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Columns

  • Thank you extended to all Veterans

    As Veterans Day approaches, I would like to give my perspective of the American Veteran.

    It does not matter if he or she served during war or peace, they still deserve the utmost respect from the people of the world.

    The American Veteran is a person of honor, integrity and believes in the protection of freedom. Without the Veterans, we would not have the freedoms we have today.

    A Veteran is easy to see. They stand proud, talk clear and have stories only they can tell.

  • Music lessons can help develop minds

    I often get asked how young should a child start to take music lessons.  For formal lessons, the answer varies with the skill level of the teacher.  Some start as young as the age of three.  But for general music instruction, children can learn the principles of music from the first day of life.

    There are several reasons to expose newborns to the basic elements of music.

  • Don’t be a statistic, take more precautions when on the roads

    Given the greater focus our nation now puts on highway safety, it can be difficult to remember what it was like before the era of better car and road design and tougher law enforcement.

    In the early 1970s, we were losing more than 50,000 people a year to traffic accidents, but that number has since shrunk to less than 34,000, even with significantly more miles being driven.

  • Casey’s bus to provide naloxone, educational materials on heroin

    Casey’s Bus is coming to Carrollton from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5. If you’re not in the substance abuse or prevention field, you may not be familiar with Casey’s Bus. The bus is a restored 1967 Volkswagen Kombi Bus that will definitely stand out in downtown Carrollton, in front of the Carroll County Courthouse. This bus has been traveling throughout the Northern Kentucky Region, and Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County wanted to make sure Carroll County was one of their visited areas. 

  • Cool weather brings the time to cook up a pot of chili

    Hello again my friends. I’m looking out the window as I type this month’s article, watching the cool rain stream down the windowpane.

    The calendar says it’s fall, and I must say it now officially feels like it. Cool, wind and leaves changing colors have brought the feeling of what’s to come. While cold and snow might still be on their way, the foods of fall are already here.

  • Number of ‘Made in Kentucky’ products increasing; Aerospace is biggest exporter

    In recent days, the state’s Cabinet for Economic Development has been highlighting an industry that can be summed up in three words: Made in Kentucky.

    It’s a phrase that applies to more and more products every year.  According to the Cabinet, we now have more than 4,000 factories, and their 220,000 employees manufacture about $27 billion worth of goods, a third more than they did just five years ago.

  • New DNA tests offer more detail on families

    So, after waiting on pins and needles for what seemed like months (it was actually about three weeks), my sister and I got our results back from our separate Ancestry DNA tests.

    It is true: We are full sisters!

  • What do readers want to see in the newspaper?

    It’s the 74th anniversary of National Newspaper Week, a time to observe the importance of newspapers in communities both large and small.

    It is kind of hard to believe, but this past weekend I celebrated two anniversaries – two years of marriage and five years at The News-Democrat.

    I didn’t start out knowing I would one day become a journalist, but now that I am, I really enjoy it.

  • General Assembly works to address the statewide domestic violence issue

    Each fall, the National Census of Domestic Violence Services takes a real-time, 24-hour look at the true impact domestic violence has on our country.

  • Delve into the arts; no one is too old to learn

    Did you have piano lessons as a child and wish you had stuck with it  Did you always want to be an artist, but the adults told you to find something more “practical?”

     You can’t teach old dogs new tricks, but people aren’t dogs. You can be a very successful older beginner.