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Columns

  • Lawmakers get to work key issues

    Under the rules that govern odd-year legislative sessions, much of the General Assembly’s work doesn’t begin until February and it ends about a week before the start of March Madness. With four days set aside in January for organizational matters and one or two days in late March used to consider any vetoes, that leaves about 25 days to cover what is often a long agenda.

    With that in mind, the Kentucky House of Representatives wasted no time in moving its major priorities forward when my legislative colleagues and I returned to the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

  • Friendship is the key for Big Brothers/Big Sisters

    In upcoming issues of The News-Democrat, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Carroll County will profile the adults who serve as mentors to 34 children in this county.

    Our goal in these profiles is to make clear that almost anyone with a willing bone can join the rewarding work of mentoring.

    So what do we do with our kids?

  • Carroll County book offers gift of area’s history, heritage; goes on sale Feb. 11

    So, the day finally came.

    On Friday, Jan. 25, while working here in the office, we received a package that was addressed to Editor Jeff Moore. It was a clear package, and to our delight we could see that it was an advance copy of “Carroll County” from Arcadia Publishing. (Woot!)

    I was amused that the area newspaper editors got their copies before I got my own, which didn’t arrive to my house until Tuesday.

  • When all else fails: Eight steps to putting on muscle

    You want to put on some muscle and you’re tired of waiting. You’re ready to take your physique to the next leveling terms of pure, big time muscle and or size. 

    Here are some tips to all you hardgainers out there who are going to keep trying to get it done.

  • When all else fails: Eight steps to putting on muscle

    You want to put on some muscle and you’re tired of waiting. You’re ready to take your physique to the next leveling terms of pure, big time muscle and or size. 

    Here are some tips to all you hardgainers out there who are going to keep trying to get it done.

  • Teams set rivalry aside for one of their own

    Good sportsmanship is still alive and well in Carroll and Trimble counties.

    Despite being border rivals, the two teams put aside their differences for the betterment of one of their own.

    Carroll County senior Dallas Gibson was well on his way to hitting the magical 1,000-point mark for his high school career. Averag-ing 19.5 points per game, along with 10.4 rebounds per game, he was just 13 points away from reaching 1,000 points.

  • Students look to help Guatemala children

    Guatemala is a beautiful country in Central America. It is the home of mountains, forests, lakes, volcanoes, orchids, exotic animals and Mayan ruins. But Guatemala is also the home of extreme poverty, illiteracy, infant mortality, malnutrition and violence.

    According to its website, AguaVivaHome.org, Agua Viva Orphanage in Guatemala City changes the lives of the children in Guatemala; its goal is “to raise and educate them in a loving Christian environment to be successful Christian adults with the desire and ability to help their own people.”

  • What’s in a name?

    On Nov. 24, the Jameson family named their newborn baby girl Hashtag, after Twitter’s use of the (#) symbol.

    The year before, an Egyptian man named his son Facebook, and in 2011 an Israeli couple named their baby Like.

    These babies join celebrities’ babies Spec Wildhorse Mellencamp, Moxie Crimefighter Jillette, Pilot Inspecktor Lee and Audio Science Clayton, which makes Apple Blythe Alison Martin sound almost traditional as a baby name.

  • Fire department programs target safety of residents

    It is still close to the start of the new year, and I believe  a good time to take a few moments to talk about some of the services that the Carrollton Fire Department offers.

  • 2012 delivers strong economic signs across Kentucky

    Kentucky is blessed to have not one but several “signature” industries, those areas of the economy where few if any states have a bigger impact.

    Since last summer, we’ve gotten a much clearer picture of just how extensive some of these industries are.

    The latest news about two of them, in fact, came last week. First, we learned that Kentucky churned out more than a million cars and trucks last year, the most our four assembly plants have built since 2007. Only three states produced more.