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Columns

  • House approves several measures

    If legislative sessions start like a marathon, they end like a 100-yard dash, as the House and Senate make a final push to turn their goals into law.

    Leading the agenda, of course, is the state’s two-year budget and highway plan.  Legislative leaders began meeting Wednesday to hammer out a compromise, and the good news is that there is some broad area of agreement.

  • Senate works to reduce debt created through proposed state budget

    In the final full week of legislative session, we continued to hash out state budget details with the House in conference committee after passing our versions of the budget bills.  conference committees include the executive, judicial and legislative budgets for the next two years, as well as the state’s road plan. There are many different opinions and philosophies on how to spend the money, raise revenue, and support the important public services for Kentucky.  The budget is the ultimate statement of priorities for the Common-wealth.

  • A little etiquitte goes a long way

    With preparation of summer “look good, feel good” in full swing for all gym goers, try to remember a few simple rules of etiquette that will make you and others who use the gym you go to better:

    • Re- rack weights and put them in the proper order. It speeds up everyone’s gym time with much less frustration and reduces chances for finger injuries.

    • Don’t share your sweat. If you sweat like a faucet, bring a clean towel and wipe down the equipment after you use it.

  • Use the correct, and best, knife for the job

    I wish that I could happily report that as I type this I’m sitting outside, wearing shorts and thoroughly enjoying the warm Kentucky weather. Alas, I’m indoors with a long sleeve shirt and pants and shivering at the thought of going outside at all. Oh well, sooner or later that day and that article will come. Today though, it’s a different subject.

  • JCTC Carrollton campus must be funded this year

    As Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said Tuesday, “so far, so good.”

    Funding for the new Jefferson Community and Techinal College campus in Carrollton has cleared hurdle, after hurdle this year.

    Gov. Steve Beshear included the project in his budget as part of a plan to invest in community colleges because they help put Kentuckians to work.

  • April events to focus on the link between drugs and child abuse

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and at Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County we see the unfortunate connection between substance abuse and child abuse. According to The National Council of Child Abuse and Family Violence, “substance abuse exists in 40 to 80 percent of families in which the children are victims of abuse.”

  • OVUC funds help library with youth programs

    On Tuesday morning, I had the pleasure of attending the Breakfast of Champions put on each year by the Ohio Valley United Charities Inc.

    It gives grant recipients the opportunity to tell the Board of Directors and major sponsors the various ways their generous donations are used throughout the community.

    Each year, the Carroll County Public Library uses funds received from Ohio Valley United Charities Inc., to have our annual Summer Reading Program. The importance of the work being done with students over the summer months cannot be minimized.

  • House budget boosts education

    When it comes to the state’s budget, the past six years can be summed up in four words: Do more with less.

    There hasn’t been much choice, given that spending has been cut by $1.6 billion since 2008 and the state workforce is the smallest it has been since the 1970s. Some agencies have seen spending reduced by more than a third, while classroom funding for elementary and secondary education has been held steady for far too long.

  • Senate tackles budget, moves to strengthen education in Kentucky

    On Thursday, the 45th day of the legislative session, the House passed its budget bill. This leaves us in the Senate 13 days to work on the budget, present it in a committee, and vote on a Senate version.

    As we study the House’s proposal, more information will come out regarding our response, priorities and review.

  • Website offers glimpse at old newspapers

    More and more websites are indexing historic newspapers, and the good news is, not all of them are subscription-based.

    Anyone hoping to find historical information about their own community or about communities where their ancestors lived should go first to the Library of Congress website and click on the “Chronicling America” link – or go straight to ChroniclingAmerica.loc.gov.