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Columns

  • Funding for higher education reaps rewards in many areas

    In the late 1990s, when the General Assembly overhauled Kentucky’s public colleges and universities, one of the reform’s central planks was to improve the level of research.

    To spur that along, the state created “Bucks for Brains” and called on the schools to match that money with private donations, an initiative that has since raised more than $800 million.

  • Library sees an increase in use by its patrons

    As we ended June, we officially ended our year. I am sure I have mentioned before, we use July and August to grade our performance. For the most part, we feel like we delivered quality service and filled the needs of our community. 

  • Tips on teaching your children about strangers

    With recent rumors about town and news stories about child abductions, human-trafficking and solicitation of children, parents are scared to let their children out of their sight. The threats are real and more close to home than ever.

  • Student’s mother has a big influence on her life

    If you were to ask an elementary school student who his/her hero is, the response would probably be something like Batman, Superman, Spiderman or Wonder Woman and that would be understandable. All those “super heroes” saved someone from the “bad guy,” and kids look up to them for that reason.

    If you were to ask a middle or a high school student who his/her hero was, the response might be different. My answer to that question is my mom.

  • CCHS Class of 1983 sets its 30-year reunion for Oct. 5 at Camp Kysoc

    The Carroll County High School class of 1983 will hold its 30 year reunion at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, at Camp Kysoc. 

    Classmates are also encouraged to attend the Carroll County home football game the night before for homecoming.  Please RSVP to Greg Goff at (502) 732-4406 or email at ggoff@fnbcarrollton.com.

  • Good starts make ancestory searches better

    Yesterday, I had the opportunity to give a genealogy presentation to members of a Airstream RV enthusiasts group attending the 2013 “Unbridled Spirit” Rally for Region 5 members of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International. The rally goes through Saturday at General Butler State Resort Park.

    I had a great time, but working on the presentation was one huge undertaking. It’s stunning the volume of public records available online from local, state and federal government agencies and from private historical societies and universities.

  • Groups must unite in battle against drugs to conquer problem

    Having seen first hand the damage that drug and alcohol abuse can do to loved ones, I think it’s terrific that so many people are wanting to get involved to help rid Carroll County and its community of illegal drugs.

    It is true: Our communities – and the country – seem to have come full circle from eight or 10 years ago, when everyone started learning about the growing misuse of prescription drugs. Back then, it was cheaper to buy ill-gotten but legal narcotics from a dealer or a friend than it was to buy cocaine or heroin.

  • Being in shape doesn’t mean losing weight

    We all know controlling what we eat is easily the hardest part of getting in shape. It’s a lot more fun just focusing on the gym and the training that feels good. It is the adrenaline pump. So let’s check out these 20 dietary/nutritional tips that may help take out the guess work out of the hardest part of gaining lean mass.

    For most people, eating is a slippery slope. Getting just the right amount of calories to maintain scale weight can be a challenge, and the dangers of over eating are everywhere.

  • Newspaper to move back to Thursday publication day

    Richard Nixon was president, cigarette ads were banned from television, Greenpeace was founded and the voting age was lowered to 18 as the nation remained mired in an unpopular war in Vietnam.

    The year was 1971.

    That also was the year when The News-Democrat moved from publishing on Thursdays to Wednesdays.

  • Hot brown recipe offers up a simple, complete meal

    Hello once again my friends. As I sit here typing this article, I am surprised at how fast the summer has gone. It seems like only yesterday I was writing about how warmer weather was on its way and, the summer grilling season would soon be upon us.

    Warmer weather is here and has been for a while. As a matter of fact, it’s almost time for me to start talking about how soon it will be for cooler weather to arrive. As for now however, I’m going to stop weather prognosticating and talk about food.