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Opinion

  • The 2011 General Assembly Session wrapped up March 9 with both a success story and a disappointment. 

    The Senate passed House Bill 463, a landmark bill that was the result of a long, thoughtful, and bipartisan study of the spiraling costs of corrections. This is the first serious revision to our penal code in more than 30 years.

    The nationally recognized Pew Center brought both local and state authorities together to recommend several provisions to improve public safety while lowering correctional costs and the state crime rate. 

  • OWENTON, Ky.—Guthrie Wayne Long, 65, of Owenton died, Thursday, March 17, 2011, at the New Horizon Medical Center in Owenton.

     Funeral services were Tuesday, March 22, at the McDonald and New Funeral Home, Main Street in Owenton. Interment was in the Squiresville Cemetery in Owenton.

    Survivors include his wife, Mary Betty Minor Long; a son, Tony Long; daughters, Crystal (Gerald) Baxter, Margina (Lonnie) King and Angie (David) Meriwether all of Owenton; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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    I am writing to say a huge thank-you to everyone who heeded our call to provide supplies for the Carroll County Animal Support. We collected many very usable items and some food for the animals. As you know, unfortunately these needs are on-going and we need to keep up the good work. The Blossom Shop will continue to be a “drop-off” site for any supplies you would like to donate. Go to www.ccasky.com and click on “wish list” for the list of items needed. Please don’t stop now.

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    The Carroll County High School Track and Field Team would like to thank North American Stainless for their generous contribution to the program. Their donation will allow Carroll County athletes to once again compete in pole vault at away meets including the possibility of advancing to the state meet.

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    We, the undersigned, urge Judge Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson and our magistrates to fund the position of a qualified part-time caretaker at the Carroll County Animal Shelter. Furthermore, we ask that funds be provided to run the shelter in a clean, caring manner, keeping dogs and cats healthy while at the shelter promoting adoption.

    Jarrett Perry Boyd, Kathy E. Rarey, Betty T. Risk, Jeanne Simpson, Donna Parrish, Carol Shelton, Patricia Perkins, Margaret Walker, Robert Shelton, Bobbie Giles, Sue Scott and Susan McEuen

  • Editor:

    Last week Carroll County Animal Support Director Tammie Crawford wrote about the circumstances at the Carroll County Animal Shelter on Boone Road. Tammie is correct that the animal shelter should have regular hours of operation that would allow the public to visit the facility to possibly adopt a dog. Many dogs are euthanized now that could find good homes if there were regular adoption hours advertised to the public.

  • At the start of January, there are two things that can always be counted on: It will take at least two weeks to write the new year correctly on such things as checks, and the General Assembly will return to the Capitol to begin a new legislative session.


    That got underway this past week, when I and the other just-elected members of the General Assembly were sworn in and the House and Senate leaders were formally chosen. In the House, the remainder of the week was spent establishing membership of the legislative committees and their chairmen for the next two years.

  • Usually, the first week is an organizational week during which the different parties elect their leadership. This year was different. When we announced the Senate Majority legislative agenda in December, we committed to move aggressively on passing legislation regarding job creation, education and transparent and responsive government. With the passage of these bills, the “Agenda for Prosperity,” very few can say we didn’t deliver on that promise this first week.

  • With the General Assembly set to start its legislative session early next week, now is the ideal time to take a look back at what has happened since the last one ended.

  • Editor:

    The second Christmas wreath decorating contest and silent auction was held by Carrollton Federal Bank Dec. 10 in conjunction with an open house. The proceeds from the silent auction went to the Meals on Wheels Program. All of the wreaths submitted for the contest displayed imagination and creativity. This was evident by the close race for first place with only one vote difference between first and second place.  It was our honor to display the wreaths in our lobby.  They were beautifully decorated and received many compliments by the public. 

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    What an uplifting story in The News-Democrat....Shop with a Cop, to aid 124 children this Christmas!

    We can only imagine how the almost 700 children and their families have been impacted by this wonderful program over the last 10 years.

    Congratulations and God Bless each and every person that’s involved with Shop With a Cop! Just another reason we are proud to call Carrollton our home!

    Sincerely,

    Jason and Matilda Paeper

  • When we think about Christmas and its many traditions, we may find ourselves wondering just how long they have been with us.

    Christmas carols, for example, date back to the 1400s, and the decorated Christmas tree came just a short while later; in fact, historians believe it celebrates its 500th anniversary this year, after beginning in Northern Europe and eventually spreading to our country during the Revolutionary War.

  • The Senate Majority gathered on Dec. 9-10 to discuss the upcoming session and lay out legislative priorities.  The session will only be a 30-day one; we have only a brief time so we have to make the most of it and respond to the issues we heard from voters in the fall.

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  • Editor:   This is a letter of appreciation to the services provided to my wife and me this past Saturday morning (Oct. 9) following our boat accident near Hanover Beach. The intra-agency cooperation between Kentucky and Indiana emergency services and nonemergency services (Clifty Creek Power Plant tow secured through the efforts of your crew) was impressive. The professionalism and compas

  • I would like to extend my gratitude to the Kentucky Press Association, the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, and the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at the University of Kentucky. Spurred by a suggestion I made to KPA Executive Director David Thompson last month, these three Kentucky journalism heavy-hitters have scheduled a Sunshine Seminar for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thur

  • Editor: We are the citizens of Stauffer Farms in southern Trimble County. We have been pleading with the county for the last year to pave Stauffer Drive, which is a gravel road. The dust is choking us and is straining our air-conditioning units. Magistrate Kirby Melvin disregards our calls and ignores our complaints. We have been attending Fiscal Court meetings every month, pleading our

  • Editor: The Trimble County Emergency Search Unit has had a good year. We have had several members certified in “man tracking,” basic search and rescue, and wilderness/advanced first aid. We would like to say thank-you to everyone who helped by buying ice cream at our fund-raising booths at the Trimble County Fair, the Bedford Bash and the Trimble County Apple Festival. We do appre

  • Editor: Halloween in Trimble County is 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Here are some simple ways to make trick-or-treating a safe experience for children. Many Halloween accidents, from skinned knees to pedestrian traffic fatalities, can be traced to a child’s inability to see steps, curbs and vehicles because of ill-fitting masks. Be sure your child’s mask so that he or she can see obs

  • Editor: I read the letter last week in the paper of the case of A.A. Martin and Donnie Ketterer. I don’t know all about the case but, what I know it’s a tragedy for all. Members of my family have had the misfortune of dealing with the justice system in Carroll County and I’m sorry to say it’s anything but justice for all. Barbara Shepherd Carrollton