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Columns

  • 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.

  • International House of Betrayal: How IHOb became the laughingstock of the dine-in world

    Nearly 60 years ago, The International House of Pancakes was started by Al and Jerry Lapin, opening their first restaurant in Toluca Lake, Calif., 11 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

    Since the iconic A-Frame building, which stopped being constructed in 1979, IHOP was always about breakfast. From the Rooty Tooty Fresh-n-Fruity to the stuffed French toast and stacks upon stacks of pancakes, IHOP has always been intended to give a good breakfast to those who want one at any time of day.

  • Is a matching 401k plan better than a company pension?

    Long gone are the days of companies offering monthly pensions to their retirees. While there are still some baby-boomers that have been grandfathered into these pension plans, most are left with only 401k plans.

  • Rand explains legislative process

    While much of the public’s interest in the General Assembly’s work is understandably focused on the first few months of the year, when new laws are adopted, most of the remaining weeks on the calendar play an important role as well in the legislative process.

  • Inside the newsroom: Why the Parks & Rec story did not run last week

    Fairness and accuracy. These are two of my top priorities as a journalist and as your editor of The News-Democrat.

    On Friday, May 11, Carroll County Fiscal Court called a special meeting to announce a partnership with Nucor Steel to complete the parks and recreation baseball complex at Robert Westrick Memorial Park. Staff writer Tim Hendrick, who covers Fiscal Court, attended the meeting and filed a story and photo just before the close of business Tuesday, May 15.

  • Monday salutes those who gave all

    On Monday, our nation will follow a tradition dating back more than 150 years as we pay tribute to those who gave their lives protecting our nation.

    There are more than 1.2 million names on that list, about half of which were added during the four years of the Civil War.

  • Democrats: Exercise your right to vote, as not all parties have the chance

    Democratic Party voters of Carroll County have an important duty this Tuesday as they go to the polls for the county’s primary election.

    Dozens of Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination to face their Republican challengers this fall for judge-executive, magistrate, sheriff, jailer and constable. The circuit court clerk race will likely be decided with the primary as there is no one registered to run as a Republican in that race and candidates must pass a test before being eligble to run.

  • Stylin’ in the 1890s–Sarah Eva Howe comments on fashion in Carrollton

    Spring was a long time coming this year, but we can finally go outside wearing lighter, more colorful clothes.

    Sarah Eva Howe, a child in Carrollton in the 1890s, collected drawings of the clothing styles favored by the women in the 1890s. Her interest in fashion came naturally. Her father and uncles owned Howe Brothers, the premier clothing store in town. They traveled to New York and other markets to select styles for the fashion-conscious citizens of Carrollton.

  • What you need to know before Primary Election Day

    Every election year, it is my duty as your County Attorney to advise the County Clerk and the County Board of Elections as to any legal issues that may arise as a result of the election. This includes being available on Election Day to ensure all issues are addressed in a timely fashion.