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Columns

  • Students learn the consequences of drugs

    At the end of March community partners in Carroll County hold an event called Truth and Consequences. The event is a program that derived from Kentucky’s Cooperative Extension Service in Clinton County, Ky. and is used in many counties across the state. This year Carroll County’s Extension Office partnered up with Carroll County Schools, Youth Services, Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County and other organizations to bring a community- and school-based event.

  • National Sunshine Week: Keep the foxes away from the hens

    By MIKE CALDWELL

    The Advocate-Messenger

    Everyone was talking about the total eclipse in 2017, but the Kentucky Legislature is trying to create its own version this year by shielding local governments and school districts from much-needed “sunshine.”

    This is the first step toward leaving the public in the dark.

    And the timing couldn’t be more ironic.

    This coming week, March 11-17, is National Sunshine Week.

  • Rand outlines transportation bills passed by the House

    When it comes to getting from points A to B, few states do as good a job as Kentucky.

    It certainly doesn’t hurt that our central location puts us closer to more Americans than any other state, and only three states have more miles of navigable waterways.  We’ve added to that by having not one but two of the country’s busiest cargo airports, and we’re also among the top 10 states when counting the number of railcars originating here, a statistic that sheds light on the true size of our manufacturing and coal industries.

  • Senate passes bill setting legal age to be married at 18 years old

    Now that the General Assembly is in the home stretch of the current legislative session, activity in the legislative committee system is in overdrive. There are only a couple of weeks left in the 2018 Session. The pace of activity in the Capitol is sure to continue increasing in the days ahead as the Senate continues work on the Commonwealth’s budget proposal.

  • House budget rejects Bevin’s education cuts, includes full funding for state retirement

    When Gov. Matt Bevin presented his budget to the General Assembly in late January, it quickly became clear that his proposed cuts to education would be too much for our schools to handle.

    It would reduce elementary and secondary funding by more than $380 million over the next two years and take away almost $160 million more from our colleges and universities.  That’s 540 million steps back at a time when it is more critical than ever that we have our students running ahead.

  • Senate reviewing House budget; first hearing for proposed pension reform bill

    Receiving the Commonwealth’s two-year, multi-billion dollar budget plan from our colleagues in the House highlighted one of our busiest weeks yet in the Senate as we reached the two-thirds point of the 2018 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Hundreds of visitors from all corners of Kentucky packed committee hearings and rallied for important causes in a week that saw no shortage of legislative activity.

  • Put your seat belt on, this might get bumpy

    Do volatile markets cause you sleepless nights? Are you to the point that you want to pull the plug on your investments? You’re not alone.

    Many investors want to disregard all logic and, unfortunately, make bad decisions when markets are turbulent. However, making investment decisions based on emotion, rather than good judgement, is usually the absolute worst thing you can do for your family’s financial future.

  • Library garden now a safe haven for monarch butterflies during migration

    The Carroll County Public Library is officially Monarch Butterfly Waystation number 18,956. While that may not sound very impressive, we are super excited about it.

  • Arney offers tips on how to curb your cravings

    Cravings set in for different reasons at different times. Often people get hungry in the evening after spending a lot of energy during the day and then training. Once they begin to relax hunger often sets in.

    For this reason I think it makes sense to focus on eating foods that are going to make you feel full in the evening. Yes, context must be applied to this because you have a daily energy allowance and goals to achieve within a certain timeframe. However, here are some of the foods I’d suggest for curbing cravings and helping with progress at the same time.

  • The process to introduce SB 1 produces textbook example democracy in action

    Although it wasn’t his intention, Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to radically change Kentucky’s public retirement systems has sparked a textbook example of democracy in action.

    Since he and other legislative leaders presented a framework of ideas last fall, there have been dozens of public forums, hundreds of people crowding the Capitol’s hallways and thousands of letters, phone messages and emails – almost all of which have been in opposition to what the governor would like to do.