• Fourth of July celebrates America, honors sacrifices of its veterans

    As it has for nearly two-and-a-half centuries, our nation will pause on Monday to celebrate its “birth” day, commemorating a time 240 years ago when the Founding Fathers declared our independence.

    Since July 4, 1776, we have weathered a war for our freedom, a war against ourselves and wars against those who would like nothing more than to see us and our values falter. Although the world has changed in countless ways since Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, our commitment to protect and promote freedom has never wavered.

  • Carroll youth baseball teams up with Bambino Buddies to share love for sport

    Saturday morning my phone starts dinging, signaling an incoming text. But it does not ding just once, but 15 more times. By now you have to look or are scared to look to see what is going on. I look down and find that Larissa McKinney has sent a message and 15 pictures of the Carroll County 10U traveling team that had just completed a Bambino Buddy session with special needs children.

  • Fentanyl adds to woes in war on illegal drugs

    FRANKFORT – It has often been said that the war against illegal drugs is an ever-changing battlefield.  When we seem to be making headway on one front, another tragically opens up.

    Over the past dozen years, those “fronts” in Kentucky have ranged from meth and synthetic drugs to prescription pain medicine and heroin.

    According to the annual report the state’s Office of Drug Control Policy released last week, a new name has been added to that list: fentanyl.

  • Organizers plan a ‘colorful’ run, walk

    Join us for a colorful good time. As The Community Health Educator at Three Rivers District Health Department, I am excited to announce the award of $3,000 to promote and host a 5K Color Run/Walk. This will be a new health/fitness opportunity made possible by an Interact for Health mini-grant that I wrote.

    Saturday, July 23, will be the day of the color blast at Kentucky Speedway in Gallatin County as a central location for our serviced counties.

    This will be a brand new event offered to Gallatin, Owen, Pendleton and Carroll counties.

  • Prevent, protect against mosquitos

    As we come up to Mosquito Control Awareness Week June 26 through July 2, enjoy the summer and protect yourselves from mosquitos.

    As mosquitos bite, they can transfer diseases. These diseases may infect you or your pets, and may include West Nile Virus, Zika Virus, or dog heartworm.

    While many mosquitos may not carry disease, the red dot which is left behind is caused by an allergic reaction to the mosquito’s saliva.

    To reduce the risk of mosquito bites, follow the three D’s of the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA).

  • Nothing works unless you do

    How many fad diets do you see or do you have pushed in your direction in a weeks time? Have you noticed when you or someone you know lose a noticeable amount of weight or inches the first question is what is your secret? Have you noticed while watching TV or scrolling on social media how many advertisements and fad diets try to suck you in with success stories and pictures?

  • Kentucky has received national awards for the state’s major job announcements

    Site Selection is not a magazine most of us would keep on our coffee table, but for those in government and business who track economic development, this publication is one not to be missed.

    Fortunately, it has had a lot of good things to say about Kentucky in recent years, and over the past two, it has awarded us its annual Governor’s Cup for having more major job announcements than any other state on a per capita basis.

  • Four part docu-series gives reasons why people need to find time to cook

    In my mind, Summer Reading Program is synonymous with children’s programming. It is a huge component of what we do every summer. It is the one place we feel that we can step in and help the school system end the “summer slide.”

    But this year, we decided to incorporate some adult and family programming. We could all stand to learn a little more about living a healthier lifestyle. There is so much information out there, and “healthy lifestyle” can mean so many different things. The obvious answer is exercise and diet. I wish it was that simple.

  • Stop by Kroger for subscription special, talk with news staff

    Are you interested in subscribing to The News-Democrat? Or have you already been a subscriber in the past and you’ve let your subscription lapse? We’re here to help!

    Stop by Kroger in Carrollton today between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and see Publisher Jeff Moore and myself. We will have a special subscription offer for any new subscriber who stops by our table and signs up, as well as for any current subscriber who switches to EZ Pay.

  • You can’t cardio away bad food choices

    Yep, that’s right. Although so many of you try to do just that–make a poor decision then figure you can just cardio it away like it never happened. Nice try, and I applaud your effort, but it is not that simple.

    Simply do what you’re supposed to do and this will never be an issue.

    Remember, if you are eating for a certain “look,” the cardio isn’t going to control that damage. If you’re just trying to be balanced and healthy, you’re losing your balance.