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Columns

  • Colorado shootings causes heartache

     Everything I begin to write tonight feels wrong. I want to write about the ache in my heart for those families touched by the events early Friday morning in Aurora, Colo. Words seem banal, not enough as I type, delete and type again.

  • Pies add tasty treat to Extension council meeting

     I recently took three pies to a Carroll County Cooperative Extension Council meeting. We met to mull over our wishes for the type of 4-H leader we would like for our community. 

    Pie was the perfect food to bring for just such an occasion, and after seeing all our wishes recorded in big letters on poster paper in front of us, we should definitely get a perfect 4-H agent. We now have two perfect agents in Grace Angotti and Kristin Herbst, so why not a third coming in the very near future.

  • Record temperatures make time at the speedway difficult, limit dog walks and other activities

     Well what else is there to write about except the weather?  The older I get, the harder it is to be outside when the temperature is near or over 100 degrees.  I am grateful for air conditioned cars and that I finally put central air in my house last summer. Because of it, I stay in as much as I can, but…

    There are dog walks to be taken and “she who won’t be denied” doesn’t mind the heat.  I thought the hot pavement might burn her little feet, but she steps so spritely, I don’t even think she feels it.

  • Unlock nation’s oil and natural gas

    Buried largely beneath the Alaskan tundra and coastal waters is a 145.5 billion-barrel vault of recoverable oil, nearly eight times our measured oil reserves. This does not count our vast supply of untapped oil shale in the Western part of the United States, which a modest estimate places at 800 billion recoverable barrels. Our potential supply of natural gas totals more than 2,000 trillion cubic feet.

    It is widely acknowledged that these resources could satisfy American demand for hundreds of years, if only President Obama would let us use them.

  • Rash of kitchen fires sparks call for safety when using the stove

    Stove fires can create a very scary situation, as well as a costly mistake.

    Roughly 90 percent of the time, they are caused by human error. They tend to be very small at first, but homeowners usually try to douse them using a small fire extinguisher or a bucket of water. However, this confidence in thinking that they can fight a fire this size is what can lead to a situation getting worse, or a person getting seriously injured.

  • Local library taxes are put to good use

     Last week’s News-Democrat included an editorial reprinted from the Lexington Herald Leader. State Auditor Adam Edelen has announced plans to compile an online database that will provide a way for the public to compare tax or fee rates and spending practices of local taxing districts with similar districts around the state. 

  • Speak up, be heard; your voice can make a difference on issues

     Our voices can make a difference.

    I expressed concern two weeks ago in my column over a proposal by Carrollton City Council to allow extended stays at the new Two Rivers Campground.

    This was something local residents opposed in planning meetings for the campground as the master plan was developed for Point Park. We were assured that the facility would only allow stays of up to two weeks.

    After publication, I heard from two members of city council who recalled this pledge and took action last week to stop the extended stay proposal, for now.

  • Add a side dish that’s easy with potatoes recipe

     Every year,in June, the meeting of our Caby M. Froman Club is held at Harmony Landing Country Club in Goshen. 

    It is always such a fun time for us because we get all dressed up, wear our hats and have a wonderful luncheon — a day out with the girls. This year’s event was even more fitting for the hats due to the fact that our program of study for this year is thoroughbred horse racing in Kentucky. Our head table was a beautiful array of ladies all dressed in pink and wearing beautiful pink hats.

  • Many are generous and share old photos for book on Carroll County

     So far, I’ve had a lot of great response to my plea for historic photos of Carroll County and all of its cities. The photos I collect will be considered for a book that will be published by Arcadia Publications later this year.

  • Council should vote down long-term stays at new campground

     It is more than disappointing to see that Carrollton City Council is already considering going back on a commitment made to local residents when the concept of developing an RV campground on the banks of the Kentucky River was considered and adopted last year.

    At a special meeting last week, city council discussed a resolution that would offer discounts to those who stay for 15 days. That’s a great idea. It might inspire folks to visit our city and take in our region’s natural beauty for more than a few days at a time.