Today's Opinions

  • Relay for Life kickoff set for Feb. 21


    Carroll County Relay for Life is gearing up for a great Relay year, but to make the event a success we need volunteers.  The official kick off will take place at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21 at Carrollton United Methodist Church in the fellowship hall (handicapped accessible).

  • Libraries offer important services to all

    Yellow is the color of the day. I know this is not a color that typically represents libraries, but it will in Frankfort today.

    Library Legislative Day is Feb. 20, and Patricia and I will be making the journey to the Capitol.  We are fortunate to have great legislators, Sen. Ernie Harris and Rep. Rick Rand, who will take time out of their busy schedules to meet with us today. 

    There are two hats I need to wear as director of the library.

  • Chamber directors serve business needs through their service

    In last month’s Carroll County Chamber of Commerce column, we learned about the rich history of this organization. Now, let us introduce you to the 2013 Board of Directors and their comments and feelings of what being a member of the Chamber of Commerce means to them:

  • Don’t wait until it’s too late to gather info on family

    By the time I was born way back in 1962, both of my dad’s parents had already passed away. My grandmother, Lovina Amanda (Hackett) Codling, died in 1938 in her mid-50s. My grandfather, Charles Cicero Codling, died in 1952 in his mid-70s.

    My mother’s mother, Ola Ethel (Reed) Wherry, died days after my first birthday. We were living in a suburb of Washington, D.C., at that time. I really have no idea if she was ever well enough to travel down to see me or if our family went up to see them after I was born.

  • Lawmakers get to work key issues

    Under the rules that govern odd-year legislative sessions, much of the General Assembly’s work doesn’t begin until February and it ends about a week before the start of March Madness. With four days set aside in January for organizational matters and one or two days in late March used to consider any vetoes, that leaves about 25 days to cover what is often a long agenda.

    With that in mind, the Kentucky House of Representatives wasted no time in moving its major priorities forward when my legislative colleagues and I returned to the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

  • Girl Scout cookies offer ‘sweet success’


    Everyone loves Girl Scout Cookies. But did you know that with every Samoa or Thin Mint you buy, you are helping build strong, successful girls?

    With Girl Scout Cookie booths set for Feb. 17-March 22, this is a great time to talk about what girls gain from Girl Scouting. It is a good time to look at why we all have a stake in helping today’s girls succeed.

  • Friendship is the key for Big Brothers/Big Sisters

    In upcoming issues of The News-Democrat, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Carroll County will profile the adults who serve as mentors to 34 children in this county.

    Our goal in these profiles is to make clear that almost anyone with a willing bone can join the rewarding work of mentoring.

    So what do we do with our kids?

  • Carroll County book offers gift of area’s history, heritage; goes on sale Feb. 11

    So, the day finally came.

    On Friday, Jan. 25, while working here in the office, we received a package that was addressed to Editor Jeff Moore. It was a clear package, and to our delight we could see that it was an advance copy of “Carroll County” from Arcadia Publishing. (Woot!)

    I was amused that the area newspaper editors got their copies before I got my own, which didn’t arrive to my house until Tuesday.