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Columns

  • General Assembly returns for shortened session

    This week, the General Assembly returns to the Capitol to begin the 2017 Regular Session.  Although the House and Senate are as old as Kentucky, this is only the ninth odd-year legislative session since our current state constitution was adopted in the late 1800s.

    We actually were one of the last states to have its legislature meet annually.  Now, there are just four that have not made the switch: Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Texas.

  • Hobbies highlighted in new feature series

    Do you know someone who is an artist, a baker or a candlestick maker? What about a drummer, an entertainer or a fisherman?

    After two successful years of writing feature stories on Carroll Countians based on their jobs and their first names, our theme for 2017 is “Live Your Passion.” Starting Jan. 26, I will be starting over with ‘A’ and writing stories every other week on people based on their hobbies, collections, side jobs, etc.

  • News-Democrat to begin 150th year of serving community

    Those readers with an eagle’s eye for the little details in each issue of the newspaper might have noticed that today’s volume number didn’t click over to 150 as you would have expected.

    In doing research as we prepare to begin our 150th year of serving Carroll County, we found that the timing on volume switches got messed up back in 1995.

  • Legislators look to begin work on new bills, laws for Kentucky

    When it comes to the legislative process, most of the public’s attention is understandably focused on the first several months of the year, when the General Assembly is in session and new laws are adopted.

  • State should not ease rules covering coal ash storage

    The Courier-Journal

    The Bevin administration’s Energy and Environment Cabinet is proposing a faux regulatory process — “permit by rule” — giving utility companies the freedom to create coal ash ponds and landfills without the need for regula­tory review.

    This is beyond reckless and puts public health and the environment at risk.

  • Kentucky made many advances with positive results in 2016

    During the holidays, most of us probably don’t give much thought to the origin of the traditions common during this time of year.  We put up Christmas trees, take our children to see Santa and sing carols because that’s what we’ve done for generations.

  • Going somewhere warm? Tips to prevent contracting Zika Virus

    Did you know Three Rivers District Health Department offers a host of information regarding the health and well-being of our citizens? Three Rivers District includes Carroll, Owen, Gallatin and Pendleton counties. Each county has clinic services offering vaccinations and more for your family to stay healthy. We also have on site environmentalists, community health educators and other staff that offer classes for smoking cessation, living a healthy/fit lifestyle and so much more.

  • Kids Count points to progress, problems for state’s children

    For more than a quarter-century now, Kentucky Youth Advocates has taken an in-depth look at the well-being of the commonwealth’s children, giving us a valuable year-to-year comparison in such critical areas as health, education and economic security.

  • Massie calls session ‘a danger’ous duck

    The phrase “lame duck” was first used in London in the 18th century. It was slang for a stockbroker who could not pay off his debts. In this country, it was later used to describe a politician who has lost re-election or is not running again, but who stays in office for the remainder of his term. In fact, President Lincoln was one of the first to use the term here in the United States, when he said, “a senator or representative out of business is a sort of lame duck. He has to be provided for.”

  • Holiday events abound in Kentucky for the family and for those visiting

    With only about two-and-a-half weeks left before Christmas, time is drawing short for those looking for the perfect gift or a holiday event to attend.

    Fortunately, there is help available, beginning with the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and the Kentucky Arts Council.  The websites for both (Kentuckytourism.com and artscouncil.ky.gov) have collected long lists of available businesses and attractions that are doing their part to make the season special.