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Columns

  • 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.

  • Be careful when using fireworks this Fourth of July

    It’s that time of year again for good food, good times with family and friends, and great fireworks.

    The Fourth of July is a special time for every American as we celebrate our freedoms in this great country. However, we need to remember that as spectacular as fireworks are to watch, they are extremely dangerous and account for numerous injuries, unintended fires, property damage and even accidental deaths.

  • Trolley would benefit the city

    Isn’t the prospect of a trolley in Carrollton exciting? I do so hope this comes to pass. While not a great traveler, over the years, I have ridden on trolleys in Baltimore, Md.; Boston, Mass., Savannah, Ga.; Charleston, S.C.; San Francisco (of course!); Panama City, Fla.; and yes, in Madison, Ind.  In Chicago, Ill., I have ridden one of the many free trolleys that go all over the downtown area. They have been terrific modes of transportation in each place, sometimes part of a tour of the city and other times, just a way to get from point A to point B

  • Paula Deen’s remarks evoke over-reaction by national sponsors

    I find it ironic that the television media and tabloids have grabbed the torches and pitchforks to drive Paula Deen out of her cable television empire for admitting to, way in the past, making racist remarks, telling unfortunate jokes or having had a fascination with an overly romanticized idea of life on a southern plantation: Wealthy whites being served by blacks – whether as pre-Civil War slaves or post-Emancipation free men and women.

  • Bath salts, synthetic marijuana dangerous substances to avoid

    As Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County coordinator there is an abundance of reporting that must be done in order to continue to receive grants, that makes our coalition possible.

  • Davy takes sabbatical, thanks community for prayers, support

    I have received several enquiries regarding my sabbatical leave. I hope this note will answer most of the questions.

    I have been serving in the diocese of Covington for the last seven-and-a-half years. It has been 15 years since I left my native country, India. I served nine years in Kenya prior to my arrival in the United States.

    I asked permission from the Most Reverend Bishop Foys and my Provincial Superior to allow me to take a one-year sabbatical leave. With their permission, I am taking sabbatical leave from July to June 2014.

  • Library serves hundreds in county every day

    This library has been a fixture in our community for close to 75 years. We pride ourselves on being a valuable asset that only serves to enhance the quality of life to the citizens of Carroll County. As a matter of fact, that is the crux of our mission statement. But how do we do that? 

  • Lawmakers work on bills for next year

    The interim period is upon us. This is the time between the regular legislation sessions when committees meet jointly with both Senate and House members, we discuss issues that will likely come up in January, and begin to vet legislation drafts.

    We also have the opportunity to schedule meetings throughout the state as we try to bring Frankfort to more citizens. Besides serving as chairman of the Transportation Committee, I am also a member of five other committees that require my attention on matters ranging from the budget to veterans issues.