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Columns

  • Take the necessary precautions to protect children at Halloween

    Cooler weather, colorful leaves, comfort food and free candy are just some of the reasons that fall is my favorite time of year. It is always fun to peruse the aisles at Walmart and the catalogues with my son to decide what he is going to be this year for trick-or-treat. 

    We have thought about Darth Vader and Yoda, among other characters.  However, as I peruse the aisles and the catalogues, I have noticed there are several other essential things that we should consider when preparing for that one night of candy raiding.

  • Homecoming is about tradition, spirit and pride

    A school is the sum of its past, and tradition, spirit and pride are a threefold cord that holds it together. Homecoming brings the past into focus by continuing old traditions and creating new ones. These traditions give alumni a way to connect with a school as it is now, and they give current students a way to connect with a school as it once was. 

    This year’s homecoming celebration demonstrated the spirit, pride and tradition, not only of the high school, but also of the entire Carroll County School District.

  • Reforms reduce prison numbers

    One of Kentucky’s biggest challenges – and biggest success stories – over the last dozen years has centered on the state’s prison population.

    During the century’s first decade, we saw the number of people behind bars grow by 45 percent, a rate about four times the national average.  In 2007, we unfortunately led the country in this category.

  • Life to get better for Kentucky’s previously uninsured

    From the Lexington Herald-Leader

    After years — decades, really — of talking about health-care reform in this country, a long-awaited piece finally is falling into place as Kentucky’s health insurance exchange starts up today.

    There are bound to be glitches and confusion when something this big launches. Plus, there’s a well-financed effort to malign the reforms and mislead the public. The inevitable bugs should not obscure the importance of the moment:

  • Adapt recipes in new ways, different purposes

    Hello once again my friends. It seems that every month we meet here to discuss my favorite topic; food.

    Yes, it’s that time again and for the first time since I’ve been writing this column I’m continuing with a theme. I tend to get lots of questions about how I come up with recipes or how I adapt certain foods to be different for different settings such as a dinner at home one time and a large party the next.

  • Red Ribbon Week stresses the need for drug-free fun

    As summer comes to a close and school has begun, students are getting into a more regular routine. Here at Champions, we are excited about fall’s arrival because that brings Red Ribbon Week and other exciting events.

    You will get to read more about our Red Ribbon Week events in October’s column, but we wanted to highlight an important part of that week early so the entire community can participate. Since Red Ribbon Week is focused on being drug-free, we stress this message to our students and the community alike.

  • Funding for higher education reaps rewards in many areas

    In the late 1990s, when the General Assembly overhauled Kentucky’s public colleges and universities, one of the reform’s central planks was to improve the level of research.

    To spur that along, the state created “Bucks for Brains” and called on the schools to match that money with private donations, an initiative that has since raised more than $800 million.

  • Library sees an increase in use by its patrons

    As we ended June, we officially ended our year. I am sure I have mentioned before, we use July and August to grade our performance. For the most part, we feel like we delivered quality service and filled the needs of our community. 

  • Tips on teaching your children about strangers

    With recent rumors about town and news stories about child abductions, human-trafficking and solicitation of children, parents are scared to let their children out of their sight. The threats are real and more close to home than ever.

  • Student’s mother has a big influence on her life

    If you were to ask an elementary school student who his/her hero is, the response would probably be something like Batman, Superman, Spiderman or Wonder Woman and that would be understandable. All those “super heroes” saved someone from the “bad guy,” and kids look up to them for that reason.

    If you were to ask a middle or a high school student who his/her hero was, the response might be different. My answer to that question is my mom.