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Columns

  • Record searches sometimes find conflicting data

    Charles William Osborne was born in Carroll County July 4, 1934, to Brack and Malinda Riley Osborne. Many of you may know him as Charlie, the proprietor of a used-car lot and auto repair shop in English, where he and his wife Frances still live.

    Nearly all of Charlie’s family is gone. His parents died when he was young, and his three older sisters, too, have passed. He recently asked me to help with research into his family tree – so he can know about his past and can pass that knowledge on to his twin sons, Charles Timothy and Mark Anthony.

  • Lawmakers approve measures to protect Kentucky’s children

    Every legislative session, the General Assembly looks for ways it can improve the lives of our children, both in the classroom and when it comes to their safety.

    This year, the House and Senate passed several new laws that further both of these goals.

    One of the more widely publicized will establish a permanent, independent panel to review those cases in which a child either died or was severely injured as a result of abuse or neglect.

  • You have a legal obligation to report child abuse

    April is child abuse awareness month nationwide. Last year in Carroll County there were 44 cases of physical abuse and at risk of physical abuse on children that were assessed or investigated. There were 207 cases of neglect or children at risk of harm investigated or assessed in Carroll County. Lastly, there were 15 cases of children who were sexually abused or at risk of sexual abuse in Carroll County.

  • BBBS sets meeting of mentors at luncheon

    Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Carroll County are meeting over big pizzas to share their tales at 6 p.m., April 29, at First Baptist Church.

    The end of the school year is a prime time to meet other mentors and learn about the diverse workings of our Bigs in the county, especially since the lunch room buzz is still fresh in our ears.

  • Lawmakers agree on pension reform bill

    Phew, what a week! The last two days of the 2013 General Assembly Session saw us burning the midnight oil as we worked literally until midnight. But the hard work did have its rewards as several high-profile bills passed.

  • ‘Generation Meek’ must stop being weak

    If you have been reading this column over the past few months, you either already were or are a person committed to your health and your strength. You exercise, push yourself and strive to pursue excellence. You are the choir; you have your robe on, hymnal out and are singing praise to the healthy stronger lifestyle.

    They say preaching to the choir does not solve much. So here is my challenge to you. Take this article and go find that person who needs that jumpstart to fitness, strength and confidence and plead them to read this.

  • Florida trip brings back memories

    I took a break from NCAA basketball  Sunday afternoon and while channel surfing came upon the 1960 movie “Where the Boys Are.”  This was the spring break movie of my high school years and teens everywhere made Connie Francis’ song of the same title number one across the nation.

    In this movie, the girls wore crinolines, heels, and white gloves when they went out to dinner; the boys wore suits and ties.

    On the beach in the evenings, girls wore pedal pushers and their blouses tucked neatly in. 

  • Lawmakers see progress on many fronts

    Each legislative session is invariably remembered for one or two high-profile laws, but there are always many others that, while not getting as much attention, are important as well.

  • Champions look to help ‘Kick Butts’ in county

    On March 20, we celebrated “Kick Butts Day.” Think cigarettes.

    This is a national holiday celebrated across America by those who rally together in hopes of persuading their family members or friends to quit smoking. It’s also noted as a holiday to celebrate the day an individual actually succeeded when deciding to stop smoking, whether it be weeks, months or years.

  • Library ramping up for local spring activities

    I think spring is almost here, but it is hard to tell with this crazy weather. I know it officially starts today, but it is cold, gloomy, and quite frankly wintery.

    I miss the consistency of July and August. You pretty much know it is going to be hot with varying levels of high humidity. These days, it will be 65 degrees one day and the next day it will snow from sun up to sun down. 

    I know I should be more optimistic. I should be thankful for the 65 degree day, but I sure do miss sunshine.