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Columns

  • Activity, exercise serve to reduce stress, improve overall health

    In this edition of Health Matters, I am going to hit you with a few different topics to reach a variety of people who read this column for applicable information to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

    Exercise and stress

  • Special edition offers residents a chance to get to know newspaper

    Many folks may be scratching their heads when they get their mail today, asking themselves, “Why do I have a News-Democrat on a Monday?”

    We are providing every household in the county with a sample of our weekly newspaper, with the help of the many advertisers in this special edition. This newspaper not only has the latest news from Carroll County and the region, but it is filled with all of the back to school information you need to prepare for the new school year starting Aug. 7.

  • State revenue exceed target as fiscal year ends on June 30

    They may be relatively unknown and their subject matter may be a little dry, but the eight economists who comprise the Consensus Forecasting Group have a powerful role to play: They determine just how much money state government can expect.

    As anyone who has ever put a budget together knows, it can be tough to predict what a year will bring.  Their job, however, is even more difficult: They have to look more than 30 months ahead, to cover not just the two-year span for the budget but also the six additional months needed to prepare, pass and implement it.

  • Heroin forum sheds light on serious drug problem in region
  • Be aware of potential scams

    For those of us who recall what it was like to have dinner regularly interrupted by unwanted telemarketers, late last month was a special time. It marked the 10th anniversary of the National Do Not Call Registry.

    The program, not surprisingly, was an immediate hit, with 50 million phone numbers added in the first three months alone. Now, there are more than 221 million phone numbers on file, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). 

  • Chamber picnic successful, more events upcoming

    Business networking and building professional relationships is what the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is all about.

    Last week, the Chamber had a wonderful Member Appreciation Picnic at the beautiful Camp Kysoc.  Chamber members in attendance enjoyed great food, games and fellowship with fellow members.

    Thank you to the Carroll County Detention Center for doing an excellent job with the food. Thank you to the local businesses and organizations for their donations for the drawing.

  • Library offers free music that’s perfectly legal

    It seems like technology gets the best of us sometimes. The pace that things change and evolve seems to match the speed of light. While we all heard of the theory of relativity and the formula, E=MC2 do we really know what that means? Sometimes technology has that feeling. Libraries have to try to be on the front lines of technology and anticipate what and how our communities will embrace it.

  • Setting measurable goals is key to success

    As an athlete – and yes you are an athlete if you are exercising – you want to train hard, practice hard and be the best you can be, correct?

    Do you find yourself making broad statements such as, ‘I want to lose weight, body fat or I want to put on a little muscle?’ Then I am sorry to be blunt, but those are not goals. These are, at best, a wish list.

    An effective goal deals with specifics, and it must have a deadline. Without those parameters, goals are powerless and not effective. They will not get you where you want to be.

  • New state laws now in effect

    At the end of each legislative session, there is understandably a lot of discussion about what the General Assembly has passed.

    Although not given as much fanfare, the early to middle part of summer is an important period as well, because – other than those relatively rare cases when there is a specific enactment date or an emergency clause – that is when all legislation actually takes effect. This year, that date fell on June 25.

  • Solid relationships prevent drug abuse, not local activities

    Thirty-three years ago, I was born at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, and ever since that day I have been proud to call Carroll County my home. I went to law school in 2002 and graduated in 2005. That is the only period of time that I have not resided in Carroll County, but this has always been home. 

    Sure, I have had my share of frustrations living here — who hasn’t? However, when I graduated law school, I knew this is where I wanted to come back to, where I wanted to work, live and raise my family.