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  • Lawmakers wrap up work on bills

    Although several major issues are still pending, the General Assembly wrapped up much of its work early last week, and for a “short” legislative session, there is already a fairly long list of key bills that have made it to Gov. Beshear’s desk.

  • Chamber committees work on many projects

    In the past two chamber of commerce articles, we have looked into the rich history of the organization and met the current board members.  Now, let us explore the different opportunities available through being a member of chamber.

    The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce offers a wide variety of opportunities for you and your business to get involved. If you are interested in becoming a chamber member, contact the chamber of commerce office at (502) 732-7035. The office is located at 511 Highland Avenue, Carrollton.

  • Online sites aid in family genealogy searches

    With so much information on the Internet these days, it seems easier than ever to do family history research without ever leaving the comfort of  home.

  • Lawmakers stay busy as session winds down

    Even as many schools closed across the commonwealth due to snow last week, Frankfort shrugged off the white stuff and continued with our work. After this week, only a few days remain of the 2013 Session.

    Kentucky has in place a process for improvement for struggling schools. When the state Department of Education cites a school for being persistently low-achieving, there are several options the school board can choose from such as restaffing, allowing an outside management company to lead a turnaround effort, or even closing.

  • Penalties for driving under the influence not worth the risk

    As summer draws near and warmer weather begins to make its appearance, spring fever is beginning to set in. It will not be long before people are going to ballgames, enjoying our parks, boating on the river or hitting 18 holes of golf.

    Summer is a lot of fun, but for some it can also be dangerous. We all like to have a good time, and some like to drink a beer or a cocktail to enhance their summertime experiences. If you choose to enjoy your summertime this way, please do so responsibly.

  • House looks at pension funding options

    Like most other states, and many local communities as well, Kentucky is facing a serious challenge when it comes to the long-term viability of our public retirement systems.

    They were more than fully funded as recently as a dozen years ago, but the country’s two recessions since then have taken a significant toll, much as they have with the retirement plans for millions of Americans.

  • ‘Bigs’ have an impact on lives of ‘Littles’ in Carroll program

    The best advertising for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carrollton is not, surprisingly, the children. They certainly enjoy their mentoring relationships and all the activities that go with the program, but they are not the most enthusiastic voice for the magic of these friendships. It is the adult mentor, the “Big” in our vernacular, who best conveys the excitement and meaning in these relationships.

  • Bills make their way through legislature

    Early last month, just a few days into the 2013 Regular Session, Gov. Steve Beshear and numerous state legislators from both parties gathered in support of a major building initiative for many of our public four-year universities.

  • Health, safety fair planned for March

    Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County is proud to be a community partner with the Carroll County Health and Safety Partnership. This partnership is made up of various community leaders that make it a priority in their personal and work life to ensure that Carroll County leads a healthy and safe lifestyle. This group meets monthly at the Carroll County Health Department and organizes different events throughout the year.

    A great event Champions is honored to help sponsor is the Health and Safety Fair 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 16 at Cartmell Elementary School.

  • Senate OKs bills on many key issues

    The state Senate continued working hard this week passing bills addressing healthcare, the state’s debt, school safety, economic development and the justice system. Without further ado, let’s dive right in.

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