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Columns

  • Workforce development remains a top priority for Kentucky leaders

    Whenever corporate leaders scout for new locations to expand or re-locate their business, they consider such obvious things as infrastructure, government incentives, taxes and the cost to build.

    Above all else, though, they look at the quality of the local workforce, according to annual surveys done by Site Selection magazine, a national trade publication that tracks economic development.

  • Kentucky addresses domestic violence problem with action

    On a typical day across the country, our domestic violence programs help more than 64,000 victims, 1,100 of whom live right here in Kentucky.

    But lack of funds, space and personnel mean another 10,000 have to wait for the services they need, including almost 90 here in the commonwealth.

    These findings, compiled last fall by the National Network to End Domestic Violence, are based on an in-depth survey that has been conducted annually for nearly a decade. 

  • Red Ribbon Week urges youth to live a positive lifestyle

    Whether it is breast cancer, domestic violence or anti-bullying, October is a month to raise awareness and funds for causes that we are all passionate about.

    Here at Champions, we are particularly excited about raising awareness for Red Ribbon Week, which is celebrated nationally every year Oct. 23-31. This is a national campaign to teach students the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

    Champions partners with other community partners to decide what dates would be best within our district. This year we chose Oct. 28-Nov. 1.

  • County’s cemeteries must be preserved

    For many years, I’ve been concerned about the lack of care for the small, ancient family cemeteries scattered throughout Carroll County.

    Last week, I wrote a story about the return of Sarah Morris’ headstone to one of these cemeteries. Somehow, the stone, which had broken from its base, was found among a load of gravel delivered to a man in Switzerland County at least 30 years ago.

    This story made me think about how these sacred places will be lost to future generations if something isn’t done now to preserve what is left of them.

  • Kentucky locations are among nation’s top historic landmarks

    From a historical perspective, it is not much of a stretch to say that some of the Western Hemisphere’s first farmers were Kentuckians.

    That’s because the Red River Gorge in Eastern Kentucky is just one of a few hotspots in North and South America where archeologists say modern agriculture took its first steps.  Early bands of pre-historic settlers found its soil and climate ideal to domesticate such wild plants as the sunflower, whose seeds added both flavor and nutrition to their food.

  • Quilts are featured in October

    October represents many different things to us these days. In the library, we love it because it is our Annual Quilt Month.

    Each October, the library is transformed with quilts hanging in the rafters and all throughout the building. It gives it even more of a welcoming, “homey” feeling. 

    This year, our community graciously loaned us almost 50 quilts to display in the library. This has been our largest showing. I still have the goal set to display my first quilt.  I did not make it this year, so there is always next year.

  • Take the necessary precautions to protect children at Halloween

    Cooler weather, colorful leaves, comfort food and free candy are just some of the reasons that fall is my favorite time of year. It is always fun to peruse the aisles at Walmart and the catalogues with my son to decide what he is going to be this year for trick-or-treat. 

    We have thought about Darth Vader and Yoda, among other characters.  However, as I peruse the aisles and the catalogues, I have noticed there are several other essential things that we should consider when preparing for that one night of candy raiding.

  • Homecoming is about tradition, spirit and pride

    A school is the sum of its past, and tradition, spirit and pride are a threefold cord that holds it together. Homecoming brings the past into focus by continuing old traditions and creating new ones. These traditions give alumni a way to connect with a school as it is now, and they give current students a way to connect with a school as it once was. 

    This year’s homecoming celebration demonstrated the spirit, pride and tradition, not only of the high school, but also of the entire Carroll County School District.

  • Reforms reduce prison numbers

    One of Kentucky’s biggest challenges – and biggest success stories – over the last dozen years has centered on the state’s prison population.

    During the century’s first decade, we saw the number of people behind bars grow by 45 percent, a rate about four times the national average.  In 2007, we unfortunately led the country in this category.

  • Life to get better for Kentucky’s previously uninsured

    From the Lexington Herald-Leader

    After years — decades, really — of talking about health-care reform in this country, a long-awaited piece finally is falling into place as Kentucky’s health insurance exchange starts up today.

    There are bound to be glitches and confusion when something this big launches. Plus, there’s a well-financed effort to malign the reforms and mislead the public. The inevitable bugs should not obscure the importance of the moment: