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Columns

  • Carroll school district’s budget simple, solid

    Like many school systems in rural Kentucky, the Carroll County School District is one of the largest governmental organizations in its county. With more than 300 employees, four large schools, 28 buses and 1,912 students, the district educates, cooks meals, provides transportation, promotes health, trains teachers and serves as a transition point for students moving from K-12 to colleges and careers.

  • Rand outlines events upcoming for state

    While last week’s gubernatorial election marked the end of this year’s campaign season, it also kicked off the beginning of a transition period that has been guided by tradition and the state constitution for much of our history.

    Not quite 60 people have served as governor since Kentucky joined the United States in 1792.  In the beginning, voters did not have a direct say; instead, the decision was made by a group of electors, similar to our presidential elections today.

  • Veterans Day began after WWI

    On Nov. 11, our nation will come together as it has for nearly a century to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed their time, talents and even their lives and limbs to preserve our freedom.

  • Five ways to boost body’s natural growth hormone

    For the hard training athlete, growth hormone is a splendid thing. Produced naturally by the body, this hormone repairs muscle tissue, builds muscle tissue, burns fat, enhances metabolism and speeds overall recovery. It may sound too good to be true. While this hormonal fountain of youth is not without limits, there are ways you can manipulate certain aspects of training and diet to keep your natural growth hormone levels topped off night and day.

     

  • Legislators work to address domestic violence, trafficking, bullying, other issues

    As a matter of public policy, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and bullying were seldom discussed for much of our country’s history, much less adequately addressed. 

    Thankfully, that era is largely behind us.  Today, society is much more aware of these acts of aggression and how to stop them, and as a result, we’re seeing a greater number of victims get the care they deserve.

  • District canned food drive will begin Nov. 16

    Even though the annual canned food drive is three weeks away, schools in the Carroll County School District are already gearing up. The district’s food drive will run from Nov. 16-20. The stakes are high this year, with Superintendents Hogan and Oak promising to dress as clowns for a day if the district collects at least 17,000 items by the end of the week.

  • Children are getting creative when hiding immoral items from their parents/guardians

    On Friday, Oct. 16, community members got a chance to see what it’s like to snoop through a teenager’s room to try and find hidden drug paraphernalia. OK, it wasn’t an actual teenager’s room, but it was a replica set up scarily close to a middle or high school-aged student’s room.

  • Rand highlights Kentucky’s role in alternative energy production

    In a month where we often turn on the air conditioning during the day but the heat at night, it seems appropriate that October has been set aside nationally to raise awareness of our energy needs.

    This annual designation began nearly a quarter-century ago and gives us an opportunity to especially highlight renewable fuels and energy conservation, twin areas where Kentucky routinely gets high marks.

  • Take extra precautions before firing on the heat this fall

    It’s that time of the year again; the fall chill is in the air. Now we start thinking about using our woodstoves, fireplaces, kerosene heaters and other devices to help heat our homes and workshops.

    There are some precautions we should consider before we fire up the heat for the first time.

    Has the flue/chimney been cleaned and inspected by a professional/competent person?

    Have we allowed enough space between these heat sources and any combustible materials?

    Do we have a working smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector?

  • Nothing works unless you do

    How many fad diets do you see or have pushed in your direction in a week’s time? Have you noticed when you or someone you know loses 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?