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Columns

  • Take a moment to pay respect to state veterans

    He may have been referring to the members of the Royal Air Force, but when British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,” he could easily have been talking about our own country’s veterans.

    They make up less than 8 percent of the U.S.’ population, but it is no overstatement to say our lives would be very different without their countless contributions and sacrifices.

  • Take the opportunity to honor all who served

    As I sit here, I think about all the honors and privileges I have been given over the years of my life – getting to do things I dreamed of as a young boy.

    How many people ever get to, actually, live out their dreams?

    Well, I can say that I did. I started playing in the dirt as soon as I could crawl. When I was a little boy, my mother would take me to Fourth Street to see the soldiers getting on the buses to go serve their country.

  • Mentors can face greatest fears too

    No few people live on the cusp of becoming a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carroll County. The benefits are obvious, the need even more obvious, but still people hold back. I think I know why.

    The great fear out there is finding yourself with a child who asks too much of you. I mean that in the sense of a Little Brother or Sister that needs what you cannot give in discipline or direction. There is un-doubtedly a belief among some that the children in the program bring extensive challenges to the adults who mentor them.

  • New Year’s Resolution – Now is the time!

    With changing leaves and temperatures we now know that the changing of the seasons is on its way. With Halloween’s trick or treat, Thanksgiving’s feast, Christmas’ family gatherings, and New Year’s big night of eats and drinks, we have hit the season of big eating. With that now starting to weigh on our minds for the planning and preparation of it all, now is also the time to plan for the caloric indulgence and how to fight it.

  • Workforce development remains a top priority for Kentucky leaders

    Whenever corporate leaders scout for new locations to expand or re-locate their business, they consider such obvious things as infrastructure, government incentives, taxes and the cost to build.

    Above all else, though, they look at the quality of the local workforce, according to annual surveys done by Site Selection magazine, a national trade publication that tracks economic development.

  • Kentucky addresses domestic violence problem with action

    On a typical day across the country, our domestic violence programs help more than 64,000 victims, 1,100 of whom live right here in Kentucky.

    But lack of funds, space and personnel mean another 10,000 have to wait for the services they need, including almost 90 here in the commonwealth.

    These findings, compiled last fall by the National Network to End Domestic Violence, are based on an in-depth survey that has been conducted annually for nearly a decade. 

  • Red Ribbon Week urges youth to live a positive lifestyle

    Whether it is breast cancer, domestic violence or anti-bullying, October is a month to raise awareness and funds for causes that we are all passionate about.

    Here at Champions, we are particularly excited about raising awareness for Red Ribbon Week, which is celebrated nationally every year Oct. 23-31. This is a national campaign to teach students the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

    Champions partners with other community partners to decide what dates would be best within our district. This year we chose Oct. 28-Nov. 1.

  • County’s cemeteries must be preserved

    For many years, I’ve been concerned about the lack of care for the small, ancient family cemeteries scattered throughout Carroll County.

    Last week, I wrote a story about the return of Sarah Morris’ headstone to one of these cemeteries. Somehow, the stone, which had broken from its base, was found among a load of gravel delivered to a man in Switzerland County at least 30 years ago.

    This story made me think about how these sacred places will be lost to future generations if something isn’t done now to preserve what is left of them.

  • Kentucky locations are among nation’s top historic landmarks

    From a historical perspective, it is not much of a stretch to say that some of the Western Hemisphere’s first farmers were Kentuckians.

    That’s because the Red River Gorge in Eastern Kentucky is just one of a few hotspots in North and South America where archeologists say modern agriculture took its first steps.  Early bands of pre-historic settlers found its soil and climate ideal to domesticate such wild plants as the sunflower, whose seeds added both flavor and nutrition to their food.

  • Quilts are featured in October

    October represents many different things to us these days. In the library, we love it because it is our Annual Quilt Month.

    Each October, the library is transformed with quilts hanging in the rafters and all throughout the building. It gives it even more of a welcoming, “homey” feeling. 

    This year, our community graciously loaned us almost 50 quilts to display in the library. This has been our largest showing. I still have the goal set to display my first quilt.  I did not make it this year, so there is always next year.