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Opinion

  •  Editor:

    Having been a part of the WHAS Crusade for Children now for almost a decade, I am honored to announce to the community that it is again time for the 59th annual WHAS Crusade for Children weekend. What a wonderful charity that helps so many deserving children and their families in Kentuckiana, including Carroll County.

  • What would you like to see the city/county government do in 2012?

    “Bring more jobs into the community because there are a lot of people out of work.” - Sandy Smith, Carrollton

    “Get a better school district because they teach you to spell like you talk, and they don’t teach you how to count back change.” - Tessa Kramer, Carrollton

  • Talking with Mayor Gene McMurry on Monday, I couldn’t help but feel the enthusiasm he has for revitalizing downtown Carrollton. It is, indeed, infectious.

    In 2002, I joined The News-Democrat as editor. One of the reasons I accepted the job was because, when I came for the interview, I immediately fell in love with this small city on the Ohio River. (At that point, I’m not sure I knew there was still another river bordering the city.) To work in a place where one only had to look out the window to see this mighty waterway was a huge attraction for me.

  • Editor:

    I am writing about a concern for the bullying that occurs in our schools. My 11-year-old daughter was recently a victim of a serious offense that occurred on the bus. My little girl has been being bullied by the same little boy for the last three years.

  • Bill Davis shared this history of Ghent College and Ghent School with The News-Democrat after the structure was destryoed by fire Sunday. Davis researched this for the “Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky.”

    Ghent College in Carroll County, Ky., was founded in 1867, when local citizens led by James Frank formed a corporation creating a private nonsectarian college for white students at Ghent. A three-story brick college building was built on the western edge of town the following year, at a cost of $31,700.

  • Editor:

    Carrollton Federal Bank sponsored Hoop Shooters basketball camp and Little Rookies basketball tournament during spring break.

    The event was held at the Kathryn Winn Primary School. There were 25 children who attended the camp and four teams that participated in the tourney.

  • Editor:

    We are writing in reference to the headline article in the April 6 News-Democrat about the hydro electric project at Lock No. 1 on the Kentucky River. As Gary Burbank would say, “Wake up, America!” This is green power. This is very much a project we should be supporting. It would be great to capture every bit of mechanical energy possible from all our dams. We would get power and not consume any of our earth’s natural resources, with no pollution, and affect the community very little.

  • There’s a new reality show that airs Sunday nights on CBS that shows how many Americans are struggling through tough economic times.

    "Secret Millionaire" places successful businessmen and women in impoverished communities for a week where they will go out and volunteer to help those in need. They leave all their millions behind and have only the amount that a person on food stamps would receive for a week.

  • Last fall, when the General Assembly finalized the calendar for the 2011 Regular Session, this past week was scheduled to be one of the quietest of the year. It was set aside as part of a 10-day period known as the veto recess, which gives the governor time to consider legislation sent to him and then gives legislators a chance to use the session’s final day to consider vetoes, if any occur.

  • Editor:

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for attending the Carroll County Animal Support Inc. chili supper fundraiser held at the American Legion Hall  March 5. It was a well attended event. We had some good chili and desserts. We also had some very nice baskets for our silent auction.

  • The 2011 General Assembly Session wrapped up March 9 with both a success story and a disappointment. 

    The Senate passed House Bill 463, a landmark bill that was the result of a long, thoughtful, and bipartisan study of the spiraling costs of corrections. This is the first serious revision to our penal code in more than 30 years.

    The nationally recognized Pew Center brought both local and state authorities together to recommend several provisions to improve public safety while lowering correctional costs and the state crime rate. 

  • OWENTON, Ky.—Guthrie Wayne Long, 65, of Owenton died, Thursday, March 17, 2011, at the New Horizon Medical Center in Owenton.

     Funeral services were Tuesday, March 22, at the McDonald and New Funeral Home, Main Street in Owenton. Interment was in the Squiresville Cemetery in Owenton.

    Survivors include his wife, Mary Betty Minor Long; a son, Tony Long; daughters, Crystal (Gerald) Baxter, Margina (Lonnie) King and Angie (David) Meriwether all of Owenton; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

  • Editor:

    I am writing to say a huge thank-you to everyone who heeded our call to provide supplies for the Carroll County Animal Support. We collected many very usable items and some food for the animals. As you know, unfortunately these needs are on-going and we need to keep up the good work. The Blossom Shop will continue to be a “drop-off” site for any supplies you would like to donate. Go to www.ccasky.com and click on “wish list” for the list of items needed. Please don’t stop now.

  • Editor:

    The Carroll County High School Track and Field Team would like to thank North American Stainless for their generous contribution to the program. Their donation will allow Carroll County athletes to once again compete in pole vault at away meets including the possibility of advancing to the state meet.

  • Editor:

    We, the undersigned, urge Judge Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson and our magistrates to fund the position of a qualified part-time caretaker at the Carroll County Animal Shelter. Furthermore, we ask that funds be provided to run the shelter in a clean, caring manner, keeping dogs and cats healthy while at the shelter promoting adoption.

    Jarrett Perry Boyd, Kathy E. Rarey, Betty T. Risk, Jeanne Simpson, Donna Parrish, Carol Shelton, Patricia Perkins, Margaret Walker, Robert Shelton, Bobbie Giles, Sue Scott and Susan McEuen

  • Editor:

    Last week Carroll County Animal Support Director Tammie Crawford wrote about the circumstances at the Carroll County Animal Shelter on Boone Road. Tammie is correct that the animal shelter should have regular hours of operation that would allow the public to visit the facility to possibly adopt a dog. Many dogs are euthanized now that could find good homes if there were regular adoption hours advertised to the public.

  • At the start of January, there are two things that can always be counted on: It will take at least two weeks to write the new year correctly on such things as checks, and the General Assembly will return to the Capitol to begin a new legislative session.


    That got underway this past week, when I and the other just-elected members of the General Assembly were sworn in and the House and Senate leaders were formally chosen. In the House, the remainder of the week was spent establishing membership of the legislative committees and their chairmen for the next two years.

  • Usually, the first week is an organizational week during which the different parties elect their leadership. This year was different. When we announced the Senate Majority legislative agenda in December, we committed to move aggressively on passing legislation regarding job creation, education and transparent and responsive government. With the passage of these bills, the “Agenda for Prosperity,” very few can say we didn’t deliver on that promise this first week.

  • With the General Assembly set to start its legislative session early next week, now is the ideal time to take a look back at what has happened since the last one ended.