en Watch out for banking thieves this season <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Kentucky New Era</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The holiday shopping season can make or break many retailers each year, including some in our own community, but it is also a potential bonanza for criminals who prey on busy consumers.</span></p> <p> It is the season of giving &mdash; and unfortunately, it is the time for taking.</p> Rand discusses Thanksgiving holiday traditions nationwide <img src="" alt="Rick Rand" title="Rick Rand" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">This week, our family and friends will gather around the dinner table as they have for generations to celebrate a holiday that is nearing its 400th&nbsp;anniversary.</span></p> <p> As even some of our youngest students can tell us, what is widely considered to be America&rsquo;s first Thanksgiving took place in 1621, when the Pilgrims and a tribe of Native Americans came together for a three-day feast to give thanks for a successful harvest.</p> 18,584 items collected in food drive <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Editor:</span></p> Some things never change <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Many of the best things in life are simple. Take Thanksgiving, for example. Lacking the costumes of Halloween and the parties of New Year&rsquo;s, Thanksgiving requires only two ingredients: food and family. As a celebratory month, November does not need presents, egg hunts or fireworks. It is a simple thing.</p> Study finds education pays – In many more ways than one <img src="" alt="Rick Rand" title="Rick Rand" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">In the late 1990s, the state rolled out a simple but effective campaign summarized by two words: &ldquo;Education pays.&rdquo;</span></p> <p> That popular slogan came on the heels of a landmark overhaul of our public postsecondary schools and the creation of such programs as KEES, the lottery-based college scholarships that high school students earn with good grades, and &ldquo;Bucks for Brains,&rdquo; which added hundreds of millions of state and private dollars to our university research budgets.</p> Set out donations Saturday for Scouting For Food drive <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Editor:</span></p> <p> Saturday, Nov 21, is the &ldquo;big day&rdquo; for 2015 Scouting For Food drive.&nbsp;Dozens of volunteers will be hitting the same routes as they did the previous Saturday when they put out reminder fliers &ndash; this time picking up food that folks have graciously donated. We expect to be out by 9 a.m., so please be sure to have your donations out by then, positioned in a highly visible location so that our young volunteers can clearly see them.</p> Veteran disappointed in local restaurants <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Editor:</span></p> <p> To all the individuals and businesses in Carroll County who did anything at all to honor a veteran on this Veteran&rsquo;s Day, I would like to say thank you.</p> Exercise to beat the wintertime blues <img src="" alt="Melanie Groves" title="Melanie Groves" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Seasonal Depression Order (also called SAD) is a type of depression that is triggered by the seasons of the year. Symptoms usually begin late fall and early winter. The most common type of SAD is called winter onset depression. More than a half a million Americans experience a winter depression, but are better come summer.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> The following are common symptoms of SAD:</p> <p> &bull; a change in appetite, especially craving sweets or starchy foods</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp; weight gain</p> <p> &bull; drop in energy level</p>