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Columns

  • State making progress on health issues

    Of all the challenges Kentucky can expect to face in the years ahead, few if any are bigger than improving our collective health.

    In some key areas, we already have a good head start.  Kentucky is among the top 20 states in fighting infectious diseases, for example, with the use of vaccines high and the percentage of older citizens getting a flu shot above the national average.

  • Take a little time to make your home more fire safe

    When I am asked to write or talk about fire prevention, I take the request very seriously due to the importance of the material being presented. Unfortunately, like everyone else, I am human and the writing deadlines seem to always creep up on me, just like this week. However, for once, I believe the tight time frame has helped me with this week’s fire prevention topic. 

  • Genealogy program returns to TV; seminar in Frankfort Aug. 3

    I must admit it – I am hooked on “Who Do You Think You Are,” and I’m thrilled that it’s back on television. NBC dropped it last year, but The Learning Channel has taken it over. (That totally makes up for the fact that TLC is also responsible for “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”)

    Thanks to the Internet, I’m watching last night’s premiere episode on my computer as I write this column. The star of the show is Kelly Clarkson, a singer who was the first winner of “American Idol.”

  • 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.