• 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.

  • Rand recognizes teachers for their work across the state

    In the early 1940s, a teacher in Arkansas decided that her profession deserved more recognition, so she gave herself an assignment: She wrote a letter to every governor and numerous other political and educational leaders, asking for their help.

    One of Mattie Whyte Woodridge’s letters eventually came to the attention of Eleanor Roosevelt, the former First Lady who not only agreed, but actually petitioned Congress to consider setting aside a day to honor those who teach.

  • Student newspapers in Kentucky are in crisis. We need them now more than ever.


    Lexington Herald-Leader

    It is no secret America’s free press is under attack.

    Politicians now scream “fake news” whenever reporters expose their lies and misdeeds.

    Some broadcast networks and websites sow public distrust of honest journalism as they seek to build audiences by promoting tribalism and political ideologies.

  • Arney explains refeed meals and calorie needs

    Refeeds are very popular amongst the bodybuilding population and those who are seeking to enhance their body composition. They are something which we wholeheartedly advocate, however it MUST be done within the right context.

    What is often found is that people have a “refeed” on a weekly basis without any consideration as to whether it is needed. There are also no parameters set in place, which means it just becomes something they do for the no other reason than to enjoy a cheat meal.

    This is why refeeds are used and how they work, briefly:

  • State’s economy looking positive, but still has areas for improvement

    In one sense, Kentucky’s economy personifies the classic question that has long divided optimists and pessimists: Is our glass half full, or half empty?

    On the bright side, we’ve placed first or second among the states for the past four years when counting the per-capita number of large economic-development announce-ments.  Site Selection magazine compiles the rankings, which look at projects that meet or exceed at least one of three criteria: $1 million in capital investment, 20 new jobs or 20,000 square feet of new floor space.

  • Lessons learned on a Kentucky dairy farm


    Barren County Progress

    Reading about the massive changes in America’s dairy industry caused me to reflect on my own dairy farm upbringing and a way of life that is fast becoming a thing of the past. Southern Kentucky has been the prime area for Kentucky’s dairy farmers for generations but driving through the area reveals that family farms, particularly those centered around dairy cattle and tobacco, are few and far between. Dairy farming has been a time-honored vocation that taught many of us valuable lessons in preparation for life.