Today's Opinions

  • Parents congratulate CCHS cheerleaders


    We as parents, grandparents, friends and relatives have had the opportunity to watch our own Carroll County High School cheerleaders in action at athletic functions and at several competitions this year.

    These totally dedicated young ladies have spent many hours along with numerous injuries and overcoming many hurdles to perfect routines and stunts hoping to get the fans excited at our local ballgames. These talented young athletes recently won first place at the 8th Region KAPOS cheerleading competition, giving them a bid to compete at the state level.

  • Mayor thanks residents for forum input


    I want to thank everyone that attended the public forum Thursday evening at Carroll County Middle School. 

    I was especially pleased with the open discussion about downtown revitalization and the Point Park master plan.  Without your support, we in city government cannot move this community forward. 

    I also thank everyone that helped organize and conduct the meeting.  We promise now to use your input as a plan for revitalizing the downtown business district and future use of the Point Park. 

  • Gas price flucuations keep drivers guessing; Animal support hosts chili supper fundraiser

    Is it just me or does buying gas make you feel like a gambler? 

    Two weeks ago prices at the pump were dropping — $3.08, 3.05, 3.03.

    Every day it appeared to go down, but I kept watching those prices and hoping the odds would be in my favor and I could fill up for $3 a gallon.

    Nope, didn’t happen. I wound up filling my tank at around $3.50 per gallon. Then  I drove till I was afraid the fumes would run out and filled up next at $3.23.

    Two days later it was $3.06. 

  • Support makes event at CCATC a success


    On behalf of the staff and students at the Carroll County Area Technology Center, I would like to thank all of our community sponsors and participants for making our annual College and Career Day a huge success.

    This year makes our third annual event and was held Friday Feb. 10 in celebration of Career and Technical Education Week. We had nearly 30 colleges, universities, technical schools, and career service representatives with us for our exciting day. It was a great opportunity for our students because of the generosity of our community.

  • Cummings offered anti-drug message for local community

    Last week I was privileged to attend the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Leadership Forum in National Harbor, Md., a suburb of Washington D.C. The conference was a culmination of the three week National Coalition Academy that we attended in 2011 in Meridian, Miss. 

    During the conference there were many sessions, speakers and even dignitaries yet one stood out in my mind more than any. Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings spoke at the luncheon Thursday afternoon. The story that he shared is one that you can draw great insight from.

  • Outpouring provides food for animals


    A few months ago I had the pleasure of waiting on some of the ladies that work for Carroll County Animal Support. I enjoyed talking to them about all the hard work they were doing to help the animals. Their work included helping with the rescue of the animals from Henry County.

    I decided to start collecting donations for the dogs that were rescued. Immediately I received an outpouring of donations from the employees of Down On Main Street and also some of my guests who came in for dinner.

  • Residents earn awards at Special Olympics


    Carroll County Special Olympics competed in two statewide events in the past two months with the following results:

    • Bowling, Dec. 3, 2011, State Tournament in Louisville, singles competition: Zach Lynn, first (gold medal); Amanda Hearn, fourth place; Thomas Granger, fourth place; Rhonda Burns, first (gold medal); Mary Pyles, third place (bronze medal); Melissa Cooper, third (bronze medal); David Gregory, fifth place; and Robbie Andrews, fourth place.

  • Jars in stores raise funds for Kosair Children’s Hospital


    In April 2011, I noticed an odd looking rash all over my three-year-old son Wyatt’s body. He also had a lot of bruising. So, the next morning, his father and I took him to the doctor. The doctor knew that something was wrong right away, so she took some blood from him. The results came back that he had a platelets count of 1,000 (A normal count is anywhere from 150,000 to 400,000).