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Columns

  • 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.

  • House bills target many issues as 2013 session resumes Feb. 5

    While most legislative sessions are often remembered for one or two major accomplishments, there are always other new laws that may not be as publicized but are important as well in their own right.

  • Champions tackles local drug problem from many fronts

    Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County works hard on a daily basis to help diminish the substance abuse problem in Carroll County. And as many of you know, there is a definite problem in Carroll County with alcohol and drug abuse.

    We don’t try to hide the problem, or “sweep it under the rug.” We want everyone to be as informed as they can be. That is part of our job, to inform and prevent.

  • Library looks ahead to 2013

    Now that 2012 has come to a close, I have been looking forward to 2013. I am just now getting accustomed to saying “twenty twelve,” and it seems to have happened just as a matter of course.  I didn’t say “twenty oh nine,” or even “twenty eleven.” But for some reason, “twenty twelve” was the tipping point. So naturally that will carry over into “twenty thirteen.”

  • Early business leaders saw need for chamber to support county business

    “Building Business Together” is the motto for the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, and the group has been doing just that for nearly 80 years. 

    The chamber is an active force in our community today, with more than 140 business members and a number of local events hosted and supported by the organization each year, including Race Fest, golf scramble, awards and recognition banquet, and regional business expo.

    This monthly article will give you firsthand knowledge about the chamber and the excellent benefits of being a member.

  • 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.