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  • Eighth, tenth graders meet with community members to discuss potential career paths

    Carroll County students are getting a glimpse of their futures this week. All eighth and tenth graders are participating in a joint initiative between the Kentucky Department of Education and the Department of Workforce Development, known as Operation Preparation. Two major goals of Operation Preparation are to engage the community and to provide students with the opportunity to hear about the importance of college and/or career planning from an unbiased adult – someone other than a parent or teacher.

  • HB 8 would expand protective orders

    While another round of record snow and cold kept the House and Senate from being able to meet for two days last week, both chambers nonetheless finished work on several notable bills and are poised to pass even more in the three days we meet this week.

    Although it has a couple of hurdles still to clear as of this writing, one of the legislative session’s most far-reaching initiatives appears destined to become law.

  • Telecommunications bill first to pass

    After a successful beginning to the week in the Senate, extreme weather conditions on Wednesday evening into Thursday prevented us from holding session on Thursday and Friday. The LRC offices were closed on Thursday, but were re-opened on Friday, so we held a caucus meeting to discuss some remaining issues facing the final days of the 2015 Session.

  • Massie urges Congress not to pass bill similar to last year’s Innovation Act

    At the recent Northern Kentucky Regional First LEGO League Robotics tournament, I marveled at the imagination and creativity displayed by so many young people.  In these students, I see the spirit of ingenuity and a culture of invention that have been critical to our nation’s economic success for over two centuries. I was reminded of the competitions I participated in as a young inventor, and of the American spirit of innovation that inspired me to obtain 29 patents.

  • Senate, House work to find some common ground on heroin legislation

    As we approach the final days of the 2015 Legislative Session, we have been working diligently to complete our consideration of Senate bills while also vetting legislation that has been passed by the House. We will begin considering several additional House bills next week and, on Monday, the Senate plans to pass the first bill to receive the approval of both legislative chambers.

  • Absence of choices in politics denies citizens a better quality of life

    What if.

    There is nothing quite as important as spending a few moments of our personal time asking the very basic question, “What if?”

  • House Bill 4 a far reach to pass, but would benefit teachers’ retirement

    While each legislative session is different, many of the bills the General Assembly considers every year tend to be grouped in just a handful of categories: education, health, public protection, economic development and streamlining government services.

    All of them came into play last week as the House worked through the remainder of our high-profile bills and many others that are also now ready for the Senate’s consideration.

  • The almighty rep: Where do you start?

    In all my years as a fitness professional I have lost track of how many times I’ve been approached with the following question: How many reps should I do?

    When referring to reps, we are talking about repetitions. For example, if you were performing a simple barbell bench press with 100 pounds and you perform the movement 10 times, that would be 10 repetitions. The method I have used to answer this question that I so often get is by first asking another question: What is it that you wish to accomplish?

  • Champions hosts heroin town hall on March 12

    Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County will host its annual Carrollton town hall meeting at 6 p.m. March 12, at the General Butler State Resort Park Convention Center. Each year Champions holds a town hall meeting in each city within Carroll County to bring awareness to one specific drug or issue that Carroll County may be facing. This year, with death statistics rising due to heroin, the topic was a simple choice, just like last year.

  • College Survival 101: First semester

    Leaving for college brings in several emotions. It can be an exciting time for some, but also can be very overwhelming. One is leaving everything they have known for the past 18 years of their life behind and starting a new journey on their own. One of the biggest questions college-bound students have is how to handle the huge transition. Well, here I am to save the day. Listed below are eight tips on how to survive ones first semester in college.

    Learning how to study and time management are priorities