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Columns

  • Rand eyes pension reform, bond issue

    For most of Kentucky’s history, early January in odd-numbered years has been set aside to give the General Assembly time to elect House and Senate leaders and determine the make-up of the chambers’ committees for the next two years.

  • Harris looks to protect taxpayer wallets

    Hello, 2013! I extend my heartfelt New Year greetings and wishes for a prosperous and peaceful year. I hope everyone had a good holiday. A new year also marks a new season in your state capital.

    On Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Senate convened for the 2013 General Assembly Session, a session that will last 30 days. The first week is traditionally an “organizational” week, in which the respective caucuses choose their leaders and committee assignments are disbursed to members.

  • Fond memories of family owned restaurant

    Before there was Interstate 75, U.S. Hwy. 25 was the major north-south artery through Kentucky.

    Midway between Cincinnati and Lexington, my grandfather, John Juett, his brother, Adam, and friend George Trimnell  built a large restaurant, a gas station, and several tourist cabins just south of downtown Williamstown in Grant County.

    They called it the Halfway House and soon it gained fame for the good food at the restaurant (which my grandmother, Holly, ran and did much of the cooking for) and the clean cabins that offered an overnight stay.

  • County attorney’s office offers many public services

    Though our daily lives are affected by local, state and federal government agencies, often we don’t understand their functions or purpose.

    For example, if you asked people at random what they believed is the function of the county attorney’s office, they probably would tell you this is the person who prosecutes traffic offenses.

    Some may even go further and tell you that the county attorney prosecutes misdemeanors and child-support cases. 

  • Resolution rescue: Top 10 fat loss myths

    Well it is that time of year again where a great number of us resolve to make a change with our bodies. Whether it be weight loss on the scale or to put on some new lean muscle, for either of those to be enhanced, body fat loss is the key to better physical appearance and enhanced internal functions. Are we up for the challenge? Let’s find out by knocking out 10 very common fat loss misconceptions that might be standing in your way of getting leaner and meeting that 2013 resolution.

  • Research finds familiar names from the past

    In my searches through Carrollton’s history, I have come across the names of many families who can no longer be readily found in the phone book. Whether from death, disease, opportunity in other parts of the country, or simply being left without a male heir to pass on their family name, their memory is still visible throughout many parts of the community on street signs, parks, public buildings, and old houses. Through pure happenstance, one such family, the Howes, would become a major focal point of my research and ties to Carrollton. 

  • Students learn they have better things to do than drugs

    The spirit of Christmas doesn’t have to end Dec. 25. Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County sponsors two clubs for students, and we are learning that we definitely have better things to do than drugs. One if them is doing good deeds for others.

  • It’s time to take steps to protect our children from deranged gunmen

    Friday’s shooting in a Connecticut elementary school has this nation reeling with emotion. I am no exception.

    I am devastated and deeply saddened for the victims and for their families. I am sad for the shooter and his family, because somehow this man’s problems went unnoticed, and his family is also paying the price.

    I am frustrated that these situations are becoming more and more commonplace – and more and more deadly.

    And I’m angry. On so many levels.

  • Gun laws should be strengthened after shootings at Sandy Hook

    December is such a joyous month for so many.  It’s a time when we reconnect with old friends; a time when we gather with our co-workers for social events; a time when neighbors and members of organizations get together to share good food and drink and probably some laughs.

    It’s also a sad time for many of us. Losses that occur in December seem especially poignant to me. A year ago, I lost my very good friend Evelyn Welch, and in 1977 my father died on Dec. 22. 

  • Kentuckians give time, money to help others

    If it seems that the news is often filled more with what’s wrong with the world than what’s right, the holidays give us a chance to flip that equation for a time.

    Here in Kentucky, it doesn’t take long to find some good news across the state.

    Earlier this fall, for example, we learned our citizens are much more willing to give to charitable causes than those living in most other states.  According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, we rank 15th in this category.