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Columns

  • It’s time for state smoking ban

    Fifty years ago, the U.S. Surgeon General issued the first government report linking smoking to health risks such as lung cancer.

    “Cigarette smoking is a health hazard of sufficient importance in the United States to warrant appropriate remedial action,” the report urged in its conclusion.

    Some of those remedies have yet to appear half a century on.

  • Lawmakers begin work in Frankfort

    The first week or two of a legislative session may seem slow at first glance, but that doesn’t diminish the importance of these opening days.

    That’s because this is the time when legislators and the governor alike lay out their priorities, setting the stage for what we hope can be accomplished by the time we finish our work, which this year will be on April 15.

  • Senate majority selects its top five issues for upcoming session

    My best regards to you and your family for the New Year. I know many enjoyed a little rest and relaxation as 2013 came to a close.  The holidays are behind us now, and we strive to get back into our daily routines. School is back in session and the work of the year is in full swing.

  • Library embarks on 365-day photo project, staff volunteering at Winn

    Have you ever wondered what 365 days looks like to the average Carroll Countian? We have had many art exhibits at the Library over the years, but starting on January 1, 2014, we began curating one of the largest art displays we have put together.

    The staff at the Carroll County Public Library is going to document what a year looks like from our perspective. These could be pictures from the library, the community or our own personal lives.

  • Census record offers clues to uncover maiden name

    Finding the family name of a female ancestor can be very challenging, no matter what era you are researching. If you are lucky, your female ancestor was young enough to be living with her family in 1850 and later. The 1850 census was the first time enumerators recorded the name, age and birthplace of each person living in every household, along with the relationship they had to the head of household.

    Prior to that, only the name of the head of household was provided. Every-one else was counted according to age and gender.

  • More education money starts with tax reform

     From The News Enterprise, Elizabethtown, Ky.

     

    Teachers are spending money out of their own paychecks each year to make sure all of their students have necessary classroom items that many families take for granted.

    Parents are checking off long lists each August for some essential school supplies. The list and the cost continue to grow with each academic year.

    Students are asked to share school books with classmates and teachers’ salaries rank below the national average.

  • Lawmakers return to Frankfort to tackle issues facing Kentucky

    As the General Assembly returns to the Capitol on Tuesday this week, it is worth taking one last look back at 2013 to review some of the issues my legislative colleagues and I have been studying in recent months.

  • Legislative session tackles challenges facing state

    While there are dozens of issues considered during a legislative session, the General Assembly’s top priority in even-numbered years is always the same: Adopt a budget to run state government.

  • Simple changes in new year can lead to better health

    In this month’s article we are going to touch on a variety of topics, including training, to help give you some information to process and research to aid you into the new year with any health and fitness resolutions you may be thinking about for 2014.

    Training

    Pilates and yoga exercises are a spine-friendly alternative to sit ups and crunches.

  • 2013 saw growth in community’s efforts to fight illegal drugs

    As 2013 comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on some positive outcomes from the year. Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County is lucky to be a part of such a close-knit community and that is one of the main reasons for our success.

    I have noticed how easy it is for individuals to see the negative aspects and dwell on them because sometimes they might overshadow the positive ones.

    But here, I will shed some light on the optimistic outcomes that you may have subconsciously hid in the background.