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Columns

  • Advice for city leaders: don’t lose momentum

    Saturday’s ribbon cutting for the river walk in Carrollton signals the crucial second step in efforts to bring more visitors to our community and to enhance local residents’ enjoyment of our river views.

    As I walked toward the river walk Sunday night, I stopped to chat with some local folks who agree the new offerings are on the verge of  “taking off.”

    The key word there is “verge.” We still have things to do that will fill the 2Rivers Campground on a regular basis and increase traffic in our downtown.

  • Health issues poll shows state making progress on many fronts

    In 2008, two non-profit organizations focused on improving our collective health began regularly asking Kentuckians their views about some of the day’s most pressing issues.

    The Kentucky Health Issues Poll has since proven to be a good barometer of what seems to be working and where more attention may be needed.

  • What could ‘we’ do with $100 million?

    Reprinted from The State Journal, Frankfort, through the Kentucky Press News Service.

     

    What could we do with $100 million?

    And by “we,” we the editorial board mean we the people of Kentucky.

    We could repair a lot of roads, and anyone who has driven across the commonwealth knows how badly we need to do that. In fact, drive anywhere in the country and you will see just as many roads under construction.

  • State helps fund aspiring entrepreneurs

    When it comes to starting a business, few states can match Kentucky’s entrepreneurs.

     One index puts us fifth in this category over the last two years, with 360 Kentuckians out of every 100,000 following the dream of being their own boss.  That’s one-fourth higher than the national average.

    Steps are being taken to make it even easier for those who would like to follow suit.

  • Attend workshop Saturday for German ancestory help

    The Kentucky Genealogical Society offers a lot of great programs, and everything I’ve attended so far has been worth the drive to Frankfort.

  • 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.

  • Family Fitness Nights will return in September

    Thanks to generous community donations and a successful five-week pilot, the Family Fitness Night program will begin September 2014 in the Carroll County School District.

    “I want these events to be a fun way for families to exercise together,” said Carrie Smith, health services coordinator for the district. “Having a routine of exercising year-round is beneficial for everyone in a family, not just the kids. Our Family Fitness Nights are a great way for the whole family unit to spend time together and to get fit.”

  • Cyber crimes increase in state, nation

    If identity theft still seems like a relatively rare crime when compared to other types of stealing, the truth is that it plays a much bigger role than one might think.

    According to a report last December by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, it was responsible for nearly $25 billion in financial losses nationwide in 2012, which was $10 billion more than all other property crimes combined.

  • Summer family activities abound across Kentucky

    With memories of the long winter starting to fade and the Memorial Day weekend now behind us, the time has come to begin planning for summer.

    There certainly is no shortage of activities nearby or across the state, and their popularity can be seen in the bottom line.  According to an annual study released earlier this month, Kentucky’s tourism and travel industry was responsible for $12.5 billion in direct and indirect spending in 2013, which was a 2.6 percent increase over 2012.  Overall, these businesses employ nearly 176,000 people.

  • STEM bus to make stops for summer reading events

    The Carroll County School District is hosting several summer learning activities throughout the community this summer. The STEM Bus, credit recovery/enrichment and the summer reading program will all be active during the months of June and July.

    The Center of Accelerated Learning will be open for three sessions so that students can earn course credits.