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Columns

  • Make donations to aid tornado victims

    By the time you are reading this, more than a week will have passed since the monster tornadoes targeted many of our communities. I want to tell the victims that you are not alone; Kentucky stands with you.

  • Photos of the past needed for book on Carroll County

    When I was a kid, I wasn’t all that interested in history. It was one of those subjects that never really caught my imagination. I think that’s true of most people; when you are young, everything seems like ancient history – even if it happened only a few years before you were born.

  • House approves 2012-13 budget based on governor’s spending plan

    For the last several years, the biggest challenge facing the General Assembly and Governor Beshear has been keeping the state on track as it weathers the toughest worldwide recession in more than 70 years.

  • Senate passes bills on safety issues

    Another week goes by in a whirl of legislative meetings, visits from hometown folks and organized groups such as 4-H and the 874K Coalition. Even though the House has yet to act on the budget proposal, senators continue to educate ourselves and monitor the budget meetings in the House. In addition, senators continue to meet in small groups to review the different budget needs of the various agencies. We expect to receive the House proposal next week.

  • House OKs measures to stop illegal drug sales, use in Kentucky

    As it normally does during the first full week of March in even-numbered years, the Kentucky House of Representatives will vote on its proposed budget this week to run state government.

  • Boyd reminisces about childhood church services

    Thanks from me as a member of the Carroll County Animal Support Group to everyone who attended our chili supper Saturday night. We raised a record amount of money for this affair, with meal sales, bake sale and our silent auction items. So many in the community contributed to the silent auction and again, we raised more money through that this year than ever before. Our bake sale table was laden with scrumptious goodies created by volunteer bakers.   Mark Louden in the early part of the evening and Power Plant later on provided enjoyable music  that the crowd enjoyed.

  • Do your part to fight Carroll’s war on drugs

    Today in North America, 2,500 teenagers will abuse prescription drugs, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). If you add it up, it totals 17,500 per week people are using prescription medication for some purpose other than its intended use.

    According to the research from our KASPER system here in Kentucky, over 180,000 prescription narcotic pills were prescribed in Carroll County in 2010. Most of these pills were used legitimately. However, as seen in the local news, not all of them were. 

  • Gas price flucuations keep drivers guessing; Animal support hosts chili supper fundraiser

    Is it just me or does buying gas make you feel like a gambler? 

    Two weeks ago prices at the pump were dropping — $3.08, 3.05, 3.03.

    Every day it appeared to go down, but I kept watching those prices and hoping the odds would be in my favor and I could fill up for $3 a gallon.

    Nope, didn’t happen. I wound up filling my tank at around $3.50 per gallon. Then  I drove till I was afraid the fumes would run out and filled up next at $3.23.

    Two days later it was $3.06. 

  • Cummings offered anti-drug message for local community

    Last week I was privileged to attend the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Leadership Forum in National Harbor, Md., a suburb of Washington D.C. The conference was a culmination of the three week National Coalition Academy that we attended in 2011 in Meridian, Miss. 

    During the conference there were many sessions, speakers and even dignitaries yet one stood out in my mind more than any. Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings spoke at the luncheon Thursday afternoon. The story that he shared is one that you can draw great insight from.

  • Wild pigs, chemicals used in schools, child obesity among bills before House

    While no one can predict exactly what will pass in a regular legislative session, one constant can always be counted on: Diversity. Last week was a textbook example of that in action in the Kentucky House, with legislation ranging from wild pigs to alternative energy projects.