• New community calendar highlights events in one spot

    When school is out in Carroll County, it’s kind of like having summer break around the newspaper office as well. More nights off, smaller newspapers (once the fair is over) and a less stressful environment in the office.

    The summer is when I catch up on organizing sports photos for parents, take Lynda.com lessons to improve my skills and brainstorm ways to make the newspaper better.

    Flip ahead to page 7 and you will notice something new–a combined community calendar.

  • Marsh addresses legislative changes in effect including pension rates, taxes

    July 1 has come and gone, and with that, we are seeing a lot of the legislative changes go into effect.

  • New formula for college funding unfair; new taxes will take from working class

    To get a better understanding of the size of Kentucky’s state budget, it may help to compare it to revenues earned by Fortune 500 companies.  In that scenario, we’d be about 83rd this year, putting us ahead of Coca-Cola and American Express, but a little behind Facebook and Best Buy.

  • Capital Gazette tragedy hits too close to home

    It happened more than nine hours away. But the tragedy at The Capital Gazette could have happened in any newsroom, including at The News-Democrat.

    On Thursday, June 28, five employees at The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., were murdered by a man who held a grudge against the newspaper. The Capital Gazette ran a story in July 2011 about a criminal harassment case he was involved in, and he unsuccessfully sued the paper for defamation.

  • From a journalist, your friend.

    Journalists, at their core, have one of the most American jobs anyone can have. They help uphold the ideals of democracy, fairness and justice at home, and it is as important a job as any.

    When journalists are at work, though, they laugh with their friends. They make jokes. At the News-Democrat, they throw blue stress balls at each other. One is broken in half, but we still like to toss it around anyway. When they leave, they go to church. They go to the movies. They spend time with their families.

  • INTENSITY: Do you have enough?

    “Intensity” is a bit of a throwaway comment because people generally measure it the wrong way. They go off mental perception of how tough a workout was rather than analyzing how hard their body actually worked. While it is always good if you have to dig VERY deep to get through a workout, you still need to use real metrics to monitor training intensity.

    Before we go into that in more detail, we need to quickly outline the following point first…

  • Public-pension bill will head to Supreme Court

    For those of us who opposed this year’s public-pension bill, the court ruling that struck it down last Wednesday was cause for celebration.  It also re-affirmed something even more important: The people of Kentucky should never be shut out of the legislative process.

    Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd’s opinion is just the latest – but not the last – step in a saga that has been going on for more than a year.  The Kentucky Supreme Court will ultimately decide the law’s fate in the weeks ahead.

  • How to dispose of a found needle

    Summer is here! That means kids playing in parks; barefoot play, outdoor cleaning and river sweeps are here too. You’ve been asking: What do I do if I find a needle? How do I dispose of it?

    We have your answers and tips to doing so. According to The Department of Health, the recommended way to dispose of a discarded needle and syringe varies between cities and states.

  • Rand shares info on changes to taxes

    We may not think of mid-summer as tax season, but it’s something to keep in mind as an array of major changes in the state tax code is just days away from officially becoming law.

  • Don’t be lazy–Pick up your trash

    With the temperatures climbing into the 90s and humidity levels that could make anyone sweat, I think we can officially say that summer has arrived in the Bluegrass State. Summer is always a beautiful time to be outside with family, take long walks along country roads in the evening or even take a ride in the country with the windows down.