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Columns

  • Projects hold the key for C’ton downtown’s future

    Talking with Mayor Gene McMurry on Monday, I couldn’t help but feel the enthusiasm he has for revitalizing downtown Carrollton. It is, indeed, infectious.

    In 2002, I joined The News-Democrat as editor. One of the reasons I accepted the job was because, when I came for the interview, I immediately fell in love with this small city on the Ohio River. (At that point, I’m not sure I knew there was still another river bordering the city.) To work in a place where one only had to look out the window to see this mighty waterway was a huge attraction for me.

  • Regatta brings champs to area

    Kentucky and Indiana have a racing heritage deeper than any two states in our country. 

  • Cancer rates improve, worsen as state acts to help address issue

    Earlier this year, The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky asked more than 1,600 Kentuckians a simple question: What do you think is the most pressing healthcare issue for our citizens? The answer given most often was a word no one wants to hear: Cancer.

    There’s good reason why it’s the top health concern, because in the Common-wealth it’s the leading cause of death among women and a close second behind heart disease in men. Unfortunately, it’s also more prevalent here than in other states.

  • Class reunion showed how many had succeeded after graduation

    The class reunion in Florida is past, and by all reckonings was a great success. A two-day affair, we began on Friday evening with a steak dinner at the country home of one of my old friends. Some of our more successful grads hosted this dinner, complete with a great band, open bar and lots of checking of name tags.

  • New jobs, revenue rise show economy growing

    It’s still early, but there are growing signs that the country’s economy is getting back on its feet and that Kentucky is poised to help lead the way.

  • Memorial Day honors veterans, those fighting for Americans’ freedom

    For many Americans, Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) signals the beginning of summer.  But, more importantly, Memorial Day is a day for us to remember and give thanks to all those who have given their lives in service to our nation and to preserve the freedoms we enjoy.

    As a West Point graduate and former Army Ranger, I am especially mindful this Memorial Day of our troops serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, around the world and here at home.

  • Drug prevention starts at home

    By MATT LIPE

    Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County

    Summer is nearly here. School will be out and teenagers will have a lot of leisure time. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that more teenagers try marijuana for the first time during the summer than at any other time of year. 

  • Prom photos rekindle memories of special times in our own lives

    Seeing the beautiful pictures of the prom-goers in last week’s News-Democrat prompted some of us who participate in the walking program at the public library every weekday morning to reminisce about our own proms – back in the day.

    I went to high school in Marianna, Fla., a town of about 6,500 in the Panhandle. Our class had about 200 members and one of the reasons we looked forward to our junior year was that it was our year to put on the prom. Our committee planned for months and decorated for days once we had decided on a theme.

  • Horses, military, flooding garner attention for state

    Over the past week or so, Kentucky has gained national attention in not one but three distinct ways.

    The Kentucky Derby is perhaps the most obvious, and Saturday’s race more than maintained its reputation as the best two minutes in sports. The day before, meanwhile, Fort Campbell was the fitting location for the nation to pay tribute to those heroic soldiers who brought justice to Osama bin Laden.

  • Consider donations as spring cleaning gets under way

    With spring comes spring cleaning.  The Carroll County Public Library provides a service that can assist you with this process. 

    We accept donations.  The staff would revolt if I did not clarify this just a little bit. We accept gently used books, magazines, DVDs and music CDs that have been stored indoors. We don’t mean to be picky, but we don’t like the critters that usually come with items that have been kept in storage units or sheds.