• Rand: State shines nationally in farming and manufacturing

    Regardless of the subject, it seems we always want to know how we stack up.

    It happens on the playing field and in places like the classroom.  It also takes place among the states as they try to gain any kind of competitive edge.

  • Should you own individual stocks and bonds or mutual funds?

    I have touched on this subject in a previous column, however, I want to elaborate a little more about “individual stock and bond ownership versus mutual funds.” There are many things you will need to consider when deciding which is best for you and your portfolio.

  • Fentanyl is latest trend with drug users

    One of the most difficult challenges fighting the war against illegal drug use is that when we begin making progress on one front, the battlefield invariably changes.

    We’ve seen that happen time and again over the past two decades.  Those “fronts” have ranged from meth and synthetic drugs to heroin and abuse of prescription medicine.

  • To Carrollton:

    Thank you, Carrollton.

    I mean it, I really do. This piece used to be assigned as part of the internship, but now I’m writing it because I love every reader of this paper. Every time I went to Speedway for my Goldfish and Hershey bar, there seemed to be someone in line in front of me buying a News-Democrat. For that, for reading the paper that I got to be a part of for the last 10 weeks, I’m eternally grateful.

  • More than 111,000 people visited the library last year

    July seems like a strange time to look back and reflect on the past year, but in library land this is when we evaluate what we did well and what we could work on. As good stewards of tax dollars, I feel it is our obligation to share that information with our community.

    I love statistics, numbers, percentages, charts, graphs, and all that fun stuff. Whenever I go on about these things people’s eyes tend to glaze over. While I know this stuff can be extremely dry, I will try to not go overboard. Numbers help us gauge how we are doing.

  • Many new state laws took effect July 14

    This year’s legislative session may have seemed like it was just about public-pension reform and budget-related matters, but the General Assembly approved a considerable number of other laws as well.  Since most take effect 90 days after the final gavel, barring an emergency or specific enactment date, that means nearly all of them became official this past Saturday.

  • 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.