Today's Opinions

  • Library gathering on anniversary recounted stories from ‘37 flood

    In 1987, the 50th anniversary of the flood, I was in my fifth year as director of the public library. During those first five years I had heard many of our patrons refer to the flood, had seen the plaque in the court house, had learned that many of the old copies of The News-Democrat had been destroyed as water rose into the newspaper offices, and had begun to gather photographs and articles about that very significant period in Carroll County’s history.

  • Writing group sets February meetings


    I would like to let your readers know about an informal group of adults (18 and over) that meets at the Carroll County Public Library every other Monday at 1 p.m. In February, we will meet on the 6th and 20th.

    It’s fun to share a poem, short story, essay, old love letters, and such. We have a short 10 minute or less writing exercise for fun.

    We also will share publishing opportunities, give information on how-to-books, writing styles, etc.

  • Coalition continues work to educate on drug, alcohol abuse

    As we embark on a new year, Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County is working toward continuing to make a great impact in our community and Ohio Valley.

    We are currently in the second year of funding with the Federal Drug Free Communities grant. Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County has made great strides in our community to raise awareness and show the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

  • State budget will be tough work

    The second week of session saw several significant issues begin to be debated in committees. Drug abuse, weaknesses in child-protective services and the state’s debt level were all topics of discussion. The committee process is intended to inform the legislators of the pros and cons of each bill. Lively debate accompanied each piece of legislation.

  • Animal support has tremendous year


  • Economy makes budgeting tough

    At the start of each legislative session in even-numbered years, the governor appears before the General Assembly twice: First, to give the State of the Commonwealth address and then, later in the month, to present a two-year budget proposal.

    Given the tough economy the country has weathered during the last several years, it wasn’t much of a surprise when Gov. Steve Beshear spent much of his first speech last week talking about the second one he will give on Jan. 17.

  • KSP Citizens’ Police Academy will begin Feb. 6 at Post 5


    Society has always been interested in police work and finds the issue of crime a fascinating topic. Television programming has included shows about crime and police work from every angle and context throughout its history.

  • Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years with new cookie


    Girl Scout Cookie season for Kentuckiana officially kicked off Jan. 1. In honor of Girl Scouting’s 100th anniversary, a new lemon flavored cookie will be offered this year along with other long-time favorites, including Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, and Dulce de Leches. Cookies are still $3.50 per box.