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Today's Opinions

  • Grissom column evoked childhood memories

    Editor:

    I just wanted to thank Dave Taylor for his story about our Gus Grissom and his role in the space program. Before coming to Carrollton on a part-time basis, I lived all my life in Mitchell and was a young boy during the 60’s. In 1956, when I was in the first grade, Gus visited our class while he was stationed at what is now Grissom A.F.B. His oldest son, Scott, was in our class. I can still remember that fighter pilot helmet with Grissom on the front.

  • The first day of school rekindles memories as a child and parent

    Separation anxiety abounded Thursday morning as many parents let go of their children for the first time and as the school year began anew.  The first time you take your child to kindergarten can be gut-wrenching and exciting all at the same time.

    Carrollton was in near gridlock as parents shuttled children to the five different schools in the county and buses dropped off, picked up and dropped off again students at their final destination.

    I can remember my first day of school in Mason, Ohio, and how excited I was to finally go to school.

  • Thanks extended for support of team

     

    Editor:

    The U12 Lady Panthers just concluded their softball season. The girls had a great time and a winning record.

    None of the success we enjoyed would have been possible without the support of our community.

    A small town sure is a great place to live and coach; therefore, I’d like to thank my assistant coaches, Scott Schirmer and Jimmy McEndre for all of their time, sweat and dedication.

  • Haven of Hope fund drive raises $7,100

    Editor:

    Haven of Hope Pregnancy Services, in Carrollton, has been experiencing a virtual rainstorm of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.

    The 2009 annual Baby Bottle Fund Raising event has had church families from Carroll, Trimble, Henry and Gallatin counties filling baby bottles with their pocket change. Together, they blessed Haven of Hope with over $7,100. This money will be used to meet center operating needs, and to purchase teaching materials for our clients.

  • Tobacco festival plans pageants, outhouse race Editor:

    On behalf of the Carroll County Tobacco Festival Committee, I would like to say it’s that time of year again. The festival is fast approaching and we would like to invite everyone to come and join the fun.

    We are having the festival pageants again this year. They will be held downtown in the courthouse square under the tent in the front yard.

    Miss teen and pre-teen will be held on Wednesday evening, Sept. 23, starting at 6 p.m.

    Sweet pea/babies will be held on Thursday evening, Sept. 24 starting at 6 p.m.

  • Tips are important to delivery drivers

    Editor:

    The recession has taken its toll on many people, even all the way down to me a delivery driver. Prices go up, tips go down.

  • Special newspaper issue offers interesting stories

    Since January, lots of folks have asked me how I’m enjoying retirement. Well it’s great, but after almost 27 years of recommending books, watching story hour children become parents of story hour children, and watching our programs and services grow year by year, I do miss the job.   

    One of the things I really enjoyed about my work was the opportunity to write a column for the newspaper every few weeks. With the editor’s permission, I thought I might try my hand at doing it still, but from the viewpoint of a casual observer in the community.

  • A lesson learned from the weekend’s bridge closure

    Finally, the long-awaited first weekend closure of the Milton-Madison Bridge for structural repairs has come and gone. And think it may have been educational for many of us here in Trimble County.

    First, knowing that the bridge would be closed, my Better Half and I traveled to Indianapolis on Saturday to visit family and wineries. (Not necessarily in that order.)