitting at my desk typing this column, my time in the 20s is rapidly fading. If you’re reading this column, it’s over. I am no longer “in my 20s.” I have now hit 30.

  • Focus on reaching your full potential, not comparing yourself to others

    In a world where social media influences the entire world and the way we think like never before, it is VERY easy to get caught up in a negative cycle whereby you’re always comparing yourself to others. The quickest way to feel like you’re not progressing quickly enough is comparing yourself to others. Yes, finding inspiration by relating is potentially very good, but trying to be somebody will never end well. 

    If there is ONE piece of advice I could give to you in relation to progressing it is this...

    Focus on YOU!

  • We are one nation, under God

    More than 200 years ago, our Founding Fathers put their lives on the line to create a new country in which freedom reigned. These men had a vision of a nation unafraid to face its enemies and win. We, the people of the United States, have faced insurmountable odds since our young country’s conception, but continue to fight for our God-given rights unique to the United States of America.

  • Combating Kentucky’s opioid epidemic

    The News-Enterprise

    Kentucky’s opioid addiction has risen to epidemic levels to set the problem at the forefront as the most critical public health threat facing the state. Much is being done in an effort to combat the rising toll heroin and prescription opioid abuse is taking on Kentucky’s communities and others across the nation. But new state and federal funding, programs and regulatory efforts appear to be too little and too slow in coming to effectively curb the growing death-rate trend.

  • Zika virus remains a national health concern

    Yard signs advertising mosquito control are about as common as shaved iced shacks around Kentucky this summer. And if you’ve been watching the news over the past year, I’m sure you’ve guessed why.

  • Tips on gardening, weed control

    Home gardeners look forward to that first ripe tomato or ear of corn they pick from their carefully tended gardens, but after some vigorous gardening on a hot, humid day, you may wonder if it is all worth it.  Of course it is!

    Weeds compete with crops for water, nutrients and sunlight.  Some weeds, like quackgrass, can chemically inhibit vegetable plant growth. Others host insect pests and disease pathogens.  All of these result in fewer fresh vegetables for your table.  Let us consider some approaches to tackling weeds in our gardens.

  • Appreciation: A lost art

    I’m a man, a father and a husband. I’m also a boss and a judge. I also believe in magic.

    I got married in 1981 to my wife. We have two children. The children are older now but when they were younger they were involved in many things; sports, activities and school, just to name a few. At the same time they were well fed, wore clean clothes and always cared for when they became ill. My children are respectful, mannerly and great people.

  • Area counties celebrate Fourth of July

    When our forefathers put their signatures to paper to declare our independence as a nation 241 years ago on July 4, 1776, there was no doubt it was a time to celebrate.

    Public readings of the freshly-written Declaration of Independence were held in Philadelphia’s Independence Square amid bells ringing and bands playing. Bonfires and fireworks were added to the celebration the next year and then the tradition spread, with towns large and small joining in the merriment.