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Columns

  • Kentucky educational system improves in multiple categories, according to Prichard

    As students near the end of the semester, they are invariably starting to think about the grades that will determine whether their Christmas break is actually a joyous one.

    For Kentucky’s educational system, our “report cards,” so to speak, have already arrived.  They came earlier this fall from the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, a non-profit organization that has been a driving force behind education reform since the 1980s, and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE).

  • Important drug legislation upcoming, resources for drug treatment available

    At Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County, we hope that you know by now the premise of our organization’s main focus – education and prevention are always at the forefront of our coalition. We also hope you know that we are just as concerned with other issues as well, such as legislation, addiction and treatment.

  • Knee pain common among those restarting their exercise routine

    With the new year upon us, December lends itself to planning and or getting a jump start on your New Year’s fitness resolutions! So this month, let’s look at some topics to help ensure a higher level of success and long-term lifestyle changes to make those resolutions, reality!

  • Ky. has contributed to Thanksgiving

    While the Fourth of July is understandably the most American holiday, Thanksgiving can at least lay claim to being the first.

    Its origin, as even our youngest students can tell us, began long before our independence, and we’re now just six years away from the 400th anniversary of when the Pilgrims and Native Americans held a three-day feast.

  • Smoke, fry or bake: The options for turkey

    Hello once again my friends. Yes, it’s hard to believe another holiday season is upon us. I’m not sure if time is going by faster the older I get but then again I’m not sure that it isn’t. Lets embrace the season and ask ourselves the most important question of the Thanksgiving season: to brine the turkey or not.

  • Study shows violent behavior in schools on decline in Kentucky

    Last week, the Department of Education released its latest annual report on school safety, a study that gives the public a truly comprehensive look at the discipline issues our students, teachers, staff and administrators face.

    Overall, the news is good.  Nearly 90 percent of the 660,000 students who attend public schools were not involved in any infractions in 2013-14, and of the remainder, only a small percentage was engaged in violent behavior.

  • ‘Wall of Faces’ serves as companion to memorial wall

    Born in 1962, I grew up not knowing of a time when there wasn’t a war in Vietnam. I didn’t really know what it meant, and I wasn’t fully aware of everything that went on during the late 1960s and early 1970s when people began to protest the U.S. involvement there.

    I have vague memories of watching Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News and hearing the day’s body counts from the war. I have even more vague memories of the slayings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy.

  • Kentucky preserves, celebrates its rich history, including National Landmarks

    When it comes to keeping history alive, few states can match Kentucky.

    The Kentucky Historical Society, for example, will celebrate its 180th birthday in 2016, the same year our country will mark the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. That legislation kicked off the modern era of protecting and promoting the hundreds of thousands of artifacts and sites that, collectively, tell the story of who we are.

  • High school students show off their GRIT

    This past summer, the staff at Carroll County High School participated in a training on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The teachers found it to be a beneficial training and wanted to bring it to the students in the form of “GRIT.” 

    To do that, they brought Lonnie Moore, a trainer from Franklin Covey, to the high school to speak to the students about the 7 habits – what they are and why they matter. The teachers then chose a group of students in each grade that they thought would be good leaders to join the student GRIT team.

  • Nation pauses to honor its veterans

    Early next week, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, our nation will pause to pay tribute to its veterans.

    That timing is crucial, because it marks the anniversary of the unofficial end of World War I, when leaders agreed to cease fighting late in the morning of Nov. 11, 1918.