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Today's Opinions

  • Genealogy program returns to TV; seminar in Frankfort Aug. 3

    I must admit it – I am hooked on “Who Do You Think You Are,” and I’m thrilled that it’s back on television. NBC dropped it last year, but The Learning Channel has taken it over. (That totally makes up for the fact that TLC is also responsible for “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”)

    Thanks to the Internet, I’m watching last night’s premiere episode on my computer as I write this column. The star of the show is Kelly Clarkson, a singer who was the first winner of “American Idol.”

  • Activity, exercise serve to reduce stress, improve overall health

    In this edition of Health Matters, I am going to hit you with a few different topics to reach a variety of people who read this column for applicable information to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

    Exercise and stress

  • Special edition offers residents a chance to get to know newspaper

    Many folks may be scratching their heads when they get their mail today, asking themselves, “Why do I have a News-Democrat on a Monday?”

    We are providing every household in the county with a sample of our weekly newspaper, with the help of the many advertisers in this special edition. This newspaper not only has the latest news from Carroll County and the region, but it is filled with all of the back to school information you need to prepare for the new school year starting Aug. 7.

  • CCAS can no longer help with cats

    Editor:

    This year, it seems Carroll County has been overrun by homeless and feral cats and kittens. In fact, many counties in the area have seen an explosion of cat populations.

    Part of the problem is that people aren’t making sure their pets are spayed and neutered. A female will have a litter, but no one wants the kittens so they are dumped someplace out in the county. Those that survive go on to have more litters, and the problem continues to escalate.

  • State revenue exceed target as fiscal year ends on June 30

    They may be relatively unknown and their subject matter may be a little dry, but the eight economists who comprise the Consensus Forecasting Group have a powerful role to play: They determine just how much money state government can expect.

    As anyone who has ever put a budget together knows, it can be tough to predict what a year will bring.  Their job, however, is even more difficult: They have to look more than 30 months ahead, to cover not just the two-year span for the budget but also the six additional months needed to prepare, pass and implement it.

  • Heroin forum sheds light on serious drug problem in region
  • Be aware of potential scams

    For those of us who recall what it was like to have dinner regularly interrupted by unwanted telemarketers, late last month was a special time. It marked the 10th anniversary of the National Do Not Call Registry.

    The program, not surprisingly, was an immediate hit, with 50 million phone numbers added in the first three months alone. Now, there are more than 221 million phone numbers on file, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). 

  • Chamber picnic successful, more events upcoming

    Business networking and building professional relationships is what the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is all about.

    Last week, the Chamber had a wonderful Member Appreciation Picnic at the beautiful Camp Kysoc.  Chamber members in attendance enjoyed great food, games and fellowship with fellow members.

    Thank you to the Carroll County Detention Center for doing an excellent job with the food. Thank you to the local businesses and organizations for their donations for the drawing.