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Columns

  • Choose the right oil for cooking for best taste

    Warm weather, yes my friends, it has finally arrived. If you are thinking there is always a theme to how my articles begin, you are right.

    Nothing says cooking like a weather update. So here we are, staring at warm weather, fishing and bringing out the grills. It is one of my favorite times of year. We have shaken off the winter slumber and are now looking forward to the smells of spring.

  • Preventing child abuse is focus of Friday event

     Friday is the big day. Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County and our event partners, Family Ties, 21st Century Lighthouse and Youth Services invite the entire community, to attend our free Child Abuse Prevention Month event. It will take place from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Courthouse Square in downtown Carrollton. 

    In Carroll County and across the nation, this year’s Child Abuse Prevention theme is “Making Meaningful Connections.”

  • Approved state budget lowers debt ratio

    When the General Assembly adjourned at midnight Tuesday night, it did so having worked to make Kentucky better by passing legislation aimed at improving the lives of Kentuckians, by passing twice a budget with a lower debt ratio and structural imbalance than what was originally suggested by the Governor and House of Representatives.

  • Lawmakers wrap up issues at veto session

    When the General Assembly left the Capitol late last month for its traditional veto recess – the roughly two-week period a governor has to approve or reject legislation – it was already becoming clear that the regular session’s final two days would be busy.

    That certainly proved to be the case early last week, when the House and Senate worked late to find common ground on several high-profile issues.

  • Libraries help open patrons to new horizons

    I hope that it goes without saying that we love our patrons. To put it in the simplest terms, our patrons are the only reason we open our doors every day. This is one of the few professions that is here to serve the public. We exist to provide our community with resources for learning, entertainment and leisure.

  • Lawmakers wrap up lingering issues

    Traditionally, the last day of a legislative session is set aside just to consider any vetoes the governor may make.  Recently, however, the General Assembly has also used the time to wrap up a few lingering issues, and this year is no different.

  • Accelerated Learning classes offer students many opportunities

    Many people think the online learning program at the high school is only for credit recovery students; however, this is not the case. I am an example of one of these students who is taking advantage of the accelerated learning program to take classes that I otherwise would not have the opportunity to take over at the high school.

  • Online resources tell some of Dillard’s story

    One of my favorite photos of Ghent is a postcard that features a man named Sim Dillard driving a mule cart. According to Northern Kentucky Views (nkyviews.com), Dillard may have been a mail carrier. I recall reading someplace that he may have delivered one of the Louisville newspapers.

    Quite possibly, he did both.

  • April brings focus to child abuse issue

    The month of April means many things to many people. Some consider it the beginning of spring or, better yet, the end of winter. If you were in my position, April may have a little different meaning: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

  • State budget increases funding for education, provides raises

    While several issues remain unresolved, the General Assembly completed its biggest task early last week when it overwhelmingly approved a budget to run state government for the next two years.

    In many ways, this legislation mirrors the proposal the House voted for last month. It gives our elementary and secondary schools, for example, their first real increase since 2008. There is also significantly more revenue for such things as textbooks, school safety measures and teacher development.