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Columns

  • First Friday kicks off summer full of events in downtown

    The weather has changed and I’m excited about all of the outdoor activities that are coming up in downtown Carrollton.

    Carrollton Main Street Program’s First Fridays at the Courthouse Square returns from 4-8 p.m., Friday, June 6, with live music from the Downtown County Band, a favorite of crowds from years past.

  • Family Fitness Nights will return in September

    Thanks to generous community donations and a successful five-week pilot, the Family Fitness Night program will begin September 2014 in the Carroll County School District.

    “I want these events to be a fun way for families to exercise together,” said Carrie Smith, health services coordinator for the district. “Having a routine of exercising year-round is beneficial for everyone in a family, not just the kids. Our Family Fitness Nights are a great way for the whole family unit to spend time together and to get fit.”

  • Cyber crimes increase in state, nation

    If identity theft still seems like a relatively rare crime when compared to other types of stealing, the truth is that it plays a much bigger role than one might think.

    According to a report last December by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, it was responsible for nearly $25 billion in financial losses nationwide in 2012, which was $10 billion more than all other property crimes combined.

  • Summer family activities abound across Kentucky

    With memories of the long winter starting to fade and the Memorial Day weekend now behind us, the time has come to begin planning for summer.

    There certainly is no shortage of activities nearby or across the state, and their popularity can be seen in the bottom line.  According to an annual study released earlier this month, Kentucky’s tourism and travel industry was responsible for $12.5 billion in direct and indirect spending in 2013, which was a 2.6 percent increase over 2012.  Overall, these businesses employ nearly 176,000 people.

  • STEM bus to make stops for summer reading events

    The Carroll County School District is hosting several summer learning activities throughout the community this summer. The STEM Bus, credit recovery/enrichment and the summer reading program will all be active during the months of June and July.

    The Center of Accelerated Learning will be open for three sessions so that students can earn course credits.

  • Memorial Day honors all those who gave the ‘ultimate sacrifice’

    Memorial Day may be the unofficial kick-off to summer, but as we ready for the upcoming holiday weekend, it is vital that we never forget it is much more than that.  It is also a time when we as a nation pause to mourn and to reflect upon those men and women who paid the ultimate price defending our freedom.

    The holiday is nearing its 150th anniversary, and given that it came about in the wake of the Civil War, it seems appropriate that there is still some debate between the North and South about its exact origin.

  • UK top players join Champions with anti-drug message

    When many of you hear about University of Kentucky basketball, you might think of Big Blue Nation or the eight-time NCAA Champions — maybe even a fervent fan base.

    But one thing is for sure, the University of Kentucky basketball team is and always has been one of strong teamwork, dedication and perseverance, whether they were winning or losing. These are qualities that a couple of the team’s former players will hone in on, from 4-5 p.m., May 30, at the Carroll County Middle School.

  • It is never too early to start teaching children to cook

    A beautiful sunny Monday morning. Sometimes it seems hard to equate beautiful and Monday in the same sentence, but today, it’s all true. The grass is green, part of my garden is planted and spring is all around us. Good times all around.

    One thing that makes any time better is having family or friends around. This brings me to the point of exactly that: family and cooking.

  • Nutrition important for fitness

    In this month’s Health Matters, we are going to hit a few topics and tidbits to help with nutrition and training.

    Eggs

    The question arises at least once a week, what about eggs? I love them and want to eat them daily, but should I limit my consumption, due to the fear of cholesterol consumption?

  • Vote Tuesday to set county’s future course

    Carroll County voters face some important and difficult choices Tuesday as they head to the polls for the primary election.

    The county will see new leadership at the top with the upcoming retirement of Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson. Five Democratic contenders want the county’s top job.

    Voters need to select a candidate who can fill Tomlinson’s shoes and provide the strong leadership the county needs. The next judge-executive comes into office with the county financially strong, but facing many challenges.