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Opinion

  • Editor:

    On behalf of the Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism Office, I would like to thank those who contributed to the “Welcome Bag” items distributed to members and competitors at the National Bass Anglers Association fishing tournament May 13-17 at Point Park in Carrollton.

    Because of your generosity, visitors from outside our community received a warm hometown welcome and fond memories. Word of mouth goes a long way in promoting our community, and your support helps to ensure that Carroll County is a place that they will want to visit again and again.

  • Editor:

  • Editor:

    Saturday evening, July 26, around 7 p.m., two tour buses were driving back to Louisville on I-71 South after a visit to Cincinnati’s Union Terminal Museum. On the way, the second bus began leaking antifreeze and had to stop just past Exit 44 at Carrollton. The passengers were a group of physically fit senior citizens, all members of the Second Saturday Serenity Hiking Club sponsored by Unity Church of Louisville.

  • Editor:

    It is summertime, and your teens may have more free time on their hands. Most of our teens are making healthy choices this summer – like not drinking alcohol.

    Unfortunately, there are many who do choose to drink. Most young people who start drinking before age 21 do so when they are about 13-14 years old. That is why parents and all adults should send a strong message that underage drinking is not OK.

  • Editor:

    On behalf of the staff and Board of Trustees of the Carroll County Public Library, I would like to thank all who helped make our Summer Reading Program, “Catch the Reading Bug” such a success.  

  • I may be a domestic goddess, but does that mean I have to be the female equivalent of Bob Vila?

    My latest escapade in home repair began at 9:30 last Saturday morning. After leisurely crawling from my comfy bed, I uncharacteristically decided to immediately shower and begin a full day of errands. To my chagrin, only lukewarm water flowed from the pipes when I turned the knob labeled “hot.”

  • Editor:

    Starting the week of Aug. 11, Kentucky residents can order the license plate that supports Autism Awareness. It is the Girl Scout project of an Oldham County teen-ager, Natalie Pope. She completed all of the Girl Scout prerequisites necessary, she designed the license plate, she took orders and followed the “red” tape all the way to the end. This process has taken Natalie about a year and a half to complete.

  • Have you ever had an experience that made you know you were really alive? I don’t just mean alive as in living and breathing; I mean a time when you felt as though you could do anything you put your mind to?  

    I had this type of experience at Governor’s School for the Arts this summer, where I studied instrumental music on the flute.  The faculty members were amazing performers and teachers. They were encouraging and positive, and helped us improve our music in even the most minuscule ways.

  • Editor:

    The 13th annual Owen and Carroll County Charity Golf Scramble was Monday, July 14, at Fairway Golf Course in Wheatley, Ky.

    Carroll County Sheriff Ben Smith co-hosted the event, which was a huge success. Proceeds benefit boys and girls ages 8-11 from throughout Kentucky, allowing them to attend the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Boys and Girls Ranch.

  • To the editor,

    The children of Debbie’s Daycare in Bedford want to thank everyone who sent donations and gave money at the roadside collection site, along with the ladies at the cemetery who donated to our cause the day of the St. Jude’s walk/trike-a-thon July 11.

  • Editor:

    The CCHS class of 1973 is planning its 35-year reunion in October. We want to have a full house, but there are a few “missing” classmates.  

    They are: James Andrew, Juanita Barganier, Debra Boaz, Charles Clifton, Ricky Good, James Proctor, Charles Taylor and Bill Walters.

    If you know the addresses where these people are living, or how to contact them by phone or by e-mail, please contact me at mbakercchs@aol.com or (502) 499-6110.

    Melanie Baker

    Louisville, Ky.

  • To the editor,

    We have received numerous questions regarding bank safety and insurance coverage on deposits. These consumer concerns are warranted, given the highly publicized meltdown of the subprime mortgage market, housing market crisis, IndyMac Bank issues, state of the overall banking industry, etc. I want to take this opportunity to address some of the more frequently asked questions.

  • Editor:

    We would like to thank the community for supporting the Carroll County 4-H Shooting Sports Club by donating items for the yard sale. We had a great selection and many shoppers. A special thanks to the following volunteers who helped me set up, pack up and work the sale: Greg England, Danielle and Kassandra Hickey, and Betty and Chris Beard. All of your hard work was greatly appreciated!

  • Editor:

    Trimble County Middle School invites students and their parents to “Back to School Night” Tuesday, Aug. 5. Students will have an opportunity to meet their teachers for the new school year and receive their schedules, course expectations, locker assignments, supply lists and enrollment forms.

    There will be orientation for incoming sixth-graders and new student at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. Orientation for returning seventh- and eighth-graders begins at 7 p.m.

  • Editor:

    We would like to thank the community for supporting the Carroll County 4-H Shooting Sports Club by donating items for the yard sale. We had a great selection and many shoppers.

    A special thanks to the following volunteers who helped me set up, pack up and work the sale: Greg England, Danielle and Kassandra Hickey, and Betty and Chris Beard. All of your hard work was greatly appreciated.

  • By PHYLLIS McLAUGHLIN

    The News-Democrat

    While the Carroll County Reads program is all wrapped up, I am still thinking about some of the issues the book, “Three Cups of Tea,” raised in my mind.

    I picture these poorest of children living in mud-walled houses that are heated in the winter with dried yak dung.

    Yes, yak dung.

    The families have very little. For some, a good quilt is an heirloom to be handled with great care and brought out only for the most important company.

  • Editor:

    On behalf of the Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism Office, I would like to thank those who contributed to the “Welcome Bag” items distributed to members and competitors at the National Bass Anglers Association fishing tournament May 13-17 at Point Park in Carrollton.

  • Editor:

    The first Baby Bottle fund-raiser showed overwhelming support toward Haven of Hope Pregnancy Services.

    Area church congregations took home more than 400 baby bottles on Mothers Day and returned them on Fathers Day filled with checks, cash and coins totaling just over $5,000.

    The money will be used to purchase educational materials and will assist in opening the pregnancy center later this fall.

  • Editor:

    The King family held its 47th reunion on July 13, 56 family members turning out for the event. They came as far away as Greensburg, Ind., and Shepardsville Ky. Some were from Warsaw and Owenton, Ky. Many were from right here in Carrollton.

    There were stories told and old pictures to share of family history past. Many games were played and good old home cooking shared.

  • When I was a kid, I loved to read. I remember spending dark, gloomy Saturdays reading books I’d taken out of the library at school, or our county library – to which I was a card-carrying member from a very early age.

    As an adult, I’m ashamed to say that I’m lucky to read more than one book a year.

    It’s my own fault, ultimately, for not taking the time to do it. The time is there, but the will doesn’t always follow.